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François Guy

François Guy

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Editor reviews

2 reviews

Sweet and simple
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
To be such an unassuming absinthe, it seems so contentious. People seem to love it or hate it. Fact is, it's a simple little absinthe with an anise overload that hides the rest of the herbs. There is little more than a hint of wormwood in the finish. Despite its shortcomings, if you accept Francois Guy as a tasty everyday sort of absinthe and consider its contribution to contemporary absinthe, it's very easy to appreciate this drink on its own merits. I like the thick louche and I really like the creamy mouth feel, too. The aroma is delicious. I think a bottle of Francois Guy should be a staple of every absinthe bar. I thoroughly enjoyed the glass I had while writing this review and the nice thing is, I've enjoyed every glass of Francois Guy I've ever had.
JL
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Simple, little Franky G.
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
The absinthe is the colour of pale straw with a hint of green. It appears natural and clear. The louche is attractive and interesting, building from the bottom, but it's over quickly. After water it's pearl white and a bit too thick. Looks like a blanche. The aroma is mostly anise with a bit of wormwood peeking through, with earthy tones. Simple but very pleasant. No surprises in the flavour, except that the wormwood is stronger than in the aroma. Otherwise what I taste is what I smell. There's more tongue-numbing than creaminess in the texture. The finish is crisp and refreshing. A tasty enough absinthe but definitely isn't an herbal powerhouse.
AY
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3.3
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3.4  (6)
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3.5  (6)
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Summer and everyday
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Appearance: a very light green, clear.

Louche: quickly forming, some orange,

Aroma: a standard green, strong in anise, not very complex.

Flavour: mostly anise, but wormwood is there too with its slight bitterness. Not complex but very refreshing.

Finish: some wormwood lingering in the mouth.

Overall: a very nice absinthe, low in alcohol, light but tasty, very affordable, strong in anise. It's an ideal everyday absinthe. I should be perfect for summer. I drink it 1:5 without sugar, it's very refreshing. I tend to prefer absinthes with more complexity and less anise, but I still like it a lot.
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A Simple Glass
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Appearance 
 
2.5
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
3.0
Neat color is very light green. Being an absinthe bottled at 45% - I wouldn't go more than 1:3 and even that is a slight stretch. A bit one-dimensional but not offensive. When louched, appears similar to a blanche, being quite quite pale - close to white. The louche itself is correct and the aroma and taste is good - just very simple. This might be a really good introductory absinthe for beginners.

I expected a bit more from this absinthe - but it remains inexpensive and inoffensive. Not bad.
J
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Simple, but highly enjoyable!
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.5
*Received as sample in absinthe explore set from absinthes.com

Appearance - While not breathtaking, FG is definitely clear and natural in appearance. As many have observed, it's nothing completely out of the ordinary, but it is "pretty" in the glass.

Louche - Very nice to watch. The opalescent swirling continues well up to the 3:1 mark.

Aroma - The aroma is mostly the standard anise fare - not overly complex, but pleasant.

Flavor/Mouthfeel - Feels fairly thick on the tongue. Very pleasant taste with far less of an anise overload than is hinted in the aroma. Fairly well-balanced and pleasant. Again, not overly complex, but very enjoyable.

Finish - If absinthe is supposed to be refreshing, FG has that in spades. The finish is light but lingering and adds to the overall positive experience.

Overall - Even having sampled FG without knowledge of its economical advantages, we both really liked this absinthe. While it is simple, it would be a great introduction to absinthe. It is pretty, louches well, smells and tastes lovely, and is extremely easy to drink. I could see this as an "every day" absinthe and, given its incredibly reasonable price tag, an absinthe I would gladly recommend to a friend looking to order a good starter.
M
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A quality absinthe at a decent price.
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
The color of this absinthe can't quite be called a verte as its more of a pale yellow. The louche forms almost immediately so there really isn't much of a display to enjoy at all. Now that we have the crtitiques over with its all pretty good from here on with the aroma spreading nicely throughout the room . I didn't like the taste at first but I had only tried Spanish absinthes.I really grew to like this one though it would have been better if it was a little stronger. The anise is not so strong as one woould expect and the wormwood really gives it a bitter kick. There is something interesting going on as the absinthe had an almost rooty nutty quality I hadn't expected and this is what turned me off at the start. Very interesting and complex.I'd buy it again. The bottle also has a nice classic design that is a nice keeper.
L
Top 50 Reviewer 7 reviews
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Decent mid-priced absinthe
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
1.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Very pale yellow green, louches to almost pure white. Before water, aroma has burning alcohol(strange for 45%) after is strong on Anis and minty Wormwood. Fairly M.O.R flavour profile, but tasty.
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