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Pernod Fils Pre-Ban 1914 Cache

 
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Penod Fils 1914 Cache
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
To me, this absinthe is as perfect as it gets. The only reason that I deducted a point for color was that it wasn't particularly attractive in the louched state, although it was a beautiful medium feuille mort, with a tinge of green still visible.



The louche was spectular with much volcanic swirling action, and wonderfully opalescent.



The aroma, both neat, and post louche was amazingly spicy, floral, and complex, and it was nearly impossible to pick up individual scents, expect perhaps for the outstanding quality hyssop that was redolent of baby powder.



The flavor was equally amazing, and interwoven, and was augmented by that incredible "Rolls Royce leather" component that only many decades of aging can add to an absinthe.



The finish literally lasted for hours, and the entire experience (every time I louche a glass) is a trip to Absinthe Nirvana.
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A great absinthe
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
As others have said, this is a wonderful absinthe. This glass was from the 1914 cache and was watered at 3.5:1 without sugar, using a brouilleur.



Wow. The color is a delicate dead leaf amber, perfectly clear and bright. Once water is added the green hints become apparent and the spectacle of what a louche should be appears. An amazing sight beginning with oil trails, then a beautiful hazy ball of milky absinthe at the bottom, followed by greater milkiness with very distinct banding between the louched and unlouched absinthe. At last, the louche wins. While appearing to be fairly dense, the louche has an opalescence that puts the current batch of modern absinthes to shame.



Truly, the colors of a glass of this absinthe are equal to the sunset.



The aroma was very nice, but compared to the flavor, the aroma is not why one wants a glass of this absinthe.



The flavor is quite magical and goes well beyond the dual Trinities of a mere text. This is the work of a master craftsman, and has only benefitted from the effects of Time. The tongue numbing is pleasant from both fennel and wormwood and perhaps more. A delicate mintiness teases and lingers long in the finish. There is a wonderful candy-like flavor pairing sweetly with a hint of licorice. I'm sorry if I've failed to convey all the taste and pleasure this absinthe brings, for my skills with words are pathetic and weak.



I'm glad they banned this absinthe. Otherwise, I'd wander the streets gathering what coin I could find - or steal - just so I could have another glass.



(Just kidding on the stealing part.)
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The "Pernod 1914" Cache
(Updated: August 11, 2007)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0
The colors of this cache vary from bottle to bottle, from rich amber to a startlingly fresh-looking peridot green. This one is a clear, pale amber with a slight hint of green.



The louche deserved a perfect score. Every now and again you get one of those perfect louches: it forms slowly and gently as the water drips into it and when complete, has a compelling depth and rich, jewel-like nuance that has to be seen to be fully appreciated. This has one of those.



The aroma is very pleasant, slightly spicy and perfumed. Not so much as the Pernod Fils 1910, but a similar floral note.



Like the Pernod Fils 1910 cache, I found this one to be a bit more crisp and bitter than most modern counterparts. Fortunately in this case, this is not unpleasant. There is a slightly medicinal twang, and the flavor counterpart of the floral aroma. The anise is not overpowering and the wormwood is very up-front. There are hints of flavors that I would not associate with the primary six ingredients of a Pontarlier absinthe. Whether this is due to the herbs marrying in age, or to other ingredients, is up to the GC/MS analysis to discover.



The finish is pleasant and lingering and what one would expect from a quality absinthe.



Overall, I think this is a very good absinthe, but in spite of the extraordinary privilege it is to taste any pre-ban absinthe, I'm wondering how many of these I could finish in a sitting before moving on to something else, like a 1910 Pernod Fils or an Edouard Pernod.
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Stunning Work of Art
(Updated: February 28, 2010)
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
5.0
I feel so fortunate to have had this fine time-machine absinthe! It's going to take a lot to really impress me from this point on.

Color: Clear sparkling crystal light amber.

Louche: Slow build with light oil trails quickly turning into milky ghost-like clouds in the bottom with a clearly defined thick clear layer above. At about 2:1 it melded together into a perfect opalescent whitish-yellow with the lightest suggestion of green. Not too thick, not too thin.

Aroma: Delicate and wonderful. Light, clean and balanced with yummy anise, fennel and herbs like a spring breeze. Not overwhelming...just right. No trace of alcohol heat.

Flavor: My God. Yum. Wonderful warm wormwood up front wrapped in the anise and fennel, tempered perfectly by the floral and lightly spicy tingle on the tongue. Smooth and creamy. I can't imagine liking any absinthe's flavor more than this.

Finish: Wonderful balance of elements. It lingered just right without being too bitter, with a light powdery feel and subtle tangy surprise at the very end on the back of the tongue. I wish it had a little more power and linger, but so good...I was sooo close to giving the finish a 5!

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Overall rating 
 
4.9
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.5
Aroma 
 
5.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
5.0
Appearance: A surprisingly green peridot, although still more towards the yellow side. Clear with just a little haziness to it that is hard to spot. Natural and obviously very well preserved. The usual dead leaf look hasn't taken its full toll yet. Amazing for the age of the sample.

Louche: Perfect opalescence with a bit more yellow hues in the body of the louche. The edges display nicely with thick silver-blue hints. The end result is a tad thick but nothing too bad at all.

Aroma: The traditional Pontarlier smell with some spicy notes peaks first. The trinity is ultimately balanced with a background tease of citrus as well. Overall the aroma harmonizes floral, fruity, and herbal very well with a slightly noticeable age aroma, often compared to leather or tobacco.

Flavor: Very soft on the palate with a warm citrus and herbal flavor directly up front. Anise is displayed nicely along with the wormwood. The spice hints almost resemble allspice but not completely. The acidity intrigues me as both malic and citric, striking a flavor somewhere between apples and oranges for sweetness. The age related leather, tobacco, and such are far in the background but still noticeable. The simplicity to complex ratio is hard to figure out as multiple flavors seem to be combined with each other. In a sense, this is a beautiful enigma!

Finish: The finish lasts a surprisingly long time. Some earthy, almost mineral, tones show up but the spice flavors dominate for the most part slowly turning to the floral sweetness to fade out. Absolutely unexpected and stunning.

Overall: Exceptional. Every ingredient appears to be not only balanced but displayed well. The soft round texture is pleasant to the palate and the flavor, as well as the finish. A stunning example of what heights absinthe can reach.

A thousand and one thanks and gratitude to the Wormwood Society member who sent this sample.
EC
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