Adnams Copper House Absinthe Rouge

Adnams Copper House Absinthe Rouge

 
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Overall rating 
 
3.6
Appearance 
 
4.3  (2)
Louche 
 
3.0  (2)
Aroma 
 
4.3  (2)
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0  (2)
Finish 
 
4.0  (2)
Overall 
 
3.3  (2)
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Appearance: Very pretty. Definitely hibiscus colored: a deep rosy pink, very lovely and appetizing in the glass.

Louche: Thick like strawberry milk. Practically opaque, but there are some reflections. It's still very pink.

Aroma: Lots of wormwood and (unless I'm mistaken from brain tricks) a bit of a rose underpinning, and some sort of dusty smell. It's very nice and sweet and mouthwatering, though not particularly strong-smelling or "big".

Flavor: There's so much star anise flavor here, it's really a bit sad...I can scare taste anything else. I can tell there's something behind this flavor, but it's not balanced enough to let the other flavors shine as well. Not too dry, which is nice given the hibiscus coloring.

Finish: Once the star anise flavors disappear, I'm left with a fruity and sweet flavor that's really nice...but sadly it has that peppery tongue/throat coating from the anise, as well as the drying effects from the hibiscus.

Overall: This absinthe would be really beautiful if there was a good deal less badiane and a good deal more green anise. Yet again, as far as rouges go I have to give the obligatory apology for flavor, regardless of how pretty the drink.
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.5
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Amber Peter February 14, 2013
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Looks, but not a very good personality

Appearance: Very pretty. Definitely hibiscus colored: a deep rosy pink, very lovely and appetizing in the glass.

Louche: Thick like strawberry milk. Practically opaque, but there are some reflections. It's still very pink.

Aroma: Lots of wormwood and (unless I'm mistaken from brain tricks) a bit of a rose underpinning, and some sort of dusty smell. It's very nice and sweet and mouthwatering, though not particularly strong-smelling or "big".

Flavor: There's so much star anise flavor here, it's really a bit sad...I can scare taste anything else. I can tell there's something behind this flavor, but it's not balanced enough to let the other flavors shine as well. Not too dry, which is nice given the hibiscus coloring.

Finish: Once the star anise flavors disappear, I'm left with a fruity and sweet flavor that's really nice...but sadly it has that peppery tongue/throat coating from the anise, as well as the drying effects from the hibiscus.

Overall: This absinthe would be really beautiful if there was a good deal less badiane and a good deal more green anise. Yet again, as far as rouges go I have to give the obligatory apology for flavor, regardless of how pretty the drink.

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Appearance: This rouge is a crystal clear and stunning ruby red. There's a slight pink when held to direct light indicating natural hibiscus coloration. It's deep and strong yet incredibly light on the eyes.

Louche: Holy thicksauce! This resembles strawberry milk. There's a nice blue hue at the meniscus but almost zero transparency.

Aroma: Wormwood! For something this red it is wonderful to smell wormwood right up front. There are the floral and citrus tartness one would expect but they appear to be in a nice balance. I'd swear to a small amount of rose use as well. Star anise is there but in the background.

Flavor: An amazing, wonderful, gorgeous, and heavenly wormwood and hibiscus lead gets quickly swept under the rug by star anise. There's a tart and creamy texture which is very nice. I just wish I could've gotten more of that lead flavor before the star anise showed up to be a party pooper.

Finish: The floral notes show up again, welcome back! The aromatics lead towards other floral and citrus notes as well. A peppery note comes mid-finish to provide a beautiful contrast and astringency. Another nice finish from Adnams.

Overall: Much like their verte offering there's a lot of wonderful going on covered up with some design flaws. Reviews like this are frustrating because there's quality oozing here but I can't in any sort of conscience ignore the flaws either. Once again, if there are recipe modifications in future batches then I can't wait to try them. The initial second or so of flavor puts some of the more hidden “artisan” rouges to the test and I'd love to see that expressed more.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.5
Reviewed by Evan Camomile February 11, 2013
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Rouge with a Touch of Rough

Appearance: This rouge is a crystal clear and stunning ruby red. There's a slight pink when held to direct light indicating natural hibiscus coloration. It's deep and strong yet incredibly light on the eyes.

Louche: Holy thicksauce! This resembles strawberry milk. There's a nice blue hue at the meniscus but almost zero transparency.

Aroma: Wormwood! For something this red it is wonderful to smell wormwood right up front. There are the floral and citrus tartness one would expect but they appear to be in a nice balance. I'd swear to a small amount of rose use as well. Star anise is there but in the background.

Flavor: An amazing, wonderful, gorgeous, and heavenly wormwood and hibiscus lead gets quickly swept under the rug by star anise. There's a tart and creamy texture which is very nice. I just wish I could've gotten more of that lead flavor before the star anise showed up to be a party pooper.

Finish: The floral notes show up again, welcome back! The aromatics lead towards other floral and citrus notes as well. A peppery note comes mid-finish to provide a beautiful contrast and astringency. Another nice finish from Adnams.

Overall: Much like their verte offering there's a lot of wonderful going on covered up with some design flaws. Reviews like this are frustrating because there's quality oozing here but I can't in any sort of conscience ignore the flaws either. Once again, if there are recipe modifications in future batches then I can't wait to try them. The initial second or so of flavor puts some of the more hidden “artisan” rouges to the test and I'd love to see that expressed more.

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