I recently received a sample of this absinthe by Stefano Rossoni (which I hear a few other people have received as well), and though I'd get a thread going for discussion/reviews.
I know the absinthe was pretty freshly made, and it's really evident in the coloring...super vibrant without any fading, though it was a little off-putting because it was incredibly yellow. I'd be interested to see how it looks after a few months of sitting around...it may not be so shocking.
It louched up gorgeously...there was a lot of louche action. Once louched the color was more of a pleasant lemon curd color (so, brighter yellow than what I'd consider to be "buttery"). It had some topaz reflections and a bluish-white meniscus. It louches up pretty thick and very creamy...barely shy of opaque.
Pre-louche it smelled a lot like black pepper, but once louched it became very intriguing and complex...wormwood being the only scent I can clearly identify...it smells like clean earth and there's a hint of something clove-like.
I was surprised at how light and clean it felt while drinking...especially with how thick the louche was visually. The absinthe overall is very cool and not at all dry. The first thing I noticed was that there's something almost minty about the absinthe (which typically I hate), but it didn't have any of the things I dislike that comes with familiar mint flavors (like the mouth-washy fresh breath coldness and the mentholated feel)...it reminded me more of a tastier mint, like spearmint. I wasn't able to analyze the flavor more, because after drinking more than a few sips, the absinthe kinda turns into a round and harmonious whole. It was difficult to pick out any specific flavors because they're all melded together into a cohesive flavor, though if pressed I could sorta find fennel and an impressive wormwood backing. It also still had a lot of the clean soil essence and a nice amount of an orangey-lemon tartness.
The finish was a bit more of a feel and the aroma in the throat and less of a lingering flavor, but was very pleasant and somewhat velvety. Overall I think the absinthe was a tad bit idiosyncratic to what I'd consider a strictly "traditional" absinthe, but it's not too wild...as an experienced drinker, I really enjoyed how it's not the same ol' absinthe experience but was undeniably still recognizable as an absinthe. I'm definitely looking forward to getting my hands on more in the future (hopefully!)
I did up an "official" evaluation sheet with scores while reviewing, so if people are interested in the specific scores, I can post them, but the total score ended up being a 4.