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Traditional Absinthe
Always keep A Spare
(Updated: September 13, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Color: Nice natural emerald green.

Louche: Slow steady build with nice clouds and layering, nicely opalescent. Great color.

Aroma: Wormwood and floral elements reach out and grab you. An inviting aroma right out of the bottle. Fresh and clean.

Flavor: Wormwood forward, with anise just behind. Well-balanced. At the edges, there is light mint, fresh florals, pepper and light citrus. A light, refined bitterness, clean and sharp. At 4:1 where it is still rich and thick, there is a bit more numbing than I'd prefer. A very different profile from the other absinthes I've tried from Oliver Matter.

Finish: It follows the flavor, with edges of pepper and citrus. A fresh herbal build that fades nicely to a powdery feeling on the tongue.

Overall: A clean, refreshing absinthe. Very tasty and high quality. Perhaps Matter's best verte.

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