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.
Tonight we have another La Fee, called XS Francaise standing at 68%. And thankfully it is a good one. Sweet and oily. Punchy herby and wormwood aroma. Louche, oh how I’ve missed you. Will say that it punches you with anise, wormwood and sweetness, but it fades away fairly quickly. Leaves you with a slight tingle on the tongue. Overall very pleasant, but not insane as one or two previous. So far this is the most drinkable though, its going down very quickly.
Waited in to recieve proper absinthe glass, got ‘sorry we missed you message’, how!?
Ah well, here we have Sebor absinthe from Czech republic standing at 55%. At first this is nice to drink but the second it leaves your lips you get a smack of bitter medicine. And it doesnt go away, if anything it hinders the next sips as well. ‘With wormwoood’, your not bloodly joking mate! At least you get a hazy louche. I cant get my head around why this exists. Looked into it a bit, brand makes it their own way, not using tradional distilling methods, yet still try to call it absinthe.
Wasnt even aware of a UK made absinthe. Here we have Original Manchester Absinthe standing at 65%. Hmm two days running having an absinthe that basically doesnt louche… hmmm. Has a pleasant aroma of spices, even a bit of mint. Very thin, quick and clean mouthfeel. A pleasant taste of light spices and something sweet. Oh and by the way,
It doesnt taste like an absinthe. Nor acts like one. No stand out flavours. No aniseed. Just what happened here? Luckily I’m listening to Infected Mushroom to cheer me up
Here we have Absinthe bitters, from Australia standing at 52%. Beautiful emerald colour. but thats about it.
Now this one is actually quite hard to explain. As much as I want to say it is balanced, it is also quite boring. Everything is light. The flavours and aroma are subtle. I suppose you could say that this is a good absinthe for a first time try, but on the flipside it has no wow factor, no ‘Now thats why I enjoy absinthe!’ proclamation to others.
This bugger still hasnt louche’d yet! Moar water captain! (after adding even more water it still did nothing… )
Matsix christmas hat is cuteness.
Anyways here we have Parisienne absinthe from La fee standing at 68%. Now this one I could smell from across the room. The main aroma and taste is a sweet liquorice with aniseed making its way in subtlely. But there not much else to it to be honest. Non oily and very clean finish, leaving little aftertaste.
Plus from now on I will actually make sure to show the Louche stage of the absinthe’s. This is its truer form, you add water until it goes cloudly, the drink comes alive at this stage
Here we have Jade Terminus Oxygenee, which also seems to be from France standing at 68%. Oh boy this one is strong, but has less of a aniseed kick to it, seems much more balanced than the previous one. Yet there is only a mellow (but seriously addictive) aftertaste with a pleasant warmth that lingers. Its very herby, a real smack of wormwood, sharp, clean, bitter enough and lightly lightly liquorice.
This is going to sound odd but it is actually refreshing and I feel like I’m being spoiled. It is really good.