I've been out of the loop here for quite a while; I just happened to stop into a liquor store today to look for new additions to their absinthe stock, and saw a bottle of Letherbee Malort. Totally new to me, but I have tried their oak-aged absinthe, so of course I had to buy it (about $35 for a liter).
I was surprised I had never heard of it, since it's obviously a "cousin" of absinthe. Not really a lot of information out there, other than its Swedish origin and Chicago-centric popularity in the US.
It does look, smell, and taste similar to some of the more pedestrian absinthes. Fair louche effect with cold water, very bitter aftertaste, less herbal complexity. I rarely sugar absinthe, but the malort definitely benefitted from added sweetness. Interesting, but I'll have to experiment to find the most palatable use for this liquor.
(BTW, just realized this thread is from February 2013, NOT 2014...guess I have been waaay out of the loop)
Edited by sardonix, 10 February 2014 - 08:56 PM.