Wow I'm actually surprised at these high ratings. A friend and I had this together on new years and (though he's not a big drinker, I am) we both thought it was way too harsh for its price and tasted of... licorice? I love cognac and brandy but why the hell does this taste of licorice? If I wanted that I'd go get some anisette. The hype is unfounded,and the price unjustified. Don't bother.