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Angélique is a genuine Verte Suisse absinthe, distilled using 12 plants, including angelica and grande wormwood from the Val-de-Travers. Steeping a mixture of aromatic plants in the distillate produces its natural colour.

Angélique has been created in response to many requests we have had for a Swiss absinthe that is slightly more bitter but which still has all the characteristics that gives Swiss absinthes their reputation.

Editor reviews

Color: For a guy who mainly makes Le Bleus, this is colored very nicely. An attractive peridot.

Louche: I was impressed by the louche. It builds well and ends up being thicker than most CAB offerings. Ends light green with touches of yellow and blue.

Aroma: Nice herbal notes with anise, angelica and wormwood. I almost get hints of violette.

Flavor: Whoa. Lots of macerated grand wormwood from the beginning. It's well beyond the bitterness level that I enjoy. I can't drink much of it. NOTE: This sample is from AbsinthExplore, so I'm not sure if it was the first or second version.

Finish: The macerated wormwood used in the coloration just sits on your tongue and in the back of your throat forever. I can't review any more absinthes in this sitting because of it.

Overall: All of the other qualities of this brand are enjoyable, but the flavor and finish (the most important qualities IMO) just are not acceptable to me.
Overall rating 
 
3.1
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4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
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4.0
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2.0
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1.0
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2.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson July 03, 2010
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I wish I could say I liked it, but...

Color: For a guy who mainly makes Le Bleus, this is colored very nicely. An attractive peridot.

Louche: I was impressed by the louche. It builds well and ends up being thicker than most CAB offerings. Ends light green with touches of yellow and blue.

Aroma: Nice herbal notes with anise, angelica and wormwood. I almost get hints of violette.

Flavor: Whoa. Lots of macerated grand wormwood from the beginning. It's well beyond the bitterness level that I enjoy. I can't drink much of it. NOTE: This sample is from AbsinthExplore, so I'm not sure if it was the first or second version.

Finish: The macerated wormwood used in the coloration just sits on your tongue and in the back of your throat forever. I can't review any more absinthes in this sitting because of it.

Overall: All of the other qualities of this brand are enjoyable, but the flavor and finish (the most important qualities IMO) just are not acceptable to me.

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Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
3.8  (6)
Louche 
 
3.7  (6)
Aroma 
 
3.8  (6)
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.9  (6)
Finish 
 
3.1  (6)
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3.8  (6)
I was pleasantly surprised by Angelique, especially after reading other opinions on this singular green offering from the distiller of Clandestine (my favourite blanche/bleue). I was expecting a detonation of bitter wormwood on the tongue, but instead was assailed by a bouquet of fragrances. It contains a perfume-like, incredibly distinctive floral aroma which sets it apart from its counterparts, which I surmise to be part of the Angelica-forward profile.

Those who dislike wormwood on the attack (such as most of the EPs) should find Angelique a treat, which in my opinion boasts, quite unquestionably, a sweeter, more complex flavour profile than the Roquette or Authentique for example. The addition of sugar really opens it up, so I'd advise not skipping this step, but rather sugaring to taste. I took points off due to my detection of an inferior quality alcohol, probably grain based instead of marc spirit, which had a noticeable chemical taste (like most other spirits, I may add) and left me feeling the buzz rather quickly. I cannot recommend this absinthe more: it is fairly priced and extremely delicious - drinkable everyday.

Appearance: Very green, almost emerald.
Louche: Unremarkable
Aroma: Complex sweet bouquet
Flavour: Smooth, silky, complex, with very little spiciness obscuring the herb profile
Finish: Ordinary and fleeting
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
4.5
Reviewed by shady2001 March 10, 2014
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A Whimsical Delight

I was pleasantly surprised by Angelique, especially after reading other opinions on this singular green offering from the distiller of Clandestine (my favourite blanche/bleue). I was expecting a detonation of bitter wormwood on the tongue, but instead was assailed by a bouquet of fragrances. It contains a perfume-like, incredibly distinctive floral aroma which sets it apart from its counterparts, which I surmise to be part of the Angelica-forward profile.

Those who dislike wormwood on the attack (such as most of the EPs) should find Angelique a treat, which in my opinion boasts, quite unquestionably, a sweeter, more complex flavour profile than the Roquette or Authentique for example. The addition of sugar really opens it up, so I'd advise not skipping this step, but rather sugaring to taste. I took points off due to my detection of an inferior quality alcohol, probably grain based instead of marc spirit, which had a noticeable chemical taste (like most other spirits, I may add) and left me feeling the buzz rather quickly. I cannot recommend this absinthe more: it is fairly priced and extremely delicious - drinkable everyday.

Appearance: Very green, almost emerald.
Louche: Unremarkable
Aroma: Complex sweet bouquet
Flavour: Smooth, silky, complex, with very little spiciness obscuring the herb profile
Finish: Ordinary and fleeting

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Color is a very, very pale green. Pretty - but lighter than most vertes I've had. Smell is familiar and very traditional. I find that with absinthe, the aroma is one of the best characteristics to judge since it is often indicative of the taste and finish to come. It louche with lots of billowing clouds - forms quite quickly to a thick and quite pale color as expected from initial appearances. Almost white. Flavor is solid - traditional and balanced. No complaints from me. Wonderful!

4:1 is a nice ratio.
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
3.5
Reviewed by josephlabrecque November 10, 2013
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Milky-White Verte

Color is a very, very pale green. Pretty - but lighter than most vertes I've had. Smell is familiar and very traditional. I find that with absinthe, the aroma is one of the best characteristics to judge since it is often indicative of the taste and finish to come. It louche with lots of billowing clouds - forms quite quickly to a thick and quite pale color as expected from initial appearances. Almost white. Flavor is solid - traditional and balanced. No complaints from me. Wonderful!

4:1 is a nice ratio.

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Appearance: A very natural, light, and fresh olive green. It's clear and very clean in appearance.

Louche: Slightly thick but an attractive color. The edges are sky blue with a green tinted hue and highlights of orange in the body.

Aroma: Very anise and hyssop forward. There is a wormwood scent and a slight fennel note as well. Fresh and clean but also a bit light and weak in the aroma.

Flavor: A surprising balance of wormwood, anise, and hyssop compliment a smooth and somewhat weighty mouthfeel. A tad basic in flavor and light as well but very well done. The wormwood piques on the back palate in a curious way indicating grande wormwood taking a more prominent role than usually.

Finish: The spice and bitter tone of the wormwood ramp up at first and numb the tounge a decent amount. The finish is very long and ends with some pleasing citrus notes.

Overall: This is a very nice and crisp absinthe. It is simple but very enjoyable. The wormwood use is a nice surprise as well. The only downside I can see is the lightness of its character.
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Evan Camomile May 02, 2013
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Light and Balanced

Appearance: A very natural, light, and fresh olive green. It's clear and very clean in appearance.

Louche: Slightly thick but an attractive color. The edges are sky blue with a green tinted hue and highlights of orange in the body.

Aroma: Very anise and hyssop forward. There is a wormwood scent and a slight fennel note as well. Fresh and clean but also a bit light and weak in the aroma.

Flavor: A surprising balance of wormwood, anise, and hyssop compliment a smooth and somewhat weighty mouthfeel. A tad basic in flavor and light as well but very well done. The wormwood piques on the back palate in a curious way indicating grande wormwood taking a more prominent role than usually.

Finish: The spice and bitter tone of the wormwood ramp up at first and numb the tounge a decent amount. The finish is very long and ends with some pleasing citrus notes.

Overall: This is a very nice and crisp absinthe. It is simple but very enjoyable. The wormwood use is a nice surprise as well. The only downside I can see is the lightness of its character.

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*Received as sample in absinthe explore set from absinthes.com

Appearance - Beautiful, clear green. Nothing spectacular, but correct, natural, and attractive.

Louche - Very nice to watch, but a little opaque in comparison to some other offerings.

Aroma - Good balance of herbal notes and anise, but there is something else there that is more difficult to identify. It is definitely a floral scent, but not sure what it is - it seems strangely similar to an artificial citrus (lemon/lime) like that found in sports drinks.

Flavor - While some herbal-centric absinthes seem highly complex and balanced, this one seems a little "off." The wormwood is upfront, but has no direct complements from the other herbs and very little anise (again, this was from a sample, so I'm not sure if the different versions may be coming into play).

Finish - There didn't seem to be much of a finish with this absinthe. First you taste it, then you don't. It goes away very quickly.

Overall - Of the ten sampled absinthes, this fell in the bottom two. While I can see the appeal of a strong wormwood flavor, this one doesn't really do it well in comparison to other, more complex absinthes.
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.5
Reviewed by mzabsinthe February 01, 2013
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Something off...

*Received as sample in absinthe explore set from absinthes.com

Appearance - Beautiful, clear green. Nothing spectacular, but correct, natural, and attractive.

Louche - Very nice to watch, but a little opaque in comparison to some other offerings.

Aroma - Good balance of herbal notes and anise, but there is something else there that is more difficult to identify. It is definitely a floral scent, but not sure what it is - it seems strangely similar to an artificial citrus (lemon/lime) like that found in sports drinks.

Flavor - While some herbal-centric absinthes seem highly complex and balanced, this one seems a little "off." The wormwood is upfront, but has no direct complements from the other herbs and very little anise (again, this was from a sample, so I'm not sure if the different versions may be coming into play).

Finish - There didn't seem to be much of a finish with this absinthe. First you taste it, then you don't. It goes away very quickly.

Overall - Of the ten sampled absinthes, this fell in the bottom two. While I can see the appeal of a strong wormwood flavor, this one doesn't really do it well in comparison to other, more complex absinthes.

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*Edit: Angelique now has far less wormwood being used in its coloration, hence the huge difference in my impressions on bitterness, and those in the other review. It is a vast improvement according to those who have had both.

I have to say, this is quite delicious. It does require sugar for me, as there is a slight bitterness, but it is not objectionable. It is in fact, a welcomed, powerful presence. Prepared at 4:1 with 1 sugar.

Appearance: a natural pretty light green with a tiny touch of gold. The color and thickness after the louche is very pretty as well.

Louche: Even forming, thick without being milky, and frankly, perfect.

Aroma: Clean, fresh and crisp. Plenty of strong Wormwood, fennel and anise; in fact, it reminded me of being in Claude-Alain's distillery. I opened the bottle, and was taken back to Boveresse. The simple, true absinthe aroma was undeniable, and very welcome.

Flavor: Clean, crisp, balanced, and delicious. There is a slightly bitter and in your face wormwood, but it is quality, and I didn't mind at all. The fennel is sweet and grabs you, and the superb anise is perfectly in the mix. With one sugar, it all came together, with a candy-like personality. I likely would have not enjoyed it as much without the sugar. I did not find an excessive bitterness that overwhelmed in any way.

Finish: Quite nice; complex, tingly, layered. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety without being too thick. A modest but appropriate linger. There is a tiny bit of tongue numbing in the finish, but it is not objectionable.


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. October 20, 2011
Last updated: November 25, 2011
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Happy Angel

*Edit: Angelique now has far less wormwood being used in its coloration, hence the huge difference in my impressions on bitterness, and those in the other review. It is a vast improvement according to those who have had both.

I have to say, this is quite delicious. It does require sugar for me, as there is a slight bitterness, but it is not objectionable. It is in fact, a welcomed, powerful presence. Prepared at 4:1 with 1 sugar.

Appearance: a natural pretty light green with a tiny touch of gold. The color and thickness after the louche is very pretty as well.

Louche: Even forming, thick without being milky, and frankly, perfect.

Aroma: Clean, fresh and crisp. Plenty of strong Wormwood, fennel and anise; in fact, it reminded me of being in Claude-Alain's distillery. I opened the bottle, and was taken back to Boveresse. The simple, true absinthe aroma was undeniable, and very welcome.

Flavor: Clean, crisp, balanced, and delicious. There is a slightly bitter and in your face wormwood, but it is quality, and I didn't mind at all. The fennel is sweet and grabs you, and the superb anise is perfectly in the mix. With one sugar, it all came together, with a candy-like personality. I likely would have not enjoyed it as much without the sugar. I did not find an excessive bitterness that overwhelmed in any way.

Finish: Quite nice; complex, tingly, layered. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety without being too thick. A modest but appropriate linger. There is a tiny bit of tongue numbing in the finish, but it is not objectionable.


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Angelique was the first absinthe from Switzerland to be coloured verte and using wormwood in that process. A typical love-or-hate absinthe, coming from reliable Artemisia distillery.



Colour: very delicate greenish tinge, striving towards yellow, indicates traditional and natural colouration but for my taste could be much darker.



Louche: not too hasty, forms slowly, nice.



Aroma: inviting, herbal, alcoholic, fennel tries to overpower angelica and wormwood, finally absinthe from Switzerland where anise knows its place.



Flavour: Very complex, fiery and spicy, strong wormwoodiness follows the rest and the spiciness burns like a torch on the palate, very pleasant sensation.



Finish: Short-lived, wormwood and angelica, some anise fades away.



Overall: I do not perceive there that awful bitterness some were complaining about, this is very good, well-balanced absinthe which might benefit from stronger colouration.
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by absinthist August 11, 2008
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Verte from Helvetia???

Angelique was the first absinthe from Switzerland to be coloured verte and using wormwood in that process. A typical love-or-hate absinthe, coming from reliable Artemisia distillery.



Colour: very delicate greenish tinge, striving towards yellow, indicates traditional and natural colouration but for my taste could be much darker.



Louche: not too hasty, forms slowly, nice.



Aroma: inviting, herbal, alcoholic, fennel tries to overpower angelica and wormwood, finally absinthe from Switzerland where anise knows its place.



Flavour: Very complex, fiery and spicy, strong wormwoodiness follows the rest and the spiciness burns like a torch on the palate, very pleasant sensation.



Finish: Short-lived, wormwood and angelica, some anise fades away.



Overall: I do not perceive there that awful bitterness some were complaining about, this is very good, well-balanced absinthe which might benefit from stronger colouration.

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