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Abinsthe Grune Fee

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So last night, my girlfriend and I tried the "Grune Fee" with umlaut and all. Her boss brought it back with him from his trip to Vienna. Just a sample, hardly enough for one glass each. This is my review.

 

I am not very familiar with absinthes in general. The ones I have had have been oil mixes.

First things first: No anise. No anise. No sparkle on the toungue. No minty afterbite numbness. No uplifiting of spirit with each taste. So it goes without saying, no louche. NO LOUCHE. Ok, a little. But no swirly little smoke trials dancing around in my glass. Just all of a sudden... cloudy. What?

Color before and after was very thin green, like a green apple liqeur or body spray or something.

Also, a very distinct overripe banana/apple aroma. What? Is there something in wormwood that smells like overripe bananas. Maybe it was that particular batch. I should write the company. It is the schnapsmuseum after all. Maybe they didn't clean out the vat or something. In any case it was so overpowering that I couldn't really get a grasp on any of the other, more subtle flavors. The wormwood was quite pronounced though. Dark and woody and bitter. And there was a linger of something akin to cinnamon.

All in all, an unpalatable apertif of a late october orchard. With cinnamon.

I tried to like. I really did. I drank the whole thing even. Please hurry, LDF. My tongue is burning.

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You deserve a medal for finishing the glass. This is also an oil mix...no better than most others. Not sure about the banana taste; Serpis has the same flavor, but is much more enjoyable(the 65, that is). No worries on making an articulate review. It sucks will work just fine.

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Yeah, it was tough but I gave it my best. Even still, I wanted to give it a fair shake, hence the more thoughtful review. I needed something to compare my anticipated loot to. Lootto. Sounds like a Lucas character.

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I come to this with mild curiousity having noticed that another website had rated it highly (8th). How am I to think of this? I like my Pernot and Kûbler but remain open open to others since I am relatively new to the absinthe world.

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While we would all tend agree that Grune Fee is not absinthe, we seem to be divided on:

Is it bitter lemony-minty undrinkable mouthwash?

or

Is it bitter cinnamon-banana undrinkable mouthwash?

Can we not all get along, and call it lemony-banana-cinnamony-minty undrinkable mouthwash? :twitchsmile:

 

Granted, some of the products we call "crapsinth" here might work as an odd bitter spirit or mixer.

-- but on principle I won't ever buy any of them.

They mislead the customer.

They ruin potential customers for real absinthe producers.

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Exactly Songcatcher.

 

Even crummy brands that are now trying to do right don't get a pass from me. Mislead the public for 8 years and you want me to sing praises over just a switch to natural (usually still an extract) coloring?

 

No.

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