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The main thing that distinguishes the flavour of Turkish rakı from similar anise-based drinks in other countries is the high quality of the anise seeds, with their high essential oil content, and the variety of aromas from the high-quality grapes used in its production. Rakı also involves some rituals not shared
by other anise-based drinks. It accompanies dinner, but can also be enjoyed as an aperitif.
In its current form, rakı is different to other anise-based drinks from around the world. The production of rakı requires man kinds of grapes/raisins, agricultural ethyl alcohol depending on rakı’s character, high-quality anise, and high-quality water. Drinks such as the Greek ouzo, the Middle Eastern arak and the Balkan rakija, though similar to rakı in terms of ingredients and production techniques, do not share all of these features.