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Traditional Absinthe
Disappointing
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Appearance 
 
3.5
Louche 
 
3.5
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
2.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
2.5
Appearance: Almost more of a forest green compared to a peridot. Not incredibly bright, but still inviting and essentially 'correct'. No visible sediment or haze.

Louche: Green, white and yellow hues. Not really opalescent, but still attractive.

Aroma: Quite sweet and inviting, with lots of anise and just a hint of herbaceousness from the other herbs. Aromatic and enjoyable, but just a little too much star anise.

Flavor: Over the top sweet. Too much candy-like star anise. So much so that it almost ends up tasting artificial. Almost metallic. Especially once it has had time to breathe. Lots of numbing. If the anise was toned down quite a bit, and maybe swapped out for green anise, it would be a much more enjoyable drink. Overall, it's not terrible, but terribly unbalanced.

Finish: The metallic aftertaste is what I'm picking up most on the back end. I find myself scraping my tongue with my front teeth to try to liven up my tongue again after the numbing has set in.

Overall, it's not quite to the level of 'sub-standard', but I wouldn't put it up in the 'acceptable mid-market' absinthe either. I don't think it would turn off anyone who is new to absinthe, but I don't see it being a go-to brand for experienced absintheurs either.
BR
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