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Preparing Absinthe In Society

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Vit Opal

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A sister brand of Gron Opal produced in Sweden.

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Appearance: As with is partner, Green Opal, the packaging is very clean and attractive. Bright and inviting.

Louche: Very nice, opalescent louche. A bit thinner than the verte, but not by much.

Aroma: Minty! Calamus is redolent, pairing nicely with the alpine aromas of wormwood, fennel and anise.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. The mintiness of the wormwood. Similar to a Swiss Le Bleue, but with a unique twist. Great flavors from the absinthe basics, but the twist comes in with the tannic citrus flavor of lemongrass and the sweet floweriness of chamomile. Slight numbing sensation.

Finish: Incredibly refreshing. Slightly astringent, but not bitter. Enjoyable.

Overall: One of the better blanche style absinthes out there. Traditional enough to satisfy any fan of Le Bleue style, but unique enough to satisfy those who might feel as though many Le Bleues taste too similar. Recommended.
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Reviewed by Brian Robinson April 02, 2016
Last updated: April 05, 2016
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Another great absinthe

Appearance: As with is partner, Green Opal, the packaging is very clean and attractive. Bright and inviting.

Louche: Very nice, opalescent louche. A bit thinner than the verte, but not by much.

Aroma: Minty! Calamus is redolent, pairing nicely with the alpine aromas of wormwood, fennel and anise.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. The mintiness of the wormwood. Similar to a Swiss Le Bleue, but with a unique twist. Great flavors from the absinthe basics, but the twist comes in with the tannic citrus flavor of lemongrass and the sweet floweriness of chamomile. Slight numbing sensation.

Finish: Incredibly refreshing. Slightly astringent, but not bitter. Enjoyable.

Overall: One of the better blanche style absinthes out there. Traditional enough to satisfy any fan of Le Bleue style, but unique enough to satisfy those who might feel as though many Le Bleues taste too similar. Recommended.

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4.7  (3)
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This is one smooth operator. Unlike it's bolder older brother, this one blends all the wonderful herbs into one harmonious sip, while remaining an intensely powerful expression, that shows just how well the Swedes have their art down to a craft. Beautiful. As with the Grön, the Vit is not afraid of water, and holds up well to any ratio you prefer. One of the best. Do not delay, buy a bottle now.
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Reviewed by Songcatcher July 04, 2016
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Sweet sister

This is one smooth operator. Unlike it's bolder older brother, this one blends all the wonderful herbs into one harmonious sip, while remaining an intensely powerful expression, that shows just how well the Swedes have their art down to a craft. Beautiful. As with the Grön, the Vit is not afraid of water, and holds up well to any ratio you prefer. One of the best. Do not delay, buy a bottle now.

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This is one smooth operator. Unlike it's bolder older brother, this one blends all the wonderful herbs into one harmonious sip, while remaining an intensely powerful expression, that shows just how well the Swedes have their art down to a craft. Beautiful. As with the Grön, the Vit is not afraid of water, and holds up well to any ratio you prefer. One of the best. Do not delay, buy a bottle now.
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4.9
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.5
Reviewed by Songcatcher July 04, 2016
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Sweet sister

This is one smooth operator. Unlike it's bolder older brother, this one blends all the wonderful herbs into one harmonious sip, while remaining an intensely powerful expression, that shows just how well the Swedes have their art down to a craft. Beautiful. As with the Grön, the Vit is not afraid of water, and holds up well to any ratio you prefer. One of the best. Do not delay, buy a bottle now.

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Appearance: Nice package, though I like the Grön better. The Vit package is so neat and the content so clear that one may underestimate the overall value. The absinthe is perfectly clear, with no sediment.

Louche: Beautiful louche, ready to start, showing light bluish reflexes while staying opalescent and not too thick, with a clear top layer. At 1:5 it is stil thick.

Aroma: subtle and complex and deep rather then intense. The aromas peculiar to the Grön are here too, but the Vit is less herbaceous and displays stronger notes of ginger and cola. Think of a pond surrounded by wild grass in summer day.

Taste: the holy trinity is there, but not alone. The sweetness of green anise is present but not as strong or even intrusive as in some Bleue. The lovely bitterness of wormwood is surrounded by other spicy notes. Because of its balance it is difficult to tear apart the main components, and the general feeling is that of freshly cut wild grass.

Finish: very fresh and slightly bitter, it persists long both on the nose and tongue. Staying so fresh and light, it may make difficult to stop drinking.

Overall: while I drink almost exclusively the vertes, I was drawn to the Vit because of the very good experience I had with Grön and because of its lower alcohol content. The Vit is likely to be the only Blanche I am going to buy again and again. It is less strong (or even less heavy) than the Grön, while retaining its complex palette of tastes and aromas. My favourite dilution is 1:5 or even higher, with no sugar.
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4.5
Reviewed by Chiopris June 06, 2016
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The Blanche for those who love the Vertes

Appearance: Nice package, though I like the Grön better. The Vit package is so neat and the content so clear that one may underestimate the overall value. The absinthe is perfectly clear, with no sediment.

Louche: Beautiful louche, ready to start, showing light bluish reflexes while staying opalescent and not too thick, with a clear top layer. At 1:5 it is stil thick.

Aroma: subtle and complex and deep rather then intense. The aromas peculiar to the Grön are here too, but the Vit is less herbaceous and displays stronger notes of ginger and cola. Think of a pond surrounded by wild grass in summer day.

Taste: the holy trinity is there, but not alone. The sweetness of green anise is present but not as strong or even intrusive as in some Bleue. The lovely bitterness of wormwood is surrounded by other spicy notes. Because of its balance it is difficult to tear apart the main components, and the general feeling is that of freshly cut wild grass.

Finish: very fresh and slightly bitter, it persists long both on the nose and tongue. Staying so fresh and light, it may make difficult to stop drinking.

Overall: while I drink almost exclusively the vertes, I was drawn to the Vit because of the very good experience I had with Grön and because of its lower alcohol content. The Vit is likely to be the only Blanche I am going to buy again and again. It is less strong (or even less heavy) than the Grön, while retaining its complex palette of tastes and aromas. My favourite dilution is 1:5 or even higher, with no sugar.

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