Reviews written by czardoniks

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Retired Brands
Reviewed by czardoniks     August 13, 2011
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

W.O.W. (World Of Wormwood)

COLOR: Absolutely crystal-clear.

LOUCHE: Actually more of a louche than I expected, considering the sparsity of the usual herb bill.

AROMA: Wormwood with a bit of mint underneath. None of the typical blanche "sweet" scent.

FLAVOR: Once again, mostly wormwood. Less bitter than you might think, with the lack of significant anise & fennel to counter the A.A.

FINISH: Warm and numbing, with a pleasant "bite".

OVERALL: This was a tricky one to score, as it is so purposely skewed toward the wormwood characteristic. My ratings, for aroma and flavor especially, take this into consideration. (What would be "unbalanced" in a more traditional formula is not necessarily so in this case.)
That being said, I enjoyed this unique sample, and I appreciate getting the chance to further "educate" my palate.

Retired Brands
Reviewed by czardoniks     August 13, 2011
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Raising the Bar...

COLOR: Rather pale yellow-green. Natural with good clarity.

LOUCHE: Oil trails turn rather suddenly to faintly green-hued opalescence. What I would consider to be medium-thickness at a 3:1 dilution ratio.

AROMA: Quite minty at first, followed by more delicate herbal tones. Very clean, almost mouth-watering.

FLAVOR: Fresh tasting mintiness with just enough anise/fennel to round out the wormwood. Not bitter, but a bit spicy in a very tasty way. I added no sugar.

FINISH: Smooth and mildly dry with a little numbing. Lingers pleasantly, making you want another sip. And another after that.

OVERALL: A very nice drink, one of the best I've tried to this point. Obviously crafted with high quality ingredients. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to sample this delicious absinthe!

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by czardoniks     August 07, 2011
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
2.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Is it Montmartre "Lite" or Mata Hari "Extra" ?

From the label: "historical recipe from 1909"
"with grande wormwood, sage, fennel, & various other natural herbs"

COLOR: Pleasing deep peridot, without sediment. Seemingly natural, but such a clean-looking green you have to wonder...

LOUCHE: Lots of immediate oil trails with the addition of water, fading to an anticlimactic translucent blue-green. No real "smoke" effect to speak of.

AROMA: Predominately cinnamon with an underlying spicy-pine scent. A hint of fennel. If anise is in there, I can't seem to find it.

FLAVOR: Lacks complexity. Again mostly cinnamon and faint wormwwood bitterness, with very little detectable anise or fennel.(No sugar used.)

FINISH: Very thin, slightly dry, not very numbing. 65% ABV but still weak-tasting even at a 3:1 ratio. Not much "bite" at all.

OVERALL: In a word, disappointing. I had high hopes for this absinthe, with its label nearly identical to that of Montmartre. Unfortunately, I'd say Mephisto falls somewhere between Monty and Mata Hari within the Fischer repertoire.

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by czardoniks     May 14, 2011
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Off the Beaten Path

(Batch 29; no sugar)

COLOR: Clear & natural looking. This sample was not really red at all, just a very faint "coral" hue. I was hoping for a rosier tint.

LOUCHE: Swirls form quickly, turning the glass more pearl than pink at about a 3:1 water to absinthe ratio. Attractive.

AROMA: An initial sweetness common to many of the blanches I've tried, then turning more to citrus. Intriguing.

FLAVOR: Not a strong traditional anise/fennel presence; more of a slightly bitter-sweet citrus characteristic. Reminds me a bit of grapefruit. Pleasant, but a little more balance would make it more so.

FINISH: Crisp and dry, slightly numbing. Almost gin-like.

OVERALL: I would agree with the label notes that it is "tweaked". It's not your typical absinthe, but I found it refreshingly different. If you don't mind some experimentation with the traditional, a la St. George or Germain-Robin, you might enjoy this, as well.
I'll be reaching for this bottle again as a nice summer beverage.

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