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I just received a bottle of this as a gift, and I absolutely love it. My last four bottles of absinthe were Sauvage, Pacifique, Ridge Distillery Verte, and L'Ancienne, and I think the L'Ancienne is my favorite (though not by huge amounts - you'd have to pry any of those bottles out of my cold, dead hands). Probably as close to trying pre-ban absinthe as I'll get anytime soon on a student's budget.

 

Thank you very much :cheers:

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Sipping a glass now, and I am really liking how this is opening up over time. Damn this is good stuff!

 

Still have 75% of my first bottle left, but will have to find some other primo's so I dont finish this bottle too quickly.

 

Mmmm, just took a sip :)

 

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Isn't that one of the best parts of absinthe though? A bottle goes a long way thanks to water ratios. Imagine how quick it'd go if it were pre-louched. Not a nice thought to fall asleep on.

 

Cheers and enjoy.

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absinthe is the über spirit IMHO.

 

1. It gets better after being opened.

2. It is a concentrate so a bottle goes a long way

3. you can adjust sweetness to taste (imagine adding sugar to a single malt scotch or wine)

4. It seemingly has an infinite shelf life.

5. You can have a whole bunch of open bottles and not worry about spoilage, allowing you to buy and try many different brands without having to finish a bottle (most spirits share this, but not wine :tongue: )

 

I could go on, but I have absinthe to drink :)

 

:cheers:

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Just uncorked my bottle of 2011. Wow, wow awesome. Just smelling the cork as my glass louches up. This stuff rocks. From what I have tasted thus far in my absinthe journey I'd drink this exclusively. Wish I had the money to support Stefano's endeavor so this would be more than just an anual bottling.

 

If any of you don't like this and would like to profit from your purchase, pm me. I'll relieve you of your burden.

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I swore off European purchases awhile ago for financial reasons; ironically this stuff is what I break my Euro-fast on. Still, if finances permitted, each year I'd have a case of it laid by.

 

 

And a case or two for general consumption as well, of course. :devil:

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I have yet to open mine. What am I waiting for? What AM I waiting for?

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Someone was kind enough to send me a sample of L'Ancienne, but I don't like to write "formal" reviews based on only one glass, I'll simply say here that I feel as if I'm missing something here. I opened the bottle and took a whiff, and the first (very overwhelming) impression was "nail polish remover".

 

The color was in line with modern COs, the louche was ok and comparable to, say, Pacifique, but the aroma and taste were unpleasant to me. I called in my girlfriend for a second opinion and she shared the same impressions. When I mentioned that one publish review included the phrase "pleasant soft mustiness of wood and leather", she shook her head and said it was more like the mustiness of old books just about to start mildewing, and I hate to say it, but I had to agree the analogy was apt.

 

Perhaps something happened to my sample in transit (it has been a very hot week), or we're both having a strong, shared reaction to some herb in it which we don't like, but honestly, I've had this glass here for 45 minutes and between the two of us, and I don't think we can finish it.

 

I sincerely regret if this hurts anyone's feelings, but I feel obligated to be objective and honest about my experience with it. I'm clearly in the minority on the forum in terms of not enjoying this, so perhaps its me/us. If I have occasion to sample this again and have a different experience, I will definitely make mention of it.

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I'd definitely chalk it up to your preferences. Nothing wrong with that. There are some COs I've tried where I could'nt disagree more with the mainstream reviews. I'll keep it to myself though. Nothing good comes from stirring the pot.

 

That said. I recently told someone that a prototype of their's I tried reminded me of L'ancienne. I meant that with the highest of compliments. I like l'ancienne a lot. Based upon your liking though, that someone might be depressed now. I doubt that though since that someone probably understands full well that some absinthes will resonate differently to different people. Hence, different strokes for different folks. Thanks for sharing Jay.

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Yup, the trick is finding an experienced reviewer that has a similar palate to yours. There are a couple of popular brands that I will sink. Same for beer, Stone's Donut and and New Belgium's Fat tire are incompatible with my palate, yet remain are popular with some. The Donut was so bad, I sinked a rather $$$ bottle, and many folks thought I was crazy, but I simply found it vile.

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Perhaps something happened to my sample in transit (it has been a very hot week)

 

That's entirely possible.

 

I've certainly had more than one sample over the years that suffered in transit, and compared very unfavorably to the same absinthe poured directly from the bottle.

 

Then again, it could well be that a particular herb just doesn't agree with your palate.

 

In any case, hurt feelings shouldn't be an issue when it comes to a taster expressing his or her honest opinion of a beverage, and if they do, the injured party needs to grow a thicker hide.

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it was more like the mustiness of old books just about to start mildewing, and I hate to say it, but I had to agree the analogy was apt.

 

Perhaps something happened to my sample in transit

 

Did you try shaking it vigorously and blowing a fan into it for a week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But seriously, everyone's tastes are different. If you could, it would be great to see your review in the formal review system, so the average score accurately reflects the different experiences people may have if they try this absinthe. Otherwise, if the negative reviews are never factored in, it appears much higher than probability would suggest. So pretty please add a review.

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I gotta say that I got a very alcoholic/astringent opening note when I first cracked my bottle. I found it a tad disconcerting but what followed was nice enough to overlook it, in my tasting opinion. After a few weeks I shook the bottle and stashed it for another week :wave2: and I must say that aspect was notably decreased. I have a feeling that a few years in storage would do wonders for mellowing that harsh-ish opening note.

 

But heck, I never got anything remotely resembling nail polish remover. I'd hazard a guess that it's either a palate thing or some craptastic shipping conditions, or a bit of both. Don't feel bad about voicing your impressions. I for one actually prefer hearing different opinions of things I like, just for a bit of perspective. Or amusement, depending... :laugh: :devil:

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[snip] Nothing good comes from stirring the pot.

 

That said. I recently told someone that a prototype of their's I tried reminded me of L'ancienne. I meant that with the highest of compliments. I like l'ancienne a lot. Based upon your liking though, that someone might be depressed now. I doubt that though since that someone probably understands full well that some absinthes will resonate differently to different people. Hence, different strokes for different folks. Thanks for sharing Jay.

My main concern in posting my comments was that it might come across as some kind of malicious pot-stirring, but ultimately I felt it was better to give my impressions for the sake of the site. Given your response and that of others below, I think it was worth it.

 

[snip] There are a couple of popular brands that I will sink.

That's interesting to hear. I don't recall having read any reviews or comments on WS indicating that someone disliked a popular CO so much that they chose to sink it, so I just kept looking at the glass in shock, saying to my girlfriend, "why don't I like this? EVERYONE likes this."

 

Perhaps something happened to my sample in transit (it has been a very hot week)

 

[snip] I've certainly had more than one sample over the years that suffered in transit, and compared very unfavorably to the same absinthe poured directly from the bottle.

 

Then again, it could well be that a particular herb just doesn't agree with your palate.

 

In any case, hurt feelings shouldn't be an issue when it comes to a taster expressing his or her honest opinion of a beverage, and if they do, the injured party needs to grow a thicker hide.

 

The sample did make a trip from the east coast and all the way to the Pacific NW. Given the extreme temps plaguing much of the U.S. this summer, this is a possibility, as is my dislike for a particular herb or botanical.

 

it was more like the mustiness of old books just about to start mildewing, and I hate to say it, but I had to agree the analogy was apt.

 

Perhaps something happened to my sample in transit

 

[snip] If you could, it would be great to see your review in the formal review system, so the average score accurately reflects the different experiences people may have if they try this absinthe.

 

I'll mull this over, Ron. While I do prefer to have 2 or 3 glasses of something on different days before I write a review, my experience with it was markedly similar to my girlfriend's, so I don't think my impressions were an anomaly.

 

and the first (very overwhelming) impression was "nail polish remover".

On my evaluation sheet I swear that is the very first entry under Aroma Notes.

Now that truly is interesting to me. I wonder if you and I (and my girlfriend) share the same unpleasant reaction to an herb which other folks don't. For instance, I know that a small percentage of folks despise the taste of cilantro, and what they're experiencing on their palate is not the slightly "soapy" taste that most folks do, but something completely terrible.

 

I gotta say that I got a very alcoholic/astringent opening note when I first cracked my bottle. I found it a tad disconcerting but what followed was nice enough to overlook it, in my tasting opinion. After a few weeks I shook the bottle and stashed it for another week :wave2: and I must say that aspect was notably decreased. [snip]

 

But heck, I never got anything remotely resembling nail polish remover. I'd hazard a guess that it's either a palate thing or some craptastic shipping conditions, or a bit of both. Don't feel bad about voicing your impressions. I for one actually prefer hearing different opinions of things I like, just for a bit of perspective. Or amusement, depending... :laugh: :devil:

My experience with Blues Cat was somewhat similar - it took about four weeks of aging before an unpleasant "wax crayon" taste went away, and when it did, BC became an exceptional absinthe. I believe this sample came from a bottle that had been open at least 3 weeks, though, so I don't think that was the issue here.

 

Thanks to you and everyone else for supporting me posting my thoughts. It's never fun to have bad news to give instead of good, especially when I know how long and hard folks like Stefano work on making the best absinthe they can. That being said, I'm just one person in a small minority, so I'm glad that the overwhelming majority of folks who have tried L'Ancienne have enjoyed it and will continue to do so :cheers:

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My main concern in posting my comments was that it might come across as some kind of malicious pot-stirring, but ultimately I felt it was better to give my impressions for the sake of the site. Given your response and that of others below, I think it was worth it.

 

I don't think you were stirring the pot at all. You were being honest with your interpretations and I feel like you did so in a pleasant enough way. We should all feel free to comment and disagree with each other without fear of the mass swarming down upon us to chastize out opinions. :arrr:

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Jay is a stand-up guy and a gentleman. Not the pot-stirring type. I hate that guy. :devil:

 

I've often wondered about the process of doing a review based on a small sample. I would not do it anymore, though I certainly did in the past. I've found that it takes a few glasses for me, over a week or so, to really "get" some absinthes. Sometimes all the time in the world won't help me like it, sometimes it makes a big difference. A small sample denies one that opportunity. With Blues cat for example, I never would have realized how good it was, and would have posted a so-so review. I needed a bottle to see the benefit of a little air and a few weeks of aging.

 

That being said, everyone is different, which is why variety is a good thing.

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