Reviews written by Brian Robinson

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Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 07, 2013
Overall rating 
 
0.9
Appearance 
 
1.5
Louche 
 
0.5
Aroma 
 
0.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
1.5
Overall 
 
0.5

Danger, Danger, Will Robinson

If you see this on the shelves or online, avoid it at all costs. As the other reviewer below noted, this has absolutely no association with absinthe aside from...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 04, 2013
Last updated: July 04, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

barrel aging has added some interesting qualities

Color: Barrel aging has taken the vibrant peridot green of the original and toned it down a bit, without creating a full fuille morte effect. Inviting. Louche: as...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 04, 2013
Last updated: July 04, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.5

Much improved

I was finally able to try the updated version of VdF, which is now called Enigma Verte. For comparison's sake, I have copied my original review below. Color:...

Vintage Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     May 02, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.5
Overall 
 
4.5

A rare treat

Appearance: A wonderful fuille morte. If you didn't know, you would think it was cognac from across the room. No sediment. Jewel-like. Louche: Quick to louche,...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 07, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
3.5

Interestingly savory

Appearance: very bright and inviting. An attractive peridot green. No visible sediment. Louche: Attractive and bright. A bit on the thinner side at 3:1, but still...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 07, 2012
Last updated: December 07, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.5
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
3.5

Fruity and straightforward

Appearance: Clear, but more on the olive oil green side, compared to the typical fresh, peridot color. Still attractive, and indicative of a naturally colored absinthe on its way...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 19, 2012
Last updated: September 19, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
1.5
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.5
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.5

So delicate, it's like drinking flavored water

Appearance: Crystal clear and inviting. Louche: From the very beginning, it looks as if it's trying very hard to louche. You see plenty of trails, but then...nothing...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 05, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.5

Disappointing

Appearance: Almost more of a forest green compared to a peridot. Not incredibly bright, but still inviting and essentially 'correct'. No visible sediment or haze. Louche: Green,...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     May 13, 2012
Last updated: July 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
4.0

An intriguing absinthe and unique profile

Appearance: A deep amber. Almost like a cognac. Very attractive. No sediment, although it must be noted that this was from a decanted sample. Louche: ...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 14, 2012
Last updated: February 14, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

A fine example of a rouge

Appearance: Very attractive, deep ruby red. Louche: Well formed louche with hints of pink, orange and white. Aroma: Lots of refreshing wormwood with flowery undertones and citrus. ...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 14, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
2.0

I need more flavor.

A regionally available brand from Florida. Thanks to a friend for procuring a bottle for me. Appearance: Quite light, but an attractive shade of green. Louche: Very...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 05, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0

Needs a lot of help

Appearance: I know it's meant to be a reproduction of a vintage brand, so we should expect a dead leaf color, but it's more yellowish than fuille morte. ...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 05, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
2.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
1.0

Not absinthe

Appearance: A very deep, clear peridot. Quite attractive. Louche: Odd, foamy bubbles around the edge of the glass. Not really a lot of louching at all. Very...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 19, 2011
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

A very nice start!

Appearance: A very pale peridot. Louche: A lovely, light louche. Amber, green and white hues. Aroma: Earthy and sweet with a hint of fresh lettuce (like...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 19, 2011
Last updated: December 19, 2011
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

The mellow cousin of Berthe de Joux

Appearance: A darker shade of green than normal, but not in a bad way. Kind of a mix between peridot and forest green. Attractive. Louche: A very...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 25, 2011
Last updated: September 26, 2011
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0

Not liking this at all.

Appearance: Not a bad appearance. A little too dark though. It must be noted that the lable states that this brand of absinthe was colored with caramel... ...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 25, 2011
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
4.0

An enjoyable offering

Appearance: An attractive light green. Louche: Nicely built with a delicate milkiness. Inviting. Aroma: Very nice herbal aroma slightly dominated by sweet anise. Flavor: Quite sweet...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 25, 2011
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Cloying as is, but has great potential

Appearance: Clear and bright. Louche: Not unlike the finished louche of your average Swiss Le Bleue. A bit thin, but not thin enough to be penalized. Aroma:...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 25, 2011
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

A decent, but rudimentary absinthe

Appearance: Clear, clean and bright. A nice peridot. Louche: The addition of ice cold water via fountain produced a nicely built louche. quite attractive. ...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 25, 2011
Overall rating 
 
1.0
Appearance 
 
1.0
Louche 
 
1.0
Aroma 
 
1.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
1.0

Oh, the humanity!

Appearance: A frightening listerine green. Obviously fake. Louche: No louche to speak of. Aroma: Smells of cheap whiskey. Seriously. Flavor: I have to take a...

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