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4.4
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4.6(5)
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4.6(5)
Aroma
 
4.6(5)
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4.4(5)
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Great Surprise!
(Updated: July 04, 2011)
Overall rating
 
4.5
Louche
 
5.0
Appearance
 
5.0
Aroma
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
4.0
Finish
 
4.0
Overall
 
4.0
Color: The clarity is exemplary with a natural peridot green. Textbook presentation here!

Louche: Active swirls that melt into clouds with some nice layering when the louche nears completion. Thick but translucent when complete. Again this is textbook.

Aroma: The absinthe trio is right up front with complexity in the back. Some vanilla and a little spicyness. Nice and strong but not overpowering.

Flavor: The flavor starts out crisp light and sweet. The layers display some here and there but not much with a traditional absinthe flavor dominating. A little too weak and light for my taste but still very well done.

Finish: The finish warms up immediately and lasts a good while with a bitter pop at the end. It starts sweet and spicy and ends smooth and bitter. Cool almost “two stage” effect.

Overall: Amazing presentation with the color, louche, and aroma. The taste is good but a little weak for me and the finish is a nice two step gradient. Needs to work on the strength of the flavor and it could easily start competing with my favorites.
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Very impressive.
Overall rating
 
4.5
Louche
 
5.0
Appearance
 
5.0
Aroma
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
4.0
Finish
 
4.0
Overall
 
4.0
Color: An amazing bright green that is exactly what comes to mind when I think of absinthe green.

Louche: Really beautiful louche, starting with turbulent, spinning oils, showing some amber, and bluish clouds, ending in a very pleasant, slightly translucent pale green with red and orange flashes.

Aroma: There is some vanilla when neat but not so much of a presence when louched. There's a great balance between the trinity, along with some nice melissa backing. Fairly sweet.

Flavor: I was afraid it would be too warm based off of the smell, but it's much more of a "cold" flavor. The flavor that's present is good, but not as pronounced as I would like. The same flavor, but bolder, would be ideal.

Finish: The finish is great: yummy and warm and very numb and tingly. Very refreshing.

Overall: This absinthe is great. If only the flavor was a tad stronger, it would be perfect.
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Another winner from Matter
Overall rating
 
4.5
Louche
 
4.0
Appearance
 
5.0
Aroma
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
5.0
Finish
 
5.0
Overall
 
4.0
Color- Deep inviting forest green. No Sediment
Louche- Slow transition with a defined meniscus. Green blue refractions under natural sunlight. The louche might be a tad too thick at the end.

Aroma- Anise with a carmely/powdery smell. Certainly reminds me of some Jade products. Well balanced and savory.

Flavor- Comingling of sweet anise and wormwood is perfect . Powdery hyssop mixes with the carmel flavors and herbaceous notes and is unique. I would rate the taste as more robust than fresh. Very complex and enjoyable.

Finish- Wormwood and hyssop leads into anise. Medium lasting but complex while it lasts.

Overall- A fine addition to the Matter line up of absinthes. AO Spare reminds me of a Jade in a lot of ways but is definitely unique in the combination of flavors. Well done.
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Always keep A Spare
(Updated: September 13, 2011)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Louche
 
5.0
Appearance
 
4.0
Aroma
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
4.0
Finish
 
5.0
Overall
 
4.0
Color: Nice natural emerald green.

Louche: Slow steady build with nice clouds and layering, nicely opalescent. Great color.

Aroma: Wormwood and floral elements reach out and grab you. An inviting aroma right out of the bottle. Fresh and clean.

Flavor: Wormwood forward, with anise just behind. Well-balanced. At the edges, there is light mint, fresh florals, pepper and light citrus. A light, refined bitterness, clean and sharp. At 4:1 where it is still rich and thick, there is a bit more numbing than I'd prefer. A very different profile from the other absinthes I've tried from Oliver Matter.

Finish: It follows the flavor, with edges of pepper and citrus. A fresh herbal build that fades nicely to a powdery feeling on the tongue.

Overall: A clean, refreshing absinthe. Very tasty and high quality. Perhaps Matter's best verte.

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Pontica feast
(Updated: July 07, 2009)
Overall rating
 
4.4
Louche
 
4.0
Appearance
 
4.0
Aroma
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
5.0
Finish
 
4.0
Overall
 
4.0
I have had the opportunity of tasting 1st batch of that absinthe as well as the newest one that is not for sale so far.

Colour is deep enough and nice

Louche is gradual, desirable

Aroma is superb with very strong pontica, wormwood notes, some coriander with aniseed swirling around.

Flavour is bold, pontica goodness at its best, not heavy on the palate, refreshing and crisp. Finish is long with well-placed wormwood.

I really liked it. Although from the label and aura that surrounds it, it might have ended like Mansinthe or Duplais Balance, this one is a good, even very good, nicely-crafted traditional absinthe. Good work, Oliver!
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