Rakı is a typical Anatolian product and a distinct category with production process specific to Turkey.
Grapes, aniseed and distillation are where the journey of rakı starts. Its taste and appearance, which turns into white when mixed with water, are specific to rakı. It is the only alcoholic beverage which has developed its own food culture.
The main difference from other aniseed-flavor spirits is only high-quality grapes and aniseed are used in distillation process, there is no extracts or other herbs added to rakı like in other aniseed spirits