I'm sharing a post I made on Vilya's Facebook page, and on my FB "Absinthe Antiques" group, from yesterday. These guys deserve the accolades, after tasting this new batch of Vilya Blanche:
Dear Joe and Jules, I'm enjoying a glass of a very recent Vilya blanche, the latest to arrive on my doorstep. I thought I'd let you know my thoughts. Please forgive me if I am verbose...I'm going to have fun with this, so be warned. First, the aroma... wonderful, fresh, clean... As water was added the scent of the best (and there are only a few that I would call great) Swiss la bleues rose from the glass, but with something else... I would call it complexity, but that word is too harsh for the soft edges of other elements that I noticed. I actually found myself smelling the absinthe over and over again, before I took my first sip. This first sip revealed a perfect blend of the herbs, and an amazing wormwood. The lightest of pepper and citrus built slowly in a gentle tingle in the finish. This is hands-down, the best blanche available in the USA, and I would put it up there with one or two very special Swiss la Bleues. It is better than 90% of the euro blanches or la bleues I've had, and I've had a lot of them. It is artful, and delicious. I can only imagine how this will taste with a little age on it. When someone here in the USA asks me what to buy, this will be one of the suggestions every time. For people who think they don't like blanches...they have not had this. There is a purity here that cuts right to the heart of absinthe. In a blind test, I would NEVER have guessed it was from the USA, and I mean that in a way to honor your herb bill; many people feel only euro wormwood is good enough, they clearly, have not tasted this. I'm so happy to know you, and to have seen your passion grow into art, in such a short time. I will repost this on my absinthe antiques group, BTW. It's the right thing to do... people should know about this absinthe.