Very pale green, but nice strong louche. Warm herbs to nose. 3 to 4 parts of water opens the taste, dilutes the alcohol enough to make this pleasant to drink, and gets rid of the overwhelming sweetness. The taste is very complex with baseline of an evergreen forest. The bitterness is not present in the aftertaste at the same level as in the base taste. I would have given 10 starts if it wasn't so sweet.
0.5 to 1 parts of cold water dilutes it enough to open up the complexity in the taste, but this absinthe works great with more water, too. Very nice louche, gets very milky even with small amounts of water. The aroma is floral and full with anise as the louche already hinted. Taste is surprisingly not too sweet, even though sweeter than most absinthe bleue I've tasted, and this still has the typical slightly bitter aftertaste. The bitterness and length of the aftertaste are boosted if you add more water, as the sweetness is set to background. In my experience quite typical absinthe bleue, but slightly sweeter than I've learned them to be, and very well balanced. Funny enough, the sweetness makes this one of the best absinthe bleue I've tasted.
The scent is straight up anise, black licorice. I am not a fan of that flavor at all. I dropped 3 parts ice cold water over 2 sugar cubes into 1 part La Muse with the attached absinthe spoon. Then stirred. It went from a clear grass green to a milky greenish yellow color. The flavor is nothing but anise. After 3 small sips my tongue went numb from the strength of the anise. It’s very smooth, but very stout. After the 3 small sips I was already feeling the alcohol. I recommend this one, but in very small doses! It would have all stars if I was more of an anise lover.
First Absinthe Bleue, third Absinthe tried overall. Prepared as recommended by Clandestine: 3 parts water, no sugar, no burning. Initially crystal clear, appearance after 3 parts water added is a thin milky white. Nose is strong with anise, with an underlying sweetness. First sip is more gentle than expected. Licorice, with underlying notes of spice and a baseline mild sweetness. Slight drying effect in the mouth. Further sips give variations of the anise/licorice and spices, but at the 3:1 ratio I'm not really picking up any other significant contributions. A little disappointing overall. Nothing per se bad, but just overall lacking enough oomph.
Well damn. This is my first time trying Absinthe. I don't like licorice flavor. But for 68% alcohol... This is the best drink ever. Especially when you prepare it the correct way with the sugar cube and ice water. I am a huge fan.
I really dig this. It was my first foray into absinthe. A friend got it from here and I had a small taste and was hooked. To the ones saying it is too sweet to add a sugar cube should read the bottle. They recommend just cold water no sugar. From the taste it is already there. I am now just trying to perfect a local bartenders drink which uses a small bit of absinthe in it. I have had it w/ cold water and cold soda water. I prefer the soda water for the carbonation.
This is my go to absinthe. I've tried at least half a dozen so far and this is the one for me. I prefer the strong, clean flavor of this over some of the others. I was very happy when this one became available for purchase instead of sitting on my wish list.
I suppose this is nice if you like such a heavy blast of mystique (and anise).
The bitterness of the wormwood comes thru initially on the tip of your tongue, followed by an almost cloying sweetness of anise. I can’t imagine pouring this over a sugar cube. I can’t say I’m a fan of the legendary drink, but it is interesting experience.
Thoroughly disappointed. I thought i would enjoy absinthe. But one taste made me gag. Then i tried it with the water and sugar. Couldn't get past the first sip.
My mom and her friends enjoy absinthe, so, at least it was enjoyed.
Best absinthe in my opinion. Floral forward with anise and light tannin on the finish. I find best if left to age up to 7 years. I forgot about a bottle only to find it had matured into something else. Less floral at the beginning with hints of almond and appercot then fennel and a softened anise. Very smooth while still preserving it's bite.
Before ordering, ask your self "Do I love Absinthe, or am I merely a lost tourist". If you are the latter, you may wish to give this one a pass. No, the whole hallucination bit is way overblown, don't expect it. And you probably won't make out with your own sister in an east European nightclub, either, unless you're already into that, then, well, you need therapy, not a drink.
Beware, this red fairy has a bite that can make a sane boy slap his momma. Of course, the licorice flavor absinthe addicts (like yours truly, gentle reader) live for, but then magic happens, magic ! Hibsiscus surrounds the senses and slowly the delicate flavor, although surprising in its intensity, of orange blossoms happens. Amazing shift in primary, secondary and tertiary notes. For a taster, this is an E ticket ride in old Disney land, well worth the long line to get in. Distinguishing notes is going to take a few sips, maybe a second glass, whatever floats your Pinta, Chris.
Okay, drinking it right. Such a lovely Orange Amber louche, pearl orange you may call it. The aroma drifts around you (I should shut off that ceiling fan but even that cannot defeat the florals) I would wear this as perfume, were it not a sin to waste such a wonderful drink on such base uses.
If you love absinthe, and feel a little "Anthony Bourdain" in your search for something out of The ordinary, here it is. Worth every single penny and then some.
My new absolute favorite Absinthe. Mixed traditionally - with a touch of sugar and water over ice, it delivers the flavor I'm looking for in absinthe. I'm going to try mixing it with other things like Champagne for good measure, but I've never had a better Absinthe... Though I'll admit I've only had six or seven other brands.
Based on the description and all the positive reviews, I was expecting a superb spirit, but after tasting it myself and retasting, I find myself at a loss. The licorice flavor is too strong, giving it a jagermeister-esque flavor profile. I added water to enhance the flavor, which resulted in a cool chemical reaction and a subdued licorice flavor. However, it still wasn't to my liking.
This is my first Absinthe and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Big licorice up front with a long finish sweet at first with floral and licorice becoming the predominate flavor. Definitely will be adding to the home bar.