Over the weekend I went to a friends house for his families tradition; Crawfest. His folks asked me to bring my fountain because they had picked up a bottle of Absinthe in Germany. I figured a had a 50/50 chance of the bottle being artificially colored. As it turns out the odds were 55.5 that is was artificially colored.
The food was incredible and HOT! They grow a bunch of peppers and had added their own "Ghost Pepper Sauce" to the brine. My mouth was on fire and I was looking forward to nice cold absinthe.
I broke out my fountain and they produced the bottle. I cringed a bit at the color. I knew what lay ahead. I poured four doses into my collectible dollar store stemware set and began the louche. The louche formed quickly and the oil trails were fun to point out and watch. They were fully louched (both with sugar and without) at approximately 2:1 even with the slowest drip I could manage.
As you can see from the photo the color seemed artificial to say the least. I can't read German to tell if it had added coloring, but I think it's a safe bet to assume it did.
The aroma had that same sort of muted aroma I have found with Absente, with something I can't discern getting in the way of the aroma. Though the strong scent of the Star Anise came through.
The taste brought me right back to where my fascination with Absinthe began; Absente. The anise sucker-punch was expected so it didn't take me by surprise. The fennel came next in taste. which was mild and tasted of "Good'n'Plenty". The finish has a mild flavor of bitter mint but it was so fleeting I couldn't tell exactly.
I only had one glass, which in this case was a great mercy. The second glass, of any alcohol anymore, is almost guaranteed to end in a migraine.
I wouldn't spend my cash on this one. It was a couple steps up from the overpowering flavors I find in the Absente, yet still, those steps are found in the basement.