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Despite the distributor\'s comments, Absente is not an absinthe. Absinthe must contain Artemisia absinthium, hence the name. Southern wormwood, Artemisia abrotanum, is one of many species of Artemisia commonly called \"wormwood\". It is not \"petite wormwood\", which is Artemisia pontica, an authentic absinthe ingredient.


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2.8
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3.0  (10)
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3.3  (10)
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I should note that I have limited experience in reviewing absinthes, but it is something I'd like to get into. What better place to start than with the cheap stuff?

BOTTLE DESIGN: Nice overall shape, with an olive tone. Raised emblem on front is obtrusive; too bulky. Slight taper to bottle is pleasantly subtle. The filigree and central design on the label are solid, but the fake stamps and stickers muck it up.

AROMA: Incredibly subtle out of the bottle. Even once it begins to louche, the aroma doesn't increase greatly.

COLOR: Very bright peridot. A little too bright in the shot glass, but once it was in the drinking glass, it seemed much less toxic-looking. The intense color made the clarity of the drink less obvious.

LOUCHE: Having little experience with louches, I have little to compare it to. That said, the louche didn’t blossom in a particularly pleasing or notable way. It seemed less puffy/cloudy and more foggy as it formed. Once it was fully developed, it had a fairly nice green "milk glass" appearance. Very even and with a tint of jade. Very little noticeable opalescence. The final color seemed closer to yellow than blue in the green spectrum.

TASTE: The first mouthful comes on light, with a gentle anise flavor. The fennel taste is even milder. If you’re looking for a strongly-herbed absinthe, this is not the drink for you. Much like its aroma, the flavor is incredibly subdued. After it sits in the mouth for a moment, I’m hit strongly with the alcohol flavor and it builds until swallowed, radiating up into the nose.

FINISH: The flavor left behind is actually quite pleasant in my opinion. While this is by no means a refreshing drink, the anise flavor sits nicely on the tongue afterwards. I should also note that it’s true what others have said about this absinthe: it does have a fairly profound numbing effect on the tongue. I didn't find it unpleasant, but can understand where this could be considered an undesirable trait.

PRICE: ABSENTE is the cheapest brand of absinthe in my location, and one of only three in our town (the others being Lucid and Leopold Bros, both of which sell for $60). I bought the 750ml bottle for $40, which is the most I have spent on a single bottle of alcohol so far. That really isn’t saying much as a poor college student, but I would place it at a medium to medium-high position on a pricey alcohol continuum.

OTHER NOTES: ABSENTE, though now containing the wormwood that previously caused it to be labeled as a substitute, is still not a true absinthe. It is a liqueur, containing added sugar. While this doesn’t cause it to be overly sweet, it does mar the overall experience. ABSENTE is 55% ABV.

OVERALL: A decent drink to get you started into the world of absinthe, but certainly not up to snuff for those that have experienced nicer drinks. If the price difference between other cheap absinthes and ABSENTE was greater, I would certainly consider picking up another bottle. That said, it is still pricey for its quality and I'll be shelling out the extra $20 for other products in the future.
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
2.5
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.5
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by StJost November 25, 2013
Last updated: November 25, 2013
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Acceptable; Good for First-Timers

I should note that I have limited experience in reviewing absinthes, but it is something I'd like to get into. What better place to start than with the cheap stuff?

BOTTLE DESIGN: Nice overall shape, with an olive tone. Raised emblem on front is obtrusive; too bulky. Slight taper to bottle is pleasantly subtle. The filigree and central design on the label are solid, but the fake stamps and stickers muck it up.

AROMA: Incredibly subtle out of the bottle. Even once it begins to louche, the aroma doesn't increase greatly.

COLOR: Very bright peridot. A little too bright in the shot glass, but once it was in the drinking glass, it seemed much less toxic-looking. The intense color made the clarity of the drink less obvious.

LOUCHE: Having little experience with louches, I have little to compare it to. That said, the louche didn’t blossom in a particularly pleasing or notable way. It seemed less puffy/cloudy and more foggy as it formed. Once it was fully developed, it had a fairly nice green "milk glass" appearance. Very even and with a tint of jade. Very little noticeable opalescence. The final color seemed closer to yellow than blue in the green spectrum.

TASTE: The first mouthful comes on light, with a gentle anise flavor. The fennel taste is even milder. If you’re looking for a strongly-herbed absinthe, this is not the drink for you. Much like its aroma, the flavor is incredibly subdued. After it sits in the mouth for a moment, I’m hit strongly with the alcohol flavor and it builds until swallowed, radiating up into the nose.

FINISH: The flavor left behind is actually quite pleasant in my opinion. While this is by no means a refreshing drink, the anise flavor sits nicely on the tongue afterwards. I should also note that it’s true what others have said about this absinthe: it does have a fairly profound numbing effect on the tongue. I didn't find it unpleasant, but can understand where this could be considered an undesirable trait.

PRICE: ABSENTE is the cheapest brand of absinthe in my location, and one of only three in our town (the others being Lucid and Leopold Bros, both of which sell for $60). I bought the 750ml bottle for $40, which is the most I have spent on a single bottle of alcohol so far. That really isn’t saying much as a poor college student, but I would place it at a medium to medium-high position on a pricey alcohol continuum.

OTHER NOTES: ABSENTE, though now containing the wormwood that previously caused it to be labeled as a substitute, is still not a true absinthe. It is a liqueur, containing added sugar. While this doesn’t cause it to be overly sweet, it does mar the overall experience. ABSENTE is 55% ABV.

OVERALL: A decent drink to get you started into the world of absinthe, but certainly not up to snuff for those that have experienced nicer drinks. If the price difference between other cheap absinthes and ABSENTE was greater, I would certainly consider picking up another bottle. That said, it is still pricey for its quality and I'll be shelling out the extra $20 for other products in the future.

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Color- Fake Looking. Attractive but just too neon. No sediment. No surprises considering artificial coloring is utilized.

Louche- Decent swirling clouds dropping form the top of the glass. I didn’t expect that.

Aroma- Just a small amount of anise and its almost undetectable.

Flavor- All that I detect is star anise. Really one-dimensional. There isn’t anything offensive about the taste but we can say the same thing about water.

Finish- Slight numbing. The finish is really bitter and drying. Unpleasant with the one-dimensional anise note.

Overall- If you get stuck with a bottle (I did for my birthday- thanks anyway bro) use it for some anise based drinks. No need to buy with all of the quality offerings available.

Overall rating 
 
1.9
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
1.0
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2.0
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1.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by accountant May 10, 2009
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Meh....

Color- Fake Looking. Attractive but just too neon. No sediment. No surprises considering artificial coloring is utilized.

Louche- Decent swirling clouds dropping form the top of the glass. I didn’t expect that.

Aroma- Just a small amount of anise and its almost undetectable.

Flavor- All that I detect is star anise. Really one-dimensional. There isn’t anything offensive about the taste but we can say the same thing about water.

Finish- Slight numbing. The finish is really bitter and drying. Unpleasant with the one-dimensional anise note.

Overall- If you get stuck with a bottle (I did for my birthday- thanks anyway bro) use it for some anise based drinks. No need to buy with all of the quality offerings available.

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I struggled with rating this a 2 or a 3 overall. Just doesn't have much character as an absinthe, but would make a fine pastis, I suppose. In fact, it really isn't a far cry in taste from Pernod. A little one-dimensional. Nevertheless, at the time I purchased it (early 2008), it was the closest thing to "real" absinthe available on US shelves. Probably will be rapidly outpaced by Lucid, Kubler, and others coming into the market, and rightly so.

Color: Artificial and neon. It may have the peridot color, but it's a little electric at that, and the knowledge that it's FD&C instead of natural blows the effect. I found an interesting parallel between the artifical color and the VERY artificial (and somewhat tacky) bottle with the fake cancellation/importation/certification stamps - rather "Disney does Absinthe."

Louche: This is where Absente stood out for me. Very nice, attractive louche, and even though artificially "enhanced," it made a beautiful, pearly opalescent eye candy.

Aroma: Not bad - before water, it promises a strong nose of anise and fennel, on which it indeed delivers - yet from the bottle, there seems also a promise of some underlying herbal notes that don't make it to the nose of the louched drink; the anise and fennel overpower. Hence my biggest criticism - NOT subtle.

Taste: Tongue numbing, even at 4:1 dilution. The anise, and fennel to a lesser degree, are overdone. If there are herbal notes there (and there initially appear to be in the aroma from the bottle), they fail to survive the harsh environment of anise and alcohol. However, knowing that some folks new to absinthe won't understand the taste of some of the spicier notes of a more complex absinthe, it might be good for an introduction to someone moderately interested, in order to get them intrigued enough to try something a bit nicer.

Finish: Despite the somewhat disappointing power of the anise and alcohol over the other ingredients, the taste lingers a bit to actually produce a rather pleasant finish. I found it to be a pleasant surprise that brought the character of the drink up just a notch from what otherwise would have been ho-hum.

Overall: If it were half the price, I'd keep a bottle on hand for the curious to try so as not to waste more complex (and expensive) absinthe if they don't like it. As it is, not much reason for me to buy another bottle with a couple of good traditional absinthes (e.g. Lucid, Kubler) on the market and the promise of some other good ones coming soon.
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
1.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by beowulfgang December 30, 2008
Last updated: December 30, 2008
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Better than Czech, but still not quite there...

I struggled with rating this a 2 or a 3 overall. Just doesn't have much character as an absinthe, but would make a fine pastis, I suppose. In fact, it really isn't a far cry in taste from Pernod. A little one-dimensional. Nevertheless, at the time I purchased it (early 2008), it was the closest thing to "real" absinthe available on US shelves. Probably will be rapidly outpaced by Lucid, Kubler, and others coming into the market, and rightly so.

Color: Artificial and neon. It may have the peridot color, but it's a little electric at that, and the knowledge that it's FD&C instead of natural blows the effect. I found an interesting parallel between the artifical color and the VERY artificial (and somewhat tacky) bottle with the fake cancellation/importation/certification stamps - rather "Disney does Absinthe."

Louche: This is where Absente stood out for me. Very nice, attractive louche, and even though artificially "enhanced," it made a beautiful, pearly opalescent eye candy.

Aroma: Not bad - before water, it promises a strong nose of anise and fennel, on which it indeed delivers - yet from the bottle, there seems also a promise of some underlying herbal notes that don't make it to the nose of the louched drink; the anise and fennel overpower. Hence my biggest criticism - NOT subtle.

Taste: Tongue numbing, even at 4:1 dilution. The anise, and fennel to a lesser degree, are overdone. If there are herbal notes there (and there initially appear to be in the aroma from the bottle), they fail to survive the harsh environment of anise and alcohol. However, knowing that some folks new to absinthe won't understand the taste of some of the spicier notes of a more complex absinthe, it might be good for an introduction to someone moderately interested, in order to get them intrigued enough to try something a bit nicer.

Finish: Despite the somewhat disappointing power of the anise and alcohol over the other ingredients, the taste lingers a bit to actually produce a rather pleasant finish. I found it to be a pleasant surprise that brought the character of the drink up just a notch from what otherwise would have been ho-hum.

Overall: If it were half the price, I'd keep a bottle on hand for the curious to try so as not to waste more complex (and expensive) absinthe if they don't like it. As it is, not much reason for me to buy another bottle with a couple of good traditional absinthes (e.g. Lucid, Kubler) on the market and the promise of some other good ones coming soon.

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The best thing one can say about Absente is that it looks the part. The color before water is actually quite nice, a natural looking pale peridot. The louche is also reasonably convincing, though it forms rather rapidly and in the end isn't quite right.
The aroma is acceptable if one dimensional, but the taste is quite unbalanced. Whatever herbs are in this faux absinthe are overwhelmed by sweetness, almost as though there is sugar added in the manner of a liqueur. I'm not sure what to say about the finish; there is something odd about it that I do not care for.
Overall, Absente is not horrible, but it's a poor substitute for the real thing.
Overall rating 
 
2.6
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by marlow December 20, 2008
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USDA Marginal

The best thing one can say about Absente is that it looks the part. The color before water is actually quite nice, a natural looking pale peridot. The louche is also reasonably convincing, though it forms rather rapidly and in the end isn't quite right.
The aroma is acceptable if one dimensional, but the taste is quite unbalanced. Whatever herbs are in this faux absinthe are overwhelmed by sweetness, almost as though there is sugar added in the manner of a liqueur. I'm not sure what to say about the finish; there is something odd about it that I do not care for.
Overall, Absente is not horrible, but it's a poor substitute for the real thing.

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First, I did not see any indication of artificial colors and/or dyes on the label. I looked!

I believed that it was not "absinthe" as indicated on the label. However, and according to other reviewers AND your web-site, it is an absinthe substitute. I explained to the liquor store cs that it was not absinthe, as it did not contain the correct wormword. This product was sold as an absinthe.

I was going to award a "2" for taste, but after tasting le Termente...I gave this product a 3.

For the $48 I paid for it, I would choose another spirit (a good vodka, tequila, for a lot less)..or pay a few dollars more for real absenthe. However, I would recommend it to others.

In closing, Absent has a good enough flavor but I knew right away, and I am no expert, that even Lucid is better than Absent.








Overall rating 
 
2.8
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3.0
Louche 
 
2.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by magicalone December 03, 2008
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Honesty is the Best Policy

First, I did not see any indication of artificial colors and/or dyes on the label. I looked!

I believed that it was not "absinthe" as indicated on the label. However, and according to other reviewers AND your web-site, it is an absinthe substitute. I explained to the liquor store cs that it was not absinthe, as it did not contain the correct wormword. This product was sold as an absinthe.

I was going to award a "2" for taste, but after tasting le Termente...I gave this product a 3.

For the $48 I paid for it, I would choose another spirit (a good vodka, tequila, for a lot less)..or pay a few dollars more for real absenthe. However, I would recommend it to others.

In closing, Absent has a good enough flavor but I knew right away, and I am no expert, that even Lucid is better than Absent.








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It was this product that piqued my curiosity for absinthe in the first place. And, having had a few of the US-available brands, I still find it pleasant. Unlike real absinthe, Absente has an almost candy-like taste when prepared with a sugar cube. The color looks artificial, but is pleasing to the eye. The louche looks more like a soluability/precipitation exercise from Chemistry class than the traditional cloudiness of Absinthe.



I agree with some of the others who say that you save this for those guests who can't appreciate the real thing. It definitely tastes different from real absinthe, but as a spirit, it is a very good drink. Most people I have given it to have found it enjoyable.
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
2.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by anthonw May 12, 2008
Last updated: August 06, 2008
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As close as it gets

It was this product that piqued my curiosity for absinthe in the first place. And, having had a few of the US-available brands, I still find it pleasant. Unlike real absinthe, Absente has an almost candy-like taste when prepared with a sugar cube. The color looks artificial, but is pleasing to the eye. The louche looks more like a soluability/precipitation exercise from Chemistry class than the traditional cloudiness of Absinthe.



I agree with some of the others who say that you save this for those guests who can't appreciate the real thing. It definitely tastes different from real absinthe, but as a spirit, it is a very good drink. Most people I have given it to have found it enjoyable.

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Color is artificial, as the label (honestly) attests. However, it's attractive and looks a lot like the real thing - a very nice, clear, peridot green.

As a friend said: "It's really pretty and it *looks* like a drink I'd really like, except I don't like licorice." Ah, there's the rub. Good thing that I *do* like

licorice.



Louche is not remarkable, but is acceptably dense. Louches early and action is not exciting. Color when louched is very pretty, almost authentic, but slightly on the day-glo side of green. It's chemistry, plain and simple, but chemistry by people who clearly care about the craft.



Aroma is pleasant but weak and one-dimensionally anise.



Pleasant but again, one-dimensional. Some welcome bitterness from the Southern Wormwood balances the flavor a bit.



Finish is short, shows some bitterness, but nothing that really lingers and makes you want to hit it again.



Overall, this a nice anisette liqueur that has no catastrophic flaws. I mean that sincerely; it is a well-made anisette absinthe substitute. It is a nice introduction to the anisette spectrum, and is up a notch in complexity from raki, arak, and other plain anisette beverages. In complexity, it is nowhere near real absinthe, but if you can't find the real thing, this will be (at least) a drinkable reminder.
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by GreenFire April 20, 2008
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One-dimensional but pleasant substitute

Color is artificial, as the label (honestly) attests. However, it's attractive and looks a lot like the real thing - a very nice, clear, peridot green.

As a friend said: "It's really pretty and it *looks* like a drink I'd really like, except I don't like licorice." Ah, there's the rub. Good thing that I *do* like

licorice.



Louche is not remarkable, but is acceptably dense. Louches early and action is not exciting. Color when louched is very pretty, almost authentic, but slightly on the day-glo side of green. It's chemistry, plain and simple, but chemistry by people who clearly care about the craft.



Aroma is pleasant but weak and one-dimensionally anise.



Pleasant but again, one-dimensional. Some welcome bitterness from the Southern Wormwood balances the flavor a bit.



Finish is short, shows some bitterness, but nothing that really lingers and makes you want to hit it again.



Overall, this a nice anisette liqueur that has no catastrophic flaws. I mean that sincerely; it is a well-made anisette absinthe substitute. It is a nice introduction to the anisette spectrum, and is up a notch in complexity from raki, arak, and other plain anisette beverages. In complexity, it is nowhere near real absinthe, but if you can't find the real thing, this will be (at least) a drinkable reminder.

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Looks almost like the real thing, pre and post louche. If you've had real absinthe before, then right before you take the first sip of Absente will be the last time you think it has any resemblance to actual absinthe. It tastes awful, mostly chemicals and dyes, and leaves a fake-ish anise aftertaste that just isn't pleasant.



Better than Pernod by the smallest of whiskers, though.
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by speedle February 25, 2008
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Not much to recommend here.

Looks almost like the real thing, pre and post louche. If you've had real absinthe before, then right before you take the first sip of Absente will be the last time you think it has any resemblance to actual absinthe. It tastes awful, mostly chemicals and dyes, and leaves a fake-ish anise aftertaste that just isn't pleasant.



Better than Pernod by the smallest of whiskers, though.

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I DJed an "absinthe" night at a local bar here in NC for a year or so. Absente was/is the only thing close to absinthe available through the NC ABC (and it too is a special order that needed special approval. So in addition to pay I did receive a couple of these each night i spun. Works OK in a Sazerac, not quite sinkable, but it is not absinthe.
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by cowbwoy January 03, 2008
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Well it was free...

I DJed an "absinthe" night at a local bar here in NC for a year or so. Absente was/is the only thing close to absinthe available through the NC ABC (and it too is a special order that needed special approval. So in addition to pay I did receive a couple of these each night i spun. Works OK in a Sazerac, not quite sinkable, but it is not absinthe.

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1st Off I just wanna say that I've Purchased this imposter a few times. Its good in a pinch or when you want to introduce friends to the green fairy and don't want to waste your real stash on someone who won't "get it", or when you just don't have the $100 plus to spend on the real thing. The color is quite nice, almost dead on, but its not as clear as actual Absinthe. It Louches nice, but kind of fast. The aroma as well as the taste is rather heavy on the anise side with slight fennel undertones. The finish leaves a somewhat pleasant taste in your mouth, but a little burn in your chest. Overall this was a decent subsitute, and you know its just that, a substitute, And with the introduction of the Kubler to the US at only around $10-$12 more? You might as well go for the real stuff.
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Lunchbox2024 November 27, 2007
Last updated: November 27, 2007
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A Good Substitute (Kinda)

1st Off I just wanna say that I've Purchased this imposter a few times. Its good in a pinch or when you want to introduce friends to the green fairy and don't want to waste your real stash on someone who won't "get it", or when you just don't have the $100 plus to spend on the real thing. The color is quite nice, almost dead on, but its not as clear as actual Absinthe. It Louches nice, but kind of fast. The aroma as well as the taste is rather heavy on the anise side with slight fennel undertones. The finish leaves a somewhat pleasant taste in your mouth, but a little burn in your chest. Overall this was a decent subsitute, and you know its just that, a substitute, And with the introduction of the Kubler to the US at only around $10-$12 more? You might as well go for the real stuff.

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