Reviews written by Brian Robinson

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Vintage Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 02, 2014
Last updated: September 03, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
5.0

A different recipe from Pernod Fils; just as yummy

This was the second absinthe tasted in a comparison done on 9-2-14. The other was a Pernod Fils c1910. This bottle was made by Edouard Pernod, which had...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 02, 2014
Last updated: September 03, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0

What I have come to expect from vintage PF

I tastes this along with a sample of Pernod SA Couvet from c1920 as a comparison. Appearance - Clear and surprisingly bright for such an old absinthe. A...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 16, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.5

An Admirable Improvement

Appearance: Although their last iteration was artificially colored, it was not entirely off-putting as a color. This new version seems to keep the same hues, but does so naturally....

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 07, 2014
Overall rating 
 
1.3
Appearance 
 
1.0
Louche 
 
1.5
Aroma 
 
1.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.5
Overall 
 
1.0

Is it the 1990's again?

Appearance: Radioactive green. Definitely artificially colored. Authentic absinthe is naturally colored with herbs. Aroma: Unlouched, it smells mainly of strong alcohol. Slight aromas of anise. After...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 16, 2014
Overall rating 
 
0.7
Appearance 
 
1.0
Louche 
 
0.5
Aroma 
 
1.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
0.5
Finish 
 
0.5
Overall 
 
0.5

Thujone madness!

This sucker advertised itself as having upwards of 250 mg/l of thujone when I got it. Surprisingly, now it's advertising itself as 20mg/l. I highly doubt that their...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 16, 2014
Overall rating 
 
1.1
Appearance 
 
1.5
Louche 
 
2.0
Aroma 
 
0.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
0.5
Overall 
 
1.0

Just wrong

I was gifted a bottle of this for review from the owner of Alandia. He knew the review wouldn't be pretty, but wanted an opinion nonetheless. I appreciate...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 16, 2014
Last updated: February 17, 2014
Overall rating 
 
0.5
Appearance 
 
0.5
Louche 
 
0.5
Aroma 
 
0.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
0.5
Finish 
 
0.5
Overall 
 
0.5

Why why why why?

If you're buying this, you don't care about appearance, you aren't planning on louching it, you don't care about the flavor, and you certainly could care less about finish. ...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 16, 2014
Last updated: February 16, 2014
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
0.5
Overall 
 
1.0

Once more: YOU CAN'T MAKE ABSINTHE AT HOME

This 'make your own absinthe' kit arrives in a box packed with hemp straw, containing an empty bottle with a generic absinthe label attached, a funnel, and two vials filled...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 01, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Single malt absinthe?

Appearance: this looks more like a whiskey than an absinthe. Deep caramel colors with no visible sediment. Louche: Louches up very nicely with a very thick end product....

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 01, 2013
Last updated: December 01, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
4.0

Genepi puts this one ahead of its peers

Appearance: Clear, bright and natural with no visible sediment. Louche: This thing gets active VERY quickly. Louche starts building from the very first drops. Fully louched by...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 01, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
4.0

Fennel-tastic

Appearance: An attractive light peridot. No sediment. Louche: Some people have complained about a lack of louche. I did not have any problems coaxing an...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     October 31, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.0

Another tasty US offering

Appearance: Inviting pale peridot; clear with no visible sediment. I'd like to see it a tad bit darker. The color seems more pale when it's in the glass....

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.5

A wonderful treat

Appearance: A beautiful citrine. No sediment. Louche: Fully louched by about 1.5:1! It ends up a great amber/peach/pink rose color. Wonderfully opalescent. Aroma: Lots of...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
1.6
Appearance 
 
0.5
Louche 
 
2.5
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.5
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
1.5

a charicature of absinthe

Appearance: Neon green. There are also other color options available: none of them any better. Louche: Crazy thick, but the neon is toned down. Aroma: all kinds...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
1.7
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
2.5
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.5
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
1.0

dear lord...

Appearance: totally fake. Not your run of the mill neon green, but still not appealing in any sense of the word. Louche: Surprisingly thin and flat. I...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
1.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
1.5
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
0.5
Finish 
 
0.5
Overall 
 
1.0

No. No no no no no.

Appearance, a nice deep green, but a bit hazy from the particulate. Louche: What's a louche? Barely even gets hazy. Aroma: Heavy and medicinal. Lots...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 07, 2013
Overall rating 
 
0.9
Appearance 
 
1.5
Louche 
 
0.5
Aroma 
 
0.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
1.5
Overall 
 
0.5

Danger, Danger, Will Robinson

If you see this on the shelves or online, avoid it at all costs. As the other reviewer below noted, this has absolutely no association with absinthe aside from...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 04, 2013
Last updated: July 04, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

barrel aging has added some interesting qualities

Color: Barrel aging has taken the vibrant peridot green of the original and toned it down a bit, without creating a full fuille morte effect. Inviting. Louche: as...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 04, 2013
Last updated: July 04, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.5

Much improved

I was finally able to try the updated version of VdF, which is now called Enigma Verte. For comparison's sake, I have copied my original review below. Color:...

Vintage Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     May 02, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.5

A rare treat

Appearance: A wonderful fuille morte. If you didn't know, you would think it was cognac from across the room. No sediment. Jewel-like. Louche: Quick to louche,...

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A Classic Cocktail

Morning Glory No. II

1 1/2 oz rye whiskey or bourbon whiskey
2 bar spoons gomme syrup
2 bar spoons Curaçao
1 1/2 oz cognac
1 bar spoons orange bitters or Angostura bitters
2 bar spoons absinthe or Pernod

Stir with ice. Strain into a rocks glass. Top with 1/4 oz club soda. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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