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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?
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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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Emerald New

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The first publicly available distilled absinthe made in Texas.

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Normally I get concerned when a brand markets itself as a 'low anise' style absinthe. I always warn people that there is no such thing as absinthe without anise, and that if you don't like anise, you won't like absinthe. And that's OK. Absinthe isn't for everyone. So when I first heard about Emerald I was justifiably worried. Happily, this brand is STILL an absinthe. It's just concentrated on pulling forward some other herbs as opposed to taking out anise.

Appearance: a nice EVOO color with no visible sediment

Louche: louching with a fountain, it builds slowly, but ends up being quite thick. This is a good indication that they haven't reduced the anise bill as some brands might do.

Aroma: punchy and herbal with lots of alpine aromas. Earthy and minerally with anise, wormwood, and coriander at the forefont.

Flavor: earthy again. The anise comes out much more than you'd think from a brand that talks about being low anise. And I'm happy about that. Wormwood, mint, citrus, and peppery coriander are prominant. Certainly an absinthe, but one that's quite spicy and herbaceous. Enjoyable!

Finish: anise recedes, while the other herbs stick around for a moderate length of time.

Overall: Strong flavors in this absinthe will surprise some who might be looking for more delicate flavors. This one will wake you up with a bracing slap of herbs. A very nice first offering. Many times a distiller who first starts making absinthe will be light handed in fear of overdoing things. This one has not. And it turned out to be quite good. I think the producers are doing themselves a disservice by marketing themselves as a 'low anise' brand, as that will normally drive away a lot of absinthe enthusiasts who've been groomed to be wary of that term. I'm happy to have a bottle!
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Reviewed by Brian Robinson October 31, 2017
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Unique and enjoyable

Normally I get concerned when a brand markets itself as a 'low anise' style absinthe. I always warn people that there is no such thing as absinthe without anise, and that if you don't like anise, you won't like absinthe. And that's OK. Absinthe isn't for everyone. So when I first heard about Emerald I was justifiably worried. Happily, this brand is STILL an absinthe. It's just concentrated on pulling forward some other herbs as opposed to taking out anise.

Appearance: a nice EVOO color with no visible sediment

Louche: louching with a fountain, it builds slowly, but ends up being quite thick. This is a good indication that they haven't reduced the anise bill as some brands might do.

Aroma: punchy and herbal with lots of alpine aromas. Earthy and minerally with anise, wormwood, and coriander at the forefont.

Flavor: earthy again. The anise comes out much more than you'd think from a brand that talks about being low anise. And I'm happy about that. Wormwood, mint, citrus, and peppery coriander are prominant. Certainly an absinthe, but one that's quite spicy and herbaceous. Enjoyable!

Finish: anise recedes, while the other herbs stick around for a moderate length of time.

Overall: Strong flavors in this absinthe will surprise some who might be looking for more delicate flavors. This one will wake you up with a bracing slap of herbs. A very nice first offering. Many times a distiller who first starts making absinthe will be light handed in fear of overdoing things. This one has not. And it turned out to be quite good. I think the producers are doing themselves a disservice by marketing themselves as a 'low anise' brand, as that will normally drive away a lot of absinthe enthusiasts who've been groomed to be wary of that term. I'm happy to have a bottle!

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