Grande Absente - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

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Not much of an improvement from the old version
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This addition is apparently Absente with added wormwood.

Color: Artificial, but not totally uninviting.

Louche: Given the levels of anise, I'm not surprised to see a decent louche, but the artificial color kind of ruins things.

Aroma: Heat and licorice. That's about it. Not good.

Flavor: Cloying sweetness. I didn't add a sugar cube, but I guess they did that for me. It's way too sweet. Every else is bland. No herbal excitement at all.

Finish: Numbing and licorice. And no, I don't mean the good flavor that green anise imparts to a well-crafted absinthe. I mean acrid, heavy licorice flavor. Like a jelly bean.

Overall: It's hard to describe this as an authentic absinthe, since it is artificially colored and sugar has been added to it (presumably to offset the 'off flavors' that essences tend to add to spirits), but it's not completely terrible. I'd never turn to this if I wanted a properly prepared absinthe, but I guess I could see using this as a cocktail absinthe. Even then, it wouldn't contribute anything positive to whatever it's added to.
Not so tasty
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It's not crapsinthe. It really does louche!

The color is not glow-in-the-dark green but not quite right either. Too much bright yellow. At 3-to-1, the mouth feel is nice but a little thin.

The louche was the high point for me, neither too thin nor milky thick but the color had a near bluish tint which threw me off.

Not much of an aroma. Too little anise but I think I detect fennel and wormwood.

The flavor is out of balance. A bit of herbal sweetness followed by a shot of rapidly fading wormwood. Not much lingers except mint. There's nothing outstanding happening here.

It's much better the crapsinthe but still doesn't rate "average" of what's already available, now. Save your money on this one.
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