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Vieux Pontarlier - What's The Word?

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I'm really curious about the color, and as much as I look, I can't find a picture. Anyone mind snapping a shot of VP in the glass, and maybe even post louche. Thanks.

 

:cheers:

 

HH

Ever had something from the Matter distillery? That's how it looked to me. (I really just posted to keep up with pt447, but it's still true).

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Me too, and I gotta keep up. The mods are ever diligent and wonderful people so....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITTY SPRINKLES!!!

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Careful!

 

Yea I don't get the whole suspicion towards Matter-Luginbühl on the subject of the coloring, is there a thread with that discussion going on. I mean, the only one that is suspiciously green is DV, and even then.

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I haven't been to this forum in a while, but the appearance of Vieux Pontarlier triggered a purchase. I have to say that, for what it's worth, it is hands down my favorite absinthe. Of course, I haven't experienced much: 2 bottles Kübler, 2 bottles Lucid, 1 bottle St Georges Spirits. I also had a bottle of Absente (yeah, I know but that was a gift from my mom). It just seems to have no drawbacks. Kübler seems too one-dimensional to me. Lucid has this odd aftertaste I can't describe, sort of like it might have been awesome at one time, but was just kept in the back of a cupboard for too long. I love the St Georges, but it seems a little TOO complex. Very spicy-reminds me of one of my favorite drinks:Chartreuse (which is great, but I don't know that absinthe traditionally has so much going on in terms of spices-like I could swear I taste basil or thyme in it!). I kind of like Absente too, sort of like how I like a dessert wine compared to regular wine. The Vieux Pontarlier though....from the second I opened the bottle I knew I would love it- the smell was terrific. The color was my favorite. The taste was, for me anyway, not too strong in any one category. I didn't taste any mint or bananas that others have found though. Just very easy and pleasant to drink!

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I'm still very much on the bandwagon when it comes to Vieux Pontarlier. I've had all of the commercial offerings available in the USA, and it's way up near the top of the list for me. It's a great value, no doubt, and the flavor is delightful.

 

When Pacifique begins to get more national distribution, then VP will likely take 2nd place in the quality/value race. But as far as the race for the domestic market stands today, VP is tops, in my opinion.

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I love the stuff. But Pacifique is going to best VP, I can't wait for my bottle to arrive!

 

There, that's better. :cheers:

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Lucid has this odd aftertaste I can't describe

 

I always describe it as if I drank from a dirty glass (musty) with just a hint of pepper.

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I thought it was nice for a change when I first tried it. To be fair, it doesn't have the Wow! factor of some other brands, but I am a fan for the variety. It does not overwhelm and is kind of like a light sipping absinthe. Louching takes longer and doesn't go to the ultrawhites; isn't a quick one.

 

Some have mentioned an aftertaste of green banana, and I laughed at first, but understand what they mean (hints of everything; don't let that ruin your experience).

 

But I think it's more that there isn't a strong aftertaste. Others are more pungent to the tongue. I think it is unique and basic, and not so assuming enough to be in the underappreciation arena.

 

I must come clean about my personal tastes. I still have a great fondness for the French and Swiss absinthes as a general rule. This doesn't cloud my judgement in trying to be objective.

 

I'm just predisposed to hold off on my trust of the "newest and greatest" American versions and the Mansithes out there (you know those red devils, gothic hyped bottles anything designed purely for the thujone factor that borderlines the home kit variety... that may likely make you very sick). Well, there I go again... off topic.

 

Enjoy the taste and the fact that there are good quality absinthes out there.

Emile Pernot makes a good product... tempted to give it a 7 out of 10 for tradition.

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Lucid has this odd aftertaste I can't describe

 

I always describe it as if I drank from a dirty glass (musty) with just a hint of pepper.

 

That's a pretty good assessment.

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There, that's better. :cheers:

 

Agreed. Pacifique stands head and shoulders above VP IMHO. Granted, I'm a member of the minority that doesn't care for VP, but I can appreciate the quality of its craftsmanship. It's just that Pacifique is damn near close to perfection.

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I'll have to post more on this in the appropriate thread later on, but Pacifique is wonderful. Had my first taste last night. Excellent absinthe. Sometime down the line I'll have to have it side by side with VP.

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Pacifique stands head and shoulders above VP IMHO. Granted, I'm a member of the minority that doesn't care for VP, but I can appreciate the quality of its craftsmanship.

I am also a member of that minority and agree completely. VP is well made but Pacifique is much better.

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I'll do a side by side of the two and get back to you. I liked VP but Pacifique was the last one I tasted and I need a refresher or atleast an excuse. *devil grin*

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Santa brought me a bottle of VP for Christmas. I must say it might be my new favorite (with the understanding there are many I have yet to try). I thought it had a great flavor, a nice mouthfeel and just enough bite. Really a good absinthe. Color me impressed.

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I like VP. It's got a very pleasing and distinct aroma that reminds me a little of honey, and whenever I smell another absinthe with a similar aroma, I immediately think of VP.

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Your opinion is a wonderful thing! I wasn't comparing them at all though, just making a comment on the VP. I also like Pacifique, fwiw. Marc knows a little bit about booze.

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Haven't tried Pacifique yet, it's on the list along with many more like MOL. It's tough to get many absinthe brands in Texas. The local liquor stores only carry Lucid and Kübler along with the swill like LTV and DUNY won't ship to Texas. But I am slowly but surely finding my way.

 

Happy Holidays!

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VP is one of those weird ass dream drinks for me.

It doesn't stop me though.. Dripped my first one at 4 today and been non stop since...

It'll be like Alice in Wonderland tonight..

 

~smile~

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