White Sambuca's flavor is dominated by anise, elderberries, and sugar. Black Sambuca's flavor is dominated by Witch elder bush and licorice. It has a higher alcohol content …than most anisettes, yet a LESS sugary taste. A word of warning : SOME liqueurs flavored by herbs have some strong "medicinal" properties. Before you dally around with anisettes or with licorice based liqueurs (licorice has been used as a laxative for centuries) -- LEARN about what you're drinking! .
There are a lot of liqueurs that can be beneficial to one's health in SMALL quantities, but produce extremely undesirable results in LARGE quantities. ( Full Answer )