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Eichelberger Verte 68 Limitee

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Although this absinthe is listed under "retired brands," I purchased mine in November 2016 -- it's being sold in the tall, slim bottles.

The color pre-louche is light green with yellow.
I don't get the standard "black licorice" on the nose -- it's all dried licorice root tea, herbs, and grasses, like an herbalist's shop (but especially the licorice root). These components are present on the taste as well. There's a natural sweetness to the herbs though, so I'd highly recommend trying this absinthe without sugar first. It's both extremely fragrant and full-flavored. The most purely "herbal" absinthe I've ever tasted. Top-notch quality.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Shuichi Shindou February 02, 2017
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The most purely "herbal" absinthe I've tasted

Although this absinthe is listed under "retired brands," I purchased mine in November 2016 -- it's being sold in the tall, slim bottles.

The color pre-louche is light green with yellow.
I don't get the standard "black licorice" on the nose -- it's all dried licorice root tea, herbs, and grasses, like an herbalist's shop (but especially the licorice root). These components are present on the taste as well. There's a natural sweetness to the herbs though, so I'd highly recommend trying this absinthe without sugar first. It's both extremely fragrant and full-flavored. The most purely "herbal" absinthe I've ever tasted. Top-notch quality.

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Appearance: very clear yellow green, with no sediment.

Louche: lovely oily trails during formation, with some orange. At 1:3 the louche is already so thin to stop from adding water.

Aroma: mostly wormwood and fennel, some alcohol, very little anise, rather dry, some liquorice.

Taste: consistent with the aroma, a lovely bitterness from wormwood. Rather creamy in the mouth. Complex. Somehow dry.

Finish: a long persistence of bitter wormwood and spicy fennel. Very fresh.

Overall: an interesting absinthe, with less anise than usual and with a lovely bitterness lingering for long in the mouth. Having read other reviews, I was surprised but the very thin louche. My bottle was purchased in early 2016. To preserve some louche, little water must be added, but the result is the rather high in alcohol.
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
2.0
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.5
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3.0
Reviewed by Chiopris April 14, 2016
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Thin louche

Appearance: very clear yellow green, with no sediment.

Louche: lovely oily trails during formation, with some orange. At 1:3 the louche is already so thin to stop from adding water.

Aroma: mostly wormwood and fennel, some alcohol, very little anise, rather dry, some liquorice.

Taste: consistent with the aroma, a lovely bitterness from wormwood. Rather creamy in the mouth. Complex. Somehow dry.

Finish: a long persistence of bitter wormwood and spicy fennel. Very fresh.

Overall: an interesting absinthe, with less anise than usual and with a lovely bitterness lingering for long in the mouth. Having read other reviews, I was surprised but the very thin louche. My bottle was purchased in early 2016. To preserve some louche, little water must be added, but the result is the rather high in alcohol.

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*Edited after over a year of enjoying. I'm on my second bottle.
Enjoyed at 4:1, both with and without sugar.

Color was clear, natural and just the right shade of peridot, yellows and golds flashed at the facets of my glass like a gem. At 4:1 louche color was just the right shade of light green.

Louche had lovely thick slow trails giving way to wisps of smoke, then slow tendril-like clouds from the bottom up, with a clear defined layer. enjoyable and dramatic. The final louche was opalescent and a great light greenish-white.

Aroma was fresh and clean. As water is added, the wormwood and herbal elements become more clear. A promising aroma, and I couldn't wait to taste it.

Flavor is balanced and delicious. Anise and fennel with a lightly minty, floral wormwood . I enjoyed its light peppery spice and slight citrus tang...very yummy. It has quite a bit of perfume, which some will love, others not.

The finish was really nice; it starts with a spicy pinch on the tongue and roof of the mouth, and builds nicely. Assertive, but elegant. Complex herbals, spice and citrus fading to powder and distinct fennel.

This is a focused absinthe statement, and a good one. I would like to always have a bottle on hand.
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Scott M. March 20, 2010
Last updated: January 05, 2013
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Eichelberger Anyone?

*Edited after over a year of enjoying. I'm on my second bottle.
Enjoyed at 4:1, both with and without sugar.

Color was clear, natural and just the right shade of peridot, yellows and golds flashed at the facets of my glass like a gem. At 4:1 louche color was just the right shade of light green.

Louche had lovely thick slow trails giving way to wisps of smoke, then slow tendril-like clouds from the bottom up, with a clear defined layer. enjoyable and dramatic. The final louche was opalescent and a great light greenish-white.

Aroma was fresh and clean. As water is added, the wormwood and herbal elements become more clear. A promising aroma, and I couldn't wait to taste it.

Flavor is balanced and delicious. Anise and fennel with a lightly minty, floral wormwood . I enjoyed its light peppery spice and slight citrus tang...very yummy. It has quite a bit of perfume, which some will love, others not.

The finish was really nice; it starts with a spicy pinch on the tongue and roof of the mouth, and builds nicely. Assertive, but elegant. Complex herbals, spice and citrus fading to powder and distinct fennel.

This is a focused absinthe statement, and a good one. I would like to always have a bottle on hand.

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[NOTE: The source for my three sample glasses was from a trade of absinthe aged at least one year, so it’s possible that time and/or exposure may have affected some of the results of my review when compared to other reviews.]

COLOR: This one had an appropriately green color for a verte. The peridot was a bit pale, but it didn’t edge into the yellow spectrum like some others.

AROMA: The nose was a pleasantly clean, with the scent of minty wormwood being most prominent. It would have been better if the aroma had been a little more expansive, as you had to be close to the glass to detect it.

LOUCHE: A potentially active, though delicate, louche. I achieved more energetic results with a thin stream of cold water than I did with a fountain drip - thin trails developed briefly into small roiling clouds with the stream, while some minor cascades barely registered on the drip.

FLAVOR: This Eichelberger has an excellent balance, with a pleasantly peppery bite when prepared with an appropriate amount of water. It may be interpreted as having too mild of a flavor to some, but I found it refreshing and more enjoyable than other “crisp” absinthes (such as Lucid, for example) as long as there wasn’t too much water.

FINISH: The mouthfeel is right in the sweet spot of the midrange (being neither too thick, nor too thin), and the faint taste of pepper (with a lemony trace) and mint lingers pleasantly for a long while.

OVERALL: I am impressed with the Eichelberger, and I think it would make a great everyday absinthe if only it were on the shelves here in the United States. It is easy to overwater this absinthe, which overpowers the best of what it has to offer, and for me I found 4:1 to be a good ratio of water to spirit. A ratio of 4.5: 1 is the very upper limit, and going beyond that is not recommended. If anything, I would recommend erring on the low end, and trying this one at 3.5:1. Given the reported propensity for bartenders in the U.S. to err on the side of too little water (or sliding you a glass that holds no more than 4 or 5 oz total), I believe it would do well in the bar scene, too.
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by jaysthename August 18, 2009
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I Like Ike!

[NOTE: The source for my three sample glasses was from a trade of absinthe aged at least one year, so it’s possible that time and/or exposure may have affected some of the results of my review when compared to other reviews.]

COLOR: This one had an appropriately green color for a verte. The peridot was a bit pale, but it didn’t edge into the yellow spectrum like some others.

AROMA: The nose was a pleasantly clean, with the scent of minty wormwood being most prominent. It would have been better if the aroma had been a little more expansive, as you had to be close to the glass to detect it.

LOUCHE: A potentially active, though delicate, louche. I achieved more energetic results with a thin stream of cold water than I did with a fountain drip - thin trails developed briefly into small roiling clouds with the stream, while some minor cascades barely registered on the drip.

FLAVOR: This Eichelberger has an excellent balance, with a pleasantly peppery bite when prepared with an appropriate amount of water. It may be interpreted as having too mild of a flavor to some, but I found it refreshing and more enjoyable than other “crisp” absinthes (such as Lucid, for example) as long as there wasn’t too much water.

FINISH: The mouthfeel is right in the sweet spot of the midrange (being neither too thick, nor too thin), and the faint taste of pepper (with a lemony trace) and mint lingers pleasantly for a long while.

OVERALL: I am impressed with the Eichelberger, and I think it would make a great everyday absinthe if only it were on the shelves here in the United States. It is easy to overwater this absinthe, which overpowers the best of what it has to offer, and for me I found 4:1 to be a good ratio of water to spirit. A ratio of 4.5: 1 is the very upper limit, and going beyond that is not recommended. If anything, I would recommend erring on the low end, and trying this one at 3.5:1. Given the reported propensity for bartenders in the U.S. to err on the side of too little water (or sliding you a glass that holds no more than 4 or 5 oz total), I believe it would do well in the bar scene, too.

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Tasted from a sample received in a trade.



Color: light peridot green, very nice, natural. Would have liked just a little more depth in the color, but I'm picking nits here.



Nose (neat): good anise, spice, nicely aromatic. Very herbal as opposed to flowery. Occasional bit of alcohol burn, but not surprising for 68% spirit. Balanced and soft, rather than powerful.



Louche: great swirling trails with ice cold water drip. Good layering, nice finished color, minty green, clear with slight hint of blue at the liquid/air interface.



Nose (after louche): very similar to the pre-louche aroma, maybe leaning a bit more to the anise. Not huge or room filling, but very nice.



Flavor: great balance. Sweet anise, spicy, hint of mint flavor (from the wormwood?); not a strong peppermint, but just enough to give me a feeling of mint, like green mint ice cream. At this point I'm thinking this is what Lucid should have been -- excellent balance, very clean, not too intense for the "uneducated American palate". Good body, I wouldn't go so far as to say "creamy" but I may have overwatered this one a bit at about 4:1. Starting to get some mild clinging to the tongue.



Finish: nicely balanced finish. Some tip-of-the-tongue prickly feeling. Finish starts with anise, moves to a nice complex alpine herbal, and then to the bitterness and tongue-numbing sensation. Very nice. By end of the glass, I'm getting more of the tongue coating and numbing.



Overall, 4's all the way across the board. I really liked this verte, and while I'm still pretty inexperienced, this is probably the best absinthe I've had to date. I've had what I thought were more interesting aromas and finishes, but when taken as a whole, this is the best all-around absinthe in my brief time as an absinthe drinker. This one is getting me seriously thinking about making that first LdF order ...
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by bksmithey August 03, 2008
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beautifully balanced, pleasant verte

Tasted from a sample received in a trade.



Color: light peridot green, very nice, natural. Would have liked just a little more depth in the color, but I'm picking nits here.



Nose (neat): good anise, spice, nicely aromatic. Very herbal as opposed to flowery. Occasional bit of alcohol burn, but not surprising for 68% spirit. Balanced and soft, rather than powerful.



Louche: great swirling trails with ice cold water drip. Good layering, nice finished color, minty green, clear with slight hint of blue at the liquid/air interface.



Nose (after louche): very similar to the pre-louche aroma, maybe leaning a bit more to the anise. Not huge or room filling, but very nice.



Flavor: great balance. Sweet anise, spicy, hint of mint flavor (from the wormwood?); not a strong peppermint, but just enough to give me a feeling of mint, like green mint ice cream. At this point I'm thinking this is what Lucid should have been -- excellent balance, very clean, not too intense for the "uneducated American palate". Good body, I wouldn't go so far as to say "creamy" but I may have overwatered this one a bit at about 4:1. Starting to get some mild clinging to the tongue.



Finish: nicely balanced finish. Some tip-of-the-tongue prickly feeling. Finish starts with anise, moves to a nice complex alpine herbal, and then to the bitterness and tongue-numbing sensation. Very nice. By end of the glass, I'm getting more of the tongue coating and numbing.



Overall, 4's all the way across the board. I really liked this verte, and while I'm still pretty inexperienced, this is probably the best absinthe I've had to date. I've had what I thought were more interesting aromas and finishes, but when taken as a whole, this is the best all-around absinthe in my brief time as an absinthe drinker. This one is getting me seriously thinking about making that first LdF order ...

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After this was recommended to me, I thought I would give it a try. I am so happy I did. It was lovely to drink and experience. I will be ordering it again!
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by vizmerch May 23, 2008
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Recommended

After this was recommended to me, I thought I would give it a try. I am so happy I did. It was lovely to drink and experience. I will be ordering it again!

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I like everything about this absinthe, except for the choice of wormwood, which I suspect is responsible for this odd waxy taste in the finish.



I noticed it in the Montmartre, as well, but the extreme spiciness seemed to obscure it a bit.



Otherwise, the color, aroma, flavor, and particularly the louche were definitely above average.
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Absomphe November 16, 2007
Last updated: March 29, 2008
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Lost wax casting?

I like everything about this absinthe, except for the choice of wormwood, which I suspect is responsible for this odd waxy taste in the finish.



I noticed it in the Montmartre, as well, but the extreme spiciness seemed to obscure it a bit.



Otherwise, the color, aroma, flavor, and particularly the louche were definitely above average.

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A nice natural green color. A very nice louche that builds from the botom and becomes opaque. The aroma is full and pleasant. A nice dry spiciness of fennel, wormwood and a citrus flavor.

A crisp, dry, citrus finish makes this a wonderful absinthe!
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by LeRoy October 16, 2007
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Tasty

A nice natural green color. A very nice louche that builds from the botom and becomes opaque. The aroma is full and pleasant. A nice dry spiciness of fennel, wormwood and a citrus flavor.

A crisp, dry, citrus finish makes this a wonderful absinthe!

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This is definitely an Absinthe and not an absinth by our standards. It is properly made and very well done at that. The color is a deep green and louches beautifully both in the process and final result. The aroma is fantastic, complex, and room filling. The flavor is well balanced, rich, complex and interesting, everything to rate a five on our scale. I found it to be very spicy. Now, typically when I use the word "spicy" in an Absinthe review, I am referring to a warm apple pie type of spice and not a hot/peppery spice. The Eichelberger spiciness, however, is black peppery. This flavor comes at the end and lasts into the finish.



This Absinthe is very well done and one of the best available. It is not my favorite because of the spiciness but I highly recommend it anyway.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by ShaiHulud September 25, 2007
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What? From Germany and Without an E?

This is definitely an Absinthe and not an absinth by our standards. It is properly made and very well done at that. The color is a deep green and louches beautifully both in the process and final result. The aroma is fantastic, complex, and room filling. The flavor is well balanced, rich, complex and interesting, everything to rate a five on our scale. I found it to be very spicy. Now, typically when I use the word "spicy" in an Absinthe review, I am referring to a warm apple pie type of spice and not a hot/peppery spice. The Eichelberger spiciness, however, is black peppery. This flavor comes at the end and lasts into the finish.



This Absinthe is very well done and one of the best available. It is not my favorite because of the spiciness but I highly recommend it anyway.

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