I totally agree with you, if you have to microwave an absinthe, it means that something is wrong with it.
All I'm saying is that you can save an absinthe from the sink with this trick, nothing else, but distillers should be take much more care of their products before releasing them.
The problem, my friend, is that as long as the consumers will not speak up when they realize they've been ripped off, having being sold a substandard absinthe, the distillers will not increase quality control. Quite the opposite in fact. The message that the market is sending to the distillers is: "as long as you don't fuck it up too much, no one will notice. If you do really fuck it up, sell it anyway cause people don't really care".
greytail makes an excellent point.
If I were brand new to absinthe, and due to inexperience bought a bottle of something that was crap then I would chalk it up to learning. But, I am a few years into this stuff now, and I have anxiously awaited the release of Sauvage; due to it's excellent reputation and and glowing reviews. Expecting that it would sell out quickly, like most popular limited editions, I splurged on 3 bottles as soon as I saw it was available. Now I have 3 pretty costly bottles of absinthe that not only are nothing like the previous releases, but must be unusually manipulated to enjoy. I bought based upon reputation, yet the distiller did not release a product worthy of said reputation. In my limited experience, the absinthe in these bottles is not worth the price that I paid. Let me state that my tasting experience includes highly reputable absinthes such as L'Ancienne, Jades, MoL and many others.
I can't blame the distributor. Yet, it is very interesting to note that the next company to have Sauvage available is doing some serious CYA by promoting that this batch is not expected to be like the first. That begs the question: was this a result of seeing the poor reviews, or did the distiller provide some insight? It would also beg the question: how do you justify releasing something called Sauvage when you know going in that it is not the same as Sauvage? It is pretty well understood that distilling absinthe is a fickle art, and batches can differ based upon any number of reasons. But, if the recipe changes it is wrong to ride on the products previous reputation, as it seems has been done here. An absinthes reputation is derived from several successful distillations.
Just my 2 cents. I don't know what the solution is, so I will simply lick my wounds. I will also be very cautious before making another similar purchase. That's how we learn, right? That's why you guys all sit back and let us newbies make the mistakes for you.
I'll tell you what the solution is, and it's exactly the same you would adopt if you got ripped off with a defective product worth several hinders of dollars: write to the distillery and complain about it. Then write to whoever sold you the bottles and demand a refund because you were sold a defective product. And most importantly, WRITE A REVIEW on the vendor website and copy and paste it wherever you can.
I just checked now and with all the bottles of in drinkable Roquette that have been sold, do you guys know how many 1 star reviews it has on the page of the main distributor? 3! Just 3 bad reviews! Which is why the Roquette still has a 4.5/5 stars rating!
If anyone bought a $70 bottle of wine that turned out to be undrinkable, they would complain to the store, to the winery, and if those didn't make it right, they would never buy from the same winery again.
Why people don't expect from absinthe makers the same honesty they expect from any other kind of expensive non-mass produced product is beyond me, but I know for damn sure that as long as this is the general attitude, things will just keep getting worse.