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Jade Edouard

 
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Jade Absinthe Edouard
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
3.0
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4.0
Jade Absinthe Edouard from Feb 2006. Diluted at 3.5:1, without sugar, using a brouilleur.



The color is a very clear and bright pale green, leaning towards the blue. In other words, it is not an olive green, but more of an emerald green. There is no trace of "dead leaf" color. After 20 months the color before water is a little paler than I remember, but the change is slight. The color after water maintains it's emerald green within the milkiness of the louched absinthe. It's a very nice shade of green.



Using a brouilleur means that my comments regarding the louche are less than perfect. It's difficult to control the drip to really see the louche develop as one can using a fountain. Regardless, the louche is very nicely done. Beginning with a grand display of oil trails, slowly transitioning to milkiness. The result really isn't as opalescent as you'd like it to be. Perhaps the lighting in my house is not so good. As I approached the bottom of the glass the opalescence really started to show itself. So I'd guess that bit more transparency in the louche would have allowed that to shine forth.



The aroma is very nice. I've never noticed the so-called "funk" in the Edouard that others say they notice. There's no real alcohol bite that I can tell.



The flavor is one of the Edouard's strong points. A rich mouthfeel, with a number of flavors mingling and separating it's quite a delight. The sweet fennel is a bit over the top though.



I never really noticed this before with the Edouard, but the tongue numbing (from the fennel) is quite strong. At least it is tonight, for me. I actually deducted a point for it.



I've always enjoyed the Jade Edouard, and tonight is no exception. It is one of the best absinthes available today (Oct 2007). I always pull it out when I am looking to drink something special. The Edouard was my first absinthe, and one I always suggest to friends new to absinthe to try.
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Another excellent Jade absinthe
(Updated: April 22, 2010)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
As is typical of Jades, the Edouard pours a beautiful, clear, natural peridot, and then louches to a very pleasing jade green, with undertones of amber and blue. The aroma is also excellent -- refreshing and spicy -- as is the flavor (though I do find the spiciness of the Edouard to be almost too much). The finish is very good with the emphasis again on spiciness, though some bitterness is discernable as well. Overall, I think it's just one short rung down from its cousin the PF 1901 -- a very excellent absinthe.

Update: Tasting this absinthe again (for the first time in almost 2 years) I had to raise the score for the finish. There really is a lot going on: a gradual fading of the spices in the flavor and aroma, accompanied by a very slight numbing sensation. I still prefer the 1901, but it is a photo finish.
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One of my favorites!
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Color: This is a very nice green. It is bright but not light, solid but not opaque, and in fact very clear. It is definitely a natural color and is full. This is a strong verte hue that is still bright and clear. Magnificent.

Louche: The louche is slow to start but has lots of oil trails. A nice gradient performs with the clouds starting at the bottom of the glass. The louche ends with a nice thickness and depth. Tints of the original color are left if you look hard enough in the right light.

Aroma: This is a very distinct aroma. It is definitely spicy and still very herbal, which is just my type. Fennel, anise, and wormwood are up front with other spices in the background, including something nutmeg-ish. Higher dilution displays more wormwood, lower dilutions have more anise. Even at higher ratios there is some alcohol heat detected in the smell.

Flavor: Unbelievable! This is a complex gem of a drink. It tastes like it smells with spicy notes puncturing just before the rising bitter-sweet blanket of the main herbal mixture. And yet it is smooth with an almost almond flavor and texture. Every part of the tongue can enjoy this drink. A bit higher ratio is preferred even by me not only due to the high proof but also to allow more of the drink to breathe and come to life. Usually I like my absinthe stronger but the flavor is so rich I don't have to let it be that way and I can get the benefit of a higher ratio while still getting strong flavor.

Finish: The finish lingers around for a good bit of time with the fennel showcasing itself mostly at this stage along with a rising sweet tone. The finish numbs the mouth a bit but doesn't force itself at all. Smooth and delightful.

Overall: This is an amazing drink. It is complex and definitely one to savor. It plays on just about every part of the tongue and is rich with subtle flavors to taste with each sip. Very well done!
EC
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A Difficult Choice of Jade
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
The color is green, bright and intense. A very good louche. It did not start immediately, it lingered at the bottom. It then swirled and floated, it went to the top leaving a line of un louched absinthe, and then became creamy and thick. This is quality absinthe. The aroma was of alpine herbs, with tinges of wormwood. Very good mouthfeel. Creamy and thick, more on the sides of the tongue. The taste is excellent. There is an overture alpine herbs with no single flavor standing out. I could taste the bitterness of the wormwood, anise and fennel, distinct and different, the citrus-like flavor was in perfect balance. The aftertaste lingered at the back of the mouth, an excellent wormwood finale.
This is one of the better Jades. A hard choice between the Verte Suisse and the Edouard.
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Jade Edouard Nov. 2005 bottling
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0
I have to say that this is what I reach for when I want a truly satisfying glass of absinthe. The rich, yet still peridot color, swirling louche that isn't "instant", refined level of spicyness/flavor and fantastic aroma after water all make for a wonderful and lovely experience.
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