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3.6 3 0.5
Has promise, but needs improvement
Overall rating
 
3.3
Appearance
 
4.0
Louche
 
3.5
Aroma
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel
 
2.5
Finish
 
3.5
Overall
 
3.0
Review based on a 2013 bottling.

Appearance: quite pretty. Deep ruby. No visible sediment.

Louche: very thick and very quick forming. A little too much, as it lacks the opalescence.

Aroma: anise, a hint of wormwood, and citrus from the hibiscus. Intriguing and refreshing.

Flavor: overwhelmed with star anise. Same problem that creates the too-thick louche. They need to tone this down and use green anise. Would be nice to let the wormwood shine through.

Finish: again, dominated by the star anise, but with a hint of citrus in the background.

Overall: it's a start, but needs to see some changes for it to be a staple product. Less star anise, more green anise, and a nicer balance with the wormwood would all improve this dramatically.
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