Absenta Serpis

Absenta Serpis

 
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This bottle is 9 years old, and still is as red as the day I bought it.



Color: It's Serpis. Need I say more?

Louche: Great louche with vivid trails that slowly build up to a peachy opalescence with pronounced layering. Quite beautiful actually.

Aroma: As expected, lots of anise with just a hint of wormwood. Quite fruity as well.

Flavor: Again, tons of anise, which is exactly what you'd expect from a popular Spanish brand. Fruity and refreshing. I'd never add sugar to this, as it's already quite sweet.

Finish: Lots of lingering sweetness from the anise along with a slightly fruity medicinal aftertaste on the back and sides of the tongue.

Overall, I'll always have a spot in my heart for Serpis. Other than the red/peach coloring, it's exactly what one should expect from a Spanish absenta.
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson April 19, 2008
Last updated: September 12, 2008
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Ahh, good ole Serpis

This bottle is 9 years old, and still is as red as the day I bought it.



Color: It's Serpis. Need I say more?

Louche: Great louche with vivid trails that slowly build up to a peachy opalescence with pronounced layering. Quite beautiful actually.

Aroma: As expected, lots of anise with just a hint of wormwood. Quite fruity as well.

Flavor: Again, tons of anise, which is exactly what you'd expect from a popular Spanish brand. Fruity and refreshing. I'd never add sugar to this, as it's already quite sweet.

Finish: Lots of lingering sweetness from the anise along with a slightly fruity medicinal aftertaste on the back and sides of the tongue.

Overall, I'll always have a spot in my heart for Serpis. Other than the red/peach coloring, it's exactly what one should expect from a Spanish absenta.

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-Color-
Before Water: Vivid red with orange highlights. I actually find it quite attractive and technically it’s natural since it comes from cochineal bugs. But of course proper, traditional coloration is the product of a secondary infusion of herbs and flowers after distillation, so I’m thinking the most this gets is a 3.

After Water: Pinkish peachy orange.

-Louche-
I was entertained by the novel color, seeing an orange fog develop and rise up to overtake the clear red. End result is fairly quick and rather thick, as to be expected by a star anise-enabled louche.

-Aroma-
Before Water: Powerful black jelly bean/star anise essence, subtropical fruit, alcohol heat…and, well, maybe just a hint of fresh grilled steak. No really.

After Water:
More of the almost-tropical fruit which is pretty close to- or maybe partly generated by- “juicyfruit” wormwood aromatics. The black jelly bean aroma is still present but is now thankfully secondary to the fruit.


-Flavor and Mouthfeel-
The almost-tropical fruity/wormwood, aroma is well represented in the flavor and is very enjoyable. Again can’t tell if the fruity is solely from the wormwood but I can also identify some good wormwood dusky/herbal nuance in the mid-low ranges. However, the black jellybean star anise co-dominates and contributes to a thick, tongue numbing mouthfeel ; if they used green anise (unlikely) it was wasted. Mid palate, a dose of spicyness followed by more savory wormwood bitter begin to kick in and are welcome allies to the good flavors vs. the star anise saturation.

-Finish-
The refreshing spice and wormwood briskness continue into the finish along with a fair amount of tongue tingling and a bit of star anise cloying.

-Overall-
I have to confess I find kitschy appeal with the Serpis 65. Its worst aspect is the aforementioned black jellybean flavor, which at times makes me not so eager to finish the glass. I’ve found that a few dashes of Peychaud’s bitters tends to help smooth it out and add a little nuance. Maybe not an everyday absinthe for me but the tropical-fruity-floral makes it a good one for hot weather or if I’m just in a cheesy Serpis kinda mood.

Notes: Multiple tastings averaging 3.5:1 ratio, no sugar.
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.5
Reviewed by Green Baron August 31, 2012
Last updated: August 31, 2012
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Kitschy Rouge Appeal

-Color-
Before Water: Vivid red with orange highlights. I actually find it quite attractive and technically it’s natural since it comes from cochineal bugs. But of course proper, traditional coloration is the product of a secondary infusion of herbs and flowers after distillation, so I’m thinking the most this gets is a 3.

After Water: Pinkish peachy orange.

-Louche-
I was entertained by the novel color, seeing an orange fog develop and rise up to overtake the clear red. End result is fairly quick and rather thick, as to be expected by a star anise-enabled louche.

-Aroma-
Before Water: Powerful black jelly bean/star anise essence, subtropical fruit, alcohol heat…and, well, maybe just a hint of fresh grilled steak. No really.

After Water:
More of the almost-tropical fruit which is pretty close to- or maybe partly generated by- “juicyfruit” wormwood aromatics. The black jelly bean aroma is still present but is now thankfully secondary to the fruit.


-Flavor and Mouthfeel-
The almost-tropical fruity/wormwood, aroma is well represented in the flavor and is very enjoyable. Again can’t tell if the fruity is solely from the wormwood but I can also identify some good wormwood dusky/herbal nuance in the mid-low ranges. However, the black jellybean star anise co-dominates and contributes to a thick, tongue numbing mouthfeel ; if they used green anise (unlikely) it was wasted. Mid palate, a dose of spicyness followed by more savory wormwood bitter begin to kick in and are welcome allies to the good flavors vs. the star anise saturation.

-Finish-
The refreshing spice and wormwood briskness continue into the finish along with a fair amount of tongue tingling and a bit of star anise cloying.

-Overall-
I have to confess I find kitschy appeal with the Serpis 65. Its worst aspect is the aforementioned black jellybean flavor, which at times makes me not so eager to finish the glass. I’ve found that a few dashes of Peychaud’s bitters tends to help smooth it out and add a little nuance. Maybe not an everyday absinthe for me but the tropical-fruity-floral makes it a good one for hot weather or if I’m just in a cheesy Serpis kinda mood.

Notes: Multiple tastings averaging 3.5:1 ratio, no sugar.

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Color: The color is very pretty with a warm flame-like red that is definitely artificial.

Louche: The louche turns a milky orange-rose like color. Translucency is just about spot on but the artificial coloring still shows by a large amount. Pretty but not natural.

Aroma: Anise heavy and simple aroma. There's other stuff in there too but they are hard to pick out.

Flavor: This is very sweet with no added sugar. Just like the aroma the taste is very anise heavy, unbalanced, and simple. There are some floral tones but they are very subdued. It tastes good but it's not anything really wonderful.

Finish: The wormwood comes out here just a bit as well as something peppery. The finish lasts a good while but changes only slightly.

Overall: This is good for anise lovers but overall it is unbalanced and oddly sweet. Reminds me of some of the simpler blanches out there.
Overall rating 
 
2.8
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Evan Camomile September 20, 2011
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Dulce y Rojo

Color: The color is very pretty with a warm flame-like red that is definitely artificial.

Louche: The louche turns a milky orange-rose like color. Translucency is just about spot on but the artificial coloring still shows by a large amount. Pretty but not natural.

Aroma: Anise heavy and simple aroma. There's other stuff in there too but they are hard to pick out.

Flavor: This is very sweet with no added sugar. Just like the aroma the taste is very anise heavy, unbalanced, and simple. There are some floral tones but they are very subdued. It tastes good but it's not anything really wonderful.

Finish: The wormwood comes out here just a bit as well as something peppery. The finish lasts a good while but changes only slightly.

Overall: This is good for anise lovers but overall it is unbalanced and oddly sweet. Reminds me of some of the simpler blanches out there.

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Appearance: A glowing orangey-red. Clearly artificial, but it's not unappealing.

Louche: A peachy apricot color with deeper red reflections. Very attractive, and has just the right translucency.

Aroma: Minimal aroma around 3:1...the slight aroma detectable is particularly anise heavy in a black licorice sort of way.

Flavor: Anise and extremely sweet, with some nice candied floral flavors.

Finish: Very lengthy finish; wormwood and a bit of fruit and caraway, with an enduring sweetness which eventually rounds back to anise.

Overall: Surprisingly tasty. It is a shame it's artificially colored, but it wouldn't keep me from having a bottle in my collection.
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Amber Peter September 20, 2011
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Tasty and unpretentious

Appearance: A glowing orangey-red. Clearly artificial, but it's not unappealing.

Louche: A peachy apricot color with deeper red reflections. Very attractive, and has just the right translucency.

Aroma: Minimal aroma around 3:1...the slight aroma detectable is particularly anise heavy in a black licorice sort of way.

Flavor: Anise and extremely sweet, with some nice candied floral flavors.

Finish: Very lengthy finish; wormwood and a bit of fruit and caraway, with an enduring sweetness which eventually rounds back to anise.

Overall: Surprisingly tasty. It is a shame it's artificially colored, but it wouldn't keep me from having a bottle in my collection.

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I watered this dose to one part absinthe to 4.5 parts water, without sugar.
The initial color in the bottle is red, deep like a vine ripened tomato, but transparent.
The louche is amazing, nice oil trails and opaqueness that comes out easily. At about 1:1 the color has shifted from red to more of an orange creamsicle. At 1:4.5 the louche is still alive and the color is more of a rosé peach.
Pre-water aroma is anise and fennel rich, with a lot of alcoholic heat. Once the dose was prepared the aroma was strong on the anise, with few of the other absinthe herbs coming through.
The flavor is very nice if you're into anise-heavy absinthes. There's plenty of wormwood flavor and some other bitter herbs as well, but sweetness and bitterness seem to be dancing together with this absinthe, alternating between the two. It's pleasant and very refreshing.
The finish is a little tart with notes of citrus, but not mouth puckeringly tart. There's some lingering wormwood and anise, but it i very muted on the finish.
I really like this absinthe, it's one of my top favorite absinthe, and certainly my favorite rouge out of the two others that I've tried, "Amerique Rouge" and "La Matriesse". In both brands, they were unpleasantly tart while the louche was picky and needed a lot of coaxing. Absenta Serpis though, is exactly what I had in mind for what an absinthe rouge should be. I was hopefull the final color would have retained more of the vibrant redness from how it looks fresh from the bottle, but that is a tiny thing for me to hold against such a wonderful absinthe.
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by baubel June 13, 2011
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The best absinthe rouge I've tried

I watered this dose to one part absinthe to 4.5 parts water, without sugar.
The initial color in the bottle is red, deep like a vine ripened tomato, but transparent.
The louche is amazing, nice oil trails and opaqueness that comes out easily. At about 1:1 the color has shifted from red to more of an orange creamsicle. At 1:4.5 the louche is still alive and the color is more of a rosé peach.
Pre-water aroma is anise and fennel rich, with a lot of alcoholic heat. Once the dose was prepared the aroma was strong on the anise, with few of the other absinthe herbs coming through.
The flavor is very nice if you're into anise-heavy absinthes. There's plenty of wormwood flavor and some other bitter herbs as well, but sweetness and bitterness seem to be dancing together with this absinthe, alternating between the two. It's pleasant and very refreshing.
The finish is a little tart with notes of citrus, but not mouth puckeringly tart. There's some lingering wormwood and anise, but it i very muted on the finish.
I really like this absinthe, it's one of my top favorite absinthe, and certainly my favorite rouge out of the two others that I've tried, "Amerique Rouge" and "La Matriesse". In both brands, they were unpleasantly tart while the louche was picky and needed a lot of coaxing. Absenta Serpis though, is exactly what I had in mind for what an absinthe rouge should be. I was hopefull the final color would have retained more of the vibrant redness from how it looks fresh from the bottle, but that is a tiny thing for me to hold against such a wonderful absinthe.

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A very interesting absinthe. I sampled this at 3:1 and 4:1.

Color: What can you say, it's bright red! How can you grade this? I gave it a 2, despite it being clear of sediment, it just did not look completely natural. The color louched was a light peach. Not something I found terribly attractive.

Louche: Acceptable, and an appropriate clouding without being too thick. Simply again, not very attractive to me in the end.

Arome: I liked the aroma, it was anise and flowers all the way. It smelled candy-like, but was inviting and interesting.

Flavor: This is the highlight of Serpis; despite it being mainly anise, there was a hint of decent wormwood, but it offered an unique light spice, fruit and floral edge that i've not had in anything else. It was light and refreshing, with a tasty twangle. This needed no sugar.

Finish: Decent, but not remarkable. A tingly anise that lingers, with a gentle tingle in the back.

Overall: I can see why this would interest people...it's red. That should not be the reason you want to try it, but let's face it, for most...this will be why! It is worthy of being sampled at an event, and I might buy a bottle every couple years or so for this reason.
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Scott M. December 12, 2010
Last updated: December 12, 2010
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Very interesting!

A very interesting absinthe. I sampled this at 3:1 and 4:1.

Color: What can you say, it's bright red! How can you grade this? I gave it a 2, despite it being clear of sediment, it just did not look completely natural. The color louched was a light peach. Not something I found terribly attractive.

Louche: Acceptable, and an appropriate clouding without being too thick. Simply again, not very attractive to me in the end.

Arome: I liked the aroma, it was anise and flowers all the way. It smelled candy-like, but was inviting and interesting.

Flavor: This is the highlight of Serpis; despite it being mainly anise, there was a hint of decent wormwood, but it offered an unique light spice, fruit and floral edge that i've not had in anything else. It was light and refreshing, with a tasty twangle. This needed no sugar.

Finish: Decent, but not remarkable. A tingly anise that lingers, with a gentle tingle in the back.

Overall: I can see why this would interest people...it's red. That should not be the reason you want to try it, but let's face it, for most...this will be why! It is worthy of being sampled at an event, and I might buy a bottle every couple years or so for this reason.

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2 dashes Curaçao
1 dash maraschino liqueur
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1/2 glass Irish whisky
 
Shake with ice. Strain into cocktail glass.  Add olive and squeeze orange twist on top.

 

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