After almost 2 years of aging, I'm enjoying this absinthe quite a bit more. It may be because I've come to love the brandy base styles more over time, but this has really improved over time. I've raised the flavor and aroma to a 4, and modified the text accordingly.
The color was a deep golden yellow, clear and natural.
The louche had nice trails, clouds and layering. The final result is thick and a pleasing color.
The aroma announces the brandy base, with subdued anise and wormwood. A light herbal character is present. Hints of spiciness are there as well.
Flavor follows the aroma... brandy, backed by the traditional elements of absinthe. Not a typical absinthe to be certain, but still, quality in its design and execution.
Finish was well done, it was interesting and very different. There was a lingering cognac element, a bit more trad absinthe comes out here than in the flavor.
I'd say this is worth trying if you get the chance, just to see what a solid cognac style base absinthe can taste like. If you enjoy a strong round grape base, then you'll enjoy this. It has a richness and unique personality that someone clearly worked hard for.
La Sorciere Verte is an interesting Absinthe-- its quality is excellent, very well-made, and overall, it's a pretty good drink. It's a little idiosyncratic though, and while the La Sorciere Bleue is my favorite blanche and one of my favorite absinthes, the verte is not one of my favorites. I still recommend it as a drink worth trying.
Appearance: quite good... a little bit hazy & a little bit yellowish (without aging) for me to give it higher marks, but it's solid.
Louche: Quite good. forms a nice, greenish deep louche, good translucency, nice highlights. Really nice.
Aroma: Wonderful. Out of the abinthes I've tried so far-- this is the one that stands out for the scents that arise on adding water.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: It's good. Not saying there's anything wrong... it's just not as good to me as the other absinthes in my collection. I'm pretty sure it's the grape base coming out that throws me off-- too much brandy shining through the absinthe herbs. I find that a little surprising-- because although the base is the same, the brandy flavor doesn't overpower in the La Sorciere Bleue the way it does in this Verte.
Finish: excellent. No flaws.
Overall: it's really well-made. If you like brandy-based absinthes, you'll probably love this.