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Appearance
Unlouched, a light yellow-washed green, not quite peridot. Actually a little closer to celadon, with just a hint of bluish influence. Crystal clear, clean, and bright. Louched, “cream of celery” with very nice amber, light rose, yellow, and blue highlights.

Louche
Just the right weight with just the right translucence to really light things up. Overall a pretty greenish yellow with colorful refractions that augment the beauty. Gorgeous sheen, very pearl-like. And while I no longer make a big deal of “action”, I would be remiss if I didn't comment that the show getting there is about as good as it gets.

Aroma
Unlouched, anise/fennel with high quality herbal notes, and a slightly spicy confectionery tinge. Louched, wormwood, pontica, and hyssop up front with very good support from the balance of the trinity. Picking out the individual components is difficult due to the fine balance. A savory spiciness. Probably the cleanest base of the Jade bottles I've had. As it warms it becomes a little earthier and the hyssop just sings.

Flavor And Mouthfeel
Texture is the first big impression upon entry. It's firm and round, but clean, smooth, and silky. A really nice balance that only the finest beverages achieve. A very balanced expression of the trinity with just a little push in the spice and mint area, which is restrained until the finish. The anethole sources lend just the right support to the first rate wormwood and only really show their hand after significant sqooshing around the mouth, and on the finish. This is all wrapped by a little lemon and more mint to really tighten the focus.

Finish
Subtle pull and slight drying followed by a pretty good bloom of spice and a fine tingliness. This segues to soft wormwood, powderiness, and really good length. I could continue to chew on this finish for minutes.

Overall Impression
Another Jade winner. A very serious style. Nice profile, great texture, hard to fault. An assertive masculine style that doesn't go overboard. This is a local friend's favorite Jade, and it's easy to see why. This review is based on a bottle of September 2007 production that has been open about three years now. My favorite dilution in right in the 4.5:1 area, give or take a little, depending on my mood. When I'm in that mood for something spicy and slightly exotic, this never fails to satisfy.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4:1, 4.5:1, 5:1 and no sugar.

Jade Verte Suisse, 6/25/11, 7/09/11, 2/10/12, 2/11/12, 4/01/12.
All evaluations had consistent notes.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Michael Meyers April 01, 2012
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Suitte!

Appearance
Unlouched, a light yellow-washed green, not quite peridot. Actually a little closer to celadon, with just a hint of bluish influence. Crystal clear, clean, and bright. Louched, “cream of celery” with very nice amber, light rose, yellow, and blue highlights.

Louche
Just the right weight with just the right translucence to really light things up. Overall a pretty greenish yellow with colorful refractions that augment the beauty. Gorgeous sheen, very pearl-like. And while I no longer make a big deal of “action”, I would be remiss if I didn't comment that the show getting there is about as good as it gets.

Aroma
Unlouched, anise/fennel with high quality herbal notes, and a slightly spicy confectionery tinge. Louched, wormwood, pontica, and hyssop up front with very good support from the balance of the trinity. Picking out the individual components is difficult due to the fine balance. A savory spiciness. Probably the cleanest base of the Jade bottles I've had. As it warms it becomes a little earthier and the hyssop just sings.

Flavor And Mouthfeel
Texture is the first big impression upon entry. It's firm and round, but clean, smooth, and silky. A really nice balance that only the finest beverages achieve. A very balanced expression of the trinity with just a little push in the spice and mint area, which is restrained until the finish. The anethole sources lend just the right support to the first rate wormwood and only really show their hand after significant sqooshing around the mouth, and on the finish. This is all wrapped by a little lemon and more mint to really tighten the focus.

Finish
Subtle pull and slight drying followed by a pretty good bloom of spice and a fine tingliness. This segues to soft wormwood, powderiness, and really good length. I could continue to chew on this finish for minutes.

Overall Impression
Another Jade winner. A very serious style. Nice profile, great texture, hard to fault. An assertive masculine style that doesn't go overboard. This is a local friend's favorite Jade, and it's easy to see why. This review is based on a bottle of September 2007 production that has been open about three years now. My favorite dilution in right in the 4.5:1 area, give or take a little, depending on my mood. When I'm in that mood for something spicy and slightly exotic, this never fails to satisfy.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4:1, 4.5:1, 5:1 and no sugar.

Jade Verte Suisse, 6/25/11, 7/09/11, 2/10/12, 2/11/12, 4/01/12.
All evaluations had consistent notes.

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Color is a deeper green than the Eddy. Very inviting, but after water, looks a bit murky.

Louche slowly builds with great oils trails and nice layering.

The aroma is almost medicinal, with some wormwood and hints of something that reminds me of... allspice, or maybe nutmeg?

The taste is very light a crisp with the noticable presence of top quality anise. It's a bit thin on the tongue though.

Overall, another nice addition to the Jade line. Not my favorite of the 4, but still very much worth having on the shelf.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson June 30, 2007
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An interesting absinthe. Another nice Jade

Color is a deeper green than the Eddy. Very inviting, but after water, looks a bit murky.

Louche slowly builds with great oils trails and nice layering.

The aroma is almost medicinal, with some wormwood and hints of something that reminds me of... allspice, or maybe nutmeg?

The taste is very light a crisp with the noticable presence of top quality anise. It's a bit thin on the tongue though.

Overall, another nice addition to the Jade line. Not my favorite of the 4, but still very much worth having on the shelf.

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Overall rating 
 
4.4
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4.1  (10)
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4.7  (10)
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4.4  (10)
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4.6  (10)
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4.3  (10)
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4.0  (10)
Color: Verte Suisse lives up to it's name offering up a light clear and for once a bit more green than yellow color. Still very natural but also a tad light.

Louche: This louche is amazingly pretty. Honestly one of the most captivating louches I've seen. Swirls are dancing all around and clouds pop into existence. There is a very nice gradient and a final layering effect that is wonderful. It's almost hard to give anything else a 5 after this. Very good louche.

Aroma: Spicy aroma with wormwood as well. Not too heavy on anise or fennel although they are detectable. A well balanced yet spicy and very suisse smell.

Flavor: The flavor is smooth and balanced. At first the spice is very direct but it balances out quickly. I'm not usually a suisse style person but this is wonderful. The flavor is closer to licorice than most absinthes that I've tried but it is still very good. This would do well in the winter for a treat.

Finish: The finish numbs quickly and hangs around for a good bit. At first it sweetens but then it gives way to a slight bitter numbness that plays well.

Overall: This is smooth and spiced. I like this one surprisingly well, especially as I 'm not a suisse style person. The finish is good and the taste is spot on! This also showcases one of the prettiest louches I've yet to see!
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Evan Camomile June 14, 2011
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Wonderful Suisse

Color: Verte Suisse lives up to it's name offering up a light clear and for once a bit more green than yellow color. Still very natural but also a tad light.

Louche: This louche is amazingly pretty. Honestly one of the most captivating louches I've seen. Swirls are dancing all around and clouds pop into existence. There is a very nice gradient and a final layering effect that is wonderful. It's almost hard to give anything else a 5 after this. Very good louche.

Aroma: Spicy aroma with wormwood as well. Not too heavy on anise or fennel although they are detectable. A well balanced yet spicy and very suisse smell.

Flavor: The flavor is smooth and balanced. At first the spice is very direct but it balances out quickly. I'm not usually a suisse style person but this is wonderful. The flavor is closer to licorice than most absinthes that I've tried but it is still very good. This would do well in the winter for a treat.

Finish: The finish numbs quickly and hangs around for a good bit. At first it sweetens but then it gives way to a slight bitter numbness that plays well.

Overall: This is smooth and spiced. I like this one surprisingly well, especially as I 'm not a suisse style person. The finish is good and the taste is spot on! This also showcases one of the prettiest louches I've yet to see!

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Color: A very nice green with a slight yellowy paleness.

Louche: Wild oil storms and slow layering, turning into oranges and minty green, eventually ending in a very creamy and pale luminescent "minty" white. Beautiful and perfect.

Aroma: Neat, this is sweet and spicy. After the louche it fills the room. There's a really lovely and complex overtone of anise, but still maintains it's spiciness and has a good deal of warm wormwood scent.

Flavor: Wonderfully balanced, round and smooth, yet still deeply spiced.

Finish: Confectioner's sugar and licorice on the finish, nice and lingering and a bit mouth-numbing. Very fresh.

Overall: I like this one quite a bit, as far as to say it's excellent. I like the alcohol level of this one, and I really enjoy the slight boozy flavor. I do wish it were slightly more complex.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Amber Peter June 13, 2011
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Sugar and spice.

Color: A very nice green with a slight yellowy paleness.

Louche: Wild oil storms and slow layering, turning into oranges and minty green, eventually ending in a very creamy and pale luminescent "minty" white. Beautiful and perfect.

Aroma: Neat, this is sweet and spicy. After the louche it fills the room. There's a really lovely and complex overtone of anise, but still maintains it's spiciness and has a good deal of warm wormwood scent.

Flavor: Wonderfully balanced, round and smooth, yet still deeply spiced.

Finish: Confectioner's sugar and licorice on the finish, nice and lingering and a bit mouth-numbing. Very fresh.

Overall: I like this one quite a bit, as far as to say it's excellent. I like the alcohol level of this one, and I really enjoy the slight boozy flavor. I do wish it were slightly more complex.

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*I revisited this review after a year of many glasses.
Served at 4:1 This is where I enjoyed it most. No sugar.

Color: Light peridot with a touch of yellow, clear and natural.

Louche: Full, slow and evenly forming, nice trails, distinct layering. Opalescent and wonderful to watch. Puffs of smoke roll with each drop reaching up toward the clear layer above. Lovely color, perfect thickness.

Aroma: Very herbal and powerful. Wormwood and anise are strong and good quality.
It filled the room, and foretold of yumminess.

Flavor: Crisp, complex, and a bit of earthiness. Masculine, yet not in the least bit overwhelming. I kept reaching for the glass wondering if I was drinking it too quickly. A strong and delicious wormwood wrapped in anise and fennel, with a nice light pepper and spice.

Finish: It built nicely, lingered, then slowly faded. Wormwood, anise, a floral linger, ending in a nice citrus tanginess with a gentle bitterness. Very enjoyable.

Overall, A slightly softer personality than PF1901, which I also love. This is something I most certainly would buy again.
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Scott M. February 21, 2010
Last updated: February 16, 2011
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VS 1898. Seriously good

*I revisited this review after a year of many glasses.
Served at 4:1 This is where I enjoyed it most. No sugar.

Color: Light peridot with a touch of yellow, clear and natural.

Louche: Full, slow and evenly forming, nice trails, distinct layering. Opalescent and wonderful to watch. Puffs of smoke roll with each drop reaching up toward the clear layer above. Lovely color, perfect thickness.

Aroma: Very herbal and powerful. Wormwood and anise are strong and good quality.
It filled the room, and foretold of yumminess.

Flavor: Crisp, complex, and a bit of earthiness. Masculine, yet not in the least bit overwhelming. I kept reaching for the glass wondering if I was drinking it too quickly. A strong and delicious wormwood wrapped in anise and fennel, with a nice light pepper and spice.

Finish: It built nicely, lingered, then slowly faded. Wormwood, anise, a floral linger, ending in a nice citrus tanginess with a gentle bitterness. Very enjoyable.

Overall, A slightly softer personality than PF1901, which I also love. This is something I most certainly would buy again.

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Distinctive Berger Clone

Color- Clear and inviting green that is edging more towards a straw-like color. A tad light compared to other Jade’s. No sediment in any of the glasses I’ve been pouring.

Louche- Good billowing oil trails starting at the bottom of my Pontarlier glass. It louches fast but ends with really nice blue refractions when looking at it in natural sunlight.

Aroma- Robust and creamy hyssop and fennel. The wormwood pokes out every now and than too and adds a great layer of complexity. Everything intertwines perfectly.

Flavor- Wormwood first and foremost. It lends a heavy but appropriate earthy/green bite. Candy-like anise towards the back of the throat is nice. The mouth feel may be just a tad too thin.

Finish- The wormwood starts off and eventually dies down to anise and reminds me of confectioners sugar. The anise stays for a while.

Overall- Extremely well crafted absinthe. Verte Suisse is really multi-faceted. A glass without sugar really brings out the complexities of the wormwood but when some sugar is used other herbs are brought out and the mouth feel is much more robust. I’d like to compare this to the original Berger pre-ban!
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by accountant January 11, 2010
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Distinctive Berger Clone

Distinctive Berger Clone

Color- Clear and inviting green that is edging more towards a straw-like color. A tad light compared to other Jade’s. No sediment in any of the glasses I’ve been pouring.

Louche- Good billowing oil trails starting at the bottom of my Pontarlier glass. It louches fast but ends with really nice blue refractions when looking at it in natural sunlight.

Aroma- Robust and creamy hyssop and fennel. The wormwood pokes out every now and than too and adds a great layer of complexity. Everything intertwines perfectly.

Flavor- Wormwood first and foremost. It lends a heavy but appropriate earthy/green bite. Candy-like anise towards the back of the throat is nice. The mouth feel may be just a tad too thin.

Finish- The wormwood starts off and eventually dies down to anise and reminds me of confectioners sugar. The anise stays for a while.

Overall- Extremely well crafted absinthe. Verte Suisse is really multi-faceted. A glass without sugar really brings out the complexities of the wormwood but when some sugar is used other herbs are brought out and the mouth feel is much more robust. I’d like to compare this to the original Berger pre-ban!

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This absinthe has a delightful bamboo green shade. Not as dark as Edouard or the 1901, a lovely shade none the less. The louche takes on a white opalescence with tinges of green that has a billowy soft appearance. The aroma has a robust bouquet that is predominantly anise with a slight wormwood background. After loache , wormwood, fennel, and anise explode from the glass. The finish is fresh, sweet, and herbal; with lingering wormwood.
This is one of my favorite Jades.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by oglala56 November 08, 2009
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Verte Suisse

This absinthe has a delightful bamboo green shade. Not as dark as Edouard or the 1901, a lovely shade none the less. The louche takes on a white opalescence with tinges of green that has a billowy soft appearance. The aroma has a robust bouquet that is predominantly anise with a slight wormwood background. After loache , wormwood, fennel, and anise explode from the glass. The finish is fresh, sweet, and herbal; with lingering wormwood.
This is one of my favorite Jades.

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Sep. 2007 bottle, opened Jan 2008 and tasted for review March 2008; louched at 3:1 slow drip with 1/2 sugar cube.



The color was a natural and attractive light lime-amber, but I would have scored it higher if more actual green was detectable; perhaps the age of the bottling was responsible?



The louche was excellent- slow forming and fascinating with numerous spindly oil trails that layered, bouncing in a suspended dance, swirling, and reforming with each drip. There appeared to be more oil trails, but they were not as thick-looking individually as, say, 1901 or Edouard. At full louche, the color was a light lime/ amber yellow with opalescent highlights, although it was a bit thinner than other Jades.



The aroma was pleasing, with herbal, verdant, and spicy notes. However, for me, it did not quite portray the complexity of the actual taste.



A wonderfully complex flavor, with a sweet spicy upfront that, to me, conveyed a powerful suggestion of cinnamon (I dub thee Big Red!). A toasty, yet verdant, herbal, grassy green comes right along side, followed by a big, savory bitter on the back of the tongue. The finish is clean and refreshing, with all of the flavor components, even the frontal spice, lingering.



The mouthfeel, however while light and enjoyable, was not as creamy and luxurious as I was hoping for, and I subtracted a point in the finish category. I feel that the lighter oil trails and light-looking final louche might have been an indicator of this. Not a major issue, but I find it interesting to wonder if it's just the nature of this particular absinthe (e.g. Latin American vs. Indonesian coffees), or if it could be improved. The only week point in an otherwise amazing flavor profile.



All and all, a great absinthe and one of my very favorites. It took some getting used to but it's grown on me quite a bit. If Ted finds a way to thicken up the mouthfeel while keeping all the other qualities intact, I will go crazy trying to decide if this, or Edouard, is my top absinthe.



Update August 2008: Well, I’m on a different bottle (same Sept. 2007 batch) that’s been opened for some time longer. The cinnamon note is not nearly as prevalent as it was, and has mellowed into a tamer sweet and spicy in the front. Without the big biting (in a good way) iteration of the spice on my palate, I can detect a decent creamy body here. It’s not as creamy as PF1901 for example, but it’s there, and it’s quite nice. The finish is not as snappy, but it’s still crisp. So not as bold as before, but smoother. Wonderful to experience the changing flavors in the life of a bottle of good absinthe.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Green Baron March 21, 2008
Last updated: August 20, 2008
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Big Red

Sep. 2007 bottle, opened Jan 2008 and tasted for review March 2008; louched at 3:1 slow drip with 1/2 sugar cube.



The color was a natural and attractive light lime-amber, but I would have scored it higher if more actual green was detectable; perhaps the age of the bottling was responsible?



The louche was excellent- slow forming and fascinating with numerous spindly oil trails that layered, bouncing in a suspended dance, swirling, and reforming with each drip. There appeared to be more oil trails, but they were not as thick-looking individually as, say, 1901 or Edouard. At full louche, the color was a light lime/ amber yellow with opalescent highlights, although it was a bit thinner than other Jades.



The aroma was pleasing, with herbal, verdant, and spicy notes. However, for me, it did not quite portray the complexity of the actual taste.



A wonderfully complex flavor, with a sweet spicy upfront that, to me, conveyed a powerful suggestion of cinnamon (I dub thee Big Red!). A toasty, yet verdant, herbal, grassy green comes right along side, followed by a big, savory bitter on the back of the tongue. The finish is clean and refreshing, with all of the flavor components, even the frontal spice, lingering.



The mouthfeel, however while light and enjoyable, was not as creamy and luxurious as I was hoping for, and I subtracted a point in the finish category. I feel that the lighter oil trails and light-looking final louche might have been an indicator of this. Not a major issue, but I find it interesting to wonder if it's just the nature of this particular absinthe (e.g. Latin American vs. Indonesian coffees), or if it could be improved. The only week point in an otherwise amazing flavor profile.



All and all, a great absinthe and one of my very favorites. It took some getting used to but it's grown on me quite a bit. If Ted finds a way to thicken up the mouthfeel while keeping all the other qualities intact, I will go crazy trying to decide if this, or Edouard, is my top absinthe.



Update August 2008: Well, I’m on a different bottle (same Sept. 2007 batch) that’s been opened for some time longer. The cinnamon note is not nearly as prevalent as it was, and has mellowed into a tamer sweet and spicy in the front. Without the big biting (in a good way) iteration of the spice on my palate, I can detect a decent creamy body here. It’s not as creamy as PF1901 for example, but it’s there, and it’s quite nice. The finish is not as snappy, but it’s still crisp. So not as bold as before, but smoother. Wonderful to experience the changing flavors in the life of a bottle of good absinthe.

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...I was saddened to see it go.



The color of this absinthe is a beautiful but delicate green. Not nearly as dark in shade as its sibling the Edouard but still a lovely color to be sure. However, that all changes once the water is applied. One can easily lose themselves in the slow, cloudy swirls that erupt from violent drops of ice cold water. Once a full louche has been achieved the color takes on a lovely white opalescence with a hint of the original green producing a subtle but nice creamy appearance.



The aroma and flavor are both rather crisp and refreshing. While just as wonderful on the tongue with sugar this absinthe loses no character when unadorned and taken without it. Depending upon your preference the choice to start the evening a little sweeter and finish it out unsweetened will never be a hard one. The aroma is a very full bodied bouquet that is predominantly anise with subtle undertones but when the water is added the full figure of the complexity can be witnessed. The undertones move to the foreground presenting the full spectrum of Wormwood and Fennel mixing smoothly with the anise you started with.



The finish for me has always been smooth, easy and warming. This is a lovely absinthe that should be enjoyed completely throughout every step in the process.



Overall, this has become one of my favorite absinthes.
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by eclecticmage March 10, 2008
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Wonderful experience...

...I was saddened to see it go.



The color of this absinthe is a beautiful but delicate green. Not nearly as dark in shade as its sibling the Edouard but still a lovely color to be sure. However, that all changes once the water is applied. One can easily lose themselves in the slow, cloudy swirls that erupt from violent drops of ice cold water. Once a full louche has been achieved the color takes on a lovely white opalescence with a hint of the original green producing a subtle but nice creamy appearance.



The aroma and flavor are both rather crisp and refreshing. While just as wonderful on the tongue with sugar this absinthe loses no character when unadorned and taken without it. Depending upon your preference the choice to start the evening a little sweeter and finish it out unsweetened will never be a hard one. The aroma is a very full bodied bouquet that is predominantly anise with subtle undertones but when the water is added the full figure of the complexity can be witnessed. The undertones move to the foreground presenting the full spectrum of Wormwood and Fennel mixing smoothly with the anise you started with.



The finish for me has always been smooth, easy and warming. This is a lovely absinthe that should be enjoyed completely throughout every step in the process.



Overall, this has become one of my favorite absinthes.

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Color is a beautiful, a slightly darker-than-jade green. Addition of water (to disappearance of original color layer, no sugar) leaves beautiful streaks and releases a very pleasing aroma. When nearing the 2:1 ratio, the louche takes on an interesting effect, where the trail spins off into the surrounding cloud and momentarily parts the surface with a streak of emerald before closing in upon itself. Fantastic layering! The nose is anise and somewhat woody, and the flavor is smooth with moderate complexity. The finish is slightly numbing, but the light and aromatic herbal quality remains. No hint of harsh alcohol here - the character is well-mannered and enjoyable.



This is my first Jade - I look forward to the Edouard and the PF1901, if this is any indication. Bien fait, Monsieur Breaux!
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by MrConspiracy January 15, 2008
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Fanciful

Color is a beautiful, a slightly darker-than-jade green. Addition of water (to disappearance of original color layer, no sugar) leaves beautiful streaks and releases a very pleasing aroma. When nearing the 2:1 ratio, the louche takes on an interesting effect, where the trail spins off into the surrounding cloud and momentarily parts the surface with a streak of emerald before closing in upon itself. Fantastic layering! The nose is anise and somewhat woody, and the flavor is smooth with moderate complexity. The finish is slightly numbing, but the light and aromatic herbal quality remains. No hint of harsh alcohol here - the character is well-mannered and enjoyable.



This is my first Jade - I look forward to the Edouard and the PF1901, if this is any indication. Bien fait, Monsieur Breaux!

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Other reviews describe a deep green, but my bottle must be farther along in the feuille mort stages. Fresh from the pour, the color in my glass is a clear, yellowish green -- similar to an early autumn elm leaf. With the addition of icewater, turbulent oil trails shimmer and twist like the air above a hot summer road. Eventually the green tint disappears almost completely, as a smooth opalescent fog rises from the base of the glass, thickening into a creamy, pale straw-colored louche. Extraordinarily fragrant upon first pour -- but after louching it blooms even more, reminiscent of a Minnesota meadow in August. For those unfamiliar with Minnesota Augusts, think heady, humid, sundrenched wind, thick with late summer wildflowers and toasted grass. The VS exudes all this, along with notes of cedar and anise. Totally fills the room. Sipping at a 4:1 dilution, no sugar, the flavor is sweet and herbal, true to its fragrance. Very complex on the tongue, with a fresh, bright, lingering wormwood finish.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by hyperlunch September 18, 2007
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Early Autumn, Late Summer

Other reviews describe a deep green, but my bottle must be farther along in the feuille mort stages. Fresh from the pour, the color in my glass is a clear, yellowish green -- similar to an early autumn elm leaf. With the addition of icewater, turbulent oil trails shimmer and twist like the air above a hot summer road. Eventually the green tint disappears almost completely, as a smooth opalescent fog rises from the base of the glass, thickening into a creamy, pale straw-colored louche. Extraordinarily fragrant upon first pour -- but after louching it blooms even more, reminiscent of a Minnesota meadow in August. For those unfamiliar with Minnesota Augusts, think heady, humid, sundrenched wind, thick with late summer wildflowers and toasted grass. The VS exudes all this, along with notes of cedar and anise. Totally fills the room. Sipping at a 4:1 dilution, no sugar, the flavor is sweet and herbal, true to its fragrance. Very complex on the tongue, with a fresh, bright, lingering wormwood finish.

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I have often gone back and forth between claiming the Verte Suisse and then the Edouard to be my favorite COs. Then PF1901 came on the scene and really threw a kink into things. The Verte Suisse was my first Absinthe, however, and therefore remains a favorite but it deserves its place on its own merits.



The pre louched color is very nice, a deep green. It louches slowly with beautiful oil trails and good layering. The final color is very thick and green with hints of brown and, therefore, somewhat less appealing than others.



Aroma and flavor are fantastic with the most pronounced "herby" almost "grassy" flavor of any Absinthe I have tasted. It is complex and makes me feel like I just did a face-plant in an alpine meadow. The finish is lingering and strong.



I think the Verte Suisse is fairly distinct in its flavor and therefore will be controversial. Some will really like it and some will not, there will not be much middle of the road.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by ShaiHulud September 16, 2007
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One Always Remembers One's First

I have often gone back and forth between claiming the Verte Suisse and then the Edouard to be my favorite COs. Then PF1901 came on the scene and really threw a kink into things. The Verte Suisse was my first Absinthe, however, and therefore remains a favorite but it deserves its place on its own merits.



The pre louched color is very nice, a deep green. It louches slowly with beautiful oil trails and good layering. The final color is very thick and green with hints of brown and, therefore, somewhat less appealing than others.



Aroma and flavor are fantastic with the most pronounced "herby" almost "grassy" flavor of any Absinthe I have tasted. It is complex and makes me feel like I just did a face-plant in an alpine meadow. The finish is lingering and strong.



I think the Verte Suisse is fairly distinct in its flavor and therefore will be controversial. Some will really like it and some will not, there will not be much middle of the road.

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