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Pernod Fils Pre-Ban 1914 Cache - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

 
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A great absinthe
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4.8
Louche
 
5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
As others have said, this is a wonderful absinthe. This glass was from the 1914 cache and was watered at 3.5:1 without sugar, using a brouilleur.



Wow. The color is a delicate dead leaf amber, perfectly clear and bright. Once water is added the green hints become apparent and the spectacle of what a louche should be appears. An amazing sight beginning with oil trails, then a beautiful hazy ball of milky absinthe at the bottom, followed by greater milkiness with very distinct banding between the louched and unlouched absinthe. At last, the louche wins. While appearing to be fairly dense, the louche has an opalescence that puts the current batch of modern absinthes to shame.



Truly, the colors of a glass of this absinthe are equal to the sunset.



The aroma was very nice, but compared to the flavor, the aroma is not why one wants a glass of this absinthe.



The flavor is quite magical and goes well beyond the dual Trinities of a mere text. This is the work of a master craftsman, and has only benefitted from the effects of Time. The tongue numbing is pleasant from both fennel and wormwood and perhaps more. A delicate mintiness teases and lingers long in the finish. There is a wonderful candy-like flavor pairing sweetly with a hint of licorice. I'm sorry if I've failed to convey all the taste and pleasure this absinthe brings, for my skills with words are pathetic and weak.



I'm glad they banned this absinthe. Otherwise, I'd wander the streets gathering what coin I could find - or steal - just so I could have another glass.



(Just kidding on the stealing part.)
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What a Treat
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4.7
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
What a fantastic experience to be able to taste this rare Absinthe. I was loathe to review this one given my less than Ph.D. tasting chops but, at the same time, I felt the obligation to set down my impressions for posterity.



The color was just what I imagine it should be although I did not see the greenish tint that some describe from their samples. The louche was fantastic and the aroma and flavour were distinct. Both were very floral above almost anything else and I had the impression of it being more strong and bold than delicate. I wish, 1. that I had more to taste (who doesn't) and 2. that it had been my first or second Absinthe of the evening and I had come at it with a "cleaner" palate. The finish was good but brief but overall it was truly, "I'll have another, thank you."
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Astounding.
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4.8
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Appearance: Damn near green, with a slight topaz hue. There's some slight haziness.

Louche: Translucent fire opal glow, creamy yet reflective. It's still clearly a verte, as the louche maintains a beautiful color.

Aroma: Pre-louched it smells wonderful and near-drinkable. Sweet and sour, vanilla, anise, candied orange zest, wormwood, and mild fennel notes.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: The anise is perfectly bold and spicy, the fennel perfectly balanced, and the wormwood is velvety smooth...there's a tingly euphoric warmth filling my mouth and throat.

Finish: Goes on forever but not long enough...peppery, juicy, warm, a whisper of earthiness, some sort of spice (perhaps allspice?) and candied orange again.

Overall: Mindblowing. Even the best modern reproductions are still a shadow of what this absinthe is.
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