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.
This is vile.
Purely in my opinion of course. Mythe Absinthe, France, standing at 69% was olive oil coloured to start with. Even after the first whiff upon opening the bottle, to the first try, to adding more water than any previous incarnation so far. Any and ALL flavours are overpowered beyond comprehension by this bitterness, that constantly grows when the glass leaves your lips, vile aftertaste doesn’t do it justice. No real, really thin, louche.
I’ve got it. You know when you spray an air freshener and you breath some in? Like it gets on your tongue. That kind of medicinal bitterness, mixed with lemon white zest (the bit you dont use) is what this drink is.
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.