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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
COLOR: Rather pale yellow-green. Natural with good clarity.

LOUCHE: Oil trails turn rather suddenly to faintly green-hued opalescence. What I would consider to be medium-thickness at a 3:1 dilution ratio.

AROMA: Quite minty at first, followed by more delicate herbal tones. Very clean, almost mouth-watering.

FLAVOR: Fresh tasting mintiness with just enough anise/fennel to round out the wormwood. Not bitter, but a bit spicy in a very tasty way. I added no sugar.

FINISH: Smooth and mildly dry with a little numbing. Lingers pleasantly, making you want another sip. And another after that.

OVERALL: A very nice drink, one of the best I've tried to this point. Obviously crafted with high quality ingredients. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to sample this delicious absinthe!
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Excellent, really really excellent.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
I prepared this glass of absinthe at 3:1, without sugar.

The appearance out of the bottle was a light green color, very nice.

The louche on this absinthe builds slowly and steadily. It's a little bit thinner than I would like.

The aroma is very wormwood dominant along with some other absinthe herbs.

The flavor is perfect. I love the flavor on this absinthe. The wormwood is strong but not too much. It isn't astringent or bitter. The sweetness of the anise and fennel compliment this absinthe very nicely. I wish more brands had this level of wormwood flavor.

The finish lasts for quite a while and leaves a pleasant vegetal flavor.
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very nice.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Color is a bit light; pale with a hint of green but mostly dead leaf. Well within the legitimate range but I prefer a bit brighter hue. I give it a 4.

Louche forms (mostly) from the bottom.Well on the way to opacity at 1:1. The thin line at the top finally disappears around 1:5 or so. Thick but not completely opaque. Another 4.

Aroma--Before watering, pretty alcoholic and minty. A bit rough. After adding water it opens up a bit. Very prominent minty wormwood is evident; other factors are present but pretty seamlessly blended to this nose. I chalk this up to 5 years of aging. Exhaling after drinking yields a very nice wormwood flavor. 4.

The flavor is wormwoody as all get-out with a very minty subtext. This is what a wormwood-heavy absinthe is trying to be. Anise and fennel are clearly present, but by no means dominant. There is a bit of burny alcoholic heat. The origin of the base alcohol(grape, grain, whatever) is not evident. Dry and a bit tingly on the tongue. Marked as a 4, but if this thing would let me enter 4.5 that would be more to my liking.

The finish is long, lingering, and pleasant.The tongue tingles with a blunt dryness that somehow works. Not particularly layered, but a nice long smooth fade out to a peppery dry warm tongue. Again, I attribute this to aging. Also, I'd give it a 4.5 if I could.

Overall, an intriguing product. If I had discovered this when I first started drinking absinthe in earnest--back when Doubs Mystique was a frontrunner on my favorites list-- I would have been all over this one. Nowadays my tastes are a bit different(for the most part) but as I grow more knowledgeable about absinthe I am struck by the skill evident in this product and its unique flavour. Not having tasted it when it was fresh I cannot say for certain how well it has aged but it has clearly aged well. An easy 4 across the board.
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Quite tasty.
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Color: A light straw yellow.

Louche: Starts slowly but begins to cloud nicely with some good layering. Nice and thick, with a pale butter color.

Aroma: Very anise heavy while neat, but when louched it blossoms into a very pleasant mix of wormwood and fennel, with something leafy green and dusty scented.

Flavor: Very tart wormwood up front that's quite tasty, and a slight chalky sweetness.

Finish: A smooth and nice finish that's very crisp with a long sour feel paired with a melissa flavor.

Overall: I really enjoyed the wormwood flavor along with the "tangy" feel and texture.
AP
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A Mystery in Many Ways.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Color: Straw yellow color with the tiniest bit of green. May have been aged a bit and subject to dead leaf. Very light on the color as well.

Louche: Good louche on this one. Not too active in oil trails but the clouds form evenly and well. A bit on the thick side when done and retains some of the previous straw color.

Aroma: Smells very nice. Something is in here that is hard to pick out. The trio dominates the smell of this one but there are some smells that peak my curiosity as to the recipe.

Flavor: Smooth and creamy with a nice covering of wormwood. Spicy notes hit the back of the tongue fairly quickly. Wormwood heavy but not in a bad way at all allowing the anise and fennel to show up nicely as well. A very pleasant flavor from this one, but short of a “wow!” reaction.

Finish: Lasts for a very decent time and ups both the spicyness and sweetness. A slight tart flavor develops after a short while but not too much. Intriguing.

Overall: This is a solid absinthe with a slightly wormwood heavy flavor profile and a unique tart finish. One that I would love to see on the market again, perhaps with a slight change to the color, or not dead leaf.
EC
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