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appropriate shade of green with some slight amber-ish tones

I kind of find that attractive in a few absinthes. I know, green is what we want but the slight amberish lends a little something kind of neat to watch. Like gold!!! JMO.

 

I've only got a bottle of the early stuff and it's the color of a leaf that has passed away with very minimal sediment. I mean the sediment is only on the very lowest part of the bottle. I doesn't come close to covering the bottom.....perhaps 75 to 80% uncovered or so slight it made little difference. The bottle is still sealed, I know, it was bought to drink but I've been busy. I'll probably order a bottle of the new batch for comparison.

 

Enjoy your VC. :wave2:

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Here's how I feel about Rob's tweaks to VC. If you've bought the bottle with the name in black lettering,

it is important to try the new with the light grey lettering. Verrry nice!

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Dude! You have a genuine old timey stereoscope! Those things are awesome. My mom has a couple that were passed down to her; when I visited last Christmas I scanned a whole bunch of cards onto my thumb drive.

 

Some really cool stuff from the turn of the (19th/20th) century. I'm fascinated by photos of that era, getting a peak into how people lived, pondering the big socio-political changes going on and how they related to the industrial revolution, and of course, thinking about the fact that absinthe was out and about in the world at the time.

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Hey GB, yeah I was sipping away at VC and saw the stereopticon in my cabinet....then the photo popped into my head. I directed a mini-documentary about them 25 years ago when I was in the TV biz....always thought they were really cool. That photo really evokes old New Orleans to me for some reason...perhaps that's the Vieux Carre's influence? The card in that one is 1880s or so of a man and woman about to kiss on a park bench! Cool!!! 3-D antique soft-core porn!

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Good news for fans of VC in PA: the new bottles have started to make their way onto the shelves in state stores. I was at the Eastern Blvd. premium store here in York today and noticed that of the 8 bottles of VC on the shelf, 5 were the new bottles with the white lettering.

 

As an interesting side-note, all of the new bottles had significantly lower levels of sediment in them, compared to the bottles that originally hit the shelves a year ago--absolutely no question about it. A mere dusting at the bottom of the bottle as opposed to the pervasive "coloring mud" (to use Ben's evocative description) characteristic of the original bottles. In fact, I noticed that even the old bottles on the shelf with the black lettering had significantly lower levels of sediment (albeit a tad bit more than the newer bottles), lending credence to the idea that it's not just the new bottles that contain the "new and improved" VC.

 

And it's still on sale for $52.99. Better and cheaper--can't argue with dat! :cheers:

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Trying Vieux Carre for the first time today. My only other absinthe-like frame of reference is Absente and Pernod Pastis.

 

It is like the difference between Brisk Ice tea and Earl Grey. Really really fantastic.

 

I must thank WS for informative reviews! :cheers:

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I'm sipping my first verte this evening, a freshly opened bottle of Vieux Carré. The only other absinthe I've tasted, by way of comparison, is the Kübler. Judging from the bottle and previous posts, it must be the newer batch (I can't judge by the color of the photos in the post as, sadly, we don't live in a world of color-calibrated monitors). But the color is a lovely olive-green, and it has a wonderful earthy, musky aroma.

 

I can see I'm going to enjoy sipping a few of these bad-boys this evening.

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I meant to comment last night as I was sipping my very enjoyable glass of the newest batch of VC that this stuff really piques the flavor senses. It truly is an enjoyable drink that has a natural smoothness, sweetness, and lots of complexity that make it a different and fun experience.

 

I have 15 bottles of absinthe right now. VC seemed like the best choice of them all last night.

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VC seemed like the best choice of them all last night

Each night can be a little different. It's good to have choices. *smile*

 

I couldn't agree more. For me, certain brands seem to fit certain moods; other times I like to have a little "compare/contrast" tasting session. (Those are best done on weekends; they can have a tendency to go a bit longer than originally expected...) :cheerz:

...Oh yeah, it's Saturday...hmm...

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Just picked up a bottle of VC White Label tonight

My opinion, mellower then in the past. Tastes

how a bottle would have if it sat for two week after being opened.

I also think there might be a little bit more Genepi in it now.

It's good!!

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Man, just tried this absinthe for the first time last night and what can I say? Brilliant from the bottle to the last sip. Beautiful, just beautiful stuff.

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I'm noticing this is changing quite a bit after a couple months of being opened and used. I'm getting much less spice, it has smoothed out, and has pronounced tea-like flavor that I assume is the genepi. It's a huge shift n the flavor profile, from clean sharp and spicy, to round softer and tea elements. Interesting.

I personally liked it more when it was freshly opened, but it is still interesting and tasty.

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I'm sipping on my first glass of VC. It is completely different than the other (admittedly lower end) absinthes I have tried. It reminds me a lot of the honeysuckles that I "ate?" when I was a kid. I am guessing that the dominant smell and taste from this that is absent in my other bottles is the genepy that everyone keeps talking about. It is very complex and generally wonderful, but I'm just not in the mood for it right now. I feel like I should clean my apartment, take a shower, and put on some nicer clothes before I drink this again.

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I feel like I should clean my apartment, take a shower, and put on some nicer clothes

None of that nonsense for me, I've been married almost 30 years.

 

Well, at least tuck your shirt in.

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Shit...I'm getting forgetful...I said this above a few days ago! I couldn't delete this post...sorry for the repetition!

 

After 25 absinthes, I've revisited VC, one of my first 3. I'm finding that it has mellowed and softened quite a bit in the bottle after opening. The genepi has become very forward, imparting a tea-like flavor that is just as much part of the flavor profile as the wormwood and anise... The sharp clean spicy bite it originally had has given way to this tea element. I actually preferred it more when I first opened the bottle before this element became this strong. It is still quite good, and certainly very different. For those who like a softer rounder vibe, you may like it more after the bottle has been opened for a few mnths. Everyone will have a different take on this.

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I believe you're pretty much spot on pertaining to time, exposure to air and the effects they have on the drink. That is precisiely the reason I struggle with reviews. The review guys have made the review area editable. You can edit/change your reviews. I think it's a groovy tool and I'm ashamed I haven't used it.

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Oh my! Seriously! What's going on here with this Absinthe?

 

If Pacifique is that roll in the chamomile lawn, if it is the first flush of light spring dew in an alpine meadow, then Vieux Carré is a summer thunderstorm in the chaparral.

 

My bottle arrived today. Immediately I was confronted by flavours so familiar but captivatingly unidentifiable. What is that? Is it the Génépi? From where would I know that flavour?

 

Don't get me wrong here. I love these flavours and am immediately adding this to my pantheon of Absinthes!

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You like that, eh?! Yeah, it's a good one, but definitely a very herbal absinthe!

 

If you haven't seen it yet, pull up a chair and click over to the main page. There you will find an episode that Wine Library TV did on absinthe. Brian sits down with Gary, and they do a tasting of a few brands including the Vieux Carre. I think you may enjoy the video. And the Vieux Carre.

 

Cheers!

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