Reviews written by OMG_Bill
|Flavor / Mouthfeel||3.0|
v. 3 - The best Czech absinthe I've tasted
Color: Pale olive with no haze. It looked natural.
Louche: Started very quick but was fun to watch while it lasted. About 1:1 and then it thinned a tiny bit.
Aroma: I just couldn't detect much aroma. We louched with ice cold water and very little if any aroma wafted through the air. That changed a bit after it had warmed to room temp but the glass was empty.
Flavor: I gave it a 3 because 3=Appropriate but unremarkable.
Finish: I finished my glass. I like to see if the drink changes much as it gets less cool. The numbing was strong and lacked flavor. It didn't make me ask for another. The numbing hid any flavor from me.
overall: The drink wasn't bad and it showed promise. I haven't tasted the earlier version. I sampled this about an hour after dinner. I treat a review as I would being on a jury, yes or no. If half points were allowed the score may still be the same or maybe a bit higher as I wanted it to be a good drink. I really did. Perhaps a little more tweaking and less numbing would help. I have some left and will re-review it another day under different conditions. Age may help.
|Flavor / Mouthfeel||2.0|
Long on bitter and numbing, short on flavor
The color was gold with a tiny bit of green.
Ahhh, the louche. It happened so fast that it wasn't enjoyable. Very thick and no opalescence.
Aroma wasn't unpleasant but just different.
The flavor started like the louche. First taste was very nice but was quickly taken over by the bitterness and anise
The finish was long and bitter. The tongue/mouth numbing made me think it was all star anise and slight green anise if any.
Overall it is a drink that you have to be in the mood to drink. I wouldn't offer it to an absinthe beginner. Sugar couldn't hide the bitterness but it may sweeten it. I'll let it set awhile and try it in a few months. It just isn't something I'd suggest unless you want an inexpensive absinthe.
Last updated: December 28, 2007
|Flavor / Mouthfeel||5.0|
Belle Amie, Very nice indeed.
The color was like a mid 70's furniture greenish gold. Totally natural in my opinion but not as green as I'd expect of a new release. I really did like it though.
The louche was slower to start than I was looking for but came on smooth and thick.
Ahh, the aroma. My first impression of this was very pleasant almost floral.
At about 3:1 I found it sweet on the tip of my tongue and working towards a neat bitter as it sat there. Quite tasty with no "off" flavors. Balanced nicely.
The finish lingered a spell and was pretty satisfying.
Overall, I found this to be a very nice drink. I would certainly buy more and I wish I had. Quite comfortable without being brash. I was in the mood for something to curl up by the fireplace and sip. This works well for that. I had read the discussions regarding it's comparison to pre-ban absinthe and I don't think it's an unreasonable comparison and that in itself is a compliment.
|Flavor / Mouthfeel||4.0|
Mohawk the American Pre-Ban
To taste a genuine pre-ban American absinthe was something extraordinary.
The color was pale yellow/green depending on the lightsource. I felt it was just right for the age after seeing other pre-ban absinthes. Pretty nice.
As for the louche, it started with nice oil trails but didn't quite thicken but it sure was pretty.
The aroma struck me as fresh and lively. Very pleasant.
Mohawk had a unique flavor that was very full but different than most any absinthe I've had. The taste that struck me right away was pine/cedar and maybe mint, almost north woodsy. It was there on the second taste and was not a bit offensive.
The finish was long with a nice wormwood bitter that has rounded over the years.
Overall I found this a truly delightful drink. The mouthfeel was just the way I like my drinks, kind of creamy but not to thick. I don't know what the makers had in mind about the way this was supposed to turn out but it was very special. I could have given higher grades but it wasn't quite what I had expected. The Mohawk, in my opinion, would hold it's own in a competition. The pesky evergreen flavor may keep it out of the gold though. A piece of American history I never expected.
Thank you for the wonderful drink.