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Did You Know Absinthe Is ...

Wormwood Society Logo• Not poisonous, and never was?
• Not hallucinogenic, and never was?
• Legal in the USA since the 1960s?
• Not just a novelty? There are fine absinthes, just like fine wine, whisky, and cognac.  Read more here:

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Preparing Absinthe In Society

Properly preparing a glass of absinthe isn't as complicated as you may think.

Absinthe enthusiasts often refer to absinthe preparation as the "absinthe ritual", but it's not very different from making a cup of tea.

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Absinthe Evaluation Tutorial

Do you know how to tell a great absinthe from a so-so absinthe?  What does one look for, or demand, in a glass of absinthe?  Just as with fine wine, fine absinthe has a whole language and system for evaluation and tasting.

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Absinthe H. Bazinet Jeune circa 1910

Absinthe H. Bazinet Jeune circa 1910

 
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Color was a wonderful straw color with still a few hints of green. A great example of typical Feuille Morte.



I had to take off a point for the louche because it was very slow and didn't build into a very good opalescent hue. Became cloudy, but meh, nothing amazing.



Before water, the wine base alcohol was quite evident, but not in an unpleasant way. Nose of fennel and wormwood, with almost a nutty undertone. Fresh and clean.



The aging imparts hints of caramel into the light anis and fennel flavors, as well as rounds out some of the bitterness from the wormwood. I'm assuming the aging has mellowed some of the flavors, as they weren't as strong as one would expect. All in all, it still tastes delicious, but the aftertaste left me wanting.



Overall, I'm very happy that I made the investment to try this great example of a well renowned absinthe in its heyday.
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
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5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson June 24, 2007
Last updated: July 16, 2007
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A very nice pre-ban

Color was a wonderful straw color with still a few hints of green. A great example of typical Feuille Morte.



I had to take off a point for the louche because it was very slow and didn't build into a very good opalescent hue. Became cloudy, but meh, nothing amazing.



Before water, the wine base alcohol was quite evident, but not in an unpleasant way. Nose of fennel and wormwood, with almost a nutty undertone. Fresh and clean.



The aging imparts hints of caramel into the light anis and fennel flavors, as well as rounds out some of the bitterness from the wormwood. I'm assuming the aging has mellowed some of the flavors, as they weren't as strong as one would expect. All in all, it still tastes delicious, but the aftertaste left me wanting.



Overall, I'm very happy that I made the investment to try this great example of a well renowned absinthe in its heyday.

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