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Roquette 1797

 
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Roquette in my Poquette
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0
This is one of my favorite absinthes. It has a very different nose and flavor from many anise-heavy (if not anise-overloaded) absinthes of modern manufacture. Upon opening the bottle, the scent of wormwood is very pronounced and pleasant. Rather than overwhelming, the effect is alluring and intriguing like incense.
I don't put much value on louche. The more anise, the denser the louche, and the more exciting to watch it form (depending on what excites you). Compared to others, this absinthe has a light, unexciting-to-watch louche because there is less anise. Big deal. I have lava lamps for that.
On the tongue the wormwood becomes regal and dominates easily, while the anise/fennel flavors follow it at a respectful distance, in perfect compliment, like footmen carrying the monarch's train. Tasting this was a very enjoyable drinking experience, all the way to the last few sips.
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Not Really My Cup of Tea, But Quality Stuff
(Updated: April 26, 2010)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
From 2008 batch at 3:1, then 4:1 at 2nd tasting.

*Note upon revisiting (doesn't affect score): at 4:1, I was able to get a slightly thicker louche. It is so slow forming, that stopping at a lower dilution does not allow it form as fully. Still thin, but more of an opal quality at 4:1, and even up to 5:1, where I enjoyed the flavor much more! Initially, I thought it would get thinner looking with more water...surprise!

Color: Lovely jewel-like green, but a just a tad weak.
After louche color was quite nice.

Louche: Strong promising trails and jellies. I thought "Nice...it's so slow forming", but then it stayed so thin, even at 3:1 that I felt let down. 2nd tasting, went to 4:1 and it was actually a thicker louche!

Aroma: Before adding water, it was delicious, after the louche however, I found it unbalanced and a bit "off" in its balance for my tastes. Very medicinal, vegetal and herbal. I give it a 4 only due to the wonderful pre-louch aroma.

Flavor: Wow...different. Not really my favorite profile, but interesting and strong. Still, tasty, Again, very herbal and medicinal tasting, yet balance and quality. Very clear wormwood and fennel, anise is there, but not right up in your face. A bit more anise in there, and I would love this flavor. A bit of alcohol in there as well... not enough to mark it down, but I noticed it. At 4:1, the achohol bite was gone and the flavor opened up nicely. I can see some people really liking this. I give it a 4 as I think they did a good job representing something faithfully, and it has its place.

Finish: One of the nicest aspects of this absinthe. Layered and complex. Just the right bitter and linger. A tad of alcohol heat in the finish, but not enough to mark it down.


I'd say it's important to sample this just for the unique flavor profile. I liked it much more the 2nd time around, and appreciated its totally unique personality.
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Taste of 1797
(Updated: May 28, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
2.5
Color is a nice, clear peridot. Nothing too striking but quite proper. For the amount of alcohol present, the neat aroma is surprisingly not as overpowering as one would expect with the unmistakable scent of Pontarlier wormwood right up front. The louche forms nicely and results in something thick and lovely. The taste itself if earthy, woody, powdery... lovely bitter wormwood. In fact, I taste lots of wormwood the first few sips - but things become more balanced and sweet as the glass goes on. The flavor is quite enjoyable and fun to explore seeing as how it does tend to shift somewhat over the course of a glass... an adventurous spirit :)

I do perceive where many of these reviews detect a "medicinal" quality to this absinthe. It is there... but I don't find it distracting at all. I'd like to view this aspect to be more of a wild or untamed attribute to this particular brand.


5/28/14 update: Seems I've gotten a bad bottle for my second. I've taken down the scores for flavor and finish, and the overall score has been lowered significantly. I wouldn't buy another bottle until we are assured that the problems with Roquette batches has been sorted out. A real shame :(
J
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unusual, full of surprises
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
sampled thanks to a generous WWS member



Color: beautiful. Nice, clear, natural green. More saturated green than Trillium, and more saturated than I remember the Eichelberger, but you would not describe this as dark. Gorgeous and enticing.



Aroma (neat): The first thing that hit me was an aroma that seemed musty or earthy, wet dirt. Ainse is htere, and some grassy/herbal character, but the musty aroma is difficult for me to get past. There is a spirity/fruity alcohol component in the aroma, but it is nice. Not nearly as much "heat" as I was expecting from the high alc. content.



Louche: Everybody knows about the louche, my experience was no different. Slow to start, weak trails, and then a general haze develops. This was with a very slow drip of very cold water -- crushed ice and water dripped from a sport bottle. The completed louche is quite translucent with little or none of the milky/minty shades typical of a louched verte. Finished color is still attractive.



Aroma (after louche): The aroma expresses itself nicely during the louche; not "room filling", but it is escaping the glass and is noticeable without getting close to the glass during the louche. Anise and herbal character coming through more but I'm still picking up the musty character.



Flavor: The flavor is quite powerful, a surprise in contrast to the thin appearance of the louched glass. Herbal, on the vegetative side, with good anise and quite strong bitterness. With everything to this point being more extreme (beautiful color, strange aroma, poor louche), the flavor seems quite normal and pleasant.



Finish: Very nice, this is one where I found the anise and wormwood hang around and mingle for a while. So often I find the finish more "sequential", where flavors come and then fade, but this one was very long and complex, with anise, bitter wormwood, and other herbal flavors very nicely integrated.



Overall, quite a surprise and a bit of an enigma to me. Enjoyable to taste and analyze, and in the end I must say I like it, but it's a bit of an oddball. The unusual aroma and poor louche make it something that I'd probably frequently pass over if it were in the liquor cabinet, which is a shame, as the flavor and finish are really very nice.
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Very satisfying!
(Updated: December 13, 2007)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
I received a bottle from France and eminently enjoyed it: it is certainly the best Absinthe I have had the pleasure to try.



The colour is delicately and subtle. The aroma is robust and the flavor and finish are distinctively brilliant. Outstanding in all respects.



Unlike most, I have not penalized Roquette for its subtle louche. Having grown in a country where the staple drink is Ouzo, i.e. a louche a merry-go-round, it is not clear to me why a blatant louche is desirable over a gloriously understated one!
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