Sorcière Absinthe Verte http://www.wormwoodsociety.org/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/80/9c/e7/540_sorciereverte_1260887047.jpg

 
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Along the bottom of the back label, it is prominently written: DO NOT CONSUME OVER OPEN FLAME OR IGNITE. GOOD STUFF NEEDS NO SPECIAL EFFECTS.


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Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
3.5  (2)
Louche 
 
4.5  (2)
Aroma 
 
3.5  (2)
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0  (2)
Finish 
 
3.5  (2)
Overall 
 
3.0  (2)

The absinthe is of a gold colour, with maybe just the barest hint of green. Bright and clear. There's a strong grape base aroma, with an after-dinner-mint wedged in there. A bit more like chewing gum than absinthe, but not awful like it sounds.

The louche is quick, thick, and deep. The green comes out with water into a very bright opalescence with hints of yellow in the middle and blue at the edges. The aroma has mellowed but it's now full of mint and chalky. Perhaps a bit rubbery too. Anise is there but doesn't stand out.

However anise comes through on the palate, but it's light and fluffy. The base is very noticeable but not dominating. There's a medicinal astringency underlying everything. Wormwood is there but barely noticeable and it lacks spiciness that could help tie it all together. Citrus notes appear and now it reminds me of Ricola cough drops.

The brandy comes through in full force in the finish, under an intense numbing of the tongue. It rounds out to a raisin-like presence before it's gone.

It's a nice attempt and it's enjoyable to drink but it really needs work to meet its potential. The ingredients seem good but the base is overwhelming (too much of a good thing) and the lack of a clear wormwood profile hurts it.
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Andrew Young July 16, 2011
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A few adjustments would make a world of difference

The absinthe is of a gold colour, with maybe just the barest hint of green. Bright and clear. There's a strong grape base aroma, with an after-dinner-mint wedged in there. A bit more like chewing gum than absinthe, but not awful like it sounds.

The louche is quick, thick, and deep. The green comes out with water into a very bright opalescence with hints of yellow in the middle and blue at the edges. The aroma has mellowed but it's now full of mint and chalky. Perhaps a bit rubbery too. Anise is there but doesn't stand out.

However anise comes through on the palate, but it's light and fluffy. The base is very noticeable but not dominating. There's a medicinal astringency underlying everything. Wormwood is there but barely noticeable and it lacks spiciness that could help tie it all together. Citrus notes appear and now it reminds me of Ricola cough drops.

The brandy comes through in full force in the finish, under an intense numbing of the tongue. It rounds out to a raisin-like presence before it's gone.

It's a nice attempt and it's enjoyable to drink but it really needs work to meet its potential. The ingredients seem good but the base is overwhelming (too much of a good thing) and the lack of a clear wormwood profile hurts it.

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Color: A bit light, but a nice color. Light olive with tinges of straw.

Louche: Nice layering. Fully louched by 2:1. A deep and thick louche with hints of blue and green.

Aroma: Distinct brandy aroma with hints of fennel and a touch of anise. I'd like to be able to pick out more wormwood, but it's still nice.

Flavor: Nice and light, but the brandy seems to be more of the focus than the herbs. I wonder if it went through a second distillation after maceration? Angelica and Hyssop come through, but again, not a lot of descernible wormwood. The brandy, while obviously of good quality (imparting some wood and old books to the flavor), takes control of the overall flavor profile. If it were toned down a bit, and the herbs were allowed to come to the forefront a bit more, I'd give it a 4.

Finish: The brandy is there, but the herbs assert themselves a bit more in the finish. Very clean and enjoyable with hints of holiday spices at the very end.

Overall: This is a nice drink. I quite like it. However, it does have its flaws. While the brandy tastes wonderful, it's a bit too assertive for my tastes. Also, I'd like to see a bit heavier of a hand for the coloration step to see a bit more green.

If they fixed those two issues, this would be a no-brainer to keep in stock in my bar.
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson December 16, 2009
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Quite good, but not without some minor flaws

Color: A bit light, but a nice color. Light olive with tinges of straw.

Louche: Nice layering. Fully louched by 2:1. A deep and thick louche with hints of blue and green.

Aroma: Distinct brandy aroma with hints of fennel and a touch of anise. I'd like to be able to pick out more wormwood, but it's still nice.

Flavor: Nice and light, but the brandy seems to be more of the focus than the herbs. I wonder if it went through a second distillation after maceration? Angelica and Hyssop come through, but again, not a lot of descernible wormwood. The brandy, while obviously of good quality (imparting some wood and old books to the flavor), takes control of the overall flavor profile. If it were toned down a bit, and the herbs were allowed to come to the forefront a bit more, I'd give it a 4.

Finish: The brandy is there, but the herbs assert themselves a bit more in the finish. Very clean and enjoyable with hints of holiday spices at the very end.

Overall: This is a nice drink. I quite like it. However, it does have its flaws. While the brandy tastes wonderful, it's a bit too assertive for my tastes. Also, I'd like to see a bit heavier of a hand for the coloration step to see a bit more green.

If they fixed those two issues, this would be a no-brainer to keep in stock in my bar.

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4.0
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4.0  (1)
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4.0  (1)
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4.0  (1)
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4.0  (1)
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Overall 
 
4.0  (1)
After almost 2 years of aging, I'm enjoying this absinthe quite a bit more. It may be because I've come to love the brandy base styles more over time, but this has really improved over time. I've raised the flavor and aroma to a 4, and modified the text accordingly.


The color was a deep golden yellow, clear and natural.

The louche had nice trails, clouds and layering. The final result is thick and a pleasing color.

The aroma announces the brandy base, with subdued anise and wormwood. A light herbal character is present. Hints of spiciness are there as well.

Flavor follows the aroma... brandy, backed by the traditional elements of absinthe. Not a typical absinthe to be certain, but still, quality in its design and execution.

Finish was well done, it was interesting and very different. There was a lingering cognac element, a bit more trad absinthe comes out here than in the flavor.

I'd say this is worth trying if you get the chance, just to see what a solid cognac style base absinthe can taste like. If you enjoy a strong round grape base, then you'll enjoy this. It has a richness and unique personality that someone clearly worked hard for.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Scott M. May 10, 2010
Last updated: January 26, 2012
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Different, but quality In Its Cognac-style base

After almost 2 years of aging, I'm enjoying this absinthe quite a bit more. It may be because I've come to love the brandy base styles more over time, but this has really improved over time. I've raised the flavor and aroma to a 4, and modified the text accordingly.


The color was a deep golden yellow, clear and natural.

The louche had nice trails, clouds and layering. The final result is thick and a pleasing color.

The aroma announces the brandy base, with subdued anise and wormwood. A light herbal character is present. Hints of spiciness are there as well.

Flavor follows the aroma... brandy, backed by the traditional elements of absinthe. Not a typical absinthe to be certain, but still, quality in its design and execution.

Finish was well done, it was interesting and very different. There was a lingering cognac element, a bit more trad absinthe comes out here than in the flavor.

I'd say this is worth trying if you get the chance, just to see what a solid cognac style base absinthe can taste like. If you enjoy a strong round grape base, then you'll enjoy this. It has a richness and unique personality that someone clearly worked hard for.

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