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Vilya Blanche (formerly Ridge Blanche)

 
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A very well-made blanche
(Updated: January 05, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Enjoyed at 4:1. no sugar

Appearance: This blanche is so perfectly clear and colorless, that when my glass was filled to the dose line, it looked empty. It was clear of any sediment, and was absolutely the pinnacle of how a blanche should look neat.

Louche: A well-formed louche that develops in an even slow build, unlike so many blanches which seem to be in a hurry. The final result was just thick enough to not be opaque, and still had refractive elements, and flashes of copper at the edges.

Aroma: A dry, clean and crisp wormwood-forward aroma. Flirting around its edges is a sweet floral fennel, with a delicate anise behind. Quite nice.

Flavor: The is a tasty and refreshing absinthe; it is crisp and dry, but has a bit more going on than a trad la Bleue; a bit more pepper, spice and depth. The wormwood is exceptional. I enjoy its delicious, light bitterness, and would not be tempted to ruin its character with sugar.

Finish: The finish follows the flavor very well, with a slow build. Pepper, and an almost gin-like dryness. Just as I though it was not going anywhere else, the citrus opened for the final linger.

This is an absinthe worth buying and enjoying. I am quite impressed that these folks grow, harvest, and prep their own wormwood.
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An excellent blanche!
(Updated: July 10, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Fresh out of the bottle, Ridge Blanche is clear as water, and very aromatic. I slowly dripped water from a partially frozen water bottle and the kitchen was graced with a subtle scent of anise and wormwood. When I finished watering at about 4.5:1.

The louche forms very nicely, and finishes just early enough to make me nervous. Upon tasting a later batch, the louche is quite nice, and thicker than what I remember. (Edit:I recently did a side by side comparison and the flavor is similar, but the louche is vastly improved.I don't know what Team Ridge changed, but it's a hell of an improvement. Thanks!).

The flavor is excellently balanced, very professional. The combination of the herbs blend harmoniously with one another in a bouquet of herbal and alpine wonder. The flavor of the wormwood is very nice, not too minty, not too bitter-but it's there. It doesn't try to dominate the palate, but it is noticeable and blends nicely with notes of anise/fennel and a number of other herbs I can't quite identify. It has elements of branch, leaf, flower and just a tiny little bit of root, so it really does taste like a French or Swiss meadow to me.

To me the finish has less of the wormwood and other alpine flavors, mostly leaving flavors of anise, fennel and melissa.


Overall- I'd recommend this absinthe to anyone interested in absinthe. I think it'd be an excellent starter for anyone who hasn't had it before and I think it would be great for experienced absinthe drinkers. I find it highly refreshing and not lacking at all. It's clear to me by the flavor alone that a lot of time and effort has gone into getting this blanche to where it is today and I really dig that.
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I'm not usually a blanche lover, but...
(Updated: July 07, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Color: Extremely clear, it is hard to tell where it is if you use an ornate glass with any horizontal lines. In the sunlight there is a blue tint towards the top.

Louche: Amazing oil trails, easily becoming my favorite louche so far. Blue-purple hues erupt mid-louche. Clouds up well and without hesitation. Strong and thick when done and displays rainbow hues slightly in the sunlight.

Aroma: Very floral smell. Peppery up front and complex but a bit on the light side.

Flavor: Surprise! Smooth and very complex. Floral flavors in front with traditional absinthe flavors right up behind them. Some spicy tones hit the back of the mouth well. Very complex, bold and balanced. A blanche with some flavor and complexity, well done!

Finish: Spices up a bit at first and lasts a long time. Numbs quite well and lasts a long time. Slightly sweeter at the end than the beginning. Relaxing.

Overall: Favorite Blanche hands down. Very complex and bold. Not simple as most blanches tend to be. This is a very well crafted drink and holds an amazing flavor profile.
EC
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An Enjoyable Blanch with Plenty of Wormwood and Sp
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
This absinthe was reviewed on 1/31/11. Water was hand-poured from a pitcher and one sugar cube was used.

Appearance: Crystal clear and brilliant; free of any particulate matter or floaters

Louche: Nearly opaque, opalescent, attractive, not too thick

Aroma: Lots of wormwood and an earthy animale scent that I find present in better absinthes; sweet herbs, very room-penetrating

Flavor: Strong presence of wormwood, a nice amount of spice, these flavors flow into sweet fennel and anise

Finish: Medium length, continued sweetness and spice on the tongue

Overall: A very solid, pleasant blanche with plenty of wormwood character and spiciness. I would consider this a go-to blanche for regular consumption in my household.
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A very fine blanche
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
4.0
This is a very nice blanche, and though it does not compare to Ridge's verte, it is still quite respectable. The color is fine...perfectly clear with no trace of impurities. The aroma before and after water is very nice, both pleasing and bracing. The louche is rapid and the final color is an attractive if unremarkable white jade. Flavor and finish are good but unsubtle, and could use more complexity, even allowing for the typical character of a blanche as opposed to a verte. There is a strong impression of licorice in the flavor. Overall, I like this absinthe quite well. It is significantly better than Kubler, for example, though it does not have the interest or complexity of some of the best blanches.
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