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I have seen so many commentaries on the Jade absinthes, especially Edouard and PF 1901, and comparisons between the two, that I decided to wrap up my evaluations of both consecutively, in one afternoon. This review, and the review of the PF 1901, dated the same, are intended as a pair, for comparison purposes. Everyone seems to have their favorite, and so do I, at least today.

Color
Unlouched, pale amber/green with slight olive tinge. Very clear, very natural and organic looking. Louched, milky golden amber/green with slight olive tinge. Whitish blue/green at edges and bluish/white at the meniscus. Even though light in color, it has a riveting vibrancy. This is what I imagine "opaline" to be.

Louche
Good thick trails and good action right from the get-go. This is great theatre. Maintains very defined layering until about 1/1, at which point it accelerates in clouding, and quickly becomes opaque. Louche looks Vaseline thick through 3/1, and really needs a dilution of 4/1 to let some light pass and give it a nice glow.

Aroma
COMPLEX! This is so hard to pin down. There's so much going on here, and depending on if it's been sitting, swirled, or if I think about it differently, something else comes to the fore. At first it was herbals up front. Wormwood, dusty, powdery hay, straw, florals... just lots of tan tones. Now, as it warms a little, it's anise and fennel leading the charge. Always a distinct spiciness. Lots and lots of layers. Occasionally, a slight earthy note shows itself.

Flavor
Nice creamy mouthfeel, but not overly so. Tight, dense herbals and a quite spicy sensation. This comes at you like Krug Vintage does, in the Champagne world. Tightly wound power. Like a big fluffy beach towel, but twisted up tight. It's all there, just... well you get the drift! Lots of complexities, just not in an expansive way. Really firm cut. Very aristocratic in texture and impression. As it really warms up, it becomes just a little minty.

Finish
All the stuff from the nose and palate, in a slow fade. A satisfying prickly "pull" on the palate and "pinch" on the tongue from the combination of wormwood and anise. It slowly dries to a powdery finish. There's a beautiful pace to this transition, and I'm sure it's no accident. Finish is very long, and the overall impression is one of very high quality.

Overall
One of the best I have tried. Noble, aristocratic, classic. One of the most impressive things is the frame upon which it is built. All the ingredients are there, however it has a quiet power, and a certain reservation that keeps it from being over the top. As I sip this, my mind's eye sees a classic wood paneled library with flame-stitch and dark paisley wingback chairs. Truly regal, refined, and dignified. I'd say, call this one "Senator"!

7/18/09 Revisit - First, all scores and text of my original review remain intact. I did consider three changes from the original review but decided not. Those are "Aroma", "Flavor", and "Overall". I considered changing both scores for aroma and flavor to 4s due to the evidence of the marc base, which I referred to in my original review as an "earthy note". I've decided that it is not really that intrusive, and adds another complexity to the mix, however if it were any more forward, I would consider it a fault. At room temperature, it is almost not a factor. So consider the 5s in those categories "soft" 5s. Also, at one time I considered a score of 5 in "Overall", and because of the soft nature of the aforementioned scores, I am leaving it a 4. This is still one of my personal favorites. Complex, impressive, and texturally, very distinctive.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4/1 and 5/1, and no sugar.

Jade Edouard 11/15/08, 12/15/08, 12/20/08, 7/18/09.
All evaluations had consistent notes.

Some comparisons of Jade Edouard and Jade PF 1901

Ed is just a little pale.
1901 is classic peridot. I get a pair o' "doe eyes", just looking at it!

Ed shows me why the Jade louche is famous.
1901 shows me why the Jade louche is famous.

Ed is very highly complex.
1901 is highly complex.

Ed is more restrained, classy, distinctive.
1901 invokes a little muscle without being brash or clumsy.

Ed finish can usurp your attention for the rest of the evening.
1901 finish makes me feel like a puppy having it's tummy rubbed.

Ed, if you are a fan of Bordeaux.
1901, if you are a fan of California Cabernet.

Ed - "Call me Senator".
1901 - "Call me Bond... James Bond".
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Michael Meyers December 21, 2008
Last updated: June 19, 2012
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Call This One "Senator"

I have seen so many commentaries on the Jade absinthes, especially Edouard and PF 1901, and comparisons between the two, that I decided to wrap up my evaluations of both consecutively, in one afternoon. This review, and the review of the PF 1901, dated the same, are intended as a pair, for comparison purposes. Everyone seems to have their favorite, and so do I, at least today.

Color
Unlouched, pale amber/green with slight olive tinge. Very clear, very natural and organic looking. Louched, milky golden amber/green with slight olive tinge. Whitish blue/green at edges and bluish/white at the meniscus. Even though light in color, it has a riveting vibrancy. This is what I imagine "opaline" to be.

Louche
Good thick trails and good action right from the get-go. This is great theatre. Maintains very defined layering until about 1/1, at which point it accelerates in clouding, and quickly becomes opaque. Louche looks Vaseline thick through 3/1, and really needs a dilution of 4/1 to let some light pass and give it a nice glow.

Aroma
COMPLEX! This is so hard to pin down. There's so much going on here, and depending on if it's been sitting, swirled, or if I think about it differently, something else comes to the fore. At first it was herbals up front. Wormwood, dusty, powdery hay, straw, florals... just lots of tan tones. Now, as it warms a little, it's anise and fennel leading the charge. Always a distinct spiciness. Lots and lots of layers. Occasionally, a slight earthy note shows itself.

Flavor
Nice creamy mouthfeel, but not overly so. Tight, dense herbals and a quite spicy sensation. This comes at you like Krug Vintage does, in the Champagne world. Tightly wound power. Like a big fluffy beach towel, but twisted up tight. It's all there, just... well you get the drift! Lots of complexities, just not in an expansive way. Really firm cut. Very aristocratic in texture and impression. As it really warms up, it becomes just a little minty.

Finish
All the stuff from the nose and palate, in a slow fade. A satisfying prickly "pull" on the palate and "pinch" on the tongue from the combination of wormwood and anise. It slowly dries to a powdery finish. There's a beautiful pace to this transition, and I'm sure it's no accident. Finish is very long, and the overall impression is one of very high quality.

Overall
One of the best I have tried. Noble, aristocratic, classic. One of the most impressive things is the frame upon which it is built. All the ingredients are there, however it has a quiet power, and a certain reservation that keeps it from being over the top. As I sip this, my mind's eye sees a classic wood paneled library with flame-stitch and dark paisley wingback chairs. Truly regal, refined, and dignified. I'd say, call this one "Senator"!

7/18/09 Revisit - First, all scores and text of my original review remain intact. I did consider three changes from the original review but decided not. Those are "Aroma", "Flavor", and "Overall". I considered changing both scores for aroma and flavor to 4s due to the evidence of the marc base, which I referred to in my original review as an "earthy note". I've decided that it is not really that intrusive, and adds another complexity to the mix, however if it were any more forward, I would consider it a fault. At room temperature, it is almost not a factor. So consider the 5s in those categories "soft" 5s. Also, at one time I considered a score of 5 in "Overall", and because of the soft nature of the aforementioned scores, I am leaving it a 4. This is still one of my personal favorites. Complex, impressive, and texturally, very distinctive.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4/1 and 5/1, and no sugar.

Jade Edouard 11/15/08, 12/15/08, 12/20/08, 7/18/09.
All evaluations had consistent notes.

Some comparisons of Jade Edouard and Jade PF 1901

Ed is just a little pale.
1901 is classic peridot. I get a pair o' "doe eyes", just looking at it!

Ed shows me why the Jade louche is famous.
1901 shows me why the Jade louche is famous.

Ed is very highly complex.
1901 is highly complex.

Ed is more restrained, classy, distinctive.
1901 invokes a little muscle without being brash or clumsy.

Ed finish can usurp your attention for the rest of the evening.
1901 finish makes me feel like a puppy having it's tummy rubbed.

Ed, if you are a fan of Bordeaux.
1901, if you are a fan of California Cabernet.

Ed - "Call me Senator".
1901 - "Call me Bond... James Bond".

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Color is a very light green. Natural.
Louche produces great oil trails with a gradual louche, ending with a brilliant light green opalescence.
Aroma begins with a little heat without water. After louche, it's ver light and crisp. Rich in anise.
Taste is a little light, but still has nice wormwood and anise flavors with a strong finish. Hints of corriander.

Overall, a wonderful absinthe to have around. Very easy to drink.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson June 30, 2007
Last updated: May 13, 2009
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Another winner from Jade

Color is a very light green. Natural.
Louche produces great oil trails with a gradual louche, ending with a brilliant light green opalescence.
Aroma begins with a little heat without water. After louche, it's ver light and crisp. Rich in anise.
Taste is a little light, but still has nice wormwood and anise flavors with a strong finish. Hints of corriander.

Overall, a wonderful absinthe to have around. Very easy to drink.

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What can I say? This is everything a complex, quality, traditional absinthe should be. Hands-down a "5" across the charts for me.

Reviewed with a 2013 bottle.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by josephlabrecque August 22, 2014
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Favourite - Absolute Stunner

What can I say? This is everything a complex, quality, traditional absinthe should be. Hands-down a "5" across the charts for me.

Reviewed with a 2013 bottle.

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Since there already is a wealth of information about this highly regarded product, I thought it more useful to highlight the distinct qualities of the Edouard in relation to its sister, the PF1901. Thus, a finicky buyer (like me) will hopefully be able to reach a conclusion as to the eternal question of which Jade to buy.

L'Espirit D'Edouard is at once strikingly similar to the PF1901, with the pronounced flavour of the same marc base readily apparent midway through the first sip. The colour is more greenish as opposed to the slightly paler 1901, a perfect hue that is in every way pleasing to the eye. Upon the addition of water, the absinthe louches at a moderate pace until the glass is half full, upon which clouds of opalescent green start to flocculate throughout at a tremendous pace. The result at 1:5 is a slightly verdant-grey and completely translucent.

Edouard hits harder than the 1901 in the palate, with immediate spicy notes battering the tastebuds, and then receding to a alpine cocktail of herbs which is harmoniously balanced with plenty of subtle flavours. The finish is primarily anise, and then traces of wormwood after the tongue dries. For a 72% ABV, the alcohol heat is almost unnoticeable, once again speaking volumes about the superior quality of the product. Unfortunately, I recall that the aftertaste does not linger for more than ten minutes, so in this regard the 1901 will probably be the more satisfying.

The final verdict is that the 1901 is probably more suitable as a summer digestif: floral, incredibly balanced and refreshing when taken very cold. Edouard will fare better, as I suspect, in the wintry months, with its potent herbacious and spicy notes perking the taster up. It must be reiterated that both of them are very close in their similarities (as opposed to other marques) and few individuals, other than the most discerning of absintheurs, will find that the slight difference warrants heavy consideration.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.5
Reviewed by shady2001 February 09, 2014
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General tasting notes concerning Edouard cf. 1901

Since there already is a wealth of information about this highly regarded product, I thought it more useful to highlight the distinct qualities of the Edouard in relation to its sister, the PF1901. Thus, a finicky buyer (like me) will hopefully be able to reach a conclusion as to the eternal question of which Jade to buy.

L'Espirit D'Edouard is at once strikingly similar to the PF1901, with the pronounced flavour of the same marc base readily apparent midway through the first sip. The colour is more greenish as opposed to the slightly paler 1901, a perfect hue that is in every way pleasing to the eye. Upon the addition of water, the absinthe louches at a moderate pace until the glass is half full, upon which clouds of opalescent green start to flocculate throughout at a tremendous pace. The result at 1:5 is a slightly verdant-grey and completely translucent.

Edouard hits harder than the 1901 in the palate, with immediate spicy notes battering the tastebuds, and then receding to a alpine cocktail of herbs which is harmoniously balanced with plenty of subtle flavours. The finish is primarily anise, and then traces of wormwood after the tongue dries. For a 72% ABV, the alcohol heat is almost unnoticeable, once again speaking volumes about the superior quality of the product. Unfortunately, I recall that the aftertaste does not linger for more than ten minutes, so in this regard the 1901 will probably be the more satisfying.

The final verdict is that the 1901 is probably more suitable as a summer digestif: floral, incredibly balanced and refreshing when taken very cold. Edouard will fare better, as I suspect, in the wintry months, with its potent herbacious and spicy notes perking the taster up. It must be reiterated that both of them are very close in their similarities (as opposed to other marques) and few individuals, other than the most discerning of absintheurs, will find that the slight difference warrants heavy consideration.

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A good absinthe, with solid 4s in all categories, except the louche, where in typical Jade fashion is amazing. The downside to us was that it wasn't great in aroma or flavor, which at this price-point was a bit of a letdown for me. There is a loud bitter note in the flavor, that just doesn't sit right.

Edit: Bumped finish to 5, it is really extra ordinary.
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Miguel September 25, 2011
Last updated: October 09, 2011
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A solid absinthe with no faults.

A good absinthe, with solid 4s in all categories, except the louche, where in typical Jade fashion is amazing. The downside to us was that it wasn't great in aroma or flavor, which at this price-point was a bit of a letdown for me. There is a loud bitter note in the flavor, that just doesn't sit right.

Edit: Bumped finish to 5, it is really extra ordinary.

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Color: This is a very nice green. It is bright but not light, solid but not opaque, and in fact very clear. It is definitely a natural color and is full. This is a strong verte hue that is still bright and clear. Magnificent.

Louche: The louche is slow to start but has lots of oil trails. A nice gradient performs with the clouds starting at the bottom of the glass. The louche ends with a nice thickness and depth. Tints of the original color are left if you look hard enough in the right light.

Aroma: This is a very distinct aroma. It is definitely spicy and still very herbal, which is just my type. Fennel, anise, and wormwood are up front with other spices in the background, including something nutmeg-ish. Higher dilution displays more wormwood, lower dilutions have more anise. Even at higher ratios there is some alcohol heat detected in the smell.

Flavor: Unbelievable! This is a complex gem of a drink. It tastes like it smells with spicy notes puncturing just before the rising bitter-sweet blanket of the main herbal mixture. And yet it is smooth with an almost almond flavor and texture. Every part of the tongue can enjoy this drink. A bit higher ratio is preferred even by me not only due to the high proof but also to allow more of the drink to breathe and come to life. Usually I like my absinthe stronger but the flavor is so rich I don't have to let it be that way and I can get the benefit of a higher ratio while still getting strong flavor.

Finish: The finish lingers around for a good bit of time with the fennel showcasing itself mostly at this stage along with a rising sweet tone. The finish numbs the mouth a bit but doesn't force itself at all. Smooth and delightful.

Overall: This is an amazing drink. It is complex and definitely one to savor. It plays on just about every part of the tongue and is rich with subtle flavors to taste with each sip. Very well done!
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Evan Camomile June 14, 2011
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One of my favorites!

Color: This is a very nice green. It is bright but not light, solid but not opaque, and in fact very clear. It is definitely a natural color and is full. This is a strong verte hue that is still bright and clear. Magnificent.

Louche: The louche is slow to start but has lots of oil trails. A nice gradient performs with the clouds starting at the bottom of the glass. The louche ends with a nice thickness and depth. Tints of the original color are left if you look hard enough in the right light.

Aroma: This is a very distinct aroma. It is definitely spicy and still very herbal, which is just my type. Fennel, anise, and wormwood are up front with other spices in the background, including something nutmeg-ish. Higher dilution displays more wormwood, lower dilutions have more anise. Even at higher ratios there is some alcohol heat detected in the smell.

Flavor: Unbelievable! This is a complex gem of a drink. It tastes like it smells with spicy notes puncturing just before the rising bitter-sweet blanket of the main herbal mixture. And yet it is smooth with an almost almond flavor and texture. Every part of the tongue can enjoy this drink. A bit higher ratio is preferred even by me not only due to the high proof but also to allow more of the drink to breathe and come to life. Usually I like my absinthe stronger but the flavor is so rich I don't have to let it be that way and I can get the benefit of a higher ratio while still getting strong flavor.

Finish: The finish lingers around for a good bit of time with the fennel showcasing itself mostly at this stage along with a rising sweet tone. The finish numbs the mouth a bit but doesn't force itself at all. Smooth and delightful.

Overall: This is an amazing drink. It is complex and definitely one to savor. It plays on just about every part of the tongue and is rich with subtle flavors to taste with each sip. Very well done!

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Color: I think the color is a perfect, clear green.

Louche: Slow drip yields dancing fireworks and oily storms followed by creaminess gradating upwards through the glass. Once fully louched it's fantastically creamy and maintains great color: milky pale greens and buttery yellows.

Aroma: Spicy and anise-heavy, very astringent and almost cinnamon-like before louched. The more water is added, the more the wormwood scent is released. I wasn't in awe over it's complexity.

Flavor: This is probably the first time ever I've been able to distinguish the flavor of fennel from the other flavors, which was exciting for me. Every time I took a drink to try to analyze the flavor further, I thought I was prepared but would be taken off guard every time, my tastebuds each like a mini Julie Andrews spinning around in a field of flower a la Sound of Music. Various attempts at tasting led to wild giggles, dramatic swooning, and sheer awe. It's completely sublime.

Finish: The flavor rounds into a very sweet almond-flavored finish lingering with a confectioner's sugar sweetness...absolutely wonderful.

Overall: This absinthe is rich and dessert-like, and unbelievably tasty. The bottle I sampled is from 2010.
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Amber Peter June 02, 2011
Last updated: July 19, 2011
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Unbelievable

Color: I think the color is a perfect, clear green.

Louche: Slow drip yields dancing fireworks and oily storms followed by creaminess gradating upwards through the glass. Once fully louched it's fantastically creamy and maintains great color: milky pale greens and buttery yellows.

Aroma: Spicy and anise-heavy, very astringent and almost cinnamon-like before louched. The more water is added, the more the wormwood scent is released. I wasn't in awe over it's complexity.

Flavor: This is probably the first time ever I've been able to distinguish the flavor of fennel from the other flavors, which was exciting for me. Every time I took a drink to try to analyze the flavor further, I thought I was prepared but would be taken off guard every time, my tastebuds each like a mini Julie Andrews spinning around in a field of flower a la Sound of Music. Various attempts at tasting led to wild giggles, dramatic swooning, and sheer awe. It's completely sublime.

Finish: The flavor rounds into a very sweet almond-flavored finish lingering with a confectioner's sugar sweetness...absolutely wonderful.

Overall: This absinthe is rich and dessert-like, and unbelievably tasty. The bottle I sampled is from 2010.

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Color: Clear peridot that edges towards gold under certain types of light. No sediment.

Louche: Impressive layering right away but it ends completely opaque after a 1:1 ratio which is pretty fast. Pearly opalescence at the end. Color retains a nice jade green in the middle with gold refractions at the edges under lamp light.

Aroma: Very herbaceous with anise and fennel up front. Wormwood and spices come next. Aroma is not particularly strong but it’s appropriate and sets up the flavor nicely.

Flavor: Highly concentrated flavor on the middle of your tongue. Fennel and anise lend a sweetness while wormwood spiciness (with some dill) pulls your palate in another direction. Slightly powdery at the end of the drink.

Finish: Dill, which I believe
comes from the wormwood is mixed with anise for a candy like finish. The wormwood finish lasts quite a while and is a welcome change of pace where absinthe finishes are merely anise.

Overall: Another winner from Jade. I’d rank this behind PF 1901 for my own personal tastes but Edouard is a bit more complex. This is an intense and satisfying absinthe.

Notes: September 2009 bottling used for review
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by accountant March 14, 2010
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Highly complex absinthe

Color: Clear peridot that edges towards gold under certain types of light. No sediment.

Louche: Impressive layering right away but it ends completely opaque after a 1:1 ratio which is pretty fast. Pearly opalescence at the end. Color retains a nice jade green in the middle with gold refractions at the edges under lamp light.

Aroma: Very herbaceous with anise and fennel up front. Wormwood and spices come next. Aroma is not particularly strong but it’s appropriate and sets up the flavor nicely.

Flavor: Highly concentrated flavor on the middle of your tongue. Fennel and anise lend a sweetness while wormwood spiciness (with some dill) pulls your palate in another direction. Slightly powdery at the end of the drink.

Finish: Dill, which I believe
comes from the wormwood is mixed with anise for a candy like finish. The wormwood finish lasts quite a while and is a welcome change of pace where absinthe finishes are merely anise.

Overall: Another winner from Jade. I’d rank this behind PF 1901 for my own personal tastes but Edouard is a bit more complex. This is an intense and satisfying absinthe.

Notes: September 2009 bottling used for review

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*Edited over my first review. Enjoyed best at 4:1 with 1 sugar

The color is a clear, natural medium green. Louched, it was a very pretty shade of light green.

The louche was slow and even forming, lovely thick trails with nice color and opalescence. An attractive color and good thickness.

The aroma was enjoyable and delicate, yet at the same time had a lot going on.. It was clean, fresh and inviting.

Flavor is a bit lighter than the other Jades, yet mildly woody and earthy. Quality anise and fennel are up front, with wormwood just behind. There is a soft spiciness and creaminess that I enjoyed. Again, there was an undertone of wood and earth that seems to be present in all the Jades. Some seem to notice this more than others.

The finish was very reflective of the flavor. Balanced elements, a light pull lingering into a nice powder. I'd rate this just a tad behind the 1901 and VS for my taste.
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 Scott M. February 21, 2010
Last updated: July 03, 2011
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A nicely balanced glass

*Edited over my first review. Enjoyed best at 4:1 with 1 sugar

The color is a clear, natural medium green. Louched, it was a very pretty shade of light green.

The louche was slow and even forming, lovely thick trails with nice color and opalescence. An attractive color and good thickness.

The aroma was enjoyable and delicate, yet at the same time had a lot going on.. It was clean, fresh and inviting.

Flavor is a bit lighter than the other Jades, yet mildly woody and earthy. Quality anise and fennel are up front, with wormwood just behind. There is a soft spiciness and creaminess that I enjoyed. Again, there was an undertone of wood and earth that seems to be present in all the Jades. Some seem to notice this more than others.

The finish was very reflective of the flavor. Balanced elements, a light pull lingering into a nice powder. I'd rate this just a tad behind the 1901 and VS for my taste.

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The color is green, bright and intense. A very good louche. It did not start immediately, it lingered at the bottom. It then swirled and floated, it went to the top leaving a line of un louched absinthe, and then became creamy and thick. This is quality absinthe. The aroma was of alpine herbs, with tinges of wormwood. Very good mouthfeel. Creamy and thick, more on the sides of the tongue. The taste is excellent. There is an overture alpine herbs with no single flavor standing out. I could taste the bitterness of the wormwood, anise and fennel, distinct and different, the citrus-like flavor was in perfect balance. The aftertaste lingered at the back of the mouth, an excellent wormwood finale.
This is one of the better Jades. A hard choice between the Verte Suisse and the Edouard.
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by oglala56 November 09, 2009
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A Difficult Choice of Jade

The color is green, bright and intense. A very good louche. It did not start immediately, it lingered at the bottom. It then swirled and floated, it went to the top leaving a line of un louched absinthe, and then became creamy and thick. This is quality absinthe. The aroma was of alpine herbs, with tinges of wormwood. Very good mouthfeel. Creamy and thick, more on the sides of the tongue. The taste is excellent. There is an overture alpine herbs with no single flavor standing out. I could taste the bitterness of the wormwood, anise and fennel, distinct and different, the citrus-like flavor was in perfect balance. The aftertaste lingered at the back of the mouth, an excellent wormwood finale.
This is one of the better Jades. A hard choice between the Verte Suisse and the Edouard.

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If you remember the beutifully deep and vibrant colour of the early Jadedouards, that batch, that rose so many controversies at FV, will be a great disappointment. It looks exactly like strongly undercoloured Swiss les bleues turned verte at 55%, but that is 72%!

Louche is alright, exactly the one the pre-ban should produce.

If the spirit smells of glue, it means that that is high in ethyl acetate, so seems to be the case, first glue, then herbs. What has happened?

Flavour is spicy, there is wormwood in it, but the glue aftertaste and marc base have their predominant say spoiling the goodness it might offer once we go past the glueiness.

I haven't had the pleasure of tasting pre-ban Edouard, but that particular batch seems to be far, far away from what has been offered previously under that very name.
Overall rating 
 
2.8
Appearance 
 
1.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by absinthist April 30, 2009
Last updated: April 30, 2009
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Mars 2008 batch-not a good year

If you remember the beutifully deep and vibrant colour of the early Jadedouards, that batch, that rose so many controversies at FV, will be a great disappointment. It looks exactly like strongly undercoloured Swiss les bleues turned verte at 55%, but that is 72%!

Louche is alright, exactly the one the pre-ban should produce.

If the spirit smells of glue, it means that that is high in ethyl acetate, so seems to be the case, first glue, then herbs. What has happened?

Flavour is spicy, there is wormwood in it, but the glue aftertaste and marc base have their predominant say spoiling the goodness it might offer once we go past the glueiness.

I haven't had the pleasure of tasting pre-ban Edouard, but that particular batch seems to be far, far away from what has been offered previously under that very name.

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Sample louched December 2008, from an unknown bottling (it was a gift in trade). Louched to 4:1, with 1/2 sugar cube.

The color when neat is a perfect light green, which louches up beautifully. The louche begins at the very bottom of the reservoir, and builds fairly slowly from the bottom, until about 2:1, when just a thin line separates the unlouched top layer from the other 7/8 of the glass. It doesn't go completely milky until just short of 3:1.

The aroma when neat is a slightly minty alcohol. During the louche, it fills the room with anise, and quite noticeably so. Upon stirring, the aroma sniffed up close reminds me of Egg Nog, and in a very good way - it's milky, boozy, and quite alluring. It could just be that I sampled it the week before Christmas, but this definitely has notes of cream, nutmeg, and smoky bourbon.

The first taste is quickly mint, then fennel/anise, then a long finish of very bitter wormwood. The wormwood stays with you for quite a while, until you take another sip just to mitigate the bitter. I really didn't enjoy it as much as I expected I would.

The Edouard surprised me with just how bitter it is on the finish. It's reminiscent, as another reviewer noted, of Lucid, though much less "earthy" than Lucid. It's not difficult to taste the family resemblance, both being Ted Breaux productions. I need to try the others in the line, but Edouard didn't strike me (admittedly with my first sample) as one I'd buy a whole bottle of.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by khiddy December 18, 2008
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Surprising Finish to a Promising Start

Sample louched December 2008, from an unknown bottling (it was a gift in trade). Louched to 4:1, with 1/2 sugar cube.

The color when neat is a perfect light green, which louches up beautifully. The louche begins at the very bottom of the reservoir, and builds fairly slowly from the bottom, until about 2:1, when just a thin line separates the unlouched top layer from the other 7/8 of the glass. It doesn't go completely milky until just short of 3:1.

The aroma when neat is a slightly minty alcohol. During the louche, it fills the room with anise, and quite noticeably so. Upon stirring, the aroma sniffed up close reminds me of Egg Nog, and in a very good way - it's milky, boozy, and quite alluring. It could just be that I sampled it the week before Christmas, but this definitely has notes of cream, nutmeg, and smoky bourbon.

The first taste is quickly mint, then fennel/anise, then a long finish of very bitter wormwood. The wormwood stays with you for quite a while, until you take another sip just to mitigate the bitter. I really didn't enjoy it as much as I expected I would.

The Edouard surprised me with just how bitter it is on the finish. It's reminiscent, as another reviewer noted, of Lucid, though much less "earthy" than Lucid. It's not difficult to taste the family resemblance, both being Ted Breaux productions. I need to try the others in the line, but Edouard didn't strike me (admittedly with my first sample) as one I'd buy a whole bottle of.

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In the glass, this is a pale and perfectly clear olive. After a solid yet unspectacular performance in the louche, the final colour is a tad thin, but still has hints of opal at the meniscus.

The strange thing about this absinthe, in terms of the aroma and the flavour, is just how similar it is to Lucid. It's definitely more complex, warmer and rounded, but if you think of a flavour profile as a graph along the taste buds, the shape of the curve is really quite similar to Lucid.

It has a nice dry finish, seeming to concentrate more on the anise on the way down and then lingering with the wormwood once it's over. Due to its relation to the original Eduoard, I had some idea that this would be a more 'manly' absinthe like the Raymond Thi 1914, or at least that's what I've been told. I see it as more conventional than that, with a more rounded flavour. Still, the flavour is the exact reason I keep coming back to this marque, as I watch the other Jades stay level in the bottle.

One other puzzle that I'm still trying to figure out is that the earlier Jades seem to have a different grape (or marc) base, one that somewhat overpowers the herbs. This bottling is from 2008, and along with a Nouvelle Orleans, does not exhibit that same spirit base, at least to my grape sensitive taste buds.

To complicate matters, I have to say that at this moment, the Edouard is my favourite of the Jade absinthes. While the PF1901 has a magical and creamy floral quality, this one is easier to drink for me, which possibly has something to do with a change in the base. But I'm just speculating.

I dub thee Big Daddy Of Lucid. Translation: if you like Lucid and have a desire to try something better but similar, do not hesitate to fork out the cashola for this, my favourite drinking absinthe from Jade Liqueurs.
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by dannyhawaii October 07, 2008
Last updated: October 07, 2008
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The Big Daddy Of Lucid

In the glass, this is a pale and perfectly clear olive. After a solid yet unspectacular performance in the louche, the final colour is a tad thin, but still has hints of opal at the meniscus.

The strange thing about this absinthe, in terms of the aroma and the flavour, is just how similar it is to Lucid. It's definitely more complex, warmer and rounded, but if you think of a flavour profile as a graph along the taste buds, the shape of the curve is really quite similar to Lucid.

It has a nice dry finish, seeming to concentrate more on the anise on the way down and then lingering with the wormwood once it's over. Due to its relation to the original Eduoard, I had some idea that this would be a more 'manly' absinthe like the Raymond Thi 1914, or at least that's what I've been told. I see it as more conventional than that, with a more rounded flavour. Still, the flavour is the exact reason I keep coming back to this marque, as I watch the other Jades stay level in the bottle.

One other puzzle that I'm still trying to figure out is that the earlier Jades seem to have a different grape (or marc) base, one that somewhat overpowers the herbs. This bottling is from 2008, and along with a Nouvelle Orleans, does not exhibit that same spirit base, at least to my grape sensitive taste buds.

To complicate matters, I have to say that at this moment, the Edouard is my favourite of the Jade absinthes. While the PF1901 has a magical and creamy floral quality, this one is easier to drink for me, which possibly has something to do with a change in the base. But I'm just speculating.

I dub thee Big Daddy Of Lucid. Translation: if you like Lucid and have a desire to try something better but similar, do not hesitate to fork out the cashola for this, my favourite drinking absinthe from Jade Liqueurs.

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Louche: Nothing grabbed me, but it louched. It's different from the others I've tried because it didn't have that swirly cloud effect, it gradually clouded up equally throughout the glass.



Aroma: Peculiar is fitting, and the aroma matches the flavor.



Flavor: There's definitely a spiciness with a hint of mustiness to it, like an old abandoned house.



Finish: Definitely present, but unremarkable. Not sure if the batch I had was different from the one mentioned in the other thread inquiring if Ted changed the formula, but mine, dated Oct 06, has a prominent alcohol burn - which doesn't compliment the musty flavor and aroma.



Overall: Acceptable, but that rustic taste and aroma isn't for me.
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by tayker July 06, 2008
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Average and Over-rated

Louche: Nothing grabbed me, but it louched. It's different from the others I've tried because it didn't have that swirly cloud effect, it gradually clouded up equally throughout the glass.



Aroma: Peculiar is fitting, and the aroma matches the flavor.



Flavor: There's definitely a spiciness with a hint of mustiness to it, like an old abandoned house.



Finish: Definitely present, but unremarkable. Not sure if the batch I had was different from the one mentioned in the other thread inquiring if Ted changed the formula, but mine, dated Oct 06, has a prominent alcohol burn - which doesn't compliment the musty flavor and aroma.



Overall: Acceptable, but that rustic taste and aroma isn't for me.

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Color: A vibrant, deep peridot green. Very attractive.



Louche: Slow forming, nice building/layering action. Morphs into an opalescent milky jade color. It just doesn't get much better.



Aroma: Anise is predominant. An ensemble of alpine herbs are noticeable. The wormwood takes a bit of a back seat but it's there. I also get mint and toasted honey. During louche once again the anise is the predominant note, but the alpine herbs blossom into a nice bouquet. I think I can also detect a faint baby powder scent.



Flavor: Again, it's that anise that makes it's presence most noticeable. This certainly isn't an anise bomb like the VS but it's quite forward. Those alpine herbs aren't far behind imparting a nice crisp, refreshing taste. There's something spicy going on in there as well, but I don't know what to attribute it to. The wormwood is easily detectable but plays second fiddle to the other flavors.



Finish: I find the finish to be pretty standard. The wormwood finally comes through a bit more imparting a slight lingering bitterness. I wouldn't describe the duration as long either.



Overall: It's obviously a quality made traditional offering. When it first came out I was a huge fan but after expanding my palate a bit and trying other commercial offerings I find this rather average by comparison (but certainly not bad).
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Tally Ho June 04, 2008
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Enjoyable, but a tad over-rated IMHO

Color: A vibrant, deep peridot green. Very attractive.



Louche: Slow forming, nice building/layering action. Morphs into an opalescent milky jade color. It just doesn't get much better.



Aroma: Anise is predominant. An ensemble of alpine herbs are noticeable. The wormwood takes a bit of a back seat but it's there. I also get mint and toasted honey. During louche once again the anise is the predominant note, but the alpine herbs blossom into a nice bouquet. I think I can also detect a faint baby powder scent.



Flavor: Again, it's that anise that makes it's presence most noticeable. This certainly isn't an anise bomb like the VS but it's quite forward. Those alpine herbs aren't far behind imparting a nice crisp, refreshing taste. There's something spicy going on in there as well, but I don't know what to attribute it to. The wormwood is easily detectable but plays second fiddle to the other flavors.



Finish: I find the finish to be pretty standard. The wormwood finally comes through a bit more imparting a slight lingering bitterness. I wouldn't describe the duration as long either.



Overall: It's obviously a quality made traditional offering. When it first came out I was a huge fan but after expanding my palate a bit and trying other commercial offerings I find this rather average by comparison (but certainly not bad).

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As is typical of Jades, the Edouard pours a beautiful, clear, natural peridot, and then louches to a very pleasing jade green, with undertones of amber and blue. The aroma is also excellent -- refreshing and spicy -- as is the flavor (though I do find the spiciness of the Edouard to be almost too much). The finish is very good with the emphasis again on spiciness, though some bitterness is discernable as well. Overall, I think it's just one short rung down from its cousin the PF 1901 -- a very excellent absinthe.

Update: Tasting this absinthe again (for the first time in almost 2 years) I had to raise the score for the finish. There really is a lot going on: a gradual fading of the spices in the flavor and aroma, accompanied by a very slight numbing sensation. I still prefer the 1901, but it is a photo finish.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by marlow December 31, 2007
Last updated: April 22, 2010
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Another excellent Jade absinthe

As is typical of Jades, the Edouard pours a beautiful, clear, natural peridot, and then louches to a very pleasing jade green, with undertones of amber and blue. The aroma is also excellent -- refreshing and spicy -- as is the flavor (though I do find the spiciness of the Edouard to be almost too much). The finish is very good with the emphasis again on spiciness, though some bitterness is discernable as well. Overall, I think it's just one short rung down from its cousin the PF 1901 -- a very excellent absinthe.

Update: Tasting this absinthe again (for the first time in almost 2 years) I had to raise the score for the finish. There really is a lot going on: a gradual fading of the spices in the flavor and aroma, accompanied by a very slight numbing sensation. I still prefer the 1901, but it is a photo finish.

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I have to say that this is what I reach for when I want a truly satisfying glass of absinthe. The rich, yet still peridot color, swirling louche that isn't "instant", refined level of spicyness/flavor and fantastic aroma after water all make for a wonderful and lovely experience.
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by speedle December 22, 2007
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Jade Edouard Nov. 2005 bottling

I have to say that this is what I reach for when I want a truly satisfying glass of absinthe. The rich, yet still peridot color, swirling louche that isn't "instant", refined level of spicyness/flavor and fantastic aroma after water all make for a wonderful and lovely experience.

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