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Traditional Absinthe
Solid absinthe, but some shortcomings
(Updated: January 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.0
3/17/12

Appearance: A brilliant and clear lime green. Jewel-like with a hint of yellow.

Louche: Glittering ribbons swirl throughout the glass, before the absinthe turns a cloudy jade hue.

Aroma: Fruity, citrus scents are most apparent in the forefront, with a slightly savory and vegetal quality present. Could this be coriander, or perhaps its due to the grape base?

Flavor: Very robust herbs... hot and spicy. White pepper comes to mind. There's some anise sweetness here, but the bitter wormwood overtakes it. Again I am getting a little savory aspect.

Finish: Surprisingly light-bodied for the amount of astringency. Has a mouth feel reminiscent of cognac. Has a nice tingling effect on the tongue.

Overall: Much spicier and bold than the light and soft types of expectations I had for some reason. Could be the name/packaging that put the idea in my head. The vegetal aspect I mentioned is not overt but warrants a small deduction. This would score higher in my book with more complexity in the flavor or aroma.
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