Adnams Copper House Absinthe http://www.wormwoodsociety.org/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/c8/ed/67/_adnams-verte-1354917216.jpg

 
3.7
 
3.2 (2)
 
Pre-louche
Fully louched
Current bottle coloration (Feb 2013)

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Wormwood Society Editor Comments
A new absinthe from Adnams, a distiller in the United Kingdom.

Note: The actual color of the absinthe is very different from the picture. Please refer to the review for more information.


Editor reviews

Appearance: Clear, but more on the olive oil green side, compared to the typical fresh, peridot color. Still attractive, and indicative of a naturally colored absinthe on its way to 'fuille morte'.

Louche: Builds nicely and finishes as a nice opalescent green with hints of yellow and white. Very attractive.

Aroma: Green anise, hyssop and melissa are quite evident on the nose. You can also pick up a bit of star anise, but it isn't obtrusive. Clean and fresh.

Flavor: Quite a bit of coriander, which lends a nice, spicy kick. There are the normal players: anise, a bit of wormwood, but they are nicely balanced with the other herbs. Relatively sweet, even without sugar. I'd like to pick up more wormwood, but it's there. Mouthfeel is creamy and unctuous in a good way.

Finish: A bit of oily coating on the mouth, but not unpleasant. You can definitely pick up the lemon balm and star anise in the finish. Wormwood is more apparent as well.

Overall: A very pleasant absinthe from a producer who clearly wanted to produce an authentic, artisinal brand that would be attractive to bartenders in the UK. I hope more brands like this work to push out the typical artificially colored and distasteful brands that grace the back bars of many UK establishments.

Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
3.5
Reviewed by Brian Robinson December 07, 2012
Last updated: December 07, 2012
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Fruity and straightforward

Appearance: Clear, but more on the olive oil green side, compared to the typical fresh, peridot color. Still attractive, and indicative of a naturally colored absinthe on its way to 'fuille morte'.

Louche: Builds nicely and finishes as a nice opalescent green with hints of yellow and white. Very attractive.

Aroma: Green anise, hyssop and melissa are quite evident on the nose. You can also pick up a bit of star anise, but it isn't obtrusive. Clean and fresh.

Flavor: Quite a bit of coriander, which lends a nice, spicy kick. There are the normal players: anise, a bit of wormwood, but they are nicely balanced with the other herbs. Relatively sweet, even without sugar. I'd like to pick up more wormwood, but it's there. Mouthfeel is creamy and unctuous in a good way.

Finish: A bit of oily coating on the mouth, but not unpleasant. You can definitely pick up the lemon balm and star anise in the finish. Wormwood is more apparent as well.

Overall: A very pleasant absinthe from a producer who clearly wanted to produce an authentic, artisinal brand that would be attractive to bartenders in the UK. I hope more brands like this work to push out the typical artificially colored and distasteful brands that grace the back bars of many UK establishments.

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Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0  (2)
Louche 
 
4.0  (2)
Aroma 
 
3.3  (2)
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.5  (2)
Finish 
 
3.8  (2)
Overall 
 
3.3  (2)
Appearance: A bit hazy, deep, olive green.

Louche: Creamy with lots of orange and yellow in the translucent bits. It's what I would consider to be on the heavy-side of just-right.

Aroma: The anise hits like a ton of bricks, backed by wormwood and some green leafiness of the lemon balm.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: It's very "green" flavored, aside from the anise, and I find it a bit difficult to get past. It comes across really bitter and over-flavored to my palette, but I have a really hard time eating things with too much "green" flavor (i.e. veggies). This is definitely not the same kind of over-cooked veggie flavor that occurs when an absinthe contains too many tails, more like the flavor of too much fresh green matter. I wonder if it's because of the coloration herbs, which seems to be a bit heavy and has already started to fade considerably, perhaps also having an effect on the flavor.

Finish: There's a good deal of sweetness on the finish and the lingering tongue feeling from the level of anise being used.

Overall: This is not a good absinthe for my palette, so it's difficult for me to pay attention to other details that may be in the absinthe when faced with such strong flavors. It needs a good deal more balance and I think a lighter hand during coloration, but it shows a lot of promise.
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.5
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Amber Peter February 14, 2013
Last updated: February 14, 2013
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Currently not for me.

Appearance: A bit hazy, deep, olive green.

Louche: Creamy with lots of orange and yellow in the translucent bits. It's what I would consider to be on the heavy-side of just-right.

Aroma: The anise hits like a ton of bricks, backed by wormwood and some green leafiness of the lemon balm.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: It's very "green" flavored, aside from the anise, and I find it a bit difficult to get past. It comes across really bitter and over-flavored to my palette, but I have a really hard time eating things with too much "green" flavor (i.e. veggies). This is definitely not the same kind of over-cooked veggie flavor that occurs when an absinthe contains too many tails, more like the flavor of too much fresh green matter. I wonder if it's because of the coloration herbs, which seems to be a bit heavy and has already started to fade considerably, perhaps also having an effect on the flavor.

Finish: There's a good deal of sweetness on the finish and the lingering tongue feeling from the level of anise being used.

Overall: This is not a good absinthe for my palette, so it's difficult for me to pay attention to other details that may be in the absinthe when faced with such strong flavors. It needs a good deal more balance and I think a lighter hand during coloration, but it shows a lot of promise.

Pre-louche
Fully louched
Current bottle coloration (Feb 2013)
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Appearance: A “thick” but clear olive oil hue. The dead leafing denotes a natural coloration, as well as the possibility of over-coloring since this is a relatively new absinthe on the market.

Louche: The louche comes on quickly. There's the tell-tale blue hue at the meniscus and the absinthe retains quite a bit of the olive-oil color as well. It's pretty and translucent at the edges but definitely a bit thick in the center.

Aroma: Star anise front and center. Citrus and pepper notes aren't too far behind but other than that the aroma is pretty monotone and oddly weak for something that louches thick and is deeply colored.

Flavor: Just like the aroma the taste is star anise, citrus and pepper. It is very sweet on its own with no sugar needed for me. There are some floral background notes that contain the wormwood as well as some out of place vegetable notes that are not tails but something else. The texture is smooth and very creamy.

Finish: The floral notes bloom and last through the finish which carries a pleasant astringency. The finish is very pleasing in the way that the flavor and texture change, not to mention the wonderful sustain.

Overall: There's a very good absinthe in here with a wonderful finish that gets bullied out of the way by a heavy dose of star anise and odd vegetal flavors. Having learned more about distillation I can taste the quality and care that went in to crafting this product but the recipe itself seems to hold that back. One of the most frustrating things here is the rough that surrounds the diamond. If there are future batches with modifications then I can't wait to try them.
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.5
Reviewed by Evan Camomile February 11, 2013
Last updated: February 11, 2013
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A Diamond and the Rough.

Appearance: A “thick” but clear olive oil hue. The dead leafing denotes a natural coloration, as well as the possibility of over-coloring since this is a relatively new absinthe on the market.

Louche: The louche comes on quickly. There's the tell-tale blue hue at the meniscus and the absinthe retains quite a bit of the olive-oil color as well. It's pretty and translucent at the edges but definitely a bit thick in the center.

Aroma: Star anise front and center. Citrus and pepper notes aren't too far behind but other than that the aroma is pretty monotone and oddly weak for something that louches thick and is deeply colored.

Flavor: Just like the aroma the taste is star anise, citrus and pepper. It is very sweet on its own with no sugar needed for me. There are some floral background notes that contain the wormwood as well as some out of place vegetable notes that are not tails but something else. The texture is smooth and very creamy.

Finish: The floral notes bloom and last through the finish which carries a pleasant astringency. The finish is very pleasing in the way that the flavor and texture change, not to mention the wonderful sustain.

Overall: There's a very good absinthe in here with a wonderful finish that gets bullied out of the way by a heavy dose of star anise and odd vegetal flavors. Having learned more about distillation I can taste the quality and care that went in to crafting this product but the recipe itself seems to hold that back. One of the most frustrating things here is the rough that surrounds the diamond. If there are future batches with modifications then I can't wait to try them.

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