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Color: A pale greenish yellow.

Louche: Unlike other reviews, I got a pretty decent louche with lots of greens, blues and whites.

Aroma: Very herbal. I pick up cinnamon and flowers, but with a tinge of something like vinegar. No real wormwood or anise.

Flavor: Biting acridity and bitterness. There are hints of sweetness at the forefront, but followed by highly astringent and bitter flavors. It's tough to even finish the sample size I poured.

Finish: Same acrid flavors are present in the finish. Luckily it doesn't last that long.

Overall: If you're stuck with a bottle, you might want to try it with a lot of sugar. It might help. I'd never buy it though.
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Reviewed by Brian Robinson May 01, 2009
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On the lower end of US offerings

Color: A pale greenish yellow.

Louche: Unlike other reviews, I got a pretty decent louche with lots of greens, blues and whites.

Aroma: Very herbal. I pick up cinnamon and flowers, but with a tinge of something like vinegar. No real wormwood or anise.

Flavor: Biting acridity and bitterness. There are hints of sweetness at the forefront, but followed by highly astringent and bitter flavors. It's tough to even finish the sample size I poured.

Finish: Same acrid flavors are present in the finish. Luckily it doesn't last that long.

Overall: If you're stuck with a bottle, you might want to try it with a lot of sugar. It might help. I'd never buy it though.

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Color: that olive color is somewhat attractive, nothing that looks really artificial here, just a bit unusual.



Louche: the louche is too slow to form and does not complete. The result is translucent, a half louche.



Aroma: alcohol comes first, then a citronella candle-like scent, and finally a (kinda) wormwood perfume. All in all, after you get over that strong alcohol nose, you're left with a medicinal aroma, something definitely not absinthe-like.



Taste: I wished the scoring system would include "1/2" because that's all this product deserves. The taste is unpleasantly bitter and chemical, with a melissa flavor but again in a medicinal way. The vervain they macerate must have changed the taste of individual herbs badly. It also bites, but not from a savory and fruity green anise, it just bites...



Finish: It leaves nothing on your palate, except a little lemonish note and bitterness.



Overall: If you've already bought a bottle of that 'thing', better sink it now and drink a cough syrup instead, at least you would know why the taste is medicinal!

The Elie-Arnaud Denoix distillery produces a rather nice Pastis (Pastis des Terres Rouges) and should have better remained in that direction instead of trying to produce a thujone-free 'absinthe'. Sort of like the Domaines de Provence distillery who produces a very good pastis (Henry Bardouin) and a bad 'absinthe' (Absente).



Additional note: E.-A.D. is now sold in the US under the name "MYTHE".



mthuilli
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Reviewed by mthuilli June 26, 2008
Last updated: July 01, 2008
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Please keep on producing pastis!

Color: that olive color is somewhat attractive, nothing that looks really artificial here, just a bit unusual.



Louche: the louche is too slow to form and does not complete. The result is translucent, a half louche.



Aroma: alcohol comes first, then a citronella candle-like scent, and finally a (kinda) wormwood perfume. All in all, after you get over that strong alcohol nose, you're left with a medicinal aroma, something definitely not absinthe-like.



Taste: I wished the scoring system would include "1/2" because that's all this product deserves. The taste is unpleasantly bitter and chemical, with a melissa flavor but again in a medicinal way. The vervain they macerate must have changed the taste of individual herbs badly. It also bites, but not from a savory and fruity green anise, it just bites...



Finish: It leaves nothing on your palate, except a little lemonish note and bitterness.



Overall: If you've already bought a bottle of that 'thing', better sink it now and drink a cough syrup instead, at least you would know why the taste is medicinal!

The Elie-Arnaud Denoix distillery produces a rather nice Pastis (Pastis des Terres Rouges) and should have better remained in that direction instead of trying to produce a thujone-free 'absinthe'. Sort of like the Domaines de Provence distillery who produces a very good pastis (Henry Bardouin) and a bad 'absinthe' (Absente).



Additional note: E.-A.D. is now sold in the US under the name "MYTHE".



mthuilli

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I would have said diamond in the rough, but after taking a long hard look at the details it doesn't deserve the 'diamond' part. However I do like this absinthe.

Apperance: Lightly oxidized chlorophyll green. It could be more vibrant, but the fact that it was obviously a naturally coloured verte set it apart from the mouthwash and the blanches on the shelf in a good way.

Louche: Moderate gradient lines, leading to a decent louche. It clouds from bottom to top rather than creating a hard layer, and the final louche is a thin if you don't go slow. This is not the glass of milk that you will get from an anise bomb or the the nuanced blues and greys you will get from HG blanches, but the louch is decent.

Aroma: I gave this a '2' because it's not stinky, and there are no tails present in the aroma that I can detect. The problem is that the aroma is a understated. There is no big floral room-filling bloom. There is a little melissa and wormwood bump in a mostly anise base, but you really have to get your nose in the glass to notice.

Mouthfeel: a little anise numbness and some slight creamyness if you hit the dilution just right. You can even see some oils floating on the surface sometimes, but honestly nothing big here. A hint of refreshing I might venture to say, a small citrusy note against the mint and anise, maybe I'm reading too far in.

Finish: Alcohol, star anise, wormwood bitter. In that order. The bitter is rather striking and it makes me want to take another sip, but it's not for everyone.

Overall: I have tried to put a nice spin on the facts, but it has a less than perfect color, thinnish louche, faint aroma, rather flat taste and a bitter finish. Despite all this, I like this absinthe. It needs TLC to louch well, the bitter wormwood notes are a bit more pronounced than many, and I like how it makes me feel.
I see a definate similarity to Pernod 68, which I disliked, but somehow I find this more endearing, more honest, and less striking when I sit down for a glass.

The alchohol is definately rough if you don't dilute it enough, and this absinthe needs sugar to carry it's weight, but if you are up for an adventure it can be a great experience if you like bitter notes and the search for that little something that never has a star category in the reviews.
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Reviewed by silvenshadow October 14, 2012
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Jade in the rough.

I would have said diamond in the rough, but after taking a long hard look at the details it doesn't deserve the 'diamond' part. However I do like this absinthe.

Apperance: Lightly oxidized chlorophyll green. It could be more vibrant, but the fact that it was obviously a naturally coloured verte set it apart from the mouthwash and the blanches on the shelf in a good way.

Louche: Moderate gradient lines, leading to a decent louche. It clouds from bottom to top rather than creating a hard layer, and the final louche is a thin if you don't go slow. This is not the glass of milk that you will get from an anise bomb or the the nuanced blues and greys you will get from HG blanches, but the louch is decent.

Aroma: I gave this a '2' because it's not stinky, and there are no tails present in the aroma that I can detect. The problem is that the aroma is a understated. There is no big floral room-filling bloom. There is a little melissa and wormwood bump in a mostly anise base, but you really have to get your nose in the glass to notice.

Mouthfeel: a little anise numbness and some slight creamyness if you hit the dilution just right. You can even see some oils floating on the surface sometimes, but honestly nothing big here. A hint of refreshing I might venture to say, a small citrusy note against the mint and anise, maybe I'm reading too far in.

Finish: Alcohol, star anise, wormwood bitter. In that order. The bitter is rather striking and it makes me want to take another sip, but it's not for everyone.

Overall: I have tried to put a nice spin on the facts, but it has a less than perfect color, thinnish louche, faint aroma, rather flat taste and a bitter finish. Despite all this, I like this absinthe. It needs TLC to louch well, the bitter wormwood notes are a bit more pronounced than many, and I like how it makes me feel.
I see a definate similarity to Pernod 68, which I disliked, but somehow I find this more endearing, more honest, and less striking when I sit down for a glass.

The alchohol is definately rough if you don't dilute it enough, and this absinthe needs sugar to carry it's weight, but if you are up for an adventure it can be a great experience if you like bitter notes and the search for that little something that never has a star category in the reviews.

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A buddy of mine picked up a bottle of this at a local liquor store and we shared it on several occasions. It never gets better no matter how many times you drink it.

Color: This is the best part of this absinthe and its not that remarkable. It has a sort of swamp water look to it. At least its a natural color, but it isn't striking in any way.

Louche: Patethic partial louche. The ONLY reason I gave it a 2 is because I have seen worse in Le Tourment. Its translucent at best.

Aroma: Alcohol and more alcohol. Not much else, maybe a hint of herbalness if you can call it a himt.

Flavor: Nothing but bitter here. Bitterness, and not in a nice way like some better absinthes. I've only tasted one more bitter than this and its Versinthe Verte.

Finish: Just unpleasant then instantly fades. No lasting herbal niceties, no sweet anise remnants, no tongue numbing.

Overall: Just don't buy it. The only way this stuff was pallatable was when I had a good few glasses of good absinthe first.
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Reviewed by Raziel028 April 29, 2009
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Please do not waste your money

A buddy of mine picked up a bottle of this at a local liquor store and we shared it on several occasions. It never gets better no matter how many times you drink it.

Color: This is the best part of this absinthe and its not that remarkable. It has a sort of swamp water look to it. At least its a natural color, but it isn't striking in any way.

Louche: Patethic partial louche. The ONLY reason I gave it a 2 is because I have seen worse in Le Tourment. Its translucent at best.

Aroma: Alcohol and more alcohol. Not much else, maybe a hint of herbalness if you can call it a himt.

Flavor: Nothing but bitter here. Bitterness, and not in a nice way like some better absinthes. I've only tasted one more bitter than this and its Versinthe Verte.

Finish: Just unpleasant then instantly fades. No lasting herbal niceties, no sweet anise remnants, no tongue numbing.

Overall: Just don't buy it. The only way this stuff was pallatable was when I had a good few glasses of good absinthe first.

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Wow this stuff sucks big time. I got suckered into buying Mythe from the guy at Sam's Wine & Spirits. He owes me about $100. $30 for the small bottle and the other $70 for pain and suffering. Seriously- I was second-guessing every drink of absinthe I had for a few weeks because of this poo.

Color- Not too bad actually- some sediment, however it is natural looking. It's not a very deep & inviting olive color either.

Louche- Very slow and translucent like the other reviewer states. No trails whatsoever.

Aroma- Very off-putting chemical/vinegar smell. The smell starts off interesting but ends with a funky incense that is really weird and reminds me of the smell of spit. Disgusting

Flavor- Just like the aroma. Need I say more?

Finish- Ok right off the bat, but continues to be extremely peppery and bitter- really bad and rancid bitter that is just annoying and continues... and continues........

Overall, this is the first absinthe that I have had to dump- I should have heeded the advice of fellow Wormwood Society members.... sorry....
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Reviewed by accountant March 19, 2009
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I want a refund- Really

Wow this stuff sucks big time. I got suckered into buying Mythe from the guy at Sam's Wine & Spirits. He owes me about $100. $30 for the small bottle and the other $70 for pain and suffering. Seriously- I was second-guessing every drink of absinthe I had for a few weeks because of this poo.

Color- Not too bad actually- some sediment, however it is natural looking. It's not a very deep & inviting olive color either.

Louche- Very slow and translucent like the other reviewer states. No trails whatsoever.

Aroma- Very off-putting chemical/vinegar smell. The smell starts off interesting but ends with a funky incense that is really weird and reminds me of the smell of spit. Disgusting

Flavor- Just like the aroma. Need I say more?

Finish- Ok right off the bat, but continues to be extremely peppery and bitter- really bad and rancid bitter that is just annoying and continues... and continues........

Overall, this is the first absinthe that I have had to dump- I should have heeded the advice of fellow Wormwood Society members.... sorry....

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