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Memo To Producer
Is it possible to put this in a taller bottle? You see... I'm confused about where to store it. Should I put it in the umbrella stand?, or should I put it in the broom closet? If the bottle were a couple of inches taller, the answer would be clear... broom closet! On the plus side, me likes the molded plastic stopper... efficient, won't dry and shrink, and no cork flakes in my absinthe.

Color
Unlouched, clear, very pale mint green with just the slightest hint of blue. Louched, pretty milky minty light green. Light whitish-blue highlights and bluish-white at the meniscus. Decent, but not brilliant sheen. Looks like a slightly colored blanche, rather than a verte.

Louche
Fast, Fast, Fast! Actually, nice looking trails and rolling explosions at first. Then good layering sets up. Then I turn to get something out of the fridge, look back, and it's completely opaque at .6:1, with a little green line left. 60% abv and star anise probably has something to do with this. Final color is pleasant, reminds me of summer.

Aroma
I find the wormwood to be the initial aroma sensation, followed closely by the anise and fennel and an undertone of peach/apricot. Toss in a little florals, dusty herbals, and mintiness, and that rounds out the package. Bright and fresh, a really sunny herbal character. Everything fairly light and delicate, like a verte that thinks it's a blanche.

Flavor
Mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side. Wormwood is fresh, herbal, and minty, but asserts itself very gently. Some florals, hint of citrus, and that peach/apricot thing. A little prickly on the palate, probably due to the star anise. Overall flavor is bright and would make a great summer drink.

Finish
This is where this one falls down a little. First, Nice gentle wormwood "pull" on palate, with a little burst of mint and florals. But then the star anise really becomes a little problematic. As finish wears on, the star anise becomes pricklier and pricklier on the palate. Combined with the drying effect of the drink, it creates the sensation of those chalky pink after dinner mints. It does move me to take another sip, but only to call it quits on this finish.

Overall
This is an interesting example of the whole being, maybe, a little better than the sum of it's parts. There's something likeable about this... not in a standard way, but likeable. I do really want to try this in the summer, when I might be thinking of a blanche.

My Biggest Problem With Taboo
I actually kind of like this unconventional verte. My biggest problem is the price, and the price/value ratio. Shipped recently with a bottle of Taboo Gold it cost me about $84 landed on my doorstep (this is a 50cl). In a comparison with some of the highest scoring available absinthes on this site (landed price per liter), Taboo is about 33% more expensive than the 4 comparison products (remember, these are some of the best). To me, that kind of disparity with the market isn't only condemnable, it's shameless! If Absinthe Classics Canada can't find a way to get their pricing at the market (you might start with treating shipping separately, and fairly), I won't be a repeat customer on this one. There's an awful lot of fine absinthes coming down the pike.

7/05/09 Revisit - This evaluation was right in line with my earlier review. One note...from the standpoint of Aroma and Flavor, this absinthe definitely shows best at room temperature. Icy cold, it is just way out of balance. I almost lowered the scores for these categories from 4s to 3s and I am glad I took my time with this.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 3:1, 3.5:1, and no sugar.

Taboo 11/21/08, 11/28/08, 11/30/08, 7/05/09.
All evaluations had consistent notes.
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Michael Meyers November 30, 2008
Last updated: September 12, 2012
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A Verte, A Blanche, It's Two Absinthes In One!

Memo To Producer
Is it possible to put this in a taller bottle? You see... I'm confused about where to store it. Should I put it in the umbrella stand?, or should I put it in the broom closet? If the bottle were a couple of inches taller, the answer would be clear... broom closet! On the plus side, me likes the molded plastic stopper... efficient, won't dry and shrink, and no cork flakes in my absinthe.

Color
Unlouched, clear, very pale mint green with just the slightest hint of blue. Louched, pretty milky minty light green. Light whitish-blue highlights and bluish-white at the meniscus. Decent, but not brilliant sheen. Looks like a slightly colored blanche, rather than a verte.

Louche
Fast, Fast, Fast! Actually, nice looking trails and rolling explosions at first. Then good layering sets up. Then I turn to get something out of the fridge, look back, and it's completely opaque at .6:1, with a little green line left. 60% abv and star anise probably has something to do with this. Final color is pleasant, reminds me of summer.

Aroma
I find the wormwood to be the initial aroma sensation, followed closely by the anise and fennel and an undertone of peach/apricot. Toss in a little florals, dusty herbals, and mintiness, and that rounds out the package. Bright and fresh, a really sunny herbal character. Everything fairly light and delicate, like a verte that thinks it's a blanche.

Flavor
Mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side. Wormwood is fresh, herbal, and minty, but asserts itself very gently. Some florals, hint of citrus, and that peach/apricot thing. A little prickly on the palate, probably due to the star anise. Overall flavor is bright and would make a great summer drink.

Finish
This is where this one falls down a little. First, Nice gentle wormwood "pull" on palate, with a little burst of mint and florals. But then the star anise really becomes a little problematic. As finish wears on, the star anise becomes pricklier and pricklier on the palate. Combined with the drying effect of the drink, it creates the sensation of those chalky pink after dinner mints. It does move me to take another sip, but only to call it quits on this finish.

Overall
This is an interesting example of the whole being, maybe, a little better than the sum of it's parts. There's something likeable about this... not in a standard way, but likeable. I do really want to try this in the summer, when I might be thinking of a blanche.

My Biggest Problem With Taboo
I actually kind of like this unconventional verte. My biggest problem is the price, and the price/value ratio. Shipped recently with a bottle of Taboo Gold it cost me about $84 landed on my doorstep (this is a 50cl). In a comparison with some of the highest scoring available absinthes on this site (landed price per liter), Taboo is about 33% more expensive than the 4 comparison products (remember, these are some of the best). To me, that kind of disparity with the market isn't only condemnable, it's shameless! If Absinthe Classics Canada can't find a way to get their pricing at the market (you might start with treating shipping separately, and fairly), I won't be a repeat customer on this one. There's an awful lot of fine absinthes coming down the pike.

7/05/09 Revisit - This evaluation was right in line with my earlier review. One note...from the standpoint of Aroma and Flavor, this absinthe definitely shows best at room temperature. Icy cold, it is just way out of balance. I almost lowered the scores for these categories from 4s to 3s and I am glad I took my time with this.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 3:1, 3.5:1, and no sugar.

Taboo 11/21/08, 11/28/08, 11/30/08, 7/05/09.
All evaluations had consistent notes.

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Color: pale green with a slight bluish tint.

Louche: good and honest.

Aroma: hard to define, something weird in it. Primarily it smells wine base Marc. Then a veronica-like scent. And finally some oddities from where you can discern a hint of fennel and star anise (not the star anise I'm used to in pastis though).

Flavor: some bad bitterness here, every herbs are hidden behind that overpowering Marc that leads to some strange fruity flavors. The result is not really savory, just 'odd' for an absinthe.

Finish: biting and dry tongue, there is something unnatural that I dislike and stays forever.

Overall: definitely not my cup of tea, I can appreciate some 'unusual' absinthes for a change, but not that one. It's like Taboo has been distilled as a 'novelty' eau-de-vie, not a 'novelty' absinthe.
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by mthuilli June 27, 2008
Last updated: June 27, 2008
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Not my cup of tea...

Color: pale green with a slight bluish tint.

Louche: good and honest.

Aroma: hard to define, something weird in it. Primarily it smells wine base Marc. Then a veronica-like scent. And finally some oddities from where you can discern a hint of fennel and star anise (not the star anise I'm used to in pastis though).

Flavor: some bad bitterness here, every herbs are hidden behind that overpowering Marc that leads to some strange fruity flavors. The result is not really savory, just 'odd' for an absinthe.

Finish: biting and dry tongue, there is something unnatural that I dislike and stays forever.

Overall: definitely not my cup of tea, I can appreciate some 'unusual' absinthes for a change, but not that one. It's like Taboo has been distilled as a 'novelty' eau-de-vie, not a 'novelty' absinthe.

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Thanks to a big sky friend for sending a sample of this new release.



A nice well rounded green, but a tad light for me.



Louche came about rather quickly (but not in a bad way) and created some pretty decent layering and trails that ends in a nice opalescent green.



Aroma is tropical and intriguing. I'm sure that has to do with the choice in base alcohols. It's light and refreshing.



The flavor is what really differentiates this absinthe with others in its category. Again, due to the base alcohol as well as some of the herbs, it's very sweet and fruity. Almost peachy. Juicy Fruit is a good descriptor. I'd like to see a bit more wormwood come through, but then again, I like wormwood to be very forward in my absinthes.



Overall, this is an enjoyable beverage. Similar to St. George in that the flavors aren't what many would call a 'traditional' absinthe, it still is something that I can enjoy. This is an absinthe that would go well at the beach during a luau or tiki party.
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson April 13, 2008
Last updated: April 13, 2008
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Not bad for a first Canadian offering!

Thanks to a big sky friend for sending a sample of this new release.



A nice well rounded green, but a tad light for me.



Louche came about rather quickly (but not in a bad way) and created some pretty decent layering and trails that ends in a nice opalescent green.



Aroma is tropical and intriguing. I'm sure that has to do with the choice in base alcohols. It's light and refreshing.



The flavor is what really differentiates this absinthe with others in its category. Again, due to the base alcohol as well as some of the herbs, it's very sweet and fruity. Almost peachy. Juicy Fruit is a good descriptor. I'd like to see a bit more wormwood come through, but then again, I like wormwood to be very forward in my absinthes.



Overall, this is an enjoyable beverage. Similar to St. George in that the flavors aren't what many would call a 'traditional' absinthe, it still is something that I can enjoy. This is an absinthe that would go well at the beach during a luau or tiki party.

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The name, Taboo is an unfortunate choice as it conjures up images of the Czechsinthe with the same sounding name which seems to be building on the bad-boy absinthe image. Try to forget the name and you'll find an interesting, quality absinthe from Canada. The color is a surprise: thinly green but very bright. The louche comes quickly but it is also interesting as it nicely layers in the glass. My first impression was disappointment in the lightly colored louche but that quickly gave way to the near-opaque pastel green. Taboo doesn't seem interested in copying other absinthes but making it's own statement on it's own terms. The aroma was a bit weak but pleasant and enjoyable. The flavor was a big surprise! It's so fruity it could have been flavored with Juicy Fruit gum. The Star anise is not distracting at all to me. There's plenty of anise but I think it could use a little more fennel. There's a nice bit of citrus from the Melissa, too. The mouth-feel is lovely. There is a gentle but distinct Wormwood bite that comes on nicely in mid-sip and sustains itself throughout the very nice finish. It is quite good.



There is something about Taboo that's not quite traditional but I have the feeling that Okanagan Spirits wasn't trying to make a French or Swiss absinthe but their very own Canadian absinthe. I think they did just fine.
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 Joe Legate January 31, 2008
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A tasty offering from Canada

The name, Taboo is an unfortunate choice as it conjures up images of the Czechsinthe with the same sounding name which seems to be building on the bad-boy absinthe image. Try to forget the name and you'll find an interesting, quality absinthe from Canada. The color is a surprise: thinly green but very bright. The louche comes quickly but it is also interesting as it nicely layers in the glass. My first impression was disappointment in the lightly colored louche but that quickly gave way to the near-opaque pastel green. Taboo doesn't seem interested in copying other absinthes but making it's own statement on it's own terms. The aroma was a bit weak but pleasant and enjoyable. The flavor was a big surprise! It's so fruity it could have been flavored with Juicy Fruit gum. The Star anise is not distracting at all to me. There's plenty of anise but I think it could use a little more fennel. There's a nice bit of citrus from the Melissa, too. The mouth-feel is lovely. There is a gentle but distinct Wormwood bite that comes on nicely in mid-sip and sustains itself throughout the very nice finish. It is quite good.



There is something about Taboo that's not quite traditional but I have the feeling that Okanagan Spirits wasn't trying to make a French or Swiss absinthe but their very own Canadian absinthe. I think they did just fine.

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Appearance: Absolutely beautiful in the glass. Just the faintest emerald hue amidst crystalline clarity.

Louche: Thin trails lead to a thick fog that keeps a nice separation between the louche and the top layer. This holds until 1.5:1 or so, then it's completely foggy with a hint of green.

Aroma: This is the downfall for me on this one. It's slightly spicy, but overly medicinal until the dilution is at least 4:1. Only then does the aroma balance out a bit.

Flavor: Slightly thin in feel, there are some interesting flavors happening in the background. A tad bitter (in a good way), a little spicy and fruity, works best if you let it sit in your mouth and warm a bit before swallowing. Nothing really stands out as a "wow" but there's not much to complain about, either.

Finish: Very dry with a lingering bitterness (again, in a good way).

Overall: Not a bad effort at all, but nothing that really stands out as superior over other brands.
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3.4
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5.0
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3.5
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2.5
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3.0
Reviewed by coasterguy June 09, 2013
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Absinthe, eh?

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful in the glass. Just the faintest emerald hue amidst crystalline clarity.

Louche: Thin trails lead to a thick fog that keeps a nice separation between the louche and the top layer. This holds until 1.5:1 or so, then it's completely foggy with a hint of green.

Aroma: This is the downfall for me on this one. It's slightly spicy, but overly medicinal until the dilution is at least 4:1. Only then does the aroma balance out a bit.

Flavor: Slightly thin in feel, there are some interesting flavors happening in the background. A tad bitter (in a good way), a little spicy and fruity, works best if you let it sit in your mouth and warm a bit before swallowing. Nothing really stands out as a "wow" but there's not much to complain about, either.

Finish: Very dry with a lingering bitterness (again, in a good way).

Overall: Not a bad effort at all, but nothing that really stands out as superior over other brands.

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Color: Bright emerald green, I mean very bright and very emerald. Seems to have been tweaked since the last time I purchased a bottle. It's perfectly clear. Although the ingredient list on the label lists only natural ingredients, the color of this absinthe is a bit too close to turquoise. I will give it a 3 though because apparently it is natural and it is rather appealing.

Louche: A nice thick louche that leads to a creamy opalescent green with lots of nuance. Definitely star anise in there.

Aroma: Beautiful sweet perfume aroma. Fruity and candy like. Also lemony. Wormwood is there and anise smells good. I believe this is the new formulation because I can notice a huge difference. It has a much fuller flowery aroma.

Flavor: Anise up front. Whereas the old formulation was more star anise this one seems to be more balanced between the star anise, green anise and fennel. This is an improvement. Other than anise flavour is very fruity and sweet with a mild mentholated bitterness from the wormwood. Make sure not to overwater this one. I feel it does best around 2.5 to 3.5 parts water, more flavour comes out. More than 4 parts water is too much. I think the fruit based alcohol contributes much to the fruity sweetness. This is definitely a summer aperitif absinthe.

Finish: The weakest link in this absinthe. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s good, mentholated tongue numbing sweetness but does not linger long. The less water you add the more bitter it is and the longer it lingers. The more water you water you add the thinner and less lingering it becomes. Perhaps a perfect middle can be reached.

Overall: This has turned out to be an excellent absinthe. The new formulation is noticeable and an excellent improvement in my opinion. This has always been a unique absinthe and I’m glad that they continued to go in that direction with the new formulation. I’m proud that Okanagan Spirits, being a Canadian company, has created such a unique and high quality absinthe that easily stands on its own in today’s absinthe market.

Edit 06/02/2011:

After letting this absinthe sit and breathe for a bit I have noticed a few changes. The pre-louche color has toned down a bit. It's still bright and very green but the artificial tones have toned down. Not so much turquoise now but just cyan-like nuance. Further proof it is naturally colored but I will leave the score at 3 since it still has unnatural nuance.

The candylike aroma's and flavor's have toned down to a more herbal and earthy mix. I believe I added a bit more water than normal to this glass as well. I really like how this absinthe is turning out. It seems to get better every time I pour myself a glass.

Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Babel April 08, 2011
Last updated: June 02, 2011
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O ya Canada

Color: Bright emerald green, I mean very bright and very emerald. Seems to have been tweaked since the last time I purchased a bottle. It's perfectly clear. Although the ingredient list on the label lists only natural ingredients, the color of this absinthe is a bit too close to turquoise. I will give it a 3 though because apparently it is natural and it is rather appealing.

Louche: A nice thick louche that leads to a creamy opalescent green with lots of nuance. Definitely star anise in there.

Aroma: Beautiful sweet perfume aroma. Fruity and candy like. Also lemony. Wormwood is there and anise smells good. I believe this is the new formulation because I can notice a huge difference. It has a much fuller flowery aroma.

Flavor: Anise up front. Whereas the old formulation was more star anise this one seems to be more balanced between the star anise, green anise and fennel. This is an improvement. Other than anise flavour is very fruity and sweet with a mild mentholated bitterness from the wormwood. Make sure not to overwater this one. I feel it does best around 2.5 to 3.5 parts water, more flavour comes out. More than 4 parts water is too much. I think the fruit based alcohol contributes much to the fruity sweetness. This is definitely a summer aperitif absinthe.

Finish: The weakest link in this absinthe. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s good, mentholated tongue numbing sweetness but does not linger long. The less water you add the more bitter it is and the longer it lingers. The more water you water you add the thinner and less lingering it becomes. Perhaps a perfect middle can be reached.

Overall: This has turned out to be an excellent absinthe. The new formulation is noticeable and an excellent improvement in my opinion. This has always been a unique absinthe and I’m glad that they continued to go in that direction with the new formulation. I’m proud that Okanagan Spirits, being a Canadian company, has created such a unique and high quality absinthe that easily stands on its own in today’s absinthe market.

Edit 06/02/2011:

After letting this absinthe sit and breathe for a bit I have noticed a few changes. The pre-louche color has toned down a bit. It's still bright and very green but the artificial tones have toned down. Not so much turquoise now but just cyan-like nuance. Further proof it is naturally colored but I will leave the score at 3 since it still has unnatural nuance.

The candylike aroma's and flavor's have toned down to a more herbal and earthy mix. I believe I added a bit more water than normal to this glass as well. I really like how this absinthe is turning out. It seems to get better every time I pour myself a glass.

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He's not... So let's hope the Fée Verte does! Anyway, love this song, Mr Sandman. Long time since I didn't listen to it. It was this song, the cover from Blind Guardian, that made me love metal when I was a young teen. And we could say that all my teen years took a corrner when I heard that song. It's what it started that made me grow my hear, turn gothic, etc. Seems so long ago, while it isn't really. When I look at it now, considering I'm a rock fan and that this « teen spirit » that I « smelled » last summer when discovering the fairy was also me taking a corner in my adulthood. I suppose it's also the fairy inspiration that pushed me to think of it now, instead of my ordinary rocky lullaby. Yeah it's not my first glass this night... Anyway, the review :

Color
The color is a bit weak, quite clear. When you look at it quickly, it seems like minty/cold-green tone, but when looking more closely and through the light you can see a yellowish tint. Not flashy, but beautiful.

Louche
The louche is quite beautiful as far as my little experience can tell. At 2:1 the « tourment » is still there, with a beautiful layering of anise cloud, a line of wormwood green and a fresh water layer on top of it. After it though, the swift oil swirls quickly pale at a green-translucent white and settle at about 3:1.

Aroma
The pre-louched aroma is in my opinion the bad side of this absinthe. It smells alcohol, with maybe some mint far behind. While the alcohol smell is not cheap, it's not what we could hope from a topsinthe. Until 3:1. When fully louched, you can smell a mix of minty anise with some wormwood crisp. There's also something, a « je ne sais quoi », that could be linked to the fruit-base alcohol used. Maybe the color plays on my mind but I cannot tell something other than white grape. Also, lemon (or even grapefruit I could say) and a « cinamonny » undertone.

Flavor
Like the louched aroma, I would say minty anise with wormwood, a bit of lemon and cinammon. While the wormwood is good and crispy, the alcohol flavor is a bit straightforward. While my water is iced, I can still feel it warming my throat. Could be more subtle. Can be good unsugared to, somewhat like blanche.

Finish
The finish is long lasting, crispy, minty... so very nice, but still it has a strong alcohol flavor lingering.

Overall
A quite good absinthe and one that Canadians can be proud of. I think the major thing to upgrade is the aroma and color, as far as I'm concerned with my not very keen smell and the fact that this is the only natural green available in Montreal, these two are OK. Still, I'm curious about what fruit they use for their alcohol and I think a lot of the unsettling things about this absinthe are linked to that. I'll have to re-review it when more experienced in « verte ».

So I'll boost the overall rating a bit for now. Even if it feels a bit odd with the Blind tune. 'cause this song is all about getting from nice and light to loud and heavy, and the Taboo feels a bit like the contrary. Tell her that my lonesome nights are over, Miss Green Fairy. I'm so alone, don't have nobody to call my own. Please turn on your magic bean, miss Green Fairy, bring me a dream.

P. S. :Done with one dose, sugared with a drop of simple syrup, at 3-3,5:1. And I don't like the bottle, which while beautiful, is not practical for storing and pouring.
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Le Diable Bleu April 12, 2010
Last updated: April 12, 2010
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Mister sandman, bring me a dream

He's not... So let's hope the Fée Verte does! Anyway, love this song, Mr Sandman. Long time since I didn't listen to it. It was this song, the cover from Blind Guardian, that made me love metal when I was a young teen. And we could say that all my teen years took a corrner when I heard that song. It's what it started that made me grow my hear, turn gothic, etc. Seems so long ago, while it isn't really. When I look at it now, considering I'm a rock fan and that this « teen spirit » that I « smelled » last summer when discovering the fairy was also me taking a corner in my adulthood. I suppose it's also the fairy inspiration that pushed me to think of it now, instead of my ordinary rocky lullaby. Yeah it's not my first glass this night... Anyway, the review :

Color
The color is a bit weak, quite clear. When you look at it quickly, it seems like minty/cold-green tone, but when looking more closely and through the light you can see a yellowish tint. Not flashy, but beautiful.

Louche
The louche is quite beautiful as far as my little experience can tell. At 2:1 the « tourment » is still there, with a beautiful layering of anise cloud, a line of wormwood green and a fresh water layer on top of it. After it though, the swift oil swirls quickly pale at a green-translucent white and settle at about 3:1.

Aroma
The pre-louched aroma is in my opinion the bad side of this absinthe. It smells alcohol, with maybe some mint far behind. While the alcohol smell is not cheap, it's not what we could hope from a topsinthe. Until 3:1. When fully louched, you can smell a mix of minty anise with some wormwood crisp. There's also something, a « je ne sais quoi », that could be linked to the fruit-base alcohol used. Maybe the color plays on my mind but I cannot tell something other than white grape. Also, lemon (or even grapefruit I could say) and a « cinamonny » undertone.

Flavor
Like the louched aroma, I would say minty anise with wormwood, a bit of lemon and cinammon. While the wormwood is good and crispy, the alcohol flavor is a bit straightforward. While my water is iced, I can still feel it warming my throat. Could be more subtle. Can be good unsugared to, somewhat like blanche.

Finish
The finish is long lasting, crispy, minty... so very nice, but still it has a strong alcohol flavor lingering.

Overall
A quite good absinthe and one that Canadians can be proud of. I think the major thing to upgrade is the aroma and color, as far as I'm concerned with my not very keen smell and the fact that this is the only natural green available in Montreal, these two are OK. Still, I'm curious about what fruit they use for their alcohol and I think a lot of the unsettling things about this absinthe are linked to that. I'll have to re-review it when more experienced in « verte ».

So I'll boost the overall rating a bit for now. Even if it feels a bit odd with the Blind tune. 'cause this song is all about getting from nice and light to loud and heavy, and the Taboo feels a bit like the contrary. Tell her that my lonesome nights are over, Miss Green Fairy. I'm so alone, don't have nobody to call my own. Please turn on your magic bean, miss Green Fairy, bring me a dream.

P. S. :Done with one dose, sugared with a drop of simple syrup, at 3-3,5:1. And I don't like the bottle, which while beautiful, is not practical for storing and pouring.

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This review is based on a blind sample.





Preparation



A thin stream from a fountain of iced spring water.



Color Before Water



More Aquamarine than green, although odd it's very pretty and clear. It doesn't seem to fit into acceptable color ranges. However it's natural and not at all unattractive, just not what I would expect from an Absinthe.



Aroma Before Water



As off beat as the color. But again, not unattractive. What did strike me as odd was the almost non existent scent of Anise and Fennel. There's something sweet and perfume like that was hard for me to place. The more I breathed it in and came back to it after letting the glass alone for a while to open up was an almost over ripe or candied fruit aroma. Pleasant enough with enough heat from the alcohol to keep it from being cloying or overbearing. Still, I found the aroma peculiar for an Absinthe but not offensive or unappetizing - just incredibly different.



Louche



A nice Louche that comes about in attractive trails at first and a following of billowing white that fills the glass with increasing speed. There was a subtle opal like quality towards the end and this remained. The aquamarine had given way to a delicate hint of milky blue green. Not the thickest Louche I've seen or most dramatic but very decent - although it did seem a bit thin and the color a bit off. Mouth feel is thin, no real sense of anything creamy or luscious. I noticed when tipping the glass it left the glass completely clean which I interpret as not having any real body.



Aroma After Water



Somewhat intriguing but hard to place. There's something almost candied about it which made me follow my hunch and not use sugar - at least not at first. I detected no Anise, no Fennel but again this floral, fruity and slightly candied aroma which is pleasant I just would never associate it with Absinthe.



Flavor



Yikes. Let me first say that I'm one of those people who have the "soap taste" reaction to Cilantro. To me even a hint of Cilantro can ruin a dish. Should a single leaf end up in my mouth I'll spend the rest of the evening with the unpleasant taste of soap lingering for hours. I suspect there's some herb or botanical in this Absinthe that has caused the same reaction. At first sip the taste of soap was sharp and unpleasant. I added a sugar cube, a bit more water and tasted again. But to no avail, although I could detect interesting flavors in the back ground the soapy assault was too powerful to even finish the glass.



The Finish



Lingering soapy flavor and something candied and fruit like, chalky and powdery.



Final Impression



This must be a case of my own enzymes reacting to what very well may be a better tasting Absinthe in reality other than my own reaction to the botanicals within. That said, before I was hit with the unexpected soapy taste I did find both the color, Louche and Aroma all falling short of what I've come to expect and relish in an Absinthe.
Overall rating 
 
2.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
1.0
Reviewed by PeterL August 20, 2008
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Awkward and Odd - Different is an Understatement

Presentation:



This review is based on a blind sample.





Preparation



A thin stream from a fountain of iced spring water.



Color Before Water



More Aquamarine than green, although odd it's very pretty and clear. It doesn't seem to fit into acceptable color ranges. However it's natural and not at all unattractive, just not what I would expect from an Absinthe.



Aroma Before Water



As off beat as the color. But again, not unattractive. What did strike me as odd was the almost non existent scent of Anise and Fennel. There's something sweet and perfume like that was hard for me to place. The more I breathed it in and came back to it after letting the glass alone for a while to open up was an almost over ripe or candied fruit aroma. Pleasant enough with enough heat from the alcohol to keep it from being cloying or overbearing. Still, I found the aroma peculiar for an Absinthe but not offensive or unappetizing - just incredibly different.



Louche



A nice Louche that comes about in attractive trails at first and a following of billowing white that fills the glass with increasing speed. There was a subtle opal like quality towards the end and this remained. The aquamarine had given way to a delicate hint of milky blue green. Not the thickest Louche I've seen or most dramatic but very decent - although it did seem a bit thin and the color a bit off. Mouth feel is thin, no real sense of anything creamy or luscious. I noticed when tipping the glass it left the glass completely clean which I interpret as not having any real body.



Aroma After Water



Somewhat intriguing but hard to place. There's something almost candied about it which made me follow my hunch and not use sugar - at least not at first. I detected no Anise, no Fennel but again this floral, fruity and slightly candied aroma which is pleasant I just would never associate it with Absinthe.



Flavor



Yikes. Let me first say that I'm one of those people who have the "soap taste" reaction to Cilantro. To me even a hint of Cilantro can ruin a dish. Should a single leaf end up in my mouth I'll spend the rest of the evening with the unpleasant taste of soap lingering for hours. I suspect there's some herb or botanical in this Absinthe that has caused the same reaction. At first sip the taste of soap was sharp and unpleasant. I added a sugar cube, a bit more water and tasted again. But to no avail, although I could detect interesting flavors in the back ground the soapy assault was too powerful to even finish the glass.



The Finish



Lingering soapy flavor and something candied and fruit like, chalky and powdery.



Final Impression



This must be a case of my own enzymes reacting to what very well may be a better tasting Absinthe in reality other than my own reaction to the botanicals within. That said, before I was hit with the unexpected soapy taste I did find both the color, Louche and Aroma all falling short of what I've come to expect and relish in an Absinthe.

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First off, let me say that I must admit that I've only tried about five brands of absinthe so far. It's difficult to get absinthe where I live (Ontario, Canada) so I'm going to go with what I've got.



The colour is natural, but not aged looking. Looks like a blanche until a third of the ounce glass is full (for measuring) then turns a very nice bright, natural green.



When you two first meet, Absinthe Taboo has a wonderful smell neat. In my sniffing glass, it just explodes my mind. Maybe I'm missing the tide, but there's no 'stinky' smell like in the others I've tried (Lucid and Kubler, the other two Czech brands I've had don't count). Please don't get me wrong, I liked the others...



Taboo just smells incredible from start to finish. I would never drink absinthe straight, NEVER, but it sure makes you think about it. After louche (1:3 + 1 sugar cube is my house) each sip is preceded by many sniffs.



Louche is fairly quick, but the aromas released are quick as well. Absolutely fantastic... I've read in other reviews that people seem to get a 'Juicy Fruit' taste, but I never found that at all. It's got more of an apple-ish taste/smell which is subtlety binded by anise and wormwood. A wisp of a citrus pervades.



One day I'll get my hands on a bottle of Doubs Mystique or Jade Edouard, Absinthe Duplais, etc...



Until then, I'd take Taboo over anything else I've tried and no mistake.
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by acidrain1976 August 06, 2008
Last updated: August 06, 2008
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Fantastic and unique. My #1, so far.

First off, let me say that I must admit that I've only tried about five brands of absinthe so far. It's difficult to get absinthe where I live (Ontario, Canada) so I'm going to go with what I've got.



The colour is natural, but not aged looking. Looks like a blanche until a third of the ounce glass is full (for measuring) then turns a very nice bright, natural green.



When you two first meet, Absinthe Taboo has a wonderful smell neat. In my sniffing glass, it just explodes my mind. Maybe I'm missing the tide, but there's no 'stinky' smell like in the others I've tried (Lucid and Kubler, the other two Czech brands I've had don't count). Please don't get me wrong, I liked the others...



Taboo just smells incredible from start to finish. I would never drink absinthe straight, NEVER, but it sure makes you think about it. After louche (1:3 + 1 sugar cube is my house) each sip is preceded by many sniffs.



Louche is fairly quick, but the aromas released are quick as well. Absolutely fantastic... I've read in other reviews that people seem to get a 'Juicy Fruit' taste, but I never found that at all. It's got more of an apple-ish taste/smell which is subtlety binded by anise and wormwood. A wisp of a citrus pervades.



One day I'll get my hands on a bottle of Doubs Mystique or Jade Edouard, Absinthe Duplais, etc...



Until then, I'd take Taboo over anything else I've tried and no mistake.

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I am quite grateful for the sample graciously provided me so as to keep my tastebuds busy, working for you.



The Color is bluey and a bit pale for me. The word is Verte, right? Not incorrect, but seems a bit weak to me.

The Louche is pretty quick to form. I got a lot less blueness than I expected from the color.

The Aroma before water is not unpleasant but a bit alcoholic and medicinal. After water it is actually more so, at least till 2:1.

The Flavor is not as sweet as I had been led to believe, but still....I can see where people are getting the Juicy Fruitâ„¢ flavor, especially in the finish, but I'm not quite there.

The Finish is persistent with a strange over or undertone that I'm not sure I want to identify.

Overall, it's not the fruity onslaught I expected, but that said, it's not really my style either. I am not sure what it is, the magic just ain't there when compared some other vertes I regularly consume.
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by buddhasynth July 07, 2008
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Not Quite the Cure I was Thinking Of...

I am quite grateful for the sample graciously provided me so as to keep my tastebuds busy, working for you.



The Color is bluey and a bit pale for me. The word is Verte, right? Not incorrect, but seems a bit weak to me.

The Louche is pretty quick to form. I got a lot less blueness than I expected from the color.

The Aroma before water is not unpleasant but a bit alcoholic and medicinal. After water it is actually more so, at least till 2:1.

The Flavor is not as sweet as I had been led to believe, but still....I can see where people are getting the Juicy Fruitâ„¢ flavor, especially in the finish, but I'm not quite there.

The Finish is persistent with a strange over or undertone that I'm not sure I want to identify.

Overall, it's not the fruity onslaught I expected, but that said, it's not really my style either. I am not sure what it is, the magic just ain't there when compared some other vertes I regularly consume.

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Presentation (no points):

Interesting bottle for this absinthe, tall and skinny, which makes it fit on my absinthe counter well. Unfortunately it also means that it's only 500ml, which seems stingy. For reference, this review is based upon a brand new bottle, freshly opened.



Color (3):

The color was surprisingly light. A casual glance and one might mistake it for a blanche. It was clear and bright, but the weak color was a little disappointing for a verte.



Louche (4):

The louche came on immediately from a slow-drip brouille setup. This was somewhat anticipated based on the use of star anise, but it was even more immediate than expected. Fully louched, it looks like a blanche with the tiniest tinge of green. The louche was full and attractive and may have been in contention for a 5 from an actual blanche, but from a verte the lack of color was again a bit underwhelming.



Aroma (4):

The aroma from the bottle is primarily star anise to my nose, smelled neat it is much the same. While it has a fairly mild aroma from the bottle, once louched it changed completely. An entirely unexpected fruity aroma comes to the front. It's interesting and somewhat pleasant.



Taste (2):

I was really taken back by the taste of this absinthe. The fruitiness hits you up front, it's almost a confectionery taste. Others have compared it to Juicy Fruit gum, and I see the comparison. However, this is only the initial taste, half way through some of the more earthy wormwood flavors come in to play, and on my palate that seems to clash a little bit. Either one or the other would work on its own, but combined to be it tastes like chewing Juicy Fruit and eating a mushroom at the same time. Perhaps the analogy overstates my feeling, as I don't dislike this absinthe, but the flavor combination is a tad disharmonious for me.



Finish (4):

When the flavor clash subsides a bit, the mild tingle of the star anise and some subtle fruitiness remain. I actually prefer the finish over the immediate taste. The star anise did not produce an overwhelming numbness of the tongue, which I've experienced with other recipes which use star anise.



Overall (3):

By my estimation this seems to be a properly made, if unusual, absinthe. It has some very interesting flavors that I have not tasted in an absinthe before, which makes me glad I ordered a bottle as new tastes and different flavor profiles are what trying new things should be, and is what gives one a new experience. That being said, this would not be one of my preferred absinthes to have on a regular basis, as the flavors just do not coalesce in a substantially pleasurable way for me to complete the experience. Nevertheless, Taboo is a well made, unique take on absinthe that I think it is worthwhile to try.
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Doctor Love May 27, 2008
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An Interesting Offering from Okanagan Spirits

Presentation (no points):

Interesting bottle for this absinthe, tall and skinny, which makes it fit on my absinthe counter well. Unfortunately it also means that it's only 500ml, which seems stingy. For reference, this review is based upon a brand new bottle, freshly opened.



Color (3):

The color was surprisingly light. A casual glance and one might mistake it for a blanche. It was clear and bright, but the weak color was a little disappointing for a verte.



Louche (4):

The louche came on immediately from a slow-drip brouille setup. This was somewhat anticipated based on the use of star anise, but it was even more immediate than expected. Fully louched, it looks like a blanche with the tiniest tinge of green. The louche was full and attractive and may have been in contention for a 5 from an actual blanche, but from a verte the lack of color was again a bit underwhelming.



Aroma (4):

The aroma from the bottle is primarily star anise to my nose, smelled neat it is much the same. While it has a fairly mild aroma from the bottle, once louched it changed completely. An entirely unexpected fruity aroma comes to the front. It's interesting and somewhat pleasant.



Taste (2):

I was really taken back by the taste of this absinthe. The fruitiness hits you up front, it's almost a confectionery taste. Others have compared it to Juicy Fruit gum, and I see the comparison. However, this is only the initial taste, half way through some of the more earthy wormwood flavors come in to play, and on my palate that seems to clash a little bit. Either one or the other would work on its own, but combined to be it tastes like chewing Juicy Fruit and eating a mushroom at the same time. Perhaps the analogy overstates my feeling, as I don't dislike this absinthe, but the flavor combination is a tad disharmonious for me.



Finish (4):

When the flavor clash subsides a bit, the mild tingle of the star anise and some subtle fruitiness remain. I actually prefer the finish over the immediate taste. The star anise did not produce an overwhelming numbness of the tongue, which I've experienced with other recipes which use star anise.



Overall (3):

By my estimation this seems to be a properly made, if unusual, absinthe. It has some very interesting flavors that I have not tasted in an absinthe before, which makes me glad I ordered a bottle as new tastes and different flavor profiles are what trying new things should be, and is what gives one a new experience. That being said, this would not be one of my preferred absinthes to have on a regular basis, as the flavors just do not coalesce in a substantially pleasurable way for me to complete the experience. Nevertheless, Taboo is a well made, unique take on absinthe that I think it is worthwhile to try.

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I had fairly high expectations for this bottle when it arrived, and while at first glance (or glass) I was disappointed, I'm more appreciative of the nuances this absinthe offers now.



At first, the aroma was tremendously fruity, almost wine-like. The color was lighter than I'd like, and the louche moderately fast and layered, but not much action.



My mistake was to have that first glass with one sugar cube, as is my custom. I was immediately overwhelmed with Juicy-Fruit gum, sweetness, and very, very little else. I was ready to sink the entire bottle when I thought, duh! Try it without sugar and see.



Well, that's the answer as far as I can tell. Without sugar, and ignoring the still goofy aroma before water, the absinthe is transformed. The louche layers are more defined, although just as fast. Most importantly however, is the change in the flavor. Now instead of fruit being at the fore, it's just a background flavor, although still the foundation of everything that comes after. The majority of the flavor, and the finish, is all traditional absinthe now! Maybe not as complex as some and it seems to come all in one package, but its mostly there the way it ought to be.



Now I can finish my bottle and be happy!
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by speedle February 22, 2008
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The answer is in the sugar!

I had fairly high expectations for this bottle when it arrived, and while at first glance (or glass) I was disappointed, I'm more appreciative of the nuances this absinthe offers now.



At first, the aroma was tremendously fruity, almost wine-like. The color was lighter than I'd like, and the louche moderately fast and layered, but not much action.



My mistake was to have that first glass with one sugar cube, as is my custom. I was immediately overwhelmed with Juicy-Fruit gum, sweetness, and very, very little else. I was ready to sink the entire bottle when I thought, duh! Try it without sugar and see.



Well, that's the answer as far as I can tell. Without sugar, and ignoring the still goofy aroma before water, the absinthe is transformed. The louche layers are more defined, although just as fast. Most importantly however, is the change in the flavor. Now instead of fruit being at the fore, it's just a background flavor, although still the foundation of everything that comes after. The majority of the flavor, and the finish, is all traditional absinthe now! Maybe not as complex as some and it seems to come all in one package, but its mostly there the way it ought to be.



Now I can finish my bottle and be happy!

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The color is very light green with a touch of blue, the were a few particles floating around. The louche was very fast(star anise)and ends just off pure white. The aroma is very fruity(is this made with their eau di vie?)Flavor is very minty/spicy but really bounces around instead of everything working together. Finish is very dry, but with a pleasant wormwood bitterness that sticks around for a while. Overall I did really like this absinthe and hope that they continue to work on its balance.
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by cowbwoy January 03, 2008
Last updated: January 03, 2008
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A great start

The color is very light green with a touch of blue, the were a few particles floating around. The louche was very fast(star anise)and ends just off pure white. The aroma is very fruity(is this made with their eau di vie?)Flavor is very minty/spicy but really bounces around instead of everything working together. Finish is very dry, but with a pleasant wormwood bitterness that sticks around for a while. Overall I did really like this absinthe and hope that they continue to work on its balance.

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