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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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A Swedish absinthe made in a 'green' distillery using traditional methods and ingredients.

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Appearance: A wonderfully vibrant peridot green. No visible sediment. Very inviting.

Louche: Thick and juicy. Reminiscent of the thick louches of pre-ban absinthes. Bright green and opalescent.

Aroma: Minty fresh and bracing. Herbaceous and powerful. Lots of wormwood with the perfume of top notch green anise and fennel. Citrus is noticeable as well. Intriguing.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Thick and tongue coating mouthfeel with just a touch of numbing. Absolutely delicious. Great balance between the holy trinity of herbs (wormwood, green anise, and fennel), as well as a nice complexity delivered by the coloring herbs. Juicy fruit sweetness from hyssop, nice mild bitterness from the petite wormwood, aromatic calamus (I think), and a great citrus undertone. Very refreshing.

Finish: Lasts all day long. Just delicious. Your mouth begs you for more.

Overall: This is an incredible absinthe. Truly one of the greats. If you can get a bottle of this, you should. Highly recommended.
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4.7
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.5
Reviewed by Brian Robinson April 02, 2016
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Incredible.

Appearance: A wonderfully vibrant peridot green. No visible sediment. Very inviting.

Louche: Thick and juicy. Reminiscent of the thick louches of pre-ban absinthes. Bright green and opalescent.

Aroma: Minty fresh and bracing. Herbaceous and powerful. Lots of wormwood with the perfume of top notch green anise and fennel. Citrus is noticeable as well. Intriguing.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Thick and tongue coating mouthfeel with just a touch of numbing. Absolutely delicious. Great balance between the holy trinity of herbs (wormwood, green anise, and fennel), as well as a nice complexity delivered by the coloring herbs. Juicy fruit sweetness from hyssop, nice mild bitterness from the petite wormwood, aromatic calamus (I think), and a great citrus undertone. Very refreshing.

Finish: Lasts all day long. Just delicious. Your mouth begs you for more.

Overall: This is an incredible absinthe. Truly one of the greats. If you can get a bottle of this, you should. Highly recommended.

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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Appearance 
 
4.9  (5)
Louche 
 
4.9  (5)
Aroma 
 
4.8  (5)
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4.3  (5)
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Beautiful peridot color pre-louche. It turns a thick olive color when water is added -- each drop of water sends white-ish plumes down into the absinthe, like the fog on an old horror movie set. It's beautiful to watch.

A fragrance of black pepper, wormwood, and herbs.
The taste is heavy on the wormwood, but in a good way. This is a serious absinthe -- Kurt Russell or Lee Van Cleef. It doesn't pull any punches. There's enough natural sweetness to balance that out though and, despite the instructions on the back of the bottle, I found that I preferred it without sugar (which seemed to clash with some flavor in the absinthe).
Overall, a very good absinthe.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
4.5
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.5
Reviewed by Shuichi Shindou February 02, 2017
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The Kurt Russell of absinthes

Beautiful peridot color pre-louche. It turns a thick olive color when water is added -- each drop of water sends white-ish plumes down into the absinthe, like the fog on an old horror movie set. It's beautiful to watch.

A fragrance of black pepper, wormwood, and herbs.
The taste is heavy on the wormwood, but in a good way. This is a serious absinthe -- Kurt Russell or Lee Van Cleef. It doesn't pull any punches. There's enough natural sweetness to balance that out though and, despite the instructions on the back of the bottle, I found that I preferred it without sugar (which seemed to clash with some flavor in the absinthe).
Overall, a very good absinthe.

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This is one powerful absinthe. Hardy, thick and can take plenty of water. Not a sweet, or mellow drink at all, but an in your face herbal explosion. A definite masculine profile. What's not to like?
If you prefer the stronger Swiss verte styles, then this one is for you.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Songcatcher July 04, 2016
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Heavy hitter

This is one powerful absinthe. Hardy, thick and can take plenty of water. Not a sweet, or mellow drink at all, but an in your face herbal explosion. A definite masculine profile. What's not to like?
If you prefer the stronger Swiss verte styles, then this one is for you.

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This is one powerful absinthe. Hardy, thick and can take plenty of water. Not a sweet, or mellow drink at all, but an in your face herbal explosion. A definite masculine profile. What's not to like?
If you prefer the stronger Swiss verte styles, then this one is for you.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Songcatcher July 04, 2016
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Heavy hitter

This is one powerful absinthe. Hardy, thick and can take plenty of water. Not a sweet, or mellow drink at all, but an in your face herbal explosion. A definite masculine profile. What's not to like?
If you prefer the stronger Swiss verte styles, then this one is for you.

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This is one powerful absinthe. Hardy, thick and can take plenty of water. Not a sweet, or mellow drink at all, but an in your face herbal explosion. A definite masculine profile. What's not to like?
If you prefer the stronger Swiss verte styles, then this one is for you.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Songcatcher July 04, 2016
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Heavy hitter

This is one powerful absinthe. Hardy, thick and can take plenty of water. Not a sweet, or mellow drink at all, but an in your face herbal explosion. A definite masculine profile. What's not to like?
If you prefer the stronger Swiss verte styles, then this one is for you.

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Appearance: Intense peridot green. Deeper than average for a verte, still completely natural looking.

Louche: very intense trails and colors during the formation, with lots of orange. Then all of a sudden, like a thunderstorm, it becomes very thick, while still retaining the clear top layer. Even at 1:5 it remains thick and green, with bluish reflexes. A real pleasure for the eye.

Aroma: Mostly wormwood, with anise and fennel. Very herbaceous. Somehow spicy like fresh ginger. Aroma changes by the minute.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Consistent with the aroma, it’s very creamy in the mouth. No alcohol, in spite of the high grade. This is an absinthe that can be diluted higher than usual because of its sheer intensity. There is a special flavor I only experience here that may be due to calamus or to the use of wild herbs. It tastes like wild wood indeed.

Finish: Long lasting in its complexity, deeply satisfying.

Overall: As a newcomer to absinthe, I tend to fall in love with any new good absinthe I taste, but this one is really special, it ticks all my boxes. It’s packed with flavors. It can be diluted much higher than usual for absinthes of its grade. It tastes like wild grass, and when compared to the best French ones it makes them look too well mannered. After one week I realised that to me one glass of this absinthe is enough, so satisfying and powerful it is. Most other absinthes I have now look dull.
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Chiopris April 13, 2016
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Intense

Appearance: Intense peridot green. Deeper than average for a verte, still completely natural looking.

Louche: very intense trails and colors during the formation, with lots of orange. Then all of a sudden, like a thunderstorm, it becomes very thick, while still retaining the clear top layer. Even at 1:5 it remains thick and green, with bluish reflexes. A real pleasure for the eye.

Aroma: Mostly wormwood, with anise and fennel. Very herbaceous. Somehow spicy like fresh ginger. Aroma changes by the minute.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Consistent with the aroma, it’s very creamy in the mouth. No alcohol, in spite of the high grade. This is an absinthe that can be diluted higher than usual because of its sheer intensity. There is a special flavor I only experience here that may be due to calamus or to the use of wild herbs. It tastes like wild wood indeed.

Finish: Long lasting in its complexity, deeply satisfying.

Overall: As a newcomer to absinthe, I tend to fall in love with any new good absinthe I taste, but this one is really special, it ticks all my boxes. It’s packed with flavors. It can be diluted much higher than usual for absinthes of its grade. It tastes like wild grass, and when compared to the best French ones it makes them look too well mannered. After one week I realised that to me one glass of this absinthe is enough, so satisfying and powerful it is. Most other absinthes I have now look dull.

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