François Guy - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

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A Good Starter Absinthe
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Francois Guy is light, and at 45%, is not as strong as most others. The color is very pale yellowish green.

This is not an absinthe for those who dislike anise; the aroma is the first detected upon opening the bottle and is the chief flavor present in the taste, although the wormwood shows through sufficiently well enough to keep this from being merely an anise aperitif.

As might be expected from an absinthe so simple, the flavor is not complex or challenging at all, but is entirely pleasant with a refreshing mouth feel. Soft and floral in both fragrance and taste, it lacks the astringency that many more herbal absinthes have.

Remarkably affordable - it comes in 1 liter bottles, as opposed to the more common 750ml. François Guy makes an good beginner's absinthe or an economical day-to-day absinthe.
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A quality absinthe at a decent price.
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The color of this absinthe can't quite be called a verte as its more of a pale yellow. The louche forms almost immediately so there really isn't much of a display to enjoy at all. Now that we have the crtitiques over with its all pretty good from here on with the aroma spreading nicely throughout the room . I didn't like the taste at first but I had only tried Spanish absinthes.I really grew to like this one though it would have been better if it was a little stronger. The anise is not so strong as one woould expect and the wormwood really gives it a bitter kick. There is something interesting going on as the absinthe had an almost rooty nutty quality I hadn't expected and this is what turned me off at the start. Very interesting and complex.I'd buy it again. The bottle also has a nice classic design that is a nice keeper.
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Simple, but highly enjoyable!
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*Received as sample in absinthe explore set from

Appearance - While not breathtaking, FG is definitely clear and natural in appearance. As many have observed, it's nothing completely out of the ordinary, but it is "pretty" in the glass.

Louche - Very nice to watch. The opalescent swirling continues well up to the 3:1 mark.

Aroma - The aroma is mostly the standard anise fare - not overly complex, but pleasant.

Flavor/Mouthfeel - Feels fairly thick on the tongue. Very pleasant taste with far less of an anise overload than is hinted in the aroma. Fairly well-balanced and pleasant. Again, not overly complex, but very enjoyable.

Finish - If absinthe is supposed to be refreshing, FG has that in spades. The finish is light but lingering and adds to the overall positive experience.

Overall - Even having sampled FG without knowledge of its economical advantages, we both really liked this absinthe. While it is simple, it would be a great introduction to absinthe. It is pretty, louches well, smells and tastes lovely, and is extremely easy to drink. I could see this as an "every day" absinthe and, given its incredibly reasonable price tag, an absinthe I would gladly recommend to a friend looking to order a good starter.
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Summer and everyday
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Appearance: a very light green, clear.

Louche: quickly forming, some orange,

Aroma: a standard green, strong in anise, not very complex.

Flavour: mostly anise, but wormwood is there too with its slight bitterness. Not complex but very refreshing.

Finish: some wormwood lingering in the mouth.

Overall: a very nice absinthe, low in alcohol, light but tasty, very affordable, strong in anise. It's an ideal everyday absinthe. I should be perfect for summer. I drink it 1:5 without sugar, it's very refreshing. I tend to prefer absinthes with more complexity and less anise, but I still like it a lot.
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Decent mid-priced absinthe
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Very pale yellow green, louches to almost pure white. Before water, aroma has burning alcohol(strange for 45%) after is strong on Anis and minty Wormwood. Fairly M.O.R flavour profile, but tasty.
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