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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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Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
4.0  (1)
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2.5  (1)
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4.0  (1)
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Appearance: A nice feuille morte color that is clean and very gem-like. Almost looks like a deep liquid topaz.

Louche: The louche is slow to form and thin. There is a cloudiness but thee overall translucency is still very clear.

Aroma: Wormwood, mint, lemon-balm, apple, and rose all seem to appear at once. There is the expected nose of oak and vanilla as well, although those aromas are not heavy and more in the background.

Flavor: The flavor opens up with a smooth wormwood and vanilla combo. The vanilla is much more apparent in the flavor than the nose. Sharp coriander comes out a bit against the anise background. Floral and fruit (malic) notes accompany in small amounts. There's a sense of tobacco hiding backstage as well. Overall this is very complex and tasty experience.

Finish: Mint and apple flavors peak from behind a silky vanilla curtain. Wormwood appears for a final bow before the vanilla curtain is drawn. The finish lasts quite a while and is very pleasant.

Overall: This absinthe does very well in striking a peculiar balance. The herbs seem fresh even though the absinthe is aged. The aging made this absinthe smooth, but not silky. Mint use is subtle and not overpowering at all. Wormwood acts as a well timed conductor instead of stealing the show. This absinthe is a unique and complex blend that is like a jazz trio compared to the rock concert that other absinthes tend to aim for. The only area that needs serious improvement, would be the louche.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
2.5
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Evan Camomile October 21, 2013
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A Flame Indeed

Appearance: A nice feuille morte color that is clean and very gem-like. Almost looks like a deep liquid topaz.

Louche: The louche is slow to form and thin. There is a cloudiness but thee overall translucency is still very clear.

Aroma: Wormwood, mint, lemon-balm, apple, and rose all seem to appear at once. There is the expected nose of oak and vanilla as well, although those aromas are not heavy and more in the background.

Flavor: The flavor opens up with a smooth wormwood and vanilla combo. The vanilla is much more apparent in the flavor than the nose. Sharp coriander comes out a bit against the anise background. Floral and fruit (malic) notes accompany in small amounts. There's a sense of tobacco hiding backstage as well. Overall this is very complex and tasty experience.

Finish: Mint and apple flavors peak from behind a silky vanilla curtain. Wormwood appears for a final bow before the vanilla curtain is drawn. The finish lasts quite a while and is very pleasant.

Overall: This absinthe does very well in striking a peculiar balance. The herbs seem fresh even though the absinthe is aged. The aging made this absinthe smooth, but not silky. Mint use is subtle and not overpowering at all. Wormwood acts as a well timed conductor instead of stealing the show. This absinthe is a unique and complex blend that is like a jazz trio compared to the rock concert that other absinthes tend to aim for. The only area that needs serious improvement, would be the louche.

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