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Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
4.0  (3)
Louche 
 
3.7  (3)
Aroma 
 
4.0  (3)
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0  (3)
Finish 
 
3.7  (3)
Overall 
 
3.7  (3)

Color
Unlouched, mossy green to olive drab with just some glints of peridot. Clear, bright, and natural looking. A heavy level of color. Any darker, and I would give it a "3". Louched, milky yellowish olive green, almost no gradients to the color.

Louche
Very thick, very opaque. The handle of a spoon in a Pontarlier glass is visible to only 1/4" in from the surface, and only the edges can be seen through the sides. No real opalescence. One must look hard and under very good light to see the slightest hint of orange at the bottom, and blue at the meniscus.

Aroma
Neat, a quite strong anise/fennel profile with an equally strong sense of finishing herbs, especially the pontica. Louched, somewhat of a balance, I suppose, but both sides (distillate and coloring) of this formula seem a little overdone to me. Lemony notes, some florals, mint, hyssop, and pontica become quite evident as it warms. I'm certain the wormwood is there, but the anise/fennel, and finishing herb overkill overshadows it.

Flavor
A lot of everything... really packed. Commercial American attitude ("bigger is better"), combined with anything but commercial execution. It's really quite deftly crafted, considering the loudness of all the ingredients. Strong anise/fennel, strong finishing herbs, strong spice and pepper, strong citrus, everything vying for front and center. Weighty mouthfeel (even at the 4.5:1 to 5:1 dilutions, which I preferred best), and not a very "spirity" impression. A little rough. Not a "3", not a strong "4".

Finish
Immediately goes astringent, drying, and quite numbing. A strong anise, fennel, and wormwood linger accompanied by strong spice and pepper. Some "graininess" on the palate... tingly, tingly... prickly, prickly. There's a lot going on without much real harmony. Doesn't leave me in a bad place, just not an elegant one. Satisfying in the same way as is scratching the same bug-bite over and over.

Overall
I rather enjoy this for what it is, but the way I see it, by the criteria, these are the scores. It's got lots of push in all departments without much style or finesse. Kind of a bulldozer, it gets the job done by brute force, and this is further complicated by the sense that every impression is fighting with all the others for attention. My score of "3" here is reflective of my opinion that the 4s in other categories are soft 4s. Nonetheless, I'm intrigued, and when I'm in the mood for a "whip me, whip me, beat me, beat me" absinthe experience, this will be one of the first to come to mind.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4:1, 4.5:1, 4.8:1, and 5:1 and no sugar.

Absinthe Butterfly 7/04/11, 7/09/11, 7/17/11, 9/25/11, 10/08/11.
All evaluations had consistent notes.
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Michael Meyers October 08, 2011
Last updated: June 18, 2012
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Hurts So Good

Color
Unlouched, mossy green to olive drab with just some glints of peridot. Clear, bright, and natural looking. A heavy level of color. Any darker, and I would give it a "3". Louched, milky yellowish olive green, almost no gradients to the color.

Louche
Very thick, very opaque. The handle of a spoon in a Pontarlier glass is visible to only 1/4" in from the surface, and only the edges can be seen through the sides. No real opalescence. One must look hard and under very good light to see the slightest hint of orange at the bottom, and blue at the meniscus.

Aroma
Neat, a quite strong anise/fennel profile with an equally strong sense of finishing herbs, especially the pontica. Louched, somewhat of a balance, I suppose, but both sides (distillate and coloring) of this formula seem a little overdone to me. Lemony notes, some florals, mint, hyssop, and pontica become quite evident as it warms. I'm certain the wormwood is there, but the anise/fennel, and finishing herb overkill overshadows it.

Flavor
A lot of everything... really packed. Commercial American attitude ("bigger is better"), combined with anything but commercial execution. It's really quite deftly crafted, considering the loudness of all the ingredients. Strong anise/fennel, strong finishing herbs, strong spice and pepper, strong citrus, everything vying for front and center. Weighty mouthfeel (even at the 4.5:1 to 5:1 dilutions, which I preferred best), and not a very "spirity" impression. A little rough. Not a "3", not a strong "4".

Finish
Immediately goes astringent, drying, and quite numbing. A strong anise, fennel, and wormwood linger accompanied by strong spice and pepper. Some "graininess" on the palate... tingly, tingly... prickly, prickly. There's a lot going on without much real harmony. Doesn't leave me in a bad place, just not an elegant one. Satisfying in the same way as is scratching the same bug-bite over and over.

Overall
I rather enjoy this for what it is, but the way I see it, by the criteria, these are the scores. It's got lots of push in all departments without much style or finesse. Kind of a bulldozer, it gets the job done by brute force, and this is further complicated by the sense that every impression is fighting with all the others for attention. My score of "3" here is reflective of my opinion that the 4s in other categories are soft 4s. Nonetheless, I'm intrigued, and when I'm in the mood for a "whip me, whip me, beat me, beat me" absinthe experience, this will be one of the first to come to mind.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4:1, 4.5:1, 4.8:1, and 5:1 and no sugar.

Absinthe Butterfly 7/04/11, 7/09/11, 7/17/11, 9/25/11, 10/08/11.
All evaluations had consistent notes.

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The colour is darkish olive green but with no sediment or haze. Nice and natural. It smells peppery and honeyed. Citrus. Balance of wormwood and anise but it's mellow.

The louche is quick, resulting in a medium thick, fairly dark, opalescent olive. A tad dingy. With water the anise and wormwood come forward a bit. Bell pepper and some mintiness.

This absinthe is profoundly sweet and lemony upfront. Very anisey. Wormwood is there but plays second fiddle. Flavours of cola, powder, mint. Definitely candylike. There's an underlying cologne character.

It's fairly numbing but not too bad. The sugary anise flavour lingers for a long time but there isn't a lot of complexity to it, other than some lemonbalm.

I'd call this a dessert absinthe. It's the sweetest one I've ever had that didn't have added sugar and the selection of herbs is very refreshing after a meal.
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Andrew Young July 15, 2011
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This is a nice surprise.

The colour is darkish olive green but with no sediment or haze. Nice and natural. It smells peppery and honeyed. Citrus. Balance of wormwood and anise but it's mellow.

The louche is quick, resulting in a medium thick, fairly dark, opalescent olive. A tad dingy. With water the anise and wormwood come forward a bit. Bell pepper and some mintiness.

This absinthe is profoundly sweet and lemony upfront. Very anisey. Wormwood is there but plays second fiddle. Flavours of cola, powder, mint. Definitely candylike. There's an underlying cologne character.

It's fairly numbing but not too bad. The sugary anise flavour lingers for a long time but there isn't a lot of complexity to it, other than some lemonbalm.

I'd call this a dessert absinthe. It's the sweetest one I've ever had that didn't have added sugar and the selection of herbs is very refreshing after a meal.

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Color: A deep peridot with yellow tinges. Inviting.

Louche: Lots of anise lends a thick and milky quality (not in a bad way). I'd give it a 5 because the depth is nice, but the end color is just a tad pallid and yellow for me. Still very nice.

Aroma: Lots going on here. Anise, hints of wormwood, mint, rootbeer, orange peels, and confectioners sugar. Intriguing.

Flavor: As intriguing as the aroma! It's a bit heavier on the anise than I prefer, and a little lighter on the wormwood than I prefer, but it's still delicious. The levels of anise lend a very noticeable sweetness on the soft palate. There's a nice level of herbal spiciness as well, with hints of mint, genepy, licorice, and earth. Quite good.

Finish: Sweet with just a touch of mint. I'd love to taste a bit more wormwood here, as it would help to balance out the sweetness. It lingers nicely, without a lot of numbing.

Overall:This is a very well made and tasty verte. It's great to see it hit the U.S. shores.
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson August 14, 2010
Last updated: October 30, 2013
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An enjoyable and interesting verte!

Color: A deep peridot with yellow tinges. Inviting.

Louche: Lots of anise lends a thick and milky quality (not in a bad way). I'd give it a 5 because the depth is nice, but the end color is just a tad pallid and yellow for me. Still very nice.

Aroma: Lots going on here. Anise, hints of wormwood, mint, rootbeer, orange peels, and confectioners sugar. Intriguing.

Flavor: As intriguing as the aroma! It's a bit heavier on the anise than I prefer, and a little lighter on the wormwood than I prefer, but it's still delicious. The levels of anise lend a very noticeable sweetness on the soft palate. There's a nice level of herbal spiciness as well, with hints of mint, genepy, licorice, and earth. Quite good.

Finish: Sweet with just a touch of mint. I'd love to taste a bit more wormwood here, as it would help to balance out the sweetness. It lingers nicely, without a lot of numbing.

Overall:This is a very well made and tasty verte. It's great to see it hit the U.S. shores.

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Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0  (6)
Louche 
 
4.3  (6)
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4.3  (6)
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4.3  (6)
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3.8  (6)
Overall 
 
4.2  (6)
Initial color is a pretty green. Great, big aromas! Smells a bit fruity but still traditional - strikingly similar to Leopold's Verte. Really nice! Louche is milky-green. Taste is delicate but quite balanced... again, something fruity to this. Really quite delicious though. No alcohol heat at all. Maybe use a lower ratio than 5:1 on this. Full, creamy mouthfeel - especially at 3:1/4:1.

A bit delicate but solid... reminds me so much of Leopold's - not a bad thing at all.

Be sure to read up on the story of how an absinthe from Boston ends up being distilled in Switzerland. Very cool!
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.5
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by josephlabrecque November 10, 2013
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Lovely "Boston" Butterfly

Initial color is a pretty green. Great, big aromas! Smells a bit fruity but still traditional - strikingly similar to Leopold's Verte. Really nice! Louche is milky-green. Taste is delicate but quite balanced... again, something fruity to this. Really quite delicious though. No alcohol heat at all. Maybe use a lower ratio than 5:1 on this. Full, creamy mouthfeel - especially at 3:1/4:1.

A bit delicate but solid... reminds me so much of Leopold's - not a bad thing at all.

Be sure to read up on the story of how an absinthe from Boston ends up being distilled in Switzerland. Very cool!

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Appearance: An average yellow-green, with maybe a touch of haze.

Louche: A pretty color, but a hint too thick. Nice glowing red highlights, and maybe even a bit of purple.

Aroma: The smell is noticeable, but not bursting with aroma. Definitely all three of the trinity are present, but not much else is going on here.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: A decent amount of wormwood up front that comes across nice and peppery, and the flavor isn't overly sweet.

Finish: Any sweetness that was present starts to recede and it becomes fairly tongue-numbing. This goes on for a long time.

Overall: I know that this is a reproduction of an old recipe, but it's really not pushing the envelope or taking many risks here. I like the absinthe quite a bit overall; it's well done and a good one for wormwood fanatics, but it's not particularly sublime or complex.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Amber Peter March 26, 2013
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Plays it safe

Appearance: An average yellow-green, with maybe a touch of haze.

Louche: A pretty color, but a hint too thick. Nice glowing red highlights, and maybe even a bit of purple.

Aroma: The smell is noticeable, but not bursting with aroma. Definitely all three of the trinity are present, but not much else is going on here.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: A decent amount of wormwood up front that comes across nice and peppery, and the flavor isn't overly sweet.

Finish: Any sweetness that was present starts to recede and it becomes fairly tongue-numbing. This goes on for a long time.

Overall: I know that this is a reproduction of an old recipe, but it's really not pushing the envelope or taking many risks here. I like the absinthe quite a bit overall; it's well done and a good one for wormwood fanatics, but it's not particularly sublime or complex.

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Appearance: A very light and clear olive green. Nothing bad but nothing special either.

Louche: Just slightly too thick but not bad at all. Not too hued either but a soft pastel green.

Aroma: Very noticeable citrus and anise smell. Wormwood and spice add a nice balance. A bit simple but still interesting in its balance.

Flavor: The flavor is light in weight much like a blanche. Citrus and anise proudly open the door for a nice wormwood and fennel dance. Nothing too complex but nicely playful. Star anise is detectable via a grainy sweetness but it's not overpowering and has been used in moderation. It's light but there's a decent amount going on here.

Finish: A slight mint and proud citrus-anise combo take over the finish with a nice display of peppery/spice tones showing more here than in the flavor. The star anise lends a heavy type of sweetness as well, almost medicinal. The wormwood dies out quickly though.

Overall: A well crafted basic absinthe that allows each flavor component to shine, each in their own way. The star anise use throws off the finish a bit. The wormwood is not over the top but in a nice balance that doesn't dominate the flavor. Simple but not in a bad way.
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
3.5
Reviewed by Evan Camomile March 26, 2013
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Float like a butterfly, sting like a... butterfly?

Appearance: A very light and clear olive green. Nothing bad but nothing special either.

Louche: Just slightly too thick but not bad at all. Not too hued either but a soft pastel green.

Aroma: Very noticeable citrus and anise smell. Wormwood and spice add a nice balance. A bit simple but still interesting in its balance.

Flavor: The flavor is light in weight much like a blanche. Citrus and anise proudly open the door for a nice wormwood and fennel dance. Nothing too complex but nicely playful. Star anise is detectable via a grainy sweetness but it's not overpowering and has been used in moderation. It's light but there's a decent amount going on here.

Finish: A slight mint and proud citrus-anise combo take over the finish with a nice display of peppery/spice tones showing more here than in the flavor. The star anise lends a heavy type of sweetness as well, almost medicinal. The wormwood dies out quickly though.

Overall: A well crafted basic absinthe that allows each flavor component to shine, each in their own way. The star anise use throws off the finish a bit. The wormwood is not over the top but in a nice balance that doesn't dominate the flavor. Simple but not in a bad way.

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4/8/12

Appearance: The color is a wonderful olive tone, very natural looking. It may have been closer to a peridot hue in 2010 when this was bottled and purchased, but that is unknown at this point.

Louche: Very milky and cloudy. This builds up quickly when water is added, likely due to a large anise presence. A lack of a dazzling opalescence keeps this from a higher score.

Aroma: A decadent array of anise, powdered sugar, cola, mint and citrus aspects.

Flavor: Incredible, with very sweet anise, and a nice hint of bitter wormwood springs forth as it coats the mouth. Complex subtleties present include fennel, spicy pepper, lemon mint candy, and some sort of earthiness as wel.

Finish: The somewhat soft initial impression becomes warming and drying on the way down. Again some "ricola' candy type of flavor jumps out. A light pull on the palate certainly leaves me wanting more!

Overall: The best absinthe I've had in a while, after a string of unfulfilled expectations. A little of everything I love about absinthe all in one concoction!
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.5
Reviewed by Neorebel January 28, 2013
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Everything I love rolled into one...

4/8/12

Appearance: The color is a wonderful olive tone, very natural looking. It may have been closer to a peridot hue in 2010 when this was bottled and purchased, but that is unknown at this point.

Louche: Very milky and cloudy. This builds up quickly when water is added, likely due to a large anise presence. A lack of a dazzling opalescence keeps this from a higher score.

Aroma: A decadent array of anise, powdered sugar, cola, mint and citrus aspects.

Flavor: Incredible, with very sweet anise, and a nice hint of bitter wormwood springs forth as it coats the mouth. Complex subtleties present include fennel, spicy pepper, lemon mint candy, and some sort of earthiness as wel.

Finish: The somewhat soft initial impression becomes warming and drying on the way down. Again some "ricola' candy type of flavor jumps out. A light pull on the palate certainly leaves me wanting more!

Overall: The best absinthe I've had in a while, after a string of unfulfilled expectations. A little of everything I love about absinthe all in one concoction!

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Edited in Feb 2013, after getting halfway through this newer, second bottle.

Appearance: A clear and natural blend of light emerald with a touch of yellow/amber.

Louche: Quick to develop, thick and cloudy. If you take it really slow, it puts on a nice display of smoke and clouds. The final result is thick and attractive. I love thicker louches, and don't feel they should be penalized if attractive.

Aroma: Very nice. Delicate, fresh and clean. It promises lots of anise, light florals,
and hints of citrus.

Flavor: Anise-forward, and packed with flavor. It is powerful, yet has a dessert-like personality. There is a strong presence of citrus, gentle spices, and the wormwood softly pats you on the back behind the scenes. If you enjoy anise-forward absinthes, you'll likely enjoy this quite a bit. There is a lot going on here, plenty of herbal and floral touches.

Finish: A strong build of spice and lemon. The citrus hangs in there forever. Butterfly's mouthfeel is rich and thick, with a pleasant tingle and pull.

Overall, it is an interesting absinthe. It is sweet, and powerful, yet for me, feminine. I enjoy it most with no sugar at 4:1 or thereabouts. It is due to be imported to the USA soon, as I understand. I am happy about this!

Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.5
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Scott M. September 25, 2011
Last updated: February 19, 2013
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A delicate yet assertive butterfly

Edited in Feb 2013, after getting halfway through this newer, second bottle.

Appearance: A clear and natural blend of light emerald with a touch of yellow/amber.

Louche: Quick to develop, thick and cloudy. If you take it really slow, it puts on a nice display of smoke and clouds. The final result is thick and attractive. I love thicker louches, and don't feel they should be penalized if attractive.

Aroma: Very nice. Delicate, fresh and clean. It promises lots of anise, light florals,
and hints of citrus.

Flavor: Anise-forward, and packed with flavor. It is powerful, yet has a dessert-like personality. There is a strong presence of citrus, gentle spices, and the wormwood softly pats you on the back behind the scenes. If you enjoy anise-forward absinthes, you'll likely enjoy this quite a bit. There is a lot going on here, plenty of herbal and floral touches.

Finish: A strong build of spice and lemon. The citrus hangs in there forever. Butterfly's mouthfeel is rich and thick, with a pleasant tingle and pull.

Overall, it is an interesting absinthe. It is sweet, and powerful, yet for me, feminine. I enjoy it most with no sugar at 4:1 or thereabouts. It is due to be imported to the USA soon, as I understand. I am happy about this!

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I have been following the development of Butterfly since the time its creator called it simply AA-American absinthe.

In comparison with the early prototypes and the unofficial run, the fully-fledged Butterfly is a remarkable journey to the times of America, Europe when the clock of the ban was still silent.

Absinthe yields a perfect olive green, dark tourmaline colour, I hearsay in some people’s bottles it went feuille morte what speaks more in favour of the right colouration.

The louche is a tad thicker than I have desired from the prototypes (they had a lighter louche), nevertheless here we can see the winning hand of Claude-Alain.

Aroma reveals the complexity of a verte, the most dominant notes are that of crisp zests of citrus, mellow licorice, a slight touch of peppermint and other unusual flavours.

They trap the sipper just in the middle of tasting. Flavour of that absinthe is not traditional and it has never intended to be. It was made having in mind the American palate preferring sweeter, candier and robust spicy notes. And that intention has been realised to the fullest.

Due to the prominence of American, Bostonian character of the spirit, the wormwoodiness is slightly less accentuated in the finish.

Nevertheless, it is a truly American absinthe made with skills and artistry, if coming from Switzerland.

Haven’t had the other of the newer European offerings, but I am still sure they won’t dethronize Butterfly.

Overall rating 
 
4.7
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Reviewed by absinthist September 27, 2010
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I am gonna fly away

I have been following the development of Butterfly since the time its creator called it simply AA-American absinthe.

In comparison with the early prototypes and the unofficial run, the fully-fledged Butterfly is a remarkable journey to the times of America, Europe when the clock of the ban was still silent.

Absinthe yields a perfect olive green, dark tourmaline colour, I hearsay in some people’s bottles it went feuille morte what speaks more in favour of the right colouration.

The louche is a tad thicker than I have desired from the prototypes (they had a lighter louche), nevertheless here we can see the winning hand of Claude-Alain.

Aroma reveals the complexity of a verte, the most dominant notes are that of crisp zests of citrus, mellow licorice, a slight touch of peppermint and other unusual flavours.

They trap the sipper just in the middle of tasting. Flavour of that absinthe is not traditional and it has never intended to be. It was made having in mind the American palate preferring sweeter, candier and robust spicy notes. And that intention has been realised to the fullest.

Due to the prominence of American, Bostonian character of the spirit, the wormwoodiness is slightly less accentuated in the finish.

Nevertheless, it is a truly American absinthe made with skills and artistry, if coming from Switzerland.

Haven’t had the other of the newer European offerings, but I am still sure they won’t dethronize Butterfly.

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