Unlouched, crystal clear and natural looking, however a very dark and heavy feuille morte coloration (amber, caramel, bordering on brown). Quite inappropriate considering it's age. Louched, orange, butterscotch, and caramel tones all muddled together.
On the translucent side, however no real opalescence because of the hues and weight of the coloration. A monochromatic Dijon mustard look under all but the brightest light.
Very herbal, but the wrong herbal. I'm all but convinced that there is absinthium in the coloration, and combined with its heavy level it just walks all over the distillate. Very acrid. For what it's worth, there is a hint of lemon pith and maybe honeysuckle as it warms.
Quite bitter. There's obviously some decent anise and fennel here or it might have been worse. A very grainy, almost highly tannic feel in the mouth. Hang with it, and other traditional herbs present, but they are just pounded into submission by this coloration.
Bitter and drying with a lingering palate coating "high-traction" graininess. The twitchiness and pull at the back of the throat pretty much confirms my suspicions of the presence of macerated absinthium. If it's not, it's the most heavy handed pontica I've experienced.
What a beautiful package. And well, I thought this one might be a fit (Obstinee meaning "stubborn" after all), but even I'm not stubborn enough to finish a glass. I tried several times, wondering if I was missing something. It's too bad since it's obvious there are quality ingredients present, and I'm betting this wasn't bad until it got to the coloring step. If you want to try, I thought it best around 5:1. For now, though, I would say better not to try. Better to pull up an image on line and savor the excellent graphics and bottle style while Gregory and Cyril revisit their coloring regimen, and hopefully infuse the next batch with some inner beauty.
Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4:1, 4.5:1, 5:1 and no sugar.
Absinthe Obstinee, 7/13/11, 7/15/11, 7/17/11, 9/05/11, 2/04/12.
All evaluations had confused notes.