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Taboo Gold - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

 
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3 reviews
Overall rating
 
3.5
Appearance
 
3.8(3)
Louche
 
3.5(3)
Aroma
 
3.7(3)
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
3.2(3)
Finish
 
3.5(3)
Overall
 
3.2(3)
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Gold deserves Gold
(Updated: April 28, 2009)
Overall rating
 
4.1
Appearance
 
4.0
Louche
 
3.0
Aroma
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
4.0
Finish
 
5.0
Overall
 
4.0
At that strength the colour is accurate, greenish and deep enough.

Louche is very gradual, very slow and doesn't reach the full opacity, maybe the herb-bill is responsible for such a louche. Still, quite nice and not too hasty.

Aroma is the Great Unknown, and thus so greatly inviting to take the first sip. Aroma is musky in a sense and definitely not absinthe-y. Again, it is so unique that cannot be considered a flaw, rather a great virtue.

Flavour is particularly rich-melissa, some unknown nuances, not a slight trace of anethole buddies, bitterness from pontica that simply eats your tongue and it is so pleasant, that it is not a problem that too much of pontica might have been used what the taste clearly suggests.

Traditional absinthe it is not, is it absinthe? Yes, it is, very unusual, very untraditional, a cosmic one that seduces with great, mature personality. Whenever I re-visit it, it is a pleasure.
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1st Relase (2009-2011)
Overall rating
 
3.3
Appearance
 
4.0
Louche
 
5.0
Aroma
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
2.5
Finish
 
2.5
Overall
 
3.0
Take note that this is the first release of Taboo Gold. After 2011 it was unavailable for a bit then around 2012 a new batch came out that was quite a bit different than the first. I'll post a separate review of the 2012 release.

Louched 4:1 with sugar.

COLOR is dark and deep. Golden yellow and green tints. Clear

LOUCHE Dark olive green with yellow/gold highlights. Creamy but not too thick. Perfect louche.

AROMA A bit peculiar. Anise, tangy, minty, lemony, herbaceous, grassy. A bit sharp like fruit eau-de-vie. All Taboo absinthe's are made with a fruit brandy base.

FLAVOR Bitter, spicy and tangy fruit. The fruit brandy base really comes through and gives it a flavor that is a bit peculiar for an absinthe. The overall flavor is pleasant but not a traditional absinthe flavor.

FINISH Spicy, bitter long finish. The spiciness goes away and a soapy flavor develops and stay with the bitterness.

OVERALL It's an enjoyable absinthe but definitely needs some tweaks in the flavor department.
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Not quite Gold
Overall rating
 
2.9
Appearance
 
3.5
Louche
 
2.5
Aroma
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
3.0
Finish
 
3.0
Overall
 
2.5
Appearance: A green tinted amber color. Clear yet dark in hue appearing deep.

Louche: The louche is very light and thin. It is there but the entire glass is still very transparent.

Aroma: The aroma is of citrus and spice. Anise and wormwood are present but not strong aromas. The accenting smells are much more noticeable than the traditional ones.

Flavor: Wormwood, lemon, and a cassia-cherry blend jump out at first. After tasting I've found that the base is fruit brandy and it definitely comes through in the flavor. This absinthe is fairly sweet with an anise push, but the mouthfeel is so thin that I don't suspect much fennel use.

Finish: The finish is much the same as the flavor for the most part. Towards the end a dried herb and dusty flavor appears along with bittersweet lemon to finalize out the finish.

Overall: An interesting experiment and good in its own way, but it stretches the boundaries of the usual absinthe flavors. The thin mouthfeel and louche could use some work and the base is strongly apparent. If I wanted an absinthe I wouldn't reach for this bottle right away, but it's still tasty.
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