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Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     April 02, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.5

Incredible.

Appearance: A wonderfully vibrant peridot green. No visible sediment. Very inviting. Louche: Thick and juicy. Reminiscent of the thick louches of pre-ban absinthes. Bright green...

Absinthe Venue Reviews
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 08, 2016
Last updated: March 08, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Ambiance 
 
4.5
Absinthe Selection 
 
4.0
Absinthe Service 
 
4.5
Absinthe Knowledge 
 
4.5
Overall Quality of Service 
 
4.5
Price 
 
4.5

The people are as great as the drinks are

Ambiance: A cozy little bar serving pub grub and tasty drinks. In the back there is a lovely reading room, piled floor to ceiling with great books and a...

Absinthe Venue Reviews
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     January 18, 2016
Last updated: January 18, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Ambiance 
 
4.0
Absinthe Selection 
 
4.5
Absinthe Service 
 
4.0
Absinthe Knowledge 
 
4.5
Overall Quality of Service 
 
4.5
Price 
 
4.0

A fun place to have a properly prepared absinthe

Ambiance: A small, yet not uncomfortable space in Adams Morgan. Nice decor. Can get a bit loud when busy. Selection: one of the best in the DC...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     January 02, 2016
Overall rating 
 
0.7
Appearance 
 
0.5
Louche 
 
0.5
Aroma 
 
1.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
0.5
Finish 
 
0.5
Overall 
 
1.0

No.

Appearance: The color of rust. Ewww... Louche: Absolutely none to speak of. Aroma: Smells like rum. Low quality spiced rum. Cloying vanilla and spices....

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     January 02, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

A rare treat

It's a rare treat to be able to find this to taste. I'm glad to have the chance! Appearance: Straw yellow with hints of green. Not bad...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 16, 2015
Last updated: December 16, 2015
Overall rating 
 
1.9
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
0.5
Aroma 
 
1.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.5
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
1.0

Quite tasty, but I take umbrage with the name

Bottom line, this isn't absinthe. This is a fortified wine. Similar to a quina. I like it for what it is: a fortified wine. It's actually...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
3.5

Interesting and savory

Appearance: attractive yellow. No visible sediment. Louche: Nice, light louche. Not overly thick, and not quite opalescent, but still attractive. Aroma: oddly fruity and savory, mainly...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Whoa. This is really tasty.

Appearance: Very attractive peridot. No visible sediment. Louche: Attractive, thick and opalescent. Yellows, greens and whites all play in harmony. Aroma: Minty and herbaceous....

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Absinthe's renaissance is spreading

Appearance: Very bright and natural peridot. Louche: Not quite opalescent, but attractive. Maybe a touch too thick. Star anise possibly? Aroma: Inviting. Minty sweet with...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
2.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Perfect for the holidays

Appearance: attractive golden hue. No visible sediment. Louche: very weak. Almost more of a haze than a louche. Aroma: Ooooooh. This smells heavenly. The...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.0

Very nice!

Appearance: Very attractive golden green. Louche: Thick and opalescent. Inviting. Aroma: Refreshing and crisp with alpine freshness. Like a spring meadow. Flavor: Spicy white pepper...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 08, 2015
Last updated: December 08, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.5
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.0

Another nice Jade iteration

Appearance: Jade! Even after many moons in the bottle. Louche: An attractive opalescence. Aroma: sweet and herbaceous. It draws you in. Flavor: wonderful balance of...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 08, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.5
Finish 
 
1.5
Overall 
 
2.5

Disappointing

Appearance: Attractive peridot with golden hues Louche: Quite thick! But almost a bit muddy. No real opalescence. Aroma: Anise with hints of wormwood and hyssop. ...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 08, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.0

Delicious!

Appearance: And attractive golden green. Louche: Very nice. Opalescent with hints of green, white, and yellow. Aroma: Sweet and alluring. Anise, fennel, minty wormwood all work...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 08, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
2.5
Overall 
 
3.5

Shows promise

Appearance: Very light, almost non-existent coloring. Clean with no sediment. Light greens and yellows. Louche: Quite thin and pale. Not inappropriate, just thin. Could use...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 08, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.0

Delicious herbal punch

Appearance: deep peridot, almost forest green. Dark and mysterious. Louche: Thick and luxurious. Opalescent and very attractive. Aroma: Lots of luscious anise with a minty support...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 08, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.5
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
3.0

Has promise, but needs improvement

Review based on a 2013 bottling. Appearance: quite pretty. Deep ruby. No visible sediment. Louche: very thick and very quick forming. A little too much,...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 03, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.5
Finish 
 
2.5
Overall 
 
3.0

Rocking the Mohawk

Appearance: Golden hues with hints of green. Attractive. Louche: Slightly thin, but appropriate. Aroma: Floral and sweet with hints of underlying wormwood bitterness. Flavor: Lights of...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 03, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Interesting, but I'd like more herbaciousness

Appearance: light golden brown. Inviting. No visible sediment. Louche: Very nice louche. The barrel aging lends a peachy hue to the fully louched glass. Aroma:...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 01, 2015
Last updated: December 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.0

a great offering from the Old Dominion

This review is for batch 12, distilled in November of 2015. Appearance: pre-louche, this absinthe exhibits a vibrant peridot green. No sediment. Louche: lovely wisps of oil...

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