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Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by hyperlunch     September 21, 2007
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0

My favorite of the Jades

From the bottle the PF 1901 pours a sharp, clear, light spring green. No discernable sediment or haze whatsoever. A slow icewater drip swirls into wonderfully thick oil trails, which appear almost suspended midstream until overtaken by the louche rising from below. The louche itself, while not spectacular, builds well -- pale green, with transients of blue and gold, as it fills the glass. The pre-dilution aroma is evocative of wet tree roots and beckons with earthy tarragon and marjoram, along with hints of allspice. After water the aroma relinquishes floral notes, and additional nuances of vanilla and dry mustard unfold. A 4:1 dilution, no sugar, yields a mellow and rich mouth, not too watery, and not tongue-numbing at all. The first sip is where it all comes to life for me, however, with the requisite sweet anise and fresh wormwood at the fore, smooth citrus filling in, and more of that dry herbal tarragon and marjoram emerging at the end. Just beautiful. The wormwood is deeply entrenched, and hangs on the tongue long after the glass is finished. Even so, one is left with no choice but to drip another immediately, so that one may continue the experience well past one's bedtime. This is by far my favorite of the Jades.

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by hyperlunch     September 18, 2007
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Early Autumn, Late Summer

Other reviews describe a deep green, but my bottle must be farther along in the feuille mort stages. Fresh from the pour, the color in my glass is a clear, yellowish green -- similar to an early autumn elm leaf. With the addition of icewater, turbulent oil trails shimmer and twist like the air above a hot summer road. Eventually the green tint disappears almost completely, as a smooth opalescent fog rises from the base of the glass, thickening into a creamy, pale straw-colored louche. Extraordinarily fragrant upon first pour -- but after louching it blooms even more, reminiscent of a Minnesota meadow in August. For those unfamiliar with Minnesota Augusts, think heady, humid, sundrenched wind, thick with late summer wildflowers and toasted grass. The VS exudes all this, along with notes of cedar and anise. Totally fills the room. Sipping at a 4:1 dilution, no sugar, the flavor is sweet and herbal, true to its fragrance. Very complex on the tongue, with a fresh, bright, lingering wormwood finish.

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