Hi everyone, I've been meaning to post on this since I first tried it a month or so back at Absinthe Salon but have been a little slack. On the plus side, I've been able to try this several more times since then, so I'm a bit more confident in my opinions.
Anyway, Reverie is a new Australian absinthe and, I would argue, the first credible commercial absinthe to be produced here (since previous attempts have involved artificial colours and novelty names - ie Moulin Rooz). As such, i think its quite an accomplishment. I should say I have no involvement with the product aside from being a regular visitor to the salon so I've got nothing to gain from plugging it.
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From what I've read online or been told from Gaye and Joop at the salon, Reverie is produced by Distillery Botanica on the New South Wales Central Coast, just north of Sydney, in a partnership between the owner distiller and a former scientist with the CSIRO (Australia's top science body), though the production of this first commercial batch hit a bump when one half of the team (the scientist) needed to have heart surgery.
Anyway, it went on to win a silver medal at the IWS - not a bad effort for a first time absinthe maker from a country without the great absinthe histories of France or Switzerland or even the US. The distiller and Absinthe Salon recommends a ratio of 2:1 water with no sugar because the tastes here are very subtle. I've found its definitely a drink to start with because its very difficult to pick up some of the complexities after a glass of something stronger. Personally I prefer it with a little more water 2.5:1 or thereabouts with just the slightest hint of sugar, but that's a personal thing. Here are my tasting notes from a couple of nights ago:
Aroma: mild, hints of wormwood
Louche: Develops to a good medium thickness
Taste: Wormwood hits the palate first but slowly gives way to anise. Fantastic length
Mouthfeel: nice and thick, not surprising given the low water ratio
Overall impression: wonderful. Very delicate and nuanced, definitely a "first" drink - would be hard to taste the subtleties after having something stronger.
Here's a news article on it: http://www.dailytele...i-1226710588646
For anyone in Australia wanting to pick up a bottle, its available here: http://www.absinthes...duct_id=5374612
Anyway, I hope this is of interest to some of you. Cheers