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.
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Onto the topic of the night. Here we have Versinthe, from Liquoristerie de provence, who has turned up previously, standing at 45%. Tell you what, it hits more like a 60% and it should be renamed Clingy liquorice. Sure some people will love this one, but it just doesn’t float my boat. Its just bitter enough to keep your attention, wormwood is gentle, lower alcohol percentage helps taste other flavours more. Though the first thing that I noticed was peppermint. And I really dont want to say Corriander but its in there for sure. A few other herbs are present in aroma and taste but I cannot name them. Louched so fast, and was ultra clingy at the start but thinned out a bit later thankfully. If you like a garden in your drink. this is a must for you.
Bunch of Puppycat stuff came in the mail. Then remembered kick starter from a couple fo years ago, oh boy. Anyways, here we have Grande absente, France, standing at 69%. This may sound odd to describe but this is does some things right and some things wrong, constantly bringing itself back to just being okay. Deserves a slow clap maybe.
Texture is quite thin but clings a bit in a pleasant way. Just louched enough after quite a bit of water was added. Aroma stings a little, in a strong alcohol way. Yet does not arise during tasting. Also not too sweet, a little warming but not many other flavours make an appearance. Not one I would have again yet have no issues with it overall.
Look at the pretty peridot, must not say Phosphophyllite, colour. I remember La fee from a previous bottle, from France, NV absinthe Verte standing at 40%. Didnt notice the lower alcohol percentage until typing began, noticed something was different. Overall it is much more mellow than previous endeavours. It kinda has a juice like aroma, sweetness and not much else. Texture is super thin, before and after louche, and leaves the lightest of tingles. Taste does leave you wanting more. Between the sweetness, mild anise and water like flavours. Visually pretty but not a good absinthe by a long shot.
La maison Fontaine. Verte. Absinthe. France. 55%. It what we have tonight. A beautiful colour with a beautiful display, even the water dripping from the sugar cube was creating wisps of pale white clouds. A strong, if domineering, scent of wormwood. Louched very quickly. Very fine/light texture, resulting to rather rapid amounts disappearing from the glass. Taste is quite mellow with warming herbs and wormwood. But nothing else too strong. A gentle drink that would be good to introduce people into the world of absinthe maybe.
Finally got my mitts on this lovely absinthe glass. So it’s first tipple is from St George spirits, USA, Absinthe verte standing at 60%. This is my first olive coloured absinthe. Aroma is medium anise and candy like.
It louched and went super cloudy so fast. And this is going to sound daft but it is quite a thick texture, yet it doesnt leave any sort of trail on the glass. Samething with a thick mouthfeel then disappears completely. Taste wise it can be odd. Theres next to no anise punch, no wormwood or herby notes. Yet I don’t dislike it. The main flavour is wild honey and a single herb that I cannot place to be honest. An odd one for sure.
Got super happy when I saw the word Jade and It lived up to my expectations. Jade 1901 standing at 68% has quite the hit of liquorice, creamy liquorice, anise, herbs and a powerful freshness I cant place. Zesty as well. Oh and got excited so I added the water before I took a photo, it louched really quickly too by the way, but it had a proper cool peridot clear colour to it previously. It also leaves thick oily trails on the glass, insane texture, smooth and robust, which leads to feeling indulgent. The ending it oddly satisfying too, clingy but does not out stay its welcome, leaving you with a spirity warmth. A very good absinthe that ticks all the boxes.