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La Clandestine, Alcool du Vin - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

 
3.8
 
3.6 (1)
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La Clandestine, Alcool du Vin - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

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Editor reviews

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Another nice la bleue
Overall rating
 
3.8
Louche
 
4.0
Appearance
 
4.0
Aroma
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
3.0
Finish
 
4.0
Overall
 
4.0
Color: No visible defect.

Louche: Very quick to form. Not surprising at this abv. A bit too quick for my liking, but not faulty. Well formed and deep.

Aroma: nice anise, wormwood, and possibly hyssop. Sweet and fruity due to the base alcohol. Light and refreshing.

Flavor: Well balanced and smooth. The wine alcohol gives it a velvety texture. Sweet, but not overly so.

Finish: The finish is a bit astringent and dry, which plays nicely to round out the sweetness from the initial flavor. Quite enjoyable.

Overall: There's really nothing to complain about. A very nice addition. This can be used as a neat way to compare base alcohols. Well done!
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User reviews

1 review
Overall rating
 
3.6
Louche
 
2.5(1)
Appearance
 
4.0(1)
Aroma
 
4.0(1)
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
4.0(1)
Finish
 
3.0(1)
Overall
 
3.5(1)
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Enjoyable, a bit different.
Overall rating
 
3.6
Louche
 
2.5
Appearance
 
4.0
Aroma
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
4.0
Finish
 
3.0
Overall
 
3.5
*Received as sample in absinthe explore set from absinthes.com

Appearance - Very clear, no sediment. It actually appears clearer than water.

Louche - This was the first and only blanche sample we tried, so the quick, unimpressive louche may come with the territory. It definitely doesn't put on much of a "show," but it is neither too opaque or too translucent.

Aroma - Mostly anise with some wormwood and a sweetness from the alcohol...but mostly anise.

Flavor - Very pleasant. We actually ordered the standared Clandestine and the alcool du vin for a side-by-side comparison, but received two of these instead. While we can't compare this to a normal blanche, it is very nice to drink. The absinthe does have a wine "feel" on the tongue and a certain sweetness that is probably more pronounced than in the standard Clandestine.

Finish - The finish is more like a good white wine finish than any of the other absinthes we tried. As the previous review says, it is a bit astringent and dry, but sweet and pleasant.

Overall - We both enjoyed the vertes to a greater extent, but this was definitely appropriate and enjoyable, if not a bit basic. Its similarity to a good white wine might appeal to some, but we didn't find it overly special when compared to some of the other absinthes (or a really good Pinot).
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