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Did You Know Absinthe Is ...

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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Jade V.S. 1898

Jade V.S. 1898

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Appearance: Jade! Even after many moons in the bottle.

Louche: An attractive opalescence.

Aroma: sweet and herbaceous. It draws you in.

Flavor: wonderful balance of high quality herbs. the wormwood is tasty and assertive without overpowering the sweetness of the anise.

Finish: Again, very well balanced and herbaceous. refreshing, and lingers for days!

Overall: Ted Breaux knows his stuff. Anyone who enjoys top quality absinthe should own a bottle of this.
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Reviewed by Brian Robinson December 08, 2015
Last updated: December 08, 2015
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Another nice Jade iteration

Appearance: Jade! Even after many moons in the bottle.

Louche: An attractive opalescence.

Aroma: sweet and herbaceous. It draws you in.

Flavor: wonderful balance of high quality herbs. the wormwood is tasty and assertive without overpowering the sweetness of the anise.

Finish: Again, very well balanced and herbaceous. refreshing, and lingers for days!

Overall: Ted Breaux knows his stuff. Anyone who enjoys top quality absinthe should own a bottle of this.

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Pre-louche, the absinthe is a transparent light green, leaning toward golden-brown.
The louche is thick and milky, with transparency near the edges at a 1/4 absinthe-water ratio.

I worked my way through a bottle of this at the same time as the Edouard and Jade 1901, so my perception of VS 1898 might be skewed by comparisons to those other two. It's neither as austere as the Eduoard nor creamy as the 1901.
Rather, the aroma and taste of VS 1898 tend toward the sweet, clean side.

The taste really shines as it warms up. After the initial "hit" of flavor on the tongue, a second wave comes around a few moments later -- a darker, Ricola-like flavor, which transitions to a finish that also reminds me of Ricola lozenges. It's worth holding the absinthe in the mouth for a while so that the sweet prickly herbal flavors can just soak into your tongue.
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4.0
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4.0
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Reviewed by Shuichi Shindou January 24, 2017
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Very good

Pre-louche, the absinthe is a transparent light green, leaning toward golden-brown.
The louche is thick and milky, with transparency near the edges at a 1/4 absinthe-water ratio.

I worked my way through a bottle of this at the same time as the Edouard and Jade 1901, so my perception of VS 1898 might be skewed by comparisons to those other two. It's neither as austere as the Eduoard nor creamy as the 1901.
Rather, the aroma and taste of VS 1898 tend toward the sweet, clean side.

The taste really shines as it warms up. After the initial "hit" of flavor on the tongue, a second wave comes around a few moments later -- a darker, Ricola-like flavor, which transitions to a finish that also reminds me of Ricola lozenges. It's worth holding the absinthe in the mouth for a while so that the sweet prickly herbal flavors can just soak into your tongue.

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Color: light peridot green, very classic. No sediment.

Louche: Beautiful louche, starting soon, showing lovely blue and orange reflexes while staying opalescent and not too thick, with a clear top layer. At 1:5 it starts growing thinner.

Aroma: before adding water some alcohol can be perceived (my bottle was uncorked just recently), along with anise and wormwood. When adding water the aroma literally explodes with the best green anise and some liquorice.

Taste: a perfectly round, perfectly balanced holy trinity. Not too sweet, not too bitter, not too heavy on anise. The liquorice note is stronger than average. Fennel is not very strong, but spicy notes are still there. Complex, it invites to be experienced again and again.

Finish: all the complex flavours linger in the mouth and nose pretty long.

Overall: This is obviously a top quality absinthe, a true classic. I even prefer it to Terminus and I wonder why it seems to get less attention than other in the Jade line.
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Reviewed by Chiopris May 23, 2016
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A true classic

Color: light peridot green, very classic. No sediment.

Louche: Beautiful louche, starting soon, showing lovely blue and orange reflexes while staying opalescent and not too thick, with a clear top layer. At 1:5 it starts growing thinner.

Aroma: before adding water some alcohol can be perceived (my bottle was uncorked just recently), along with anise and wormwood. When adding water the aroma literally explodes with the best green anise and some liquorice.

Taste: a perfectly round, perfectly balanced holy trinity. Not too sweet, not too bitter, not too heavy on anise. The liquorice note is stronger than average. Fennel is not very strong, but spicy notes are still there. Complex, it invites to be experienced again and again.

Finish: all the complex flavours linger in the mouth and nose pretty long.

Overall: This is obviously a top quality absinthe, a true classic. I even prefer it to Terminus and I wonder why it seems to get less attention than other in the Jade line.

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My bottle is labelled V.S. 1898, but the Jade website seems to be calling it C.F. Berger, and it presumably was the old Jade Verte Suisse. Well, whatever, it is good absinthe.

Before water, it does not appear remarkable: the color is a dull peridot, which improves with the louche to present a nice grayish jade color. Before water, the aroma is arresting and bracingly herbal. This mellows with the louche to a fresh, herbal scent that is very pleasing. The flavor is bold and spicy, but thankfully not too peppery, and the absinthe has a seemingly endless herbal finish.

High marks for this brand.
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4.2
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
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4.5
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by marlow August 06, 2013
Last updated: August 06, 2013
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A Jade by any other name...

My bottle is labelled V.S. 1898, but the Jade website seems to be calling it C.F. Berger, and it presumably was the old Jade Verte Suisse. Well, whatever, it is good absinthe.

Before water, it does not appear remarkable: the color is a dull peridot, which improves with the louche to present a nice grayish jade color. Before water, the aroma is arresting and bracingly herbal. This mellows with the louche to a fresh, herbal scent that is very pleasing. The flavor is bold and spicy, but thankfully not too peppery, and the absinthe has a seemingly endless herbal finish.

High marks for this brand.

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