Whoops, made this while still playing VRchat and didnt take a photo before I louched it. Suprisingly I got another Jade in the calendar. Named Nouvelle-Orleans Verte standing at 68%. This one did not last long, I’m already down to like one gulp left in the glass. This one has a lot more going on than normal, a lot more complex but a little thinner, so a lot more drinkable. The aroma has something I cannot place, mix in with basil like anise, a spice mix like five spice. Taste is very refreshing, without a hint of mint, more clove like. With the strong anise and gentler wormwood, with a darker sugar like flavour too. Aftertaste is warming, spicy and clean. This one is very different to the other Jade absinthe’s and would have it again.
A suprise or maybe better wording just what I fancied tonight. A peridot appearance, leaning towards not being natural, with hardly any details from Provence distillery, named Absente 55 standing at 55%. Right before I added the water it had a real strong aroma of anise. Once louche was formed, good oil swirls but became a thin cloudiness, anise remained to be the only aroma. A hit and warmth of the alcohol is there thankfully, otherwise it is basically a very sweet anise water.
After some digging. It is known as a fake absinthe or not absinthe at all. Doesn’t use one of the main ingredients, Artemisia absinthium, which kinda makes an absinthe an actual absinthe. Interesting.
Finally another Jade! Jade V.S 1898 from France standing at 65%. This one has more of a bite to it. In aroma and taste. Like a jab of bitter herb before letting the other flavours take the stage. Wormwood is king for this one too, there’s a little anise, a spike of sweetness. I am also noticing a lot more of a numbing even prickly effect compared to others. Only a gentle warmth remains once the glass has reached the table. Will mention the classic peridot colour turns into a classic milky louche, a textbook absinthe. A very well done absinthe. Very balanced.
Here we have La Pontissalienne, France, from distillery Guy standing at 56%. This one is super interesting. It is very gentle and much easier to drink than some I have had. But has a real herby alcohol kick at the end. And quite refreshing. Louched at its own pace, could see the oils mix and cloud as the water dripped in. Aroma is predominatly liquorice, with only hints of wormwood, and a sweet anise, this is impressively layered. Taste is sweet, big anise and mellow liquorice. Though the aftertaste strong, wormwood, liquorice remains, a real warmth, a tingle, then leaves your palate quite clean and cool. Leaving you wanting more. Nice one mate.
Didnt I have a Fontaine not long back? This one is French, named Blanche standing at 55%. So far the clear ones have performed well. And this is no exception. The louche occurs with very little water. For its thick texture to is not clingy at all. I’m having trouble with the aroma, my nose is broken tonight or it is very mellow. This is actually a well balance absinthe. You can taste the wormwood, anise, something lightly flowery in equal measure. Leaving the same aftertaste for a short time. Nearly didn’t mention that it is quite smooth as well
Here we have Golden moon from USA, named Redux standing at 65%. Was a bit odd finishing the louche and then smelling cardboard. Smell it some more and you get anise and liquorice. It tastes quite sweet, nice amount of anise and a singluar bitter herb. While the aftertaste is a bitter water that thankfully does not hang around for long. Can still get a whiff of card. Texture is quite thin and unclingy. Not one I would ever have again. It is just missing the mark of a pleasant drink.
A strange feeling of trust came from this one, I saw how clear it was and knew it would be ace. Here we have La Fee, a recurring one, Blanche, France, standing at 53%. A real punchy warming number that just makes you happy. There is a proper smack of anise in aroma and taste. A real good thick louche, chalky white appearance. Wormwood makes a gentle but reassuring appearance. The alcoholic warming sensation is super pleasant and so suprising at 53%.