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.
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.
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.
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.
I enjoyed this absinthe very much. No sugar needed. Very potent, used about a 2:3 water/spirit ratio. Simply blissful. Bright milky color. One of the better absinthes I've had the pleasure to experience.