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I'm going to approach this review as a comparison to the original.

The colour seems a bit deeper than the unaged spirit, but is still bright. No worse or better, just a slightly different shade. It smells very similar to the original, but a bit more subdued. The grape base stands out more and there's a bit more of a purfumey character.

The louche moves along the same lines as the unaged spirit, but finishes a tad deeper and more on the yellow side of green than blue. After water it's more mellow, a bit more honeylike and candied. Soft.

Aging has brought a little more wormwood to the front and it has a corresponding increase in bitterness, but the sweet, fruity anise is still present. Some qualities that I enjoyed in the original are more like subtleties now whereas the base is more present. If there's an oak flavour from the aging I can't find it.

The finish is a bit more numbing but otherwise has the same great balance.

It's a real treat to compare the the absinthe both before and after barrel aging. I prefer it before the barrel aging but it would be interesting to see how both of these fare after some time in bottles.
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Andrew Young July 15, 2011
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Aged vs unaged.

I'm going to approach this review as a comparison to the original.

The colour seems a bit deeper than the unaged spirit, but is still bright. No worse or better, just a slightly different shade. It smells very similar to the original, but a bit more subdued. The grape base stands out more and there's a bit more of a purfumey character.

The louche moves along the same lines as the unaged spirit, but finishes a tad deeper and more on the yellow side of green than blue. After water it's more mellow, a bit more honeylike and candied. Soft.

Aging has brought a little more wormwood to the front and it has a corresponding increase in bitterness, but the sweet, fruity anise is still present. Some qualities that I enjoyed in the original are more like subtleties now whereas the base is more present. If there's an oak flavour from the aging I can't find it.

The finish is a bit more numbing but otherwise has the same great balance.

It's a real treat to compare the the absinthe both before and after barrel aging. I prefer it before the barrel aging but it would be interesting to see how both of these fare after some time in bottles.

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