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#31 Leichenwagen

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 01:35 AM

Three bottles arrived today. No customs charges. Will post review after several tastings.

#32 view of the mountain

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:08 AM

After much difficulty, including having the local doctor from the village, whose house I am renting, interrupt his on-call duty to sign for the parcel, my Sauvage has finally reached its destination - i.e. my table. The water is chilling and the glasses are ready. I doubt whether the French state has been as inconvenieced by absinthe since 1915. All of this has nothing to do with the company I should add, but is a result of the difficulties posed by the address I am at. Archive spirits sent an attractive card with instructions for preparation.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:09 PM

And?

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 04:30 PM

And... Roses! They send a card and roses with each order. B)
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#35 Ambear

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:31 PM

I'm looking forward to tasting it tomorrow. :dev-cheers:
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:32 PM

Hey! Where's mah roses!? :)

Lucid puts preparation tips and a history class on the bottle. But who gives a xit, it's the contents that matter. On that point the Sauvage does very well. :)

Question for the experts. What is that honey/tangerine taste that I've only found in Sauvage?

#37 Ambear

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:34 PM

I think that's the flavor of thujonez grown outside of captivity. :laugh:
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 06:53 PM

That would be wild mountain honey and alpine tangerines! Seriously though, good stuff isn't it?

#39 view of the mountain

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:22 AM

I think so; though I need some more to develop a more firm opinion re taste. It definitely louches better than the Rocquette, you can see there is a lot more going on when you pour in the water. I also think that, Miguel, Scott, you are right, there is a tangerine thing going on - easily detectable in the smell; its almost the definitive smell. Maybe that sweetness is also in the taste as I don't think you need that much sugar, if any. I'll return later with some more on the taste, but even I have to wait until at least lunchtime.

Edited by view of the mountain, 17 August 2011 - 01:40 AM.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 03:44 AM

I was only being silly (but that doesn't mean Miguel isn't tasting tangerine). I suppose it's possible for an herbal element to color the lemon or other citrus impressions found in so many absinthes.

#41 Harry

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:40 AM

...perhaps it is the added lemon or orange Kool-aid mixed in for that added kick.......

#42 Absomphe

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 06:24 AM

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#43 OMG_Bill

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 06:58 AM

Perhaps Lemon Balm or Melissa, they may add a bit of lemony/citrusy character. There are a few other herbs that give that impression. Just a SWAG. <shrug>
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#44 view of the mountain

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:36 AM

There is definitely tangerine in the smell, though can't really detect in the taste, which is quite peppery. The louche is, I believe, a lot thicker, milkier, than the Rocquette, more satisfying, and wait ... what's that ... the sound of the bells at five. Got to go!
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:19 AM

I actually get the tangerine impressions on the nose, as well. However, it dissipates at a rather rapid rate at dilutions beyond 3.5:1 for me. I observed this nature of "citrus" in one other absinthe I've reviewed (see my review of L'Italienne, "Subtle Seduction"). Who knows? Maybe it's present more often than we actually detect, and is partially responsible for orange being one of the food flavors absinthe pairs with readily.

And as long as I'm getting my 2 coppery ones worth here, this would be a great example of an absinthe to louche to 3.5 or 4 to 1, taste and take it up to 5:1 in .5 part increments just to see what happens. The bloom of the florals on the way up is amazing, and the hyssop at 5:1 just sings!
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 12:18 PM

....Kook Aid is really big in Europe............. :laugh:

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:08 AM

Okay; I polished off a couple of glasses at about 3:1, possibly 3.5, with a sugar cube: delicious. It is weaker than the Roquette so I think you do need more in the glass. I also stuck the glass in the freezer for nearly a whole day and ice formed in the glass, while using iced water to dilute. The tangerine is only in the smell but there is a real kind of woody oily slick in this drink at that concentration. Good stuff.
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#48 Absomphe

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:19 AM

....Kook Aid is really big in Europe............. :laugh:


Must be the wrong kind, then. :harhar:

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:33 AM

You people are awful...convincing me to drop $150 on a bottle of absinthe just now. Such bad influences!

#50 Jack Griffin

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:17 AM

I believe it's $114, and free shipping if you get 2.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:24 AM

I believe it's $114, and free shipping if you get 2.


It was $114 for a bottle plus $45 for shipping. I couldn't justify getting two bottles at this time.

#52 Pčre Ubu

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:27 AM

I know your pain. I tried Scott's sales pitch with my wife just to be met with an ugly stare. Sucks, because I like it.

On the positive side, I'll be able to order Pacifique sooner as my $$ recovers.

#53 Alfred Jarry

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 12:08 PM

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#54 Ambear

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 12:12 PM

It's a good thing Evan doesn't have to check with me to see if he's allowed to buy absinthe...he just went for two bottles so I don't have to share mine with him unless I'm feeling extra generous. :devil: :laugh:

I'm also picking up that citrus-y tangerine flavor...it's much sweeter and more orangey than what I'd typically associate with coriander.
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#55 Absomphe

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 01:53 PM

<----Thriving Clown. Avoiding the Kool Aid™ since 1979. :devil:


Ken Kesey would be displeased.


Perhaps, but like you, he's dead, and I'm still here. :harhar:

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#56 Alfred Jarry

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 05:33 PM

Further proof that both the dead and living have nothing better to do with their time. :shifty:
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#57 Joe Legate

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:02 PM

<----Thriving Clown. Avoiding the Kool Aid™ since 1979. :devil:


Ken Kesey would be displeased.


Perhaps, but like you, he's dead, and I'm still here.

Oh, the Pranksters are doing just fine, thank-you-very-much. B)

#58 Absomphe

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 06:07 AM

Of course, you're obviously on the bus. :thumbup:

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#59 view of the mountain

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 09:09 AM

Just finished one more glass, served as cold as I can make it; and Ambear is right, there is also citrus/tangerine in the flavour which, better still, lingers in the mouth long after you have actually finished. A miracle and - dam - archive spirits have run out of bottles, I think.
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#60 rob fritz

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 01:25 PM

While in Switzerland I saw an acrylic tube with absinthe ingredients layered within to the approximate ratio of each and there was dried orange peel listed. So maybe you are not HALLUCINATING :wacko: But only Oxy would be able to confirm


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