To quote from another review of this product, there is indeed such a word as 'aniseedy', and it applies in spades to these magnificent balls. Quite apart from their flavour, which I'll come to shortly, the balls in themselves are not perfectly round, but don't let this put you off. It means they don't roll all over the place like some other, inferior (but perfectly round) brands - a huge advantage when eating them from, say, a kitchen work surface, or the back of a knife. They are also just the right size, for my mouth at least. If you have a small mouth you might find them rather large, but I've been told I have a big mouth so yours is probably just average compared to that, so probably no need to worry (but check in a mirror and / or with a tape measure before ordering). Now onto the taste, as promised earlier. One word - Wow! Pop one in your mouth (but see what I say earlier in this review) and an intense hit of aniseedy flavour literally kicks you in the tongue. This might sound a bit 'OTT', but I don't exaggerate, and it's very nice rather than very unpleasant. These are aniseed balls, after all, and in all fairness you get what it says on the tin. After this initial onslaught of taste sensation, the balls settle down a bit and follow through with a few minutes of just nice, enjoyable aniseedy taste, and then, almost before you know it, the ball's gone, leaving a lingering, slightly sweet aftertaste, and a bereft tongue asking "where's my aniseed ball gone?" (if tongues could talk, that is!). Time for another - luckily, if you are like me, you've ordered this great big jar!
ps - tongues can, of course, talk, hence the expression "speaking in tongues".