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Jade Verte Suisse 65°

 
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Verte Suisse
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
This absinthe has a delightful bamboo green shade. Not as dark as Edouard or the 1901, a lovely shade none the less. The louche takes on a white opalescence with tinges of green that has a billowy soft appearance. The aroma has a robust bouquet that is predominantly anise with a slight wormwood background. After loache , wormwood, fennel, and anise explode from the glass. The finish is fresh, sweet, and herbal; with lingering wormwood.
This is one of my favorite Jades.
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One Always Remembers One's First
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
I have often gone back and forth between claiming the Verte Suisse and then the Edouard to be my favorite COs. Then PF1901 came on the scene and really threw a kink into things. The Verte Suisse was my first Absinthe, however, and therefore remains a favorite but it deserves its place on its own merits.



The pre louched color is very nice, a deep green. It louches slowly with beautiful oil trails and good layering. The final color is very thick and green with hints of brown and, therefore, somewhat less appealing than others.



Aroma and flavor are fantastic with the most pronounced "herby" almost "grassy" flavor of any Absinthe I have tasted. It is complex and makes me feel like I just did a face-plant in an alpine meadow. The finish is lingering and strong.



I think the Verte Suisse is fairly distinct in its flavor and therefore will be controversial. Some will really like it and some will not, there will not be much middle of the road.
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Wonderful experience...
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
...I was saddened to see it go.



The color of this absinthe is a beautiful but delicate green. Not nearly as dark in shade as its sibling the Edouard but still a lovely color to be sure. However, that all changes once the water is applied. One can easily lose themselves in the slow, cloudy swirls that erupt from violent drops of ice cold water. Once a full louche has been achieved the color takes on a lovely white opalescence with a hint of the original green producing a subtle but nice creamy appearance.



The aroma and flavor are both rather crisp and refreshing. While just as wonderful on the tongue with sugar this absinthe loses no character when unadorned and taken without it. Depending upon your preference the choice to start the evening a little sweeter and finish it out unsweetened will never be a hard one. The aroma is a very full bodied bouquet that is predominantly anise with subtle undertones but when the water is added the full figure of the complexity can be witnessed. The undertones move to the foreground presenting the full spectrum of Wormwood and Fennel mixing smoothly with the anise you started with.



The finish for me has always been smooth, easy and warming. This is a lovely absinthe that should be enjoyed completely throughout every step in the process.



Overall, this has become one of my favorite absinthes.
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Early Autumn, Late Summer
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Other reviews describe a deep green, but my bottle must be farther along in the feuille mort stages. Fresh from the pour, the color in my glass is a clear, yellowish green -- similar to an early autumn elm leaf. With the addition of icewater, turbulent oil trails shimmer and twist like the air above a hot summer road. Eventually the green tint disappears almost completely, as a smooth opalescent fog rises from the base of the glass, thickening into a creamy, pale straw-colored louche. Extraordinarily fragrant upon first pour -- but after louching it blooms even more, reminiscent of a Minnesota meadow in August. For those unfamiliar with Minnesota Augusts, think heady, humid, sundrenched wind, thick with late summer wildflowers and toasted grass. The VS exudes all this, along with notes of cedar and anise. Totally fills the room. Sipping at a 4:1 dilution, no sugar, the flavor is sweet and herbal, true to its fragrance. Very complex on the tongue, with a fresh, bright, lingering wormwood finish.
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Big Red
(Updated: August 20, 2008)
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Sep. 2007 bottle, opened Jan 2008 and tasted for review March 2008; louched at 3:1 slow drip with 1/2 sugar cube.



The color was a natural and attractive light lime-amber, but I would have scored it higher if more actual green was detectable; perhaps the age of the bottling was responsible?



The louche was excellent- slow forming and fascinating with numerous spindly oil trails that layered, bouncing in a suspended dance, swirling, and reforming with each drip. There appeared to be more oil trails, but they were not as thick-looking individually as, say, 1901 or Edouard. At full louche, the color was a light lime/ amber yellow with opalescent highlights, although it was a bit thinner than other Jades.



The aroma was pleasing, with herbal, verdant, and spicy notes. However, for me, it did not quite portray the complexity of the actual taste.



A wonderfully complex flavor, with a sweet spicy upfront that, to me, conveyed a powerful suggestion of cinnamon (I dub thee Big Red!). A toasty, yet verdant, herbal, grassy green comes right along side, followed by a big, savory bitter on the back of the tongue. The finish is clean and refreshing, with all of the flavor components, even the frontal spice, lingering.



The mouthfeel, however while light and enjoyable, was not as creamy and luxurious as I was hoping for, and I subtracted a point in the finish category. I feel that the lighter oil trails and light-looking final louche might have been an indicator of this. Not a major issue, but I find it interesting to wonder if it's just the nature of this particular absinthe (e.g. Latin American vs. Indonesian coffees), or if it could be improved. The only week point in an otherwise amazing flavor profile.



All and all, a great absinthe and one of my very favorites. It took some getting used to but it's grown on me quite a bit. If Ted finds a way to thicken up the mouthfeel while keeping all the other qualities intact, I will go crazy trying to decide if this, or Edouard, is my top absinthe.



Update August 2008: Well, I’m on a different bottle (same Sept. 2007 batch) that’s been opened for some time longer. The cinnamon note is not nearly as prevalent as it was, and has mellowed into a tamer sweet and spicy in the front. Without the big biting (in a good way) iteration of the spice on my palate, I can detect a decent creamy body here. It’s not as creamy as PF1901 for example, but it’s there, and it’s quite nice. The finish is not as snappy, but it’s still crisp. So not as bold as before, but smoother. Wonderful to experience the changing flavors in the life of a bottle of good absinthe.
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