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Duplais Verte

 
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Wow!! Very tasty.
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
I just opened my first bottle of Duplais Verte, and I must say I really enjoy it, my new favorite so far. I wasnt going to taste it at first I was going to let it vent a little if you will. I couldnt help myself, I have been wanting to taste this absinthe for a long time now, I just had to taste now.

Color pre louche: when I first popped the cork and saw the green on the cork my first thought was, wow this is going to be green(as in artificially helped) but in the Pontarlier glass is was a very nice Peridot green, nicest I have seen yet.

Post louche color: Very nice emerald green, what it should be.

Aroma: Pre louche the aroma was anise up front with some spicyness in the background, a few different scents comming from the glass. Durring the louche from a slow drip fountain, wormwood makes is appearance at about 1:1 as does maybe some corriander and fennel later on.

Flavor: I prefer my absinthe with a lot of wormwood flavor and this one does not disappoint. The wormwood used is very good quality. Wormwood seems up front with a sweet bittery finish, very nice. The only flaw is it seems thin on the mouth feel department.

Finish: A bit thin but sweet...no sugar was used in this taste I hardly ever use sugar. Finishes very nice a bitter sweet finish.

Overall I really enjoy this absinthe, it would be a 4.5 if available on the scale has a lot of flavors, wormwood really stands out as does a nice sweetness.
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Let it breathe!
(Updated: May 07, 2009)
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
-Color-
Before Water: Very clear and VERY green. It’s nice and attractive, but it’s hue may lead one to believe that it might be artificial, so I felt that a 5 couldn't be awarded.

Color After Water: a nice thick, translucent, milky green.

-Louche-
Beautiful water trails, great layering, with clouds forming, bouncing and swirling. Not too quick, not too slow. The clear green line at the top of the louche disappeared for me at about 2:1.

-Aroma-
Before water, anise and citrus with an interesting bitter edge. After water, complex tones are detectable, with anise, citrus, and floral notes that contrast with a bitter wormwood and almost iodine-like scent.

-Flavor-
A very bold and complex flavor- Sweet anise and citrus are the most obvious leading flavors, accompanied by the spicy and floral notes hinted at in the aroma. This is followed by a very powerful and contrasting bitterness.

-Finish-
Pleasantly substantial body with a spicy/bitter bite and a clean, lingering finish. When the bottle was first opened, I found the contrasting flavors to be unbalanced and a bit too much to be truly enjoyable. It took between three weeks to two months for this absinthe to really to really settle down. Once it smoothed out, I was able to really get into the complexity- particularly in the crisp, long lasting and constantly evolving finish.

-Overall-
This absinthe has taught me above all others about how breathing can be beneficial, and in this case, I’d say very important. Some may find the contrasts to be unpleasant, and I would probably hesitate to recommend this as first choice for someone brand new to absinthe. But given some time to mellow, I really enjoy this one for its intensity and flavor. I remember reading someone describing Duplais Verte as “Wagnerian”, which is a great term for this drink!

Notes: Louched 3:1 with medium fountain drip, no sugar (when first opened, sugar helped round out the rough edges, but after breathing, there is already enough sweetness to render sugar undesirable for me).

Bottle Date Aug 2007. Bottle opened February 2008, tasted Aug 2008.
GB
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Mature Duplais Verte
(Updated: November 24, 2009)
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Color is a unique, deep green hue, to the extent of an emerald shade. Fascinating..
Slow forming louche with a resulting thick, almost solid, milky finish. The final color was translucent, rich, and green with amber highlights.
The aromas after louche emerged as a sweet balance with room filling herbal notes accompanied by a slight anise to the front. Wormwood and fennel began to emerge with hints of spice.
A rich, creamy mouth feel with outstanding, refreshing taste, slight numbness with substantial fennel and wormwood. A controlled, long, finish.
This Duplais Verte is about two years old. The taste has matured and the slight alcohol presence has mellowed into an excellent absinthe. If you have the opportunity to mature this absinthe just a bit, it will be worthwhile.
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Finding this more enjoyable
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
It's odd that when I first started on this bottle, I would have rated the flavor as a 3. I now find it quite appealing. Color is a deep green, deeper than one might expect. Louche developed quite nicely, layered with not much opalescence. Whatever was present in the flavor that I found initially as undesirable, has vanished. All in all, an enjoyable absinthe. My original misplaced misgivings have fallen by the wayside.
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Not what I expected, but enjoyable!
(Updated: March 23, 2009)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Prepared with no sugar and a slow, ice-cold drip.

Aroma pre-louche: Heavy anise. Very floral, if you will. Well balanced and smooth. There is a dark, musty, dried-fruitiness that is really alluring. On pouring and allowed to breathe in the glass, the aroma thins and becomes more anise than anything else. A slight hint of alcohol becomes more apparent. Something hints at chocolate.

Color: A gorgeous peridot green. No hint of yellowness. Unmistakably absinthe.

Louche: The wormwood makes its first appearance as the louche begins to develop. The aroma returns to the mustiness found before being poured, and becomes very sweet. The louche itself is unremarkable. No real suspense, and the usual layering only lasts a short time. The color is very nice when finished, but more than anything the aroma takes the stage here.

Flavor: All wormwood. No anise. A slight hint of mintyness and fennel. There is an almost off putting back note to the flavor, but only as an aftertaste. There is definitely something spicy and dry that holds back any sweet flavors. In fact, to me, there's almost no perceivable sweetness at all. I think a cube of sugar might help coax forward the more subtle sweetness that seems to be held back by an overwhelming woodiness. Very good mouth feel.

Overall: I really like this absinthe. I wouldn't call this absinthe sweet by any means, but the flavors begin to "cool off" as the glass gets emptier. I think it is good, but missing real complexity. A more blended flavor emerges towards the bottom of the glass that seems to get a handle on the overwhelming wormwood character of this drink. Perhaps not a great starter absinthe, but good. This absinthe definitely benefits from sugar, but still retains a heavy wormwood character. I'm really digging it with the sugar!
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