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Wormwood Society Editor Comments
This newly released absinthe (which will replace their most recent, artificially colored 'Absinthe Superieure' uses a wine-based distillate, rather than a grain-based one; its green hue is derived from macerated green nettles, rather than from dyes; and it utilizes wormwood sourced from Pontarlier, France.

Please note that this is not Pernod's first (Original) recipe. It is a recipe from the 1890s according to representatives. But one can still argue that the recipe is 'original' to Pernod, i.e. proprietary.


Editor reviews

Appearance: Although their last iteration was artificially colored, it was not entirely off-putting as a color. This new version seems to keep the same hues, but does so naturally. A bright, clear peridot.

Louche: Almost completely louched by 2:1 - 2.5:1. Well structured with a Goldilocks thickness (not too thick, not too thin). White, yellow and green highlights throughout. The promotional material states you should add 5 to 7 parts water. I think this is unnecessary. 3.5:1 to 4:1 would be perfectly appropriate. Any more and I fear it would become too watery.

Aroma: Nice anise and wormwood, with just a touch of the licorice tone of star anise. The latter being significantly toned down from the previous version, which is a very good thing. There is a slight vegetal undertone, which some have attributed to the nettles. It add a bit of an idiosyncratic quality that will confound some. I don't find it terribly annoying, but it is definitely there.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: The thickness of the previous version has been exchanged for a much more enjoyable silky feeling, which I would say is a cause/effect of the reduced star anise. A nice balance of wormwood and anise. I don't detect the very unique flavor of Pontarlier wormwood, but the wormwood flavor that IS there is enjoyable. That vegetal aroma I mentioned does come through in the flavor too. It adds a unique savoriness that some will like and some won't. I don't mind it.

Finish: Slightly tannic and drying that plays well with the sweetness from the anise. In fact, it's surprisingly sweet. To the point where I was wondering if there might have been some amount of sugar added! But the wormwood does work to cut the sweetness. I'd like to see the finish last a bit longer, but that's me nitpicking.

Overall: There's not much to complain about. This is a much more enjoyable quaff than the previous iteration. Is it the best absinthe out there? No. But it's also a very nice standard. Being as widely available as it is or will be, it can help give novices a nice introduction to the category. It brings the right qualities for an absinthe to be used with success in cocktails, and also stands on its own well enough to be enjoyed via the traditional preparation.

I'm happy to see such a large company putting together a higher quality offering. This could possibly help to spur the entire industry on to increasing the mass market standards, which could also then help drive consumers' appreciation of the smaller market, more artisinal brands.
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.5
Reviewed by Brian Robinson March 16, 2014
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An Admirable Improvement

Appearance: Although their last iteration was artificially colored, it was not entirely off-putting as a color. This new version seems to keep the same hues, but does so naturally. A bright, clear peridot.

Louche: Almost completely louched by 2:1 - 2.5:1. Well structured with a Goldilocks thickness (not too thick, not too thin). White, yellow and green highlights throughout. The promotional material states you should add 5 to 7 parts water. I think this is unnecessary. 3.5:1 to 4:1 would be perfectly appropriate. Any more and I fear it would become too watery.

Aroma: Nice anise and wormwood, with just a touch of the licorice tone of star anise. The latter being significantly toned down from the previous version, which is a very good thing. There is a slight vegetal undertone, which some have attributed to the nettles. It add a bit of an idiosyncratic quality that will confound some. I don't find it terribly annoying, but it is definitely there.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: The thickness of the previous version has been exchanged for a much more enjoyable silky feeling, which I would say is a cause/effect of the reduced star anise. A nice balance of wormwood and anise. I don't detect the very unique flavor of Pontarlier wormwood, but the wormwood flavor that IS there is enjoyable. That vegetal aroma I mentioned does come through in the flavor too. It adds a unique savoriness that some will like and some won't. I don't mind it.

Finish: Slightly tannic and drying that plays well with the sweetness from the anise. In fact, it's surprisingly sweet. To the point where I was wondering if there might have been some amount of sugar added! But the wormwood does work to cut the sweetness. I'd like to see the finish last a bit longer, but that's me nitpicking.

Overall: There's not much to complain about. This is a much more enjoyable quaff than the previous iteration. Is it the best absinthe out there? No. But it's also a very nice standard. Being as widely available as it is or will be, it can help give novices a nice introduction to the category. It brings the right qualities for an absinthe to be used with success in cocktails, and also stands on its own well enough to be enjoyed via the traditional preparation.

I'm happy to see such a large company putting together a higher quality offering. This could possibly help to spur the entire industry on to increasing the mass market standards, which could also then help drive consumers' appreciation of the smaller market, more artisinal brands.

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4.3  (2)
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4.0  (2)
I do not claim to be an "expert" in absinthes. Frankly, I'm fortunate to even find them in southern Missouri, but the newly distributed Pernod Absinthe 68 meets every expectation I have. Its taste, aroma is very good.i am satisfied. I am pleased that such a large corporation like PernodRicard went to the effort to offer an excellent absinthe that, I think, will receive wide distribution and wide acceptance. Now I'll go and finish my Pernod.
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 gherrin June 19, 2014
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Pernod Absinthe 68

I do not claim to be an "expert" in absinthes. Frankly, I'm fortunate to even find them in southern Missouri, but the newly distributed Pernod Absinthe 68 meets every expectation I have. Its taste, aroma is very good.i am satisfied. I am pleased that such a large corporation like PernodRicard went to the effort to offer an excellent absinthe that, I think, will receive wide distribution and wide acceptance. Now I'll go and finish my Pernod.

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Having never had the previous incarnation of this product - this review is based only upon the "Original Recipe" and my experience with other absinthes.

The neat spirit is quite pale green but seemingly natural. Aromas are correct and even shares similarities with some of the better absinthes out there. It louches up very pale green. A sudden louche... not too thick. I've tried this at a few ratios from 1:3-1:5 but nowhere near the 1:7(!) suggested on the label. Aroma is mostly correct... but there is something else going on aside from the traditional profile. A nice absinthe flavor is there also... but is overpowered by something else. Maybe the nettles? A bit astringent. Finish consists mainly of this which is a shame as you can taste the traditional profile underneath.

A good absinthe with peculiar and wounding aspects. With some corrections - I would enjoy this much more.


UPDATE: 08/22/2014 - I based this review off of the United States bottling. Since many have indicated that perhaps there are two batches... one for the US and one for Europe... I purchased a small bottle of the European bottling as well. Happy to say there is absolutely no difference between the two. Same all around.
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.5
Reviewed by josephlabrecque April 11, 2014
Last updated: August 22, 2014
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Not Terrible!

Having never had the previous incarnation of this product - this review is based only upon the "Original Recipe" and my experience with other absinthes.

The neat spirit is quite pale green but seemingly natural. Aromas are correct and even shares similarities with some of the better absinthes out there. It louches up very pale green. A sudden louche... not too thick. I've tried this at a few ratios from 1:3-1:5 but nowhere near the 1:7(!) suggested on the label. Aroma is mostly correct... but there is something else going on aside from the traditional profile. A nice absinthe flavor is there also... but is overpowered by something else. Maybe the nettles? A bit astringent. Finish consists mainly of this which is a shame as you can taste the traditional profile underneath.

A good absinthe with peculiar and wounding aspects. With some corrections - I would enjoy this much more.


UPDATE: 08/22/2014 - I based this review off of the United States bottling. Since many have indicated that perhaps there are two batches... one for the US and one for Europe... I purchased a small bottle of the European bottling as well. Happy to say there is absolutely no difference between the two. Same all around.

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