Reviews written by Ken Hallenius

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Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     March 12, 2009
Last updated: March 12, 2009
Overall rating 
 
2.2
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
1.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
1.0

Monty Deuxieme Edition: Petroleum base?

Deuxieme Edition bottle opened 2/18/09, sugared sample reviewed 2/20/09, unsugared review sampled 3/11/09. The color in the glass is a very light emerald, mildly attractive. The nose pre-louche is...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     February 13, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Pleasant, Middle of the Pack Offering

Pouring the Siréne into my glass, my first thought was, "too dark!" It looks like a rich Extra Virgin Olive Oil, dark and thick. The aroma neat was citrus and...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     February 09, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0

A favorite daily drinker

The color in the glass is amazingly bright and clear, having a gem-like quality. It louches up nicely, keeping a tinge of green that is quite attractive. The louche builds...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     January 29, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
3.0

A well-made, Wormwood-forward Verte

Bottle opened 1/09, review glasses louched 1/09. Color: A very solid green, looks natural, not too deep, closer to emerald than olive. Clear and bright. Louche: Excellent "oil...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     December 31, 2008
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

A delight for the eyes that intrigues the palate

Bottle purchased and opened February 2006, review sample louched December 2008. Serpis 65. What does one say? It's red, and it's heavy on the anise. Neat, it gives an...

Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     December 24, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0

A Superb Beverage for Sippin' and Mixin'

Bottle purchased November 2008, sample(s) louched November & December 2008. Marteau Absinthe de la Belle Epoque has been a long time in preparation, and the wait has been worth...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     December 18, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Surprising Finish to a Promising Start

Sample louched December 2008, from an unknown bottling (it was a gift in trade). Louched to 4:1, with 1/2 sugar cube. The color when neat is a perfect light...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     December 15, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0

Cream of the Blanche Crop?

Bottle purchased October 2008, review sample louched December 2008. The presentation of CLB is absolutely top-notch. The blue bottle is distinctive, the label is beautiful, and from the first...

Faux Absinthe
Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     December 05, 2008
Last updated: December 08, 2008
Overall rating 
 
1.5
Appearance 
 
1.0
Louche 
 
2.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
1.0
Overall 
 
1.0

An intriguing drink, but is this Absinthe?

Bottle purchased April 2008, review based on sample consumed December 2008. This is an entertaining, if not authentic, drink. My wife brought it home from the liquor store, her...

Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     December 05, 2008
Last updated: December 31, 2008
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
2.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.0

An Unremarkable Single-Note Beverage

Bottle first opened August 2007, current review based on December 2008 sample. [edit: bottle actually purchased 2007, not 2008 as originally noted.] At first pour of the Pernod AEDPDA,...

Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by Ken Hallenius     July 29, 2008
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0

Unimpressive start

The color is very pale, almost non-existent - somewhere between straw and emerald. The louche is very quick, oil trails are present, but there is no line of separation, nor...

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3 dashes of absinthe
 
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