La Valote L'Originale Martin

La Valote L'Originale Martin

 
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Color: Clear, no defect

Louche: Very thick and turbulent trails that build up to a very well formed, deep louche.

Aroma: Based on the criteria, I must give it a 2 because the aroma is SO weak. It's barely there. Hints of honey.

Flavor: Very light and a bit peppery. This one falls apart with too much water. Quite light on the anise, but there's not much else there to take its place.

Finish: Receded extremely quickly. Annoyingly so.

Overall: I need more flavor!
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3.1
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson August 11, 2010
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Decent but unremarkable

Color: Clear, no defect

Louche: Very thick and turbulent trails that build up to a very well formed, deep louche.

Aroma: Based on the criteria, I must give it a 2 because the aroma is SO weak. It's barely there. Hints of honey.

Flavor: Very light and a bit peppery. This one falls apart with too much water. Quite light on the anise, but there's not much else there to take its place.

Finish: Receded extremely quickly. Annoyingly so.

Overall: I need more flavor!

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2.6
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3.0  (1)
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Although I consider Martin absinthes to rank among the finest of Les Valotes, that one is a disappointment.

The first flaw is the inproportionate ratio of herb-bill to the alcohol level, it should use definitely twice the amount of what has been used, especially wormwood.

Not sure about which alcohol is used, however it is very harsh and if you want to smoothen it you are adding more water and as a result you over-water it and the herbs get lost. The louche is too quick, could be more gradual.

Aroma is generally nice, but doesn't get near that in the taste department where everything gets overbalanced and in fact not a slight pleasant nuance is to be savoured.

All in all, it is as good as Bovet Tradition, so not that much if still drinkable, there is a lot of work to be done, or just better switch to Martin 54-much promising product from the same maker.

Overall rating 
 
2.6
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Boggy February 12, 2009
Last updated: February 12, 2009
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Les bleues are best at 53-54%

Although I consider Martin absinthes to rank among the finest of Les Valotes, that one is a disappointment.

The first flaw is the inproportionate ratio of herb-bill to the alcohol level, it should use definitely twice the amount of what has been used, especially wormwood.

Not sure about which alcohol is used, however it is very harsh and if you want to smoothen it you are adding more water and as a result you over-water it and the herbs get lost. The louche is too quick, could be more gradual.

Aroma is generally nice, but doesn't get near that in the taste department where everything gets overbalanced and in fact not a slight pleasant nuance is to be savoured.

All in all, it is as good as Bovet Tradition, so not that much if still drinkable, there is a lot of work to be done, or just better switch to Martin 54-much promising product from the same maker.

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