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Blanche Traditionelle - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

 
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Overall rating
 
4.4
Louche
 
4.6(4)
Appearance
 
4.4(4)
Aroma
 
4.4(4)
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
4.5(4)
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A delicious blanche
(Updated: January 05, 2013)
Overall rating
 
4.4
Louche
 
4.5
Appearance
 
4.0
Aroma
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
4.5
Finish
 
4.5
Overall
 
4.5
My initial review was written after 2 months of enjoying 6 or so glasses of Essai #5.
This edit is two years later, with my third bottle. What a delicious and interesting absinthe! Though the bottle is only 500 ml, the 81.5 % buys you a lot more glasses. I enjoyed this at 4.5:1, and 5:1 where it is delicate and delicious. I never sugar blanches.

Color: Crystal clear, no sediment. The glass looked empty when the reservoir was full.

Louche: Wonderful. Unlike the majority of blanches I've had, this louche was not in a hurry. Thick, curling, clear trails spun around, winding down, then reaching up from the bottom in smoky wisps with distinct layering above. Like all my favorite louches, I enjoyed the rolling thick cloud-tops just below the clear layer, until it all merged exactly at 4:1. Whites, flashes of light copper and blues swirled around as the louche formed into a lovely white, with the slightest kiss of blue. Just the right thickness, with nice light play filtering through.

Aroma: Due to the high proof, alcohol is clearly present pre-louche. A strong but very promising wormwood is in front, with fennel and anise behind. A quality, classic Swiss la bleue aroma. As water is added, the alcohol subsides giving way to florals and baking spices. The wonderful soft wormwood is always clear in the aroma. So delicate, yet strong and earthy. Nothing out of balance. Enticing and elegant.

Flavor: Superb. Sweet, strong, delicate and spicy at the same time.
Top-notch wormwood and green anise play together like old-friends, fennel is clear and tasty. The mouthfeel is perfect. Plenty of pepper and citrus appear in the mix as well.

Finish: Strong wormwood enters, unfolding to anise, which gives way to spice, lemon and fennel. A delicate slow build, which lingers, then slowly dwindles leaving a light citrus clinging to the back of the mouth. Very nice.

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The Highly Anticipated Blanche
Overall rating
 
4.5
Louche
 
5.0
Appearance
 
5.0
Aroma
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
5.0
Finish
 
5.0
Overall
 
4.0
This review is done upon opening a bottle of 'Essai 4', aged slightly over two years old. Slow, icy cold drip. No Sugar.

Aroma: Removing the cork offers a wonderfully delicate scent of flowers. Even before pouring, the heat of this absinthe gives itself a way on the nose. Once poured and having a chance to breath, the flowers vanish, leaving a strange duet of astringency and something that resembles mashed peas. AS it louches, the flowers reemerge, but are subtle. There is no room-filling cascade of aromas, only a subtle hint of earthy, meadowy wormwood. I just wish it was more pronounced.


Color: Perfectly crystal clear. When it sits perfectly still and is viewed from the side it looks as if there is nothing in the glass at all.


Louche: Sensuous trails hang gently and start to look like ice forming through a high-speed camera. The cloud rises up from the bottom giving the louche the effect of a frosting glass as it rises up to meet the banding line that stays around well through 2.5:1. I develops enticingly slow, and once finished, it ends a thick, flawless snow white. Beautiful!

Flavor: Wow! The first thing you notice is a very powerful wormwood character. For a second it seems as though it will be very bitter, but falls away the instant you take a breath, leaving a wonderful, creamy sweetness. This is a very straightforward drink, but masterfully blended to provide the tongue with an easy to comprehend, but delightfully powerful flavor. All I can say to elaborate is, heavy on the wormwood, but crafted so as to make it sweet and delicate. Fantastic!


Overall: My only previous experience with any blanche is Kubler. I have grown not to enjoy Kubler too much, and was starting to think all Blanches might share the same "twangy" flavor. Blanche Traditionelle 'Essai 4' is one of the most wonderful drinks I've ever tasted, let alone one of the best absinthes. It easily pushed a good number of my favorite vertes out of the top 5 picture. The mouth feel is exquisite, and the flavor is so far beyond my ability to do it justice that I'm almost embarrassed.
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Essai buy a bottle.
(Updated: March 06, 2014)
Overall rating
 
4.4
Louche
 
4.0
Appearance
 
4.5
Aroma
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
4.5
Finish
 
4.0
Overall
 
4.0
Essai #5 from 2009.

Appearance is of course crystal clear neat. With the addition of water, opaque and slightly translucent with gold and amber highlights and the occasional blue tinges around the edges.

Louche layered nicely starting slowly from the bottom with beautiful curling trails with each drip of water.

Aroma Fills the room. Amazingly robust and beautifully floral. I could sit and enjoy the aroma in the glass for hours.

Flavor in this five year old bottle at 4/1 reminded me of lemon cake and hot liquor.
At 5/1 an easy drink that you can savor every sip. Succulent, powerful and delicious.

Finish is quite dry and long lasting.

Overall this is one blanche that stands out in a crowd of monotony and is thoroughly an enjoyable experience.
S
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Fantastic Blanche
(Updated: May 08, 2010)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Louche
 
5.0
Appearance
 
4.0
Aroma
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
4.0
Finish
 
4.0
Overall
 
4.0
Color- Perfectly clear. No tint or sediment
Louche- Slow forming; blues, grays, and gold opalescence when fully louched. When louched under natural sunlight purple streaks are formed

Aroma- Lemon balm with wormwood. This absinthe is both fresh and earthy at the same time. The interesting aspect of this absinthe is the addition of a baking spice scent. It reminds me of ginger snap cookies of all things. This all creates a very interesting combination

Flavor- Pungent and flavorful wormwood. Green anise with a slight alcohol bite. Again, there is an accumulation of baking spices that adds a new dimension compared to other blanches I’ve tried. Powdery flavors and fennel also add to the complexity.

Finish- The finish is dominated by the a bouquet of floral wormwood. This slowly gives way to some citrus notes

Overall- I’ve tried about four blanches so far and this is by far the best. Interesting take on such a traditional product yet manages to stay classy.

Note- From 'Essai #5' July 2009 distillation
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