Reviews written by czardoniks
|Flavor / Mouthfeel||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.
|Flavor / Mouthfeel||5.0|
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!
|Flavor / Mouthfeel||2.0|
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.
|Flavor / Mouthfeel||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.