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  1. it's probably quite hard to explain unless we try each bottle under the same conditions. possibly the authentique is not one of the more popular ones here in Australia and left on the shelf in summer weather infamous for going over 40 degrees celsius (that's 104 f for ze americans) it could have degraded somewhat. this could be quite an interesting research topic.
  2. i've had pernots shipped very long distances and consumed in very warm weather (positively scorching). i've concluded that pernots are more delicate than others and without a very slow, very cold drip that strikes just the right balance, they tend to become weak and vegetal. BdJ and Bourgeois are my favourite and easy, pleasurable drinking, 3:1 seems to be right. The rest are hit or miss. Authentique is more bitter, tends to come out a bit flat and lacking in mouthfeel. Roquette is more herbal still, quite tempting to overwater at 74% but I would suggest keeping it strong, or else it ends up weak and one-dimensional (just wormwood and spice, not much else). Really most of the stronger pernots suffer from what I think is a lack of anise, it's hard to explain the thin louche in some of them...
  3. Tried it last night along with a Zufanek...the wormwood really shines through in the Terminus (notsomuch the Zufanek), although I'm not too sure what the oxygenated process does for the palate. Smell was rather unremarkable, even when louched there is an strong waft of alcohol on the nose, plus some mint...rather like mouthwash. Does not have the aroma bouquet of the other Jades. On the first sip it is unmistakably a Jade, incredible rounded, almost milky mouthfeel...very much like 1901. Mid palate through the spice punches through and there are sharp notes of wormwood and sweet anise, with fennel and the other herbs dancing in the background. Herbaceous fumes escape the nostril and lead to an extremely long, minty finish. This is one powerful absinthe, as potent as the 1797 but very much superior in the herb balance and smoothness of the alcohol. It is like nothing I've ever tried before but I don't think I can stomach more than one glass. Can't say it's the best either - rather partial to 1901 and Butterfly as my go-to "session" absinthes - but certainly in the highest echelon. Great to have in a rotation and possibly improved with aging.
  4. Surprisingly, I have not been able to get a hold of it locally (seeing how every single bottle shop carries Pernod and Ricard), but I will certainly make every effort to. Maybe they're looking for more sales data before shipping em en masse. I expect good things...
  5. I started out with crapsinth, and now I'm reasonably informed and learning more and more from this site every day. Sometimes you just need to do a little research on whatever takes your fancy, and a little exclusivity isn't bad. That said though, I think that czech absinths should be exposed for what really they are.
  6. thank you for your expert opinion. i wish i had something apropos to add to the discussion, but i don't, so i'll go pour myself a drink now
  7. Any particular reason as to why pontarlian Aa is superior to those grown in any other part of France, or temperate country for that matter? Just asking, because it seems that self-cultivation would obviously obviate such nasty market practices as rumored above...
  8. last night technically, but duplais verte. will have to try another glass sometime.
  9. Just leaving my review here as I think there are some specials on this brand and some folks may consider picking it up... Libertine 55 on an extremely warm summer night, 30 ml with ice cold fountain drip, sugared. Appearance: One of the lighter shades of green, almost olive to the eye, and slightly undercoloured Louche: An incredible louche going almost opaque by 1:1. Massive, billowy clouds permeate through the drink even at a slow drip, with very few oil trails noticeable because of the extremely rapid action. It seems a bit too thick to be true. Aroma: Nothing very discernible when neat, but opens up gradually with water. Anise hits the nose first, followed by the slightest touch of alcohol. Taste: A slickly, creamy mouthfeel, with a picquant spicy head that segues into the lightest of wormwood notes. Even at 55%, a bit of heat. Heavy liquorice and astringency follows afterwards. Subdued herbaciousness, mostly one-dimensional, this one is undoubtedly best sugared because of the sharp anise dominance. Finish: Long spicy finish, with tongue getting gradually number by the sip. Overall Impressions: There's something about this absinthe that makes it quite pleasant at the start, but by halfway through the glass you cannot but help feel that you've been hit by a ten-megaton spicy anise bomb. Palate was very very numb at the end of the session, such that a post-drinking Burger King whopper did not taste like much (!!) Every Czech's nightmare absinthe. If, however, you do enjoy the taste of anise in your drink, which is after all what absinthe traditionally is of course, then give Libertine 55 a try. Needs balance, but for the price, you really cannot complain. Give it a go. 3 out of 5 stars
  10. isn't tabu a legit absinthe? it's no pernod fils, but it's on par with the most commercial of absinthes.
  11. pf1901 with this lush, beautiful epic of a track oh, and it's 1 hour long
  12. Have you considered that a small amount of absinthe (say, 30ml) could have a significant placebo effect towards accelerated lucidity? I drink it myself to get my thoughts moving, but this is no way implying that it is a hallucinogenic, mind-altering substance. At best, it is a delicious, refreshing natural stimulant in the way caffeine gets you out of bed and into the office. There's nothing wrong with that.
  13. yeah, when you're paying 150 and up for any kind of imported absinthe that does not have a local distributor, cost ironically becomes less of a factor at that stage. eventually i do want to move onto MoL etc., but I suspect the next on my list will be un emile or roquette. in all things moderation...sante!
  14. Call me an idiot but I found authentique pretty meh. The aroma smelt promising but I found the spice and ww profile too strong in the mix for my liking, and just a bit of noticeable alcohol heat left after 1:5~ish dilution. I had a clandestine after and that was extremely mellow with almost no attack at all, it's very likable and moderately complex for how smooth it is. The 1901 hits the sweet spot in the middle; the first few sips I had were really creamy and flavourful, but as I neared the halfway mark the power started to build and the herbs really went to work on my palate, such that I could still taste them an hour after. Really in a class of its own (so far). Maybe try the VS? Oh but since you've tried vintage PF (you lucky bugger!) I'm not sure if anything else would impress you.
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