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Tenneyson Absinthe Royale
Traditional Absinthe
Appearance: This blanche is extremely clear with just the slightest tint. Close to perfect but there's some yellow hue in the way.

Louche: The louche is translucent and hued but also also a bit on the thin side. It is very white when held against the light though.

Aroma: The trinity of absinthe is on display as well as juniper. Subtle aromas such as mint or melissa are very much in the background.

Flavor: Tastes more like a gin with absinthe flavors than the other way around, but for the most part it straddles the fence between the two spirits. It is very juniper and anise heavy with a textural sharpness akin to many new world gins.

Finish: Some floral bitterness jumps out but not too much. Other than that nothing changes too much from the original flavor.

Overall: Good but not great. I am a fan of both gin and absinthe but this seems like a mediocre attempt at both. I would probably enjoy this more if it strongly took one side over the other instead of searching for a middle ground.
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
3.5
Reviewed by Evan Camomile May 18, 2012
Last updated: May 18, 2012
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Louched not Stirred.

Appearance: This blanche is extremely clear with just the slightest tint. Close to perfect but there's some yellow hue in the way.

Louche: The louche is translucent and hued but also also a bit on the thin side. It is very white when held against the light though.

Aroma: The trinity of absinthe is on display as well as juniper. Subtle aromas such as mint or melissa are very much in the background.

Flavor: Tastes more like a gin with absinthe flavors than the other way around, but for the most part it straddles the fence between the two spirits. It is very juniper and anise heavy with a textural sharpness akin to many new world gins.

Finish: Some floral bitterness jumps out but not too much. Other than that nothing changes too much from the original flavor.

Overall: Good but not great. I am a fan of both gin and absinthe but this seems like a mediocre attempt at both. I would probably enjoy this more if it strongly took one side over the other instead of searching for a middle ground.

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