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Fennel, what does fennel....taste like?

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#1 absinthiac



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Posted 03 May 2018 - 07:27 PM

So I'm trying to discover the taste of the basic ingredients of Absinthe.

I can spot the Green Anise, as that's the, (hate to say it), licorice flavor,

the Grand Wormwood accounts for the bitterness.

I can't say that I have tasted fennel and have no idea what it tastes like or what I should be looking for.

I would appreciate, if someone could put into words what Fennel tastes like.


Thanks for any opinions offered. 



#2 Selmac



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Posted 08 May 2018 - 07:36 AM

That's a little tough to describe for me, because it's very similar to anise.  Maybe a bit earthier.  If you really want to get to know the different flavors in absinthe, get your hands on some of the raw herbs.  I think there might be a set of single-herb distillates out there.  I've never tasted those, but I imagine they would be really helpful.  To me, Grand Wormwood imparts some of the more ethereal or purely aromatic aspects to a good absinthe.  Bitterness really shouldn't be a big part of the equation, unless the Wormwood was used in the coloring.  I consider that just wrong, but others might have a different view.


I highly recommend getting some fresh wormwood and rubbing the leaves between your fingers.  Smell that, and I think you'll start to realize what the plant brings to the overall flavor profile.  If you're morbidly curious, taste it.  The difference between the smell and the taste is a vivid demonstration of why it needs to be distilled.

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#3 absinthiac



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Posted 08 May 2018 - 08:54 AM

Thanks Selmac,

In another life, I grew wormwood, I remember it was aromatic, I'll try to buy a jar of fennel and wormwood, give it the smell test!

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 07:07 PM

Its like anise, with soy sauce.
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#5 Conju



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Posted 03 June 2018 - 08:11 PM

I've always thought of fennel as a grainy (as in malty, but not sweet) version of anise. It's probably bar none my favorite flavor, because it rounds out a lot of otherwise uni dimensional absinthes.

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#6 Jonathan D.

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 08:12 PM

You can buy fennel in the grocery store, it's quite nice, it's like very mildly licorice-y celery.  But be forewarned growing it, this stuff goes what I call "Jurassic" in a hurry!!  Between the Florence fennel and bougainvillea, the little side yard at my townhome got pretty crowded.

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