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Appearance
Unlouched, a light yellow-washed green, not quite peridot. Actually a little closer to celadon, with just a hint of bluish influence. Crystal clear, clean, and bright. Louched, “cream of celery” with very nice amber, light rose, yellow, and blue highlights.

Louche
Just the right weight with just the right translucence to really light things up. Overall a pretty greenish yellow with colorful refractions that augment the beauty. Gorgeous sheen, very pearl-like. And while I no longer make a big deal of “action”, I would be remiss if I didn't comment that the show getting there is about as good as it gets.

Aroma
Unlouched, anise/fennel with high quality herbal notes, and a slightly spicy confectionery tinge. Louched, wormwood, pontica, and hyssop up front with very good support from the balance of the trinity. Picking out the individual components is difficult due to the fine balance. A savory spiciness. Probably the cleanest base of the Jade bottles I've had. As it warms it becomes a little earthier and the hyssop just sings.

Flavor And Mouthfeel
Texture is the first big impression upon entry. It's firm and round, but clean, smooth, and silky. A really nice balance that only the finest beverages achieve. A very balanced expression of the trinity with just a little push in the spice and mint area, which is restrained until the finish. The anethole sources lend just the right support to the first rate wormwood and only really show their hand after significant sqooshing around the mouth, and on the finish. This is all wrapped by a little lemon and more mint to really tighten the focus.

Finish
Subtle pull and slight drying followed by a pretty good bloom of spice and a fine tingliness. This segues to soft wormwood, powderiness, and really good length. I could continue to chew on this finish for minutes.

Overall Impression
Another Jade winner. A very serious style. Nice profile, great texture, hard to fault. An assertive masculine style that doesn't go overboard. This is a local friend's favorite Jade, and it's easy to see why. This review is based on a bottle of September 2007 production that has been open about three years now. My favorite dilution in right in the 4.5:1 area, give or take a little, depending on my mood. When I'm in that mood for something spicy and slightly exotic, this never fails to satisfy.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4:1, 4.5:1, 5:1 and no sugar.

Jade Verte Suisse, 6/25/11, 7/09/11, 2/10/12, 2/11/12, 4/01/12.
All evaluations had consistent notes.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Michael Meyers April 01, 2012
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Suitte!

Appearance
Unlouched, a light yellow-washed green, not quite peridot. Actually a little closer to celadon, with just a hint of bluish influence. Crystal clear, clean, and bright. Louched, “cream of celery” with very nice amber, light rose, yellow, and blue highlights.

Louche
Just the right weight with just the right translucence to really light things up. Overall a pretty greenish yellow with colorful refractions that augment the beauty. Gorgeous sheen, very pearl-like. And while I no longer make a big deal of “action”, I would be remiss if I didn't comment that the show getting there is about as good as it gets.

Aroma
Unlouched, anise/fennel with high quality herbal notes, and a slightly spicy confectionery tinge. Louched, wormwood, pontica, and hyssop up front with very good support from the balance of the trinity. Picking out the individual components is difficult due to the fine balance. A savory spiciness. Probably the cleanest base of the Jade bottles I've had. As it warms it becomes a little earthier and the hyssop just sings.

Flavor And Mouthfeel
Texture is the first big impression upon entry. It's firm and round, but clean, smooth, and silky. A really nice balance that only the finest beverages achieve. A very balanced expression of the trinity with just a little push in the spice and mint area, which is restrained until the finish. The anethole sources lend just the right support to the first rate wormwood and only really show their hand after significant sqooshing around the mouth, and on the finish. This is all wrapped by a little lemon and more mint to really tighten the focus.

Finish
Subtle pull and slight drying followed by a pretty good bloom of spice and a fine tingliness. This segues to soft wormwood, powderiness, and really good length. I could continue to chew on this finish for minutes.

Overall Impression
Another Jade winner. A very serious style. Nice profile, great texture, hard to fault. An assertive masculine style that doesn't go overboard. This is a local friend's favorite Jade, and it's easy to see why. This review is based on a bottle of September 2007 production that has been open about three years now. My favorite dilution in right in the 4.5:1 area, give or take a little, depending on my mood. When I'm in that mood for something spicy and slightly exotic, this never fails to satisfy.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4:1, 4.5:1, 5:1 and no sugar.

Jade Verte Suisse, 6/25/11, 7/09/11, 2/10/12, 2/11/12, 4/01/12.
All evaluations had consistent notes.

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