Appearance: Bright black with a slight glint of crimson. It forms the famous louche effect (milky appearance) when diluted with water or ice. Aroma: Intense, pervasive aroma characterised by natural herbs such as Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood) and star anise. Taste and texture: It has a subtly bitter taste that goes perfectly against a background of distilled liquorice. The finish has aniseed notes.