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Wormwood Society Logo• Not poisonous, and never was?
• Not hallucinogenic, and never was?
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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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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 Mata Hari

Absinthe Mata Hari

 
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Mata Hari bills itself as an absinthe without the anis. Well, it definitely doesn't have the anis.



The color is obviously a fake, bright bluish green, but not necessarily unappetizing.



Watering brings about a very quick louche, but it isn't a strong one. Gets a bit cloudy but that's about it. It turns a radioactive green color when fully diluted.



Mata Hari neat has a cinnamony scent that's a bit medicinal. After water it has a strong scent of marjoram and cinnamon with a noticeable absence of fennel or anis. A perfect impression of the smell of those little candy hearts with messages on them that you get during valentine's day.



The flavor is extremely bitter. Lots of wormwood, not much else. Definitely would benefit from loads of sugar if taken like a real absinthe. My recommendation though would to only use this in drink recipes, almost like a bitters.
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Reviewed by Brian Robinson June 24, 2007
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Not like any absinthe I've ever tasted

Mata Hari bills itself as an absinthe without the anis. Well, it definitely doesn't have the anis.



The color is obviously a fake, bright bluish green, but not necessarily unappetizing.



Watering brings about a very quick louche, but it isn't a strong one. Gets a bit cloudy but that's about it. It turns a radioactive green color when fully diluted.



Mata Hari neat has a cinnamony scent that's a bit medicinal. After water it has a strong scent of marjoram and cinnamon with a noticeable absence of fennel or anis. A perfect impression of the smell of those little candy hearts with messages on them that you get during valentine's day.



The flavor is extremely bitter. Lots of wormwood, not much else. Definitely would benefit from loads of sugar if taken like a real absinthe. My recommendation though would to only use this in drink recipes, almost like a bitters.

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