Reviews written by Brian Robinson

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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...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     April 23, 2009
Overall rating 
 
2.2
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.0

At least you taste some anise...

Color: Vibrant, but very obviously artificial. My bottle is several years old and is as bright as the day I brought it home. Louche: Very thick and quick....

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 21, 2009
Last updated: March 21, 2009
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0

Unbelievable

Color: A wonderfully deep, pinkish amber. Louche: Using ice cold water from a fountain and my Simon Pierce bubble glass, the louche began building almost immediately. The tendrils...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 04, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
3.0

A decent mid-range offering

Color: light green with hints of straw Louche: using the lady fountain, I got some great layering. Louche was extremely thick: almost too thick. Aroma: lots of...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 04, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

An interesting twist on the herb bill

Color: An inviting emerald green. Not as 'green' as most other Matter products. Louche: wonderful layering produced by the fountain. Well formed, deep and opalescent. Aroma:...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 04, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0

A pretty decent offering, but could use some tweak

Color: An inviting deep green. Louche: No real layering. Instead, more of a general build up. Turns out to be a very nice shade of light green....

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     March 04, 2009
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
2.0

A typical Bohemian style profile

Color: An attractive, natural emerald hue. Louche: Developes well. It ends up a tad thin, but still attractive. Still retains a greenish hue. Aroma: Some anise...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 13, 2009
Last updated: January 07, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Really good stuff

I was very pleased when I first pulled out this absinthe and poured a dose. First off, the packaging is great. The decanter style bottle adds a lot...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 08, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Refreshing and easy to drink.

I enjoy having a rouge every once in a while. The holidays are a perfect time, as is a hot summer day. It's a very refreshing, flowery beverage....

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     February 08, 2009
Last updated: October 28, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

The US brands just keep getting better!

After trying a few of the prototypes, I was extremely excited to see this hit the shelves! Color: A shade lighter than emerald. Similar to an unripened pear....

Vintage Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     October 02, 2008
Last updated: October 07, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0

Just plain fantastic

This was one of the most unique vintage absinthes I've ever tasted, mainly due to the louched color. Color: Pre-louche, a deep dark fuille morte. Louche: It louched...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 29, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

This absinthe is so easy to drink

This absinthe was extremely enjoyable. Color: A very attractive deep green. Louche: It didn't layer as much as I would hope, but it built up nicely and ended...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 10, 2008
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.0

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...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 10, 2008
Last updated: May 13, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

I'm so happy drinking this...

Color: No sediment. A very intriguing and inviting deep green. Louche: Much easier to coax out a louche than its cousin, Belle Amie. Great trails start immediately,...

Retired Brands
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 10, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Very nice stuff, indeed.

Color: I LOVE the color of this absinthe. A nice, dark, peridot. Very inviting. Louche: The louche builds nice and thick with great trails. Not quite...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Brian Robinson     September 10, 2008
Last updated: September 24, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

At the top of Spanish offerings

I was very excited to try this absinthe, having a soft spot in my heart for Spanish absentas. The newest version, which I received on 9/24/08 is a dramatic...

Reviewed by Brian Robinson     July 06, 2008
Last updated: November 02, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Batch 28: A favorite of mine

This review has been edited tin include my thoughts on recent batches and how they compared to the original review of Batch 4. UPDATED REVIEW: Color: I was very excited...

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A Classic Cocktail

Imperial Topaz No. 2

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1 oz light rum
2 oz fresh pineapple juice
1/4 oz absinthe
2 or 3 dashes of Peychaud's Bitters
1 dash of orange flower water
simple syrup, to taste (or not)
 
Shake and strain into frosted cocktail glass.
 
Gwydion Stone, 2008 

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