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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?
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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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This absinthe is about as close to the original 'Ordinaire' recipe as one can get. Dubied founded this distillery in 1798 after having bought the recipe from the Hendriod sisters.

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Appearance: A wonderful fuille morte. If you didn't know, you would think it was cognac from across the room. No sediment. Jewel-like.

Louche: Quick to louche, being completely formed by 1:1. The final product is opalescent, with tobacco hues interspersed with peach and white. Very pretty.

Aroma: Lots of fine oiled leather and old books, with anise at the forefront, followed by a hint of fennel and the mintiness of the wormwood. Sugary confections throughout the entire experience.

Flavor and mouthfeel: Coats the tongue wonderfully, but isn't as thick as something like Pernod Fils or H. Basinet. Not particularly complex (not surprising based on the age of the recipe), but very well balanced. It's quite refreshing and light, with anise being prominant and vegetal underpinnings from the fennel. The wormwood follows up at the end with a nice, bracing finish. Not overly bitter, but pleasantly astringent.

Finish: Anise lingers, but not as long as some of the other, more anise-heavy vintage brands. The wormwood again asserts itself at the end. It's a bit more astringent than I'd like, but I could see the addition of sugar (as was the norm at the time) rounding out the flavors nicely. Alas, I can't bring myself to adulterate this fine beverage with sugar, so I'll have to leave that as a guess.

Overall: A wonderful treat from one of the oldest Absinthe distilleries ever to exist. A great insight into the beginnings of the absinthe industry.
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4.8
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.5
Finish 
 
4.5
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4.5
Reviewed by Brian Robinson May 02, 2013
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A rare treat

Appearance: A wonderful fuille morte. If you didn't know, you would think it was cognac from across the room. No sediment. Jewel-like.

Louche: Quick to louche, being completely formed by 1:1. The final product is opalescent, with tobacco hues interspersed with peach and white. Very pretty.

Aroma: Lots of fine oiled leather and old books, with anise at the forefront, followed by a hint of fennel and the mintiness of the wormwood. Sugary confections throughout the entire experience.

Flavor and mouthfeel: Coats the tongue wonderfully, but isn't as thick as something like Pernod Fils or H. Basinet. Not particularly complex (not surprising based on the age of the recipe), but very well balanced. It's quite refreshing and light, with anise being prominant and vegetal underpinnings from the fennel. The wormwood follows up at the end with a nice, bracing finish. Not overly bitter, but pleasantly astringent.

Finish: Anise lingers, but not as long as some of the other, more anise-heavy vintage brands. The wormwood again asserts itself at the end. It's a bit more astringent than I'd like, but I could see the addition of sugar (as was the norm at the time) rounding out the flavors nicely. Alas, I can't bring myself to adulterate this fine beverage with sugar, so I'll have to leave that as a guess.

Overall: A wonderful treat from one of the oldest Absinthe distilleries ever to exist. A great insight into the beginnings of the absinthe industry.

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