|Flavor / Mouthfeel||4.0|
Early Autumn, Late Summer
Other reviews describe a deep green, but my bottle must be farther along in the feuille mort stages. Fresh from the pour, the color in my glass is a clear, yellowish green -- similar to an early autumn elm leaf. With the addition of icewater, turbulent oil trails shimmer and twist like the air above a hot summer road. Eventually the green tint disappears almost completely, as a smooth opalescent fog rises from the base of the glass, thickening into a creamy, pale straw-colored louche. Extraordinarily fragrant upon first pour -- but after louching it blooms even more, reminiscent of a Minnesota meadow in August. For those unfamiliar with Minnesota Augusts, think heady, humid, sundrenched wind, thick with late summer wildflowers and toasted grass. The VS exudes all this, along with notes of cedar and anise. Totally fills the room. Sipping at a 4:1 dilution, no sugar, the flavor is sweet and herbal, true to its fragrance. Very complex on the tongue, with a fresh, bright, lingering wormwood finish.