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Justifiée & Ancienne - New Zufanek Absinthe

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My bottle just arrived today. It's on the soft and floral side. (I'm preferring the 4:1 water ratio, whereas I usually go 4.5:1)
Almost has what I'd describe as a "powdered sugar" flavor on the finish.
Delicious. The quality of the wine base really shines through.

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My bottle just arrived today. It's on the soft and floral side. (I'm preferring the 4:1 water ratio, whereas I usually go 4.5:1)

I would say that's way too much water for such a beautiful absinthe. 2.5/1 is where it belongs, without muting it down.

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I will go one farther. This surpasses lancienne.

After tasting I wonder if Stefano's product was good because he had Martin's experience helping him.

 

It is quite apparent that martin can create a similar yet better version without Stefano's input.

Edited by greytail

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I will go one farther. This surpasses lancienne.

After tasting I wonder if Stefano's product was good because he had Martin's experience helping him.

 

It is quite apparent that martin can create a similar yet better version without Stefano's input.

 

 

Right, because Martin was such an accomplished absinthe distiller before I started collaborating with him in 2009. How many people were raving about his absinthe in 2009? His St. Antoine III in 2009 still had a lot of star anise in it, which I advised him to get rid of. He is a very good distiller and knows a lot more than I do when it comes to his traditional products, but I came into the collaboration with the knowledge about distilling absinthe. Which is why HE approached me in 2009 because he was interested in my expertise and skills regarding absinthe. The fact that his absinthes improved AFTER the beginning of our collaboration is pretty solid proof of who learnt from whom in terms of absinthe distillation.

And just to be clear, of course I was frustrated when Martin released an absinthe with almost the same name, the same base, maybe even the same distilling protocol (seeing how people commented on how similar it was), as my L’Ancienne right after I decided to suspend the production. Who wouldn’t be? I believe that the whole thing could have been handled in a better, more respectful way, but this has no effect on my opinion on the excellent quality of Martin’s current absinthes. If anything, it proves that he put what he learnt from me to good use. So I have no absolutely no problem with people liking Martin’s absinthes, and I also have no problem with people not liking my work, if that’s how they feel. However, I do have a problem with false statements about the nature of our collaboration and my part in it.

Also, dear Greytail, this little jab you are trying to throw at me hoping to upset me, it’s quite ridiculous. You went from being the staunchest L’Ancienne fan and in biggest fan of my work to now spontaneously coming up with this insinuations, just because we had a fallout in the past month. Don’t you realize how phony that makes you look? I’m sure people here remember your posts over the years. I don’t get why you are so butthurt over ending our friendship. I keep telling you I have no ill feelings towards you and no grudge, but you are acting like a teenage girl who got dumped for the first time.

I already had to block your number and your email, please don’t turn this public forum into an outlet for your personal vendetta against me, it’s not fair to the absinthe community. Stop trying to provoke me and just get over it, man.

And before you claim that you just changed your mind about my work and that your post is not personal, think about the timing of your post right after the nasty emails you sent me, which I still have. So, do yourself a favor, and don’t.

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I enjoyed L'Ancienne and J&A as well... \_(ツ)_/¯

 

Nice work, all.

You tried them both?

Edited by Carlo

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And I poured just a small sample since it was so early in the day. And then I poured another small sample. Ummmm and then another. Only a few ounces total but this is a deliciously balanced absinthe. No sugar and playing between a 1:2-1:3 ratio. Easy sipping, some floral notes up front - wormwood on the back. I'll be the first to admit that my palate isn't a finely tuned instrument so no mountain top experiences for me on this one but really nice. One I'm tempted to share with my friends and yet may jealously guard it from all... :)

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