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Traditional Absinthe
Reviewed by metodd1     December 09, 2007
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0

Very very good

Having missed the first batch of 1797 to be produced, I wanted to make sure I got a bottle this time - and I'm very glad I did. Keeping in mind that this absinthe is supposedly from a very old recipe, when absinthe was more of a tonic rather than an aperitif, I was expecting something fairly medicinal and not very complex. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this absinthe has a lot to offer.



The neat color was a bright green. Louche is delicate and takes a while to develop properly. Make sure the water is very cold, and use a slow drip or you'll end up with a weak louche. At 3:1, I got a nice, opalescent louche with very complex aromas that filled the room -- anise, fennel, wormwood, and a bit of citrus.



The flavor is slightly medicinal and I can detect the wormwood quite easily. There seems to be a good balance of fennel and anise, and a bit of mint, spice and citrus. It also tastes a bit "green". The mouthfeel is round and full. This was a very enjoyable absinthe. One of the best I've had.

Reviewed by metodd1     November 15, 2007
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0

1914 Pernod Cache Pre-Ban

I was fortunate enough to get a small 100mL sample of this fantastic example of what absinthe can be. Anyone who might complain about this absinthe is lying. It sort of gets a free pass since it is almost 100 years old and was distilled before the ban. However, even taking that into account, this would be a fantastic absinthe if it were brand new. However, I'm certain the aging had a very favorable effect. The color is more amber than any verte you will see today. It has obviously oxidized, but has lost nothing in terms of flavor. The mouth feel is full at a 3:1 ratio, and very smooth, with a dense yet opalescent louche that was formed by a slow drip of water, and I used no sugar. Fennel, Anise, and Wormwood are prevalent, but this is a very complex, floral absinthe. I can tell there are other herbs present, but it's difficult to pick them out because each examination reveals yet another flavor/aroma, and they are so fleeting that it's difficult to pin them down, which I like. The aroma fills the room as soon as you start adding water in a way that I haven't experienced with most other absinthes. I think the aroma is fantastic. I'm very glad to be able to say I've had pre-ban, and hope to have more as good as this one in the future.

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