Reviews written by Darkend_163

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Absinthe Substitutes
Reviewed by Darkend_163     November 03, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.5
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.5
Overall 
 
4.0

Probably the best pastis

APPEARANCE:
Very beautiful light amber color with green tint!

LOUCHE:
Louche starts very fast and is too foggy because of high amount of star anise.

Color after water is a little greenish with warm amber highlights, too opaque.

AROMA:
Unique and incredible complex.

FLAVOUR / MOUTH-FEEL:
A little harsh and mouth numbing because of star anise.
Star anise accompanied with huge herb bouquet. Balance is good, star anise is a little bit on a front plan.
FINISH:
Aftertaste is nice, then harsh and then nice again.

OVERALL:
Very unique and incredible complex drink. The only thing I would like to improve is to reduce star anise amount in it to not to be in a front plan. I suppose it would make the drink more balanced, complex and light bodied. But probably it is the best pastis in the whole world.

Strange that this distillery doesn’t make such a good Absinthes, but oil mix such as Absente. They only need to use green anise instead of star anise, use more grand wormwood and fennel in recipe and it will be probably one of the best and intriguing absinthes.

Very lovely appearance. Dark (brown/green) glass bottle with big and nice label. HB letters in glass and natural cork above!

Absinthe Substitutes
Reviewed by Darkend_163     November 03, 2012
Last updated: November 03, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Appearance 
 
2.5
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.5

Popular with not high quality

APPEARANCE:
Clear, amber-yellow color. Looks too bright yellow, artificial. Contains caramel coloring agent: E150c, which is not harmful, but E is E. There was some sediment in the bottle in the end.

LOUCHE: is very artificial and too oily, because of high saturation of star anise oil. It also starts at once.

Color after water is nicely yellowish and opaque.

AROMA:
Very strong/excessive smell of star anise, licorice and spirit. Very simple, but ok. Smell of licorice is very natural, like real roots. After adding a water there are no big changes happening, smell becomes nicer, still a lot of star anise and licorice, but no sharp spirit smell.

FLAVOR / MOUTH-FEEL:
Too much star anise oil, a very flat and simple drink. I like aroma better than taste. First mouth-feel is good, than there is mouth-numbing, because of a big amount of star anise.

FINISH:
The finish is harshly drying, not good.

OVERALL:
Not high quality drink. It seems like cheap spirit is mixed with star anise oil, licorice essences and caramel coloring. As aperitif it works great, makes good appetite, but after it mouth taste sensors become senseless and taste of food is not so pleasant. I expected more from this drink, it’s too simple. But it was my first pastis and it was very nice experience. In the end this drink became annoying and I could not finish the bottle as fast. I can't understand why such a low quality drink is so popular in France. I have no intention to buy it again.

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Darkend_163     August 26, 2012
Overall rating 
 
1.1
Appearance 
 
2.0
Louche 
 
0.5
Aroma 
 
1.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
1.0

Fruko Schulz Absinth 70

COLOR:
It would be better if it had a clear color instead of this bluish one (E133/E102). This producer has also red and black color variations of this product. So… they just change the „E” colorants… Oh my…

LOUCHE ACTION:
No Louche.

COLOR AFTER WATER:
Water with bluish color. Unpleasant.

AROMA:
Sweet candy mint, something like fennel and wormwood scent. It seems like there is cheap spirit mixed with cheap herbal essences. Flavor doesn’t fill the room, just stays in a bottle.

MOUTH-FEEL:
A little numbing on a tongue tip. Cold breath, like after mint chewing gum.

TASTE:
Undrinkable! Nothing natural and herbal in it, just cheep spirit and essences. Also there is sugar added.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:
It’s just waste of money and health! It is not Absinthe, it is just Absinth. This drink reminds me every time of a mouthwash or tooth paste. The only positive thing is that this absinth hasn't ruined my image of the real legendary drink, and has made me to continue my absinthe experience, but please - if you want to try real absinthe, or just good alcohol beverage don't buy this one, even if this is only one absinthe in your country!

PERSONAL NOTES:
I have made this review only after I have tasted a real (distillated) absinthe.

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