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Taboo MYRRH
Traditional Absinthe
Color
Unlouched, amber/green, a little on the olive side. Very clear. Reminds me of La Coquette with a little more vivid yellow element. Louched, yellowish milky olive/green, amber highlights with whitish/olive meniscus. A good level of coloration.

Louche
Good average louche action at first, but then everything starts happening real fast. Totally opaque with a green line by .5/1, and green line gone by .8/1. The final color has heft to it, but the entire louche process provides little entertainment.

Aroma
Initial louched nose is herbal, resinous, and smoky, and then that Achilles' heel, the overarching aroma of wax/lanolin/exotic floral (that this shares with the Taboo Gold) that I find very acrid, challenging, and distracting... Musky, like a lot of the decorative lilies used in floral arrangements. Wormwood, anise, and fennel and a slight hint of citrus are there in the background, and more apparent as the drink warms. I think this absinthe needs at least a 4/1 dilution. Some of the highly condensed florals and herbals seem to have the breathing space they need at this level.

Flavor
That wax/lanolin/floral thing right up front, in interplay with some grainy, drying effects of the myrrh. Wormwood follows, more standard florals, herbals, citrus and very recessive anise. There's a bit of spice and a slight wormwood "pull" on the palate. In spite of the presence of all these facets, and the impression that the ingredients are of high quality, there is just no alignment, harmony, or balance here. I think a judicious addition of the myrrh could have been an interesting idea with a fundamentally sound recipe, but this stuff is just a schizophrenic mess.

Finish
Finish is a fairly quick fade of all the nose and palate impressions. Not complex at all. It eventually goes almost harshly dry on the tongue. No elegance to this.

Overall
Like the Taboo Gold, this does have a unique personality. Like the Gold, I would say it is exotic, but rustic, peculiar and unrefined, and even more unbalanced than the Gold due to the addition of the myrrh. This is one I would never give to a newbie. Again, like the Gold, I get the impression that it is made of quality ingredients, but it just doesn't seem to come together right, and I suspect that the fix for both this and the Gold is not a matter of little tweaks. I think it's time to go back to the drawing board.

9/13/09 Revisit - Wow... It's really hard to know where to start here. I had suspected that I had overrated this in my initial review, and this tasting confirms it. Actually, with the current age of my bottles being almost one year, the Gold now out shows the Myrrh. The laundry list of what is wrong here is extensive, but to summarize. Way unbalanced, way bitter, way harsh, and beyond challenging.

Changes to my initial scoring are:
Flavor - Changed from 3 to 2.
Finish - Changed from 3 to 1.
Overall - Changed from 3 to 2.
Overall Rating - Changed from 3.2 to 2.6.

For the sake of consistency, every review I post here is evaluated price unconsidered, but when you factor in the pricing on these Taboos, there are easily better ways to spend your absinthe dollar.

Taboo Myrrh 12/16/08, 12/27/08, 1/11/09, 9/13/09
All evaluations had consistent notes.
Overall rating 
 
2.6
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Michael Meyers January 11, 2009
Last updated: June 19, 2012
Top 10 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (53)

Back To The Drawing Board

Color
Unlouched, amber/green, a little on the olive side. Very clear. Reminds me of La Coquette with a little more vivid yellow element. Louched, yellowish milky olive/green, amber highlights with whitish/olive meniscus. A good level of coloration.

Louche
Good average louche action at first, but then everything starts happening real fast. Totally opaque with a green line by .5/1, and green line gone by .8/1. The final color has heft to it, but the entire louche process provides little entertainment.

Aroma
Initial louched nose is herbal, resinous, and smoky, and then that Achilles' heel, the overarching aroma of wax/lanolin/exotic floral (that this shares with the Taboo Gold) that I find very acrid, challenging, and distracting... Musky, like a lot of the decorative lilies used in floral arrangements. Wormwood, anise, and fennel and a slight hint of citrus are there in the background, and more apparent as the drink warms. I think this absinthe needs at least a 4/1 dilution. Some of the highly condensed florals and herbals seem to have the breathing space they need at this level.

Flavor
That wax/lanolin/floral thing right up front, in interplay with some grainy, drying effects of the myrrh. Wormwood follows, more standard florals, herbals, citrus and very recessive anise. There's a bit of spice and a slight wormwood "pull" on the palate. In spite of the presence of all these facets, and the impression that the ingredients are of high quality, there is just no alignment, harmony, or balance here. I think a judicious addition of the myrrh could have been an interesting idea with a fundamentally sound recipe, but this stuff is just a schizophrenic mess.

Finish
Finish is a fairly quick fade of all the nose and palate impressions. Not complex at all. It eventually goes almost harshly dry on the tongue. No elegance to this.

Overall
Like the Taboo Gold, this does have a unique personality. Like the Gold, I would say it is exotic, but rustic, peculiar and unrefined, and even more unbalanced than the Gold due to the addition of the myrrh. This is one I would never give to a newbie. Again, like the Gold, I get the impression that it is made of quality ingredients, but it just doesn't seem to come together right, and I suspect that the fix for both this and the Gold is not a matter of little tweaks. I think it's time to go back to the drawing board.

9/13/09 Revisit - Wow... It's really hard to know where to start here. I had suspected that I had overrated this in my initial review, and this tasting confirms it. Actually, with the current age of my bottles being almost one year, the Gold now out shows the Myrrh. The laundry list of what is wrong here is extensive, but to summarize. Way unbalanced, way bitter, way harsh, and beyond challenging.

Changes to my initial scoring are:
Flavor - Changed from 3 to 2.
Finish - Changed from 3 to 1.
Overall - Changed from 3 to 2.
Overall Rating - Changed from 3.2 to 2.6.

For the sake of consistency, every review I post here is evaluated price unconsidered, but when you factor in the pricing on these Taboos, there are easily better ways to spend your absinthe dollar.

Taboo Myrrh 12/16/08, 12/27/08, 1/11/09, 9/13/09
All evaluations had consistent notes.

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