Reviews written by Brian Robinson

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Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 05, 2010
Overall rating 
 
1.8
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
2.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
1.0

Yikes.

I'd write a more formal review, but what's the point? This is a huge departure from what absinthe is. It's basically flavored vodka. Completely unacceptable for an...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 05, 2010
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0

Not a fan.

Color: Artificial yet attractive. Louche: Turbulent and pretty while louching. Post louche, it's a bit too thick and oily, like previously mentioned. Aroma: Star anise and quite...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 05, 2010
Last updated: March 05, 2010
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.0

I'll pass on this one until changes are made

Color: Golden amber. Not a hint of green. A bit surprised by that. Louche: Fairly quick louche with nice layering. Ends up nice and thick,...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 05, 2010
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Not bad for a first batch, but can be improved.

Color: No visible defect. Louche: Very oily louche with lots of trails. Gradual clouding, fully louched by about 1:1 with ice-cold water from a fountain. It's ends...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 20, 2010
Overall rating 
 
1.8
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
1.0

Stinging bitterness.

Color: A very pale straw color. Looks a lot like the tinted batches of Blanchette. Doesn't really resemble a verte. Louche: Weak louche, but still interesting...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 04, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Mmmmm.....

Color: A wonderful amber Louche: Gradual clouding leading up to a nice layer effect at about 2:1. Ends with a gorgeous caramel color with hints of pink and...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 17, 2009
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.0

What a disappointment

Color: A good hue, but regretably artificial. Louche: Amazing trails, but the artificial coloring throws off the final product. Too heavy of a louche, which is expected given...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 16, 2009
Last updated: December 28, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

A very nice blanche

Color: Very attractive. For blanches, if there are no visible defects, I normally give a 4 instead of a 5 in order to keep them on equal ground with...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     December 16, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Quite good, but not without some minor flaws

Color: A bit light, but a nice color. Light olive with tinges of straw. Louche: Nice layering. Fully louched by 2:1. A deep and thick...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     November 11, 2009
Last updated: November 10, 2010
Overall rating 
 
2.1
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0

I wish it were better

Color: Obvious artificial coloration. Bright green. Kind of scary. Louche: As with many anise heavy absinthes, the louche develops well. Maybe a bit too fast. ...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     October 28, 2009
Last updated: December 29, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Another great artisinal offering

Color: Nice Peridot green with hints of yellow. Louche: Nice trails and a decent build, but a tad light for me when finished. I might have received one...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 24, 2009
Last updated: February 20, 2010
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0

A HUGE improvement from the first two batches

UPDATED Review based on batch 4.: Color: A very nice peridot green. Much brighter and inviting that the first two batches, which were over colored, in my...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     August 10, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Quirky and unusual, but enjoyable

Color: absolutely clear Aroma: before water, there seems to be quite a bit of cinnamon and spice, but that might actually be part of the base spirit as opposed...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     May 01, 2009
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Wow. Not in a good way.

Color: Very light. Almost seems like a flawed blanche. Louche: Very thick and turbulent louche, beginning immediately. Good layering. It almost seems artificially enhanced. Aroma:...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     May 01, 2009
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0

On the lower end of US offerings

Color: A pale greenish yellow. Louche: Unlike other reviews, I got a pretty decent louche with lots of greens, blues and whites. Aroma: Very herbal. I pick...

Retired Brands
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     May 01, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Average

Color: Green, but very light. Could use some work. Louche: Builds nicely and ends up attractive, but not remarkably so. Aroma: A little hear at 3:1 and...

Retired Brands
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     May 01, 2009
Last updated: May 02, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
2.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

I want more

This absinthe is all about one thing: featuring wormwood. Man, did it deliver. Louche: Understandably, there wasn't much louche at all. Aroma: HUGE Pontarlier Wormwood aroma. ...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     May 01, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Another enjoyable verte

Color: A very nice, vibrant peridot green. Louche: Great louche build. Completely louched by about 2:1. Deep, opalescent and vibrant with tints of green still showing through....

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     April 25, 2009
Last updated: April 28, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

A second blanche from Bezençon

Color: Clear and natural. Disclosure: For blanches, if there are no visible defects, I give a 4 instead of a 5. I only reserve a 5 score for perfectly...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     April 25, 2009
Last updated: April 28, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Another decent blanche in the US

Color: Clear, no visible sediment. Disclosure: For blanches, if there are no visible defects, I give a 4 instead of a 5. I only reserve a 5 score...

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1 dash absinthe
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