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Traditional Absinthe
Color: Artificial yet attractive.

Louche: Turbulent and pretty while louching. Post louche, it's a bit too thick and oily, like previously mentioned.

Aroma: Star anise and quite a bit of mint, citrus, and pine. Definitely a little warm. Peculiar is a perfect descriptor.

Flavor: Wormwood and pine. I don't know what that is, but man, LOTS of pine. A bit weedy and peppery. Wormwood is a bit harsh. I just don't like the wormwood used in oil mixes. Very powerful flavors.

Finish: Quite thick and numbing. Might be smoother if louched up at a higher ratio.

Overall: If you get a bottle of this, I highly recommend trying higher water ratios like 4:1 and 5:1. You'll probably enjoy it more. At the normal ratio of 3:1, it's got way too many harsh and unbalanced flavors.
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson March 05, 2010
#1 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (211)

Not a fan.

Color: Artificial yet attractive.

Louche: Turbulent and pretty while louching. Post louche, it's a bit too thick and oily, like previously mentioned.

Aroma: Star anise and quite a bit of mint, citrus, and pine. Definitely a little warm. Peculiar is a perfect descriptor.

Flavor: Wormwood and pine. I don't know what that is, but man, LOTS of pine. A bit weedy and peppery. Wormwood is a bit harsh. I just don't like the wormwood used in oil mixes. Very powerful flavors.

Finish: Quite thick and numbing. Might be smoother if louched up at a higher ratio.

Overall: If you get a bottle of this, I highly recommend trying higher water ratios like 4:1 and 5:1. You'll probably enjoy it more. At the normal ratio of 3:1, it's got way too many harsh and unbalanced flavors.

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