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Overall rating 
 
3.6
Appearance 
 
4.0  (3)
Louche 
 
3.7  (3)
Aroma 
 
4.0  (3)
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0  (3)
Finish 
 
4.0  (3)
Overall 
 
3.0  (3)

The absinthe has aged to olive, but it's much brighter than usual for having lost some green. Clear, no debris. The aroma is cologne-like. Floral wormwood, light anise, a tad fruity but more spicy.

The louche is quick but thin. It finishes a golden colour with greenish tones around the edges. It's nice but lacks depth. With water there's much more of an anise aroma, now in balance with wormwood. Sweet and a bit powdery.

It tastes bright and wormwood heavy, a tad bitter. There's a tart off-flavour that would bother me if it were any stronger but it's thankfully very light. Good anise but plays a background role. Dill. Somehow it makes me think of chewing flower petals and stems.

Anise finally blooms over a long, slightly bitter finish, mellowing to an earthy tone.

I'm normally a fan of wormwood-heavy absinthes but I feel like this one has an unfortunate hardness that could be remedied with a much fuller anise profile.
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Andrew Young July 18, 2011
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Could use a bit of work.

The absinthe has aged to olive, but it's much brighter than usual for having lost some green. Clear, no debris. The aroma is cologne-like. Floral wormwood, light anise, a tad fruity but more spicy.

The louche is quick but thin. It finishes a golden colour with greenish tones around the edges. It's nice but lacks depth. With water there's much more of an anise aroma, now in balance with wormwood. Sweet and a bit powdery.

It tastes bright and wormwood heavy, a tad bitter. There's a tart off-flavour that would bother me if it were any stronger but it's thankfully very light. Good anise but plays a background role. Dill. Somehow it makes me think of chewing flower petals and stems.

Anise finally blooms over a long, slightly bitter finish, mellowing to an earthy tone.

I'm normally a fan of wormwood-heavy absinthes but I feel like this one has an unfortunate hardness that could be remedied with a much fuller anise profile.

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Color
Unlouched, amber/green, a little on the olive side. Very clear. Reminds me of La Coquette with a little more vivid yellow element. In seven weeks the color has shifted more toward yellow/amber/olive tones. Louched, yellowish olive/green with whitish/olive meniscus in the early evaluations, frighteningly similar in tone to Gatorade lemon lime. In later evaluations, greenish/amber with lighter yellow/gold/green at the edges and meniscus. Substantial level of coloration.

Louche
Good average louche action at first, but then everything starts happening real fast. Totally opaque with a green line by .8/1, and green line gone by 1/1. If you like the final color, it has plenty of heft to it, but the entire louche process provides little entertainment.

Aroma
Initial louched nose is citrusy, piquant, and bright. And then I become aware of what I think is this absinthes biggest Achilles' heel. There is an overarching aroma of wax/lanolin/exotic floral to this that I find very acrid, challenging, and distracting... Musky, like a lot of the decorative lilies used in floral arrangements. Behind this, wormwood is quite evident. The anise and fennel are there in the background, and more apparent as the drink warms. A little better at a minimum 4/1 dilution. Some of the highly condensed florals seem to have the breathing space they need at this level.

Flavor
That wax/lanolin/floral thing right up front, followed by a lot of wormwood, a little anise, more florals and herbals, and citrus. An almost waxy combination of star and kiwi fruit recurred throughout these evaluations. There's a bit of spice and a slight wormwood "pull" on the palate. The first time I tasted this, I said "Wow!" On subsequent tastings, I just found it to be schizophrenic and tiresome.

Finish
Finish is a focused and crisp fade of all the nose and palate impressions. A little additional bloom of spice. The only long element of this finish is that waxy fruity/floral sensation, which leaves me in a place I don't want to be.

Overall
I tasted Taboo Gold for the initial review five times. That's because I kept trying to really like it. It does, after all, have its share of complexities, and a singular personality. Pressed to sum this up in a statement, I would say it is exotic, but rustic, peculiar and unrefined. If you want to try to enjoy this one, I would recommend a dilution of 4 - 5 to 1, and let it warm up. That's where I thought it showed its best. I get the impression that it is made of quality ingredients, but it just doesn't seem to come together right. Having tasted this multiple times, it just seems like it is far less than the sum of it's parts.

9/20/09 Revisit - First, most of my original text in this review remains unaltered. Most changes are to ratios, and a word or two has been added or deleted here and there. Next, I must say that this has actually improved since my first evaluation. And a good thing too, since if it had remained the same, I probably would have lowered scores for Aroma, Flavor, Finish, and Overall even more than I have. The most prominent improvement is that the musky/waxy aromas and flavors to which I referred in the original review have subsided some, although they are still present and still unattractive, in my opinion.

Changes to my initial scoring are:
Flavor - Changed from 3 to 2.
Overall - Changed from 3 to 2.
Overall Rating - Changed from 3.2 to 2.8.

Taboo Gold 11/21/08, 11/28/08, 12/01/08, 12/27/08, 1/11/09, 7/19/09, 9/20/09
The final six evaluations had consistent notes.

Overall rating 
 
2.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Michael Meyers January 11, 2009
Last updated: September 12, 2012
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Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Color
Unlouched, amber/green, a little on the olive side. Very clear. Reminds me of La Coquette with a little more vivid yellow element. In seven weeks the color has shifted more toward yellow/amber/olive tones. Louched, yellowish olive/green with whitish/olive meniscus in the early evaluations, frighteningly similar in tone to Gatorade lemon lime. In later evaluations, greenish/amber with lighter yellow/gold/green at the edges and meniscus. Substantial level of coloration.

Louche
Good average louche action at first, but then everything starts happening real fast. Totally opaque with a green line by .8/1, and green line gone by 1/1. If you like the final color, it has plenty of heft to it, but the entire louche process provides little entertainment.

Aroma
Initial louched nose is citrusy, piquant, and bright. And then I become aware of what I think is this absinthes biggest Achilles' heel. There is an overarching aroma of wax/lanolin/exotic floral to this that I find very acrid, challenging, and distracting... Musky, like a lot of the decorative lilies used in floral arrangements. Behind this, wormwood is quite evident. The anise and fennel are there in the background, and more apparent as the drink warms. A little better at a minimum 4/1 dilution. Some of the highly condensed florals seem to have the breathing space they need at this level.

Flavor
That wax/lanolin/floral thing right up front, followed by a lot of wormwood, a little anise, more florals and herbals, and citrus. An almost waxy combination of star and kiwi fruit recurred throughout these evaluations. There's a bit of spice and a slight wormwood "pull" on the palate. The first time I tasted this, I said "Wow!" On subsequent tastings, I just found it to be schizophrenic and tiresome.

Finish
Finish is a focused and crisp fade of all the nose and palate impressions. A little additional bloom of spice. The only long element of this finish is that waxy fruity/floral sensation, which leaves me in a place I don't want to be.

Overall
I tasted Taboo Gold for the initial review five times. That's because I kept trying to really like it. It does, after all, have its share of complexities, and a singular personality. Pressed to sum this up in a statement, I would say it is exotic, but rustic, peculiar and unrefined. If you want to try to enjoy this one, I would recommend a dilution of 4 - 5 to 1, and let it warm up. That's where I thought it showed its best. I get the impression that it is made of quality ingredients, but it just doesn't seem to come together right. Having tasted this multiple times, it just seems like it is far less than the sum of it's parts.

9/20/09 Revisit - First, most of my original text in this review remains unaltered. Most changes are to ratios, and a word or two has been added or deleted here and there. Next, I must say that this has actually improved since my first evaluation. And a good thing too, since if it had remained the same, I probably would have lowered scores for Aroma, Flavor, Finish, and Overall even more than I have. The most prominent improvement is that the musky/waxy aromas and flavors to which I referred in the original review have subsided some, although they are still present and still unattractive, in my opinion.

Changes to my initial scoring are:
Flavor - Changed from 3 to 2.
Overall - Changed from 3 to 2.
Overall Rating - Changed from 3.2 to 2.8.

Taboo Gold 11/21/08, 11/28/08, 12/01/08, 12/27/08, 1/11/09, 7/19/09, 9/20/09
The final six evaluations had consistent notes.

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Okanagan Spirits has created a drink worthy of the name "Gold" from the moment the dark Amber-Green enters the glass until the crisp finish gently fades away. There is much to admire in this beverage and little to complain about.

The color is dark amber-green, clear and appealing.

The louche is distinct without being milky thick. It captures opalescent well while demonstrating a strong louche. Not too thick but not remotely fragile. Unfortunately, the color travels from the beautiful Amber-Green to an almost dingy post-louche.

The aroma is very appealing with a sharp, delicious wormwood aroma up front.

The flavor is spicy and complex, the wormwood is also in the forefront and quickly fades away, leaving the other flavors to become more prominent. The anise is nearly lost in the barrage of other flavors.

The finish is remarkably crisp! It fades slowly and deliciously.



It is a well-made and complex herbal bomb. Okanagan Spirits should be proud of Taboo Gold.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Joe Legate September 12, 2008
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Canada Strikes Gold

Okanagan Spirits has created a drink worthy of the name "Gold" from the moment the dark Amber-Green enters the glass until the crisp finish gently fades away. There is much to admire in this beverage and little to complain about.

The color is dark amber-green, clear and appealing.

The louche is distinct without being milky thick. It captures opalescent well while demonstrating a strong louche. Not too thick but not remotely fragile. Unfortunately, the color travels from the beautiful Amber-Green to an almost dingy post-louche.

The aroma is very appealing with a sharp, delicious wormwood aroma up front.

The flavor is spicy and complex, the wormwood is also in the forefront and quickly fades away, leaving the other flavors to become more prominent. The anise is nearly lost in the barrage of other flavors.

The finish is remarkably crisp! It fades slowly and deliciously.



It is a well-made and complex herbal bomb. Okanagan Spirits should be proud of Taboo Gold.

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3.7
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4.0  (2)
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4.0  (2)
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4.0  (2)
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3.3  (2)
Finish 
 
3.8  (2)
Overall 
 
3.5  (2)
Take note that this is the first release of Taboo Gold. After 2011 it was unavailable for a bit then around 2012 a new batch came out that was quite a bit different than the first. I'll post a separate review of the 2012 release.

Louched 4:1 with sugar.

COLOR is dark and deep. Golden yellow and green tints. Clear

LOUCHE Dark olive green with yellow/gold highlights. Creamy but not too thick. Perfect louche.

AROMA A bit peculiar. Anise, tangy, minty, lemony, herbaceous, grassy. A bit sharp like fruit eau-de-vie. All Taboo absinthe's are made with a fruit brandy base.

FLAVOR Bitter, spicy and tangy fruit. The fruit brandy base really comes through and gives it a flavor that is a bit peculiar for an absinthe. The overall flavor is pleasant but not a traditional absinthe flavor.

FINISH Spicy, bitter long finish. The spiciness goes away and a soapy flavor develops and stay with the bitterness.

OVERALL It's an enjoyable absinthe but definitely needs some tweaks in the flavor department.
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.5
Finish 
 
2.5
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Babel February 16, 2014
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1st Relase (2009-2011)

Take note that this is the first release of Taboo Gold. After 2011 it was unavailable for a bit then around 2012 a new batch came out that was quite a bit different than the first. I'll post a separate review of the 2012 release.

Louched 4:1 with sugar.

COLOR is dark and deep. Golden yellow and green tints. Clear

LOUCHE Dark olive green with yellow/gold highlights. Creamy but not too thick. Perfect louche.

AROMA A bit peculiar. Anise, tangy, minty, lemony, herbaceous, grassy. A bit sharp like fruit eau-de-vie. All Taboo absinthe's are made with a fruit brandy base.

FLAVOR Bitter, spicy and tangy fruit. The fruit brandy base really comes through and gives it a flavor that is a bit peculiar for an absinthe. The overall flavor is pleasant but not a traditional absinthe flavor.

FINISH Spicy, bitter long finish. The spiciness goes away and a soapy flavor develops and stay with the bitterness.

OVERALL It's an enjoyable absinthe but definitely needs some tweaks in the flavor department.

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At that strength the colour is accurate, greenish and deep enough.

Louche is very gradual, very slow and doesn't reach the full opacity, maybe the herb-bill is responsible for such a louche. Still, quite nice and not too hasty.

Aroma is the Great Unknown, and thus so greatly inviting to take the first sip. Aroma is musky in a sense and definitely not absinthe-y. Again, it is so unique that cannot be considered a flaw, rather a great virtue.

Flavour is particularly rich-melissa, some unknown nuances, not a slight trace of anethole buddies, bitterness from pontica that simply eats your tongue and it is so pleasant, that it is not a problem that too much of pontica might have been used what the taste clearly suggests.

Traditional absinthe it is not, is it absinthe? Yes, it is, very unusual, very untraditional, a cosmic one that seduces with great, mature personality. Whenever I re-visit it, it is a pleasure.
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by absinthist April 28, 2009
Last updated: April 28, 2009
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Gold deserves Gold

At that strength the colour is accurate, greenish and deep enough.

Louche is very gradual, very slow and doesn't reach the full opacity, maybe the herb-bill is responsible for such a louche. Still, quite nice and not too hasty.

Aroma is the Great Unknown, and thus so greatly inviting to take the first sip. Aroma is musky in a sense and definitely not absinthe-y. Again, it is so unique that cannot be considered a flaw, rather a great virtue.

Flavour is particularly rich-melissa, some unknown nuances, not a slight trace of anethole buddies, bitterness from pontica that simply eats your tongue and it is so pleasant, that it is not a problem that too much of pontica might have been used what the taste clearly suggests.

Traditional absinthe it is not, is it absinthe? Yes, it is, very unusual, very untraditional, a cosmic one that seduces with great, mature personality. Whenever I re-visit it, it is a pleasure.

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