Absinthe WOLF

 
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Appearance: A natural and clear light green. It is also slightly thin in appearance and not heavily colored.

Louche: A very active and rolling louche. At the correct dilution it is a bit thick but not completely opaque. The hue is a milky green monotone with the only difference visible at the edges as slightly more blue.

Aroma: Citrus and wormwood dominate the aroma with a honeydew like scent in the background. Anise seems to be a blend of green and star. It is surprisingly sweet smelling overall.

Flavor: The candy like sweetness and rush of anise dominate at first. Wormwood is definitely present though. The mouth-feel is smooth but with a slightly chalky undertone. The citrus notes don't show up as they did in the aroma, but a slight peppery note does. The sweetness though makes tasting hard as it is overpowering the other flavors.

Finish: The bitterness comes forward with a decent numbing sensation. There seems to be a non-wormwood bittering agent as well that shows up in the finish. It lasts a long time but doesn't do much else.

Overall: An incredibly sweet anise bomb with a healthy backbone of wormwood. This absinthe shows good characteristics but it could stand to be a bit more balanced. There is more complexity here that seems to get drowned out by the anise heavy sweet flavor.
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3.3
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Evan Camomile October 21, 2013
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Sweet Child O' WOLF

Appearance: A natural and clear light green. It is also slightly thin in appearance and not heavily colored.

Louche: A very active and rolling louche. At the correct dilution it is a bit thick but not completely opaque. The hue is a milky green monotone with the only difference visible at the edges as slightly more blue.

Aroma: Citrus and wormwood dominate the aroma with a honeydew like scent in the background. Anise seems to be a blend of green and star. It is surprisingly sweet smelling overall.

Flavor: The candy like sweetness and rush of anise dominate at first. Wormwood is definitely present though. The mouth-feel is smooth but with a slightly chalky undertone. The citrus notes don't show up as they did in the aroma, but a slight peppery note does. The sweetness though makes tasting hard as it is overpowering the other flavors.

Finish: The bitterness comes forward with a decent numbing sensation. There seems to be a non-wormwood bittering agent as well that shows up in the finish. It lasts a long time but doesn't do much else.

Overall: An incredibly sweet anise bomb with a healthy backbone of wormwood. This absinthe shows good characteristics but it could stand to be a bit more balanced. There is more complexity here that seems to get drowned out by the anise heavy sweet flavor.

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A Classic Cocktail

Sazerac (Waldorf-Astoria)

Add to iced tumbler, shake and strain into a cocktail glass:
 
2 dashes of Peychaud Bitters
1 dash absinthe
1 dash Italian vermouth
1 jigger bourbon or Scotch

 

The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, 1933

 

Ed. note: The recipe given in The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book differs from both the original and traditional New Orleans recipes.  The former calls for cognac,  Peychaud's Bitters and sugar.   The latter calls for rye whiskey in place of the cognac, a rinse of absinthe, Peychaud's Bitters and sugar. ~ Hiram

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