Trillium Absinthe Superieure http://www.wormwoodsociety.org/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/9f/10/8a/440_trillium_1217206864.jpg

 
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2.6
Appearance 
 
2.5  (2)
Louche 
 
4.0  (2)
Aroma 
 
2.0  (2)
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3.0  (2)
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2.0  (2)
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2.0  (2)

It's not a verte. The coloring step was a waste of time and energy. It comes out as a dingy blanche both pre and post louched.



There is a solid louche and I thought it might have promise as a blanche.



The aroma is a light anise with a hint of wormwood, not unpleasant but simple.



It could be a refreshing blanche on a hot summer day but the wormwood is not a pleasant flavor but just bitter.



The finish is the lingering bitterness.



A lightly flavored absinthe could be an excellent niche absinthe for the new market and Trillium does have promise. Either color it or not. The wormwood is the most unpleasant aspect of Trillium, bitterness without flavor. Neither of these complaints are insurmountable, in fact they could easily change a mediocre offering into a very desirable and refreshing absinthe.
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Joe Legate September 12, 2008
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It's not a verte

It's not a verte. The coloring step was a waste of time and energy. It comes out as a dingy blanche both pre and post louched.



There is a solid louche and I thought it might have promise as a blanche.



The aroma is a light anise with a hint of wormwood, not unpleasant but simple.



It could be a refreshing blanche on a hot summer day but the wormwood is not a pleasant flavor but just bitter.



The finish is the lingering bitterness.



A lightly flavored absinthe could be an excellent niche absinthe for the new market and Trillium does have promise. Either color it or not. The wormwood is the most unpleasant aspect of Trillium, bitterness without flavor. Neither of these complaints are insurmountable, in fact they could easily change a mediocre offering into a very desirable and refreshing absinthe.

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Color: Waaay too light. Almost a straw color.



Louche: I was happy with the louche. The layering is very pronounced. I think, due to the lightness of this absinthe, there may have been some tweaking to add this amount of louching.



Aroma: Not much there. Just a little anise, but it's so light.



Flavor: Unremarkable is the best I can say. It's so light, that after the tongue is numbed, it's almost like you're drinking flavored water.



Finish: The bitterness in the finish isn't as enjoyable as a well made absinthe should be. It's more astringent and acrid.



Overall: They really need to do some overhauling of the recipe if they want to make this competitive in the absinthe community. I hope they do, because the presentation creates a high expectation that isn't delivered upon.
Overall rating 
 
2.7
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3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
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2.0
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3.0
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2.0
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2.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson September 10, 2008
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Needs a lot of work.

Color: Waaay too light. Almost a straw color.



Louche: I was happy with the louche. The layering is very pronounced. I think, due to the lightness of this absinthe, there may have been some tweaking to add this amount of louching.



Aroma: Not much there. Just a little anise, but it's so light.



Flavor: Unremarkable is the best I can say. It's so light, that after the tongue is numbed, it's almost like you're drinking flavored water.



Finish: The bitterness in the finish isn't as enjoyable as a well made absinthe should be. It's more astringent and acrid.



Overall: They really need to do some overhauling of the recipe if they want to make this competitive in the absinthe community. I hope they do, because the presentation creates a high expectation that isn't delivered upon.

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2.7
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2.3  (7)
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3.3  (7)
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2.8  (7)
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2.7  (7)
-Color-
Before Water: Clear with a slight yellowish tint. If I didn’t already know it’s because of the intentionally unorthodox light coloring step, it’s possible I’d score it lower out of fear.


After Water: Slightly off-white, good opalescence

-Louche-
Good trails and timely louche action.

-Aroma-
Before Water: Nice floral wormwood fragrance.

After Water: Looses the intensity of the pre-louche aroma, much fainter than before. Gets a 2.5 not for unpleasantness, but for barely being there.

-Flavor-
Enjoyed the flavor more than I remember when I first tried it a while back; the floral notes in the aroma transfer nicely to the flavor, with the backing anise and fennel working well. Kinda like a blanche with half an attitude or maybe like a subdued verte.

-Finish-
As the other flavors trail off, acrid bitterness from the A.A. in the coloring step gradually takes over and leaves the acceptable range of enjoyable flavors for the duration.

-Overall-
This sample was given to me at least two years ago; another middling absinthe that aging seems to have worked well for. Though no matter how many people try to pull it off, using grande wormwood in the secondary maceration seems like a fool’s errand (some might call it a blunder). Unfortunate that it was discontinued but seeing how it tasted when first released, it’s not surprising folks didn’t stick around until the bitter end.
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
2.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Green Baron July 30, 2012
Last updated: August 20, 2012
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Is it a Vanche or Blerte?

-Color-
Before Water: Clear with a slight yellowish tint. If I didn’t already know it’s because of the intentionally unorthodox light coloring step, it’s possible I’d score it lower out of fear.


After Water: Slightly off-white, good opalescence

-Louche-
Good trails and timely louche action.

-Aroma-
Before Water: Nice floral wormwood fragrance.

After Water: Looses the intensity of the pre-louche aroma, much fainter than before. Gets a 2.5 not for unpleasantness, but for barely being there.

-Flavor-
Enjoyed the flavor more than I remember when I first tried it a while back; the floral notes in the aroma transfer nicely to the flavor, with the backing anise and fennel working well. Kinda like a blanche with half an attitude or maybe like a subdued verte.

-Finish-
As the other flavors trail off, acrid bitterness from the A.A. in the coloring step gradually takes over and leaves the acceptable range of enjoyable flavors for the duration.

-Overall-
This sample was given to me at least two years ago; another middling absinthe that aging seems to have worked well for. Though no matter how many people try to pull it off, using grande wormwood in the secondary maceration seems like a fool’s errand (some might call it a blunder). Unfortunate that it was discontinued but seeing how it tasted when first released, it’s not surprising folks didn’t stick around until the bitter end.

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The Color is not green. At all.



The Louche is pretty quick to form; cuts to the chase a bit. Star Anise, perhaps?



The Aroma is licoricey and alcoholic, not unpleasant but the addition of water doesn't do as much as it should. I'd hoped for a more assertive thing goin' on, but it's just more of the same for me.



The Flavour is sweet overall; there is a really nice opening salvo but not complex at all and the what there is of a follow-through is a disappointment.



The Finish is quick, it recedes quickly and has some klunker note in there I can't identify. Bitterish and Icky.



Overall I would say it's not bad but it's not exceptional either.
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
1.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by buddhasynth September 02, 2008
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Meh...

The Color is not green. At all.



The Louche is pretty quick to form; cuts to the chase a bit. Star Anise, perhaps?



The Aroma is licoricey and alcoholic, not unpleasant but the addition of water doesn't do as much as it should. I'd hoped for a more assertive thing goin' on, but it's just more of the same for me.



The Flavour is sweet overall; there is a really nice opening salvo but not complex at all and the what there is of a follow-through is a disappointment.



The Finish is quick, it recedes quickly and has some klunker note in there I can't identify. Bitterish and Icky.



Overall I would say it's not bad but it's not exceptional either.

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I really like the bottle that Trillium ships in, but I did have higher expectations, even after reading some of the other comments. In general, this product isn't bad, but nothing really sticks out. It's aroma is very one-dimensional. The louche appears to be on par with most of the other brands I've tried (although this one seems to linger at the bottom of the glass, almost like it's layered). The taste, however, is probably the most disappointing thing about it. It lacks complexity and simultaneously fails to compensate in its simplicity. In other words, Trillium falls short by offering no dominant flavor (unless you consider alcohol a flavor). Other brands, while simplistic, typically offer a dominant anise flavor that makes the product more enjoyable.



All that said, I am not necessarily disappointed with the brand and it wasn't unpleasant. It merely failed to grace the beauty of the bottle it ships in.



UPDATE: 3 weeks later, I reopen the bottle for a second tasting. Apparently, after a breather, the anise flavor does find its way to the forefront a little more. While still not one of the world's greatest, the flavor is definitely more pronounced and the alcohol flavor more subdued.
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by anthonw August 07, 2008
Last updated: September 03, 2008
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Great Bottle, Average Drink

I really like the bottle that Trillium ships in, but I did have higher expectations, even after reading some of the other comments. In general, this product isn't bad, but nothing really sticks out. It's aroma is very one-dimensional. The louche appears to be on par with most of the other brands I've tried (although this one seems to linger at the bottom of the glass, almost like it's layered). The taste, however, is probably the most disappointing thing about it. It lacks complexity and simultaneously fails to compensate in its simplicity. In other words, Trillium falls short by offering no dominant flavor (unless you consider alcohol a flavor). Other brands, while simplistic, typically offer a dominant anise flavor that makes the product more enjoyable.



All that said, I am not necessarily disappointed with the brand and it wasn't unpleasant. It merely failed to grace the beauty of the bottle it ships in.



UPDATE: 3 weeks later, I reopen the bottle for a second tasting. Apparently, after a breather, the anise flavor does find its way to the forefront a little more. While still not one of the world's greatest, the flavor is definitely more pronounced and the alcohol flavor more subdued.

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I am reviewing this from a sample that was sent to me.



As I open the bottle the first thing I notice is the smell of anise (star anise) and alcohol. As it's poured into the glass the aroma opens up and lingers in the glass. It is the smell of licorice and strong alcohol. I really can't pick anything else in the aroma.



At this point I notice the color is closer to a blanche with a straw-yellow tint. It kind of reminds me of Blanchette. This is surprising, since it is described a a verte.



I am louching my drink through a brouilleur at a drop per second. At the fifth drop the louch begins. By the time it is at a ratio of 2:1 the louche is complete. After continuing to a 3:1 ratio, the drinks aroma is still star anise and strong alcohol that lingers in the glass.



My first sip tastes like anise and alcohol with a bitter wormwood in the finish.The wormwood flavor is suspect. It almost seems like there may have been some used in the coloring (what coloring there is).



There's not a whole lot to the finish. Once I get past the alcohol flavor, I am left with a slight numb tongue and a lingering bitterness.



I'm glad I was able to sample Trillium. Unfortunately, I hoped it would be a little better for a small US distiller. Maybe, Integrity will continue to improve their product and will have something better to offer in the future.
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by LeRoy August 03, 2008
Last updated: August 03, 2008
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Verte?

I am reviewing this from a sample that was sent to me.



As I open the bottle the first thing I notice is the smell of anise (star anise) and alcohol. As it's poured into the glass the aroma opens up and lingers in the glass. It is the smell of licorice and strong alcohol. I really can't pick anything else in the aroma.



At this point I notice the color is closer to a blanche with a straw-yellow tint. It kind of reminds me of Blanchette. This is surprising, since it is described a a verte.



I am louching my drink through a brouilleur at a drop per second. At the fifth drop the louch begins. By the time it is at a ratio of 2:1 the louche is complete. After continuing to a 3:1 ratio, the drinks aroma is still star anise and strong alcohol that lingers in the glass.



My first sip tastes like anise and alcohol with a bitter wormwood in the finish.The wormwood flavor is suspect. It almost seems like there may have been some used in the coloring (what coloring there is).



There's not a whole lot to the finish. Once I get past the alcohol flavor, I am left with a slight numb tongue and a lingering bitterness.



I'm glad I was able to sample Trillium. Unfortunately, I hoped it would be a little better for a small US distiller. Maybe, Integrity will continue to improve their product and will have something better to offer in the future.

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The color is very pale, almost non-existent - somewhere between straw and emerald. The louche is very quick, oil trails are present, but there is no line of separation, nor any apparent method to the louche. The nose is fragrant, almost minty, but smells strongly of alcohol. The taste is hot, alcohol forward, with the mintiness continuing. The bitterness is pleasant, but what immediately takes over is the tongue-numbing effect. The finish is extremely short, with only the bittnerness lingering.



The overall impression one gets is that this is a young product, too quickly rushed to market. Perhaps future batches will prove fuller and less imperious.
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by khiddy July 29, 2008
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Unimpressive start

The color is very pale, almost non-existent - somewhere between straw and emerald. The louche is very quick, oil trails are present, but there is no line of separation, nor any apparent method to the louche. The nose is fragrant, almost minty, but smells strongly of alcohol. The taste is hot, alcohol forward, with the mintiness continuing. The bitterness is pleasant, but what immediately takes over is the tongue-numbing effect. The finish is extremely short, with only the bittnerness lingering.



The overall impression one gets is that this is a young product, too quickly rushed to market. Perhaps future batches will prove fuller and less imperious.

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Neat, I was surprised to see essentially no color at all. From the bottle, I smelled mostly star anise, a faint hint of what seemed to be cardamom, and perhaps an undertone of green anise but I can't be sure. Along with a little alcohol heat, it reminded me of nothing so much as Ricard pastis.



The louche seemed to happen all at once, after a brief delay that depended greatly on drip speed. Once louched, it seemed too thick by a third, as Dr. Seuss might say. The aroma after water, perhaps this absinthe's strongest point, was interesting, but it stayed in the glass too much.



As for flavor, I would characterize it as just OK, not very complex (somewhat blanche like, in fact), and it did in fact remind me of Kubler. There was still just a bit of heat/alcohol taste at 4:1. The finish was wormwoody-bitter with just a hint of that "Juicy Fruit" taste that marred the Taboo.



Overall I had hoped for more, ostensibly one thinks these smaller "micro-distilleries" are going for the higher end of the market due to all the personal care and attention that can be put into the product. That's all well and good, but a little more experience and practice will help with products like these.
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by speedle July 28, 2008
Last updated: July 28, 2008
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A little underwhelming for a verte

Neat, I was surprised to see essentially no color at all. From the bottle, I smelled mostly star anise, a faint hint of what seemed to be cardamom, and perhaps an undertone of green anise but I can't be sure. Along with a little alcohol heat, it reminded me of nothing so much as Ricard pastis.



The louche seemed to happen all at once, after a brief delay that depended greatly on drip speed. Once louched, it seemed too thick by a third, as Dr. Seuss might say. The aroma after water, perhaps this absinthe's strongest point, was interesting, but it stayed in the glass too much.



As for flavor, I would characterize it as just OK, not very complex (somewhat blanche like, in fact), and it did in fact remind me of Kubler. There was still just a bit of heat/alcohol taste at 4:1. The finish was wormwoody-bitter with just a hint of that "Juicy Fruit" taste that marred the Taboo.



Overall I had hoped for more, ostensibly one thinks these smaller "micro-distilleries" are going for the higher end of the market due to all the personal care and attention that can be put into the product. That's all well and good, but a little more experience and practice will help with products like these.

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These review comments are from the tasting notes I posted in the forum.



Color - Very pale, green leaning slightly to straw/yellow. The pale color made it difficult for me to judge clarity, it looked almost like a slightly cloudy blanche.



Nose (neat) - All I got was anise, with a background of isopropyl alcohol. It wasn't terribly hot or sharp or anything, and I actually like the smell of rubbing alcohol, so it wasn't off-putting to me, but inappropriate for absinthe.



Louche - Very nice trailing and swirling action in the glass. Beautiful layering. The louche action is by far the strong point of this absinthe. The weak color detracts a bit, but this might be the best performing louche I've seen to date. Finished glass had very weak color, almost like a blanche but without the clean, milky white. Finished color much lighter than Lucid. As it was getting late I had poor lighting so difficult to judge opacity, but it didn't appear as thick and heavy as, for example, Kübler. Difficult choice scoring a 3 or 4 for the louche; it should probably be considered "too strong" and scored a 3, but I enjoyed it so much I'm going with the 4.



Nose (post louche) - Very weak. I was surprised how the aroma seemed to just disappear after the louche. Faint anise aroma, and that's it.



Flavor - Anise, and very quickly tongue numbing, attacking the tip of the tongue. Ends with some wormwood bitterness. Balance between anise and wormwood seems good, but the flavors do not seem well integrated; you get the anise first, and then the wormwood quickly takes over. Could be due to the overall light character of the absinthe, the anise character just doesn't have any staying power other than the tongue numbing.



Finish - Very quick, and dominated by the tongue numbing and some lingering bitterness.



In summary, the whole experience can best be described as "weak". Weak color, and weak, simple flavor. There was nothing that I found offensive, but nothing interesting enough to entice me to a second glass. Light color, light flavor.
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.0
Reviewed by bksmithey July 28, 2008
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Trillium, a lightweight verte

These review comments are from the tasting notes I posted in the forum.



Color - Very pale, green leaning slightly to straw/yellow. The pale color made it difficult for me to judge clarity, it looked almost like a slightly cloudy blanche.



Nose (neat) - All I got was anise, with a background of isopropyl alcohol. It wasn't terribly hot or sharp or anything, and I actually like the smell of rubbing alcohol, so it wasn't off-putting to me, but inappropriate for absinthe.



Louche - Very nice trailing and swirling action in the glass. Beautiful layering. The louche action is by far the strong point of this absinthe. The weak color detracts a bit, but this might be the best performing louche I've seen to date. Finished glass had very weak color, almost like a blanche but without the clean, milky white. Finished color much lighter than Lucid. As it was getting late I had poor lighting so difficult to judge opacity, but it didn't appear as thick and heavy as, for example, Kübler. Difficult choice scoring a 3 or 4 for the louche; it should probably be considered "too strong" and scored a 3, but I enjoyed it so much I'm going with the 4.



Nose (post louche) - Very weak. I was surprised how the aroma seemed to just disappear after the louche. Faint anise aroma, and that's it.



Flavor - Anise, and very quickly tongue numbing, attacking the tip of the tongue. Ends with some wormwood bitterness. Balance between anise and wormwood seems good, but the flavors do not seem well integrated; you get the anise first, and then the wormwood quickly takes over. Could be due to the overall light character of the absinthe, the anise character just doesn't have any staying power other than the tongue numbing.



Finish - Very quick, and dominated by the tongue numbing and some lingering bitterness.



In summary, the whole experience can best be described as "weak". Weak color, and weak, simple flavor. There was nothing that I found offensive, but nothing interesting enough to entice me to a second glass. Light color, light flavor.

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