La Valote Bovet - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

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Not-so-boring La Bleue
(Updated: July 30, 2012)
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Before Water: Nice and clear

After Water: Good opalescence- not too thick, not too thin.

Builds up at a nice and even pace, I like that it doesn’t louche as quickly as some blanches and ends in good form.

Before Water: Woodsy, pleasant wormwood aromatics that are neither showy or punchy, but solidly in the mid-floral range.

After Water: The pleasant wormwood is the first thing to notice, and again it’s not intense or jaw dropping, but it’s a very nice example of A.A. goodness. The sweetness of the anise and fennel are well dialed-in and compliment the floral overtones. A hint of the pre-louche woodsy-ness has been retained and is now a slight dank note that’s almost funk, but it’s more a neutral character trait than a negative element.

Nice and smooth, sweet but not too cloying; the good quality, well-balanced wormwood keeps it away from boring blanche territory.

Decent finish with all the flavors trailing off in good order.

Pretty nice representative Swiss blanche style, less boring than many. Another sample that took me around 8 months to review, at the time of opening this was definitely a bland-ish drink. Aging wins again.
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Willy the Artist
(Updated: April 29, 2009)
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It is a typical la bleue which wins the attention of an absintheur due to superb fennel, creaminess and discrete anise.

Louche is gradual, good layering, with unlouched line staying for while, not too hasty, but ends too opaque, hence the star anise is very dominant in that department. It is not a flaw, yet could be lighter.

Aroma is very clean and crisp, really inviting, of all the 6 Valotes, only Martin 54 is as inviting as that one.

Flavour, although reveals the abundance of herbs used in that absinthe is balanced with fennel upfront, some wormwoodiness, slightly accentuated mint and very tiny dose of licorice. Since it is distilled licorice, it tastes very different from the one that had been used in vintage Berger or some other absinthes from 1900 on. Despite the use of such ingredients as licorice, star anise, coriander, Bovet is not heavy at all.

Finish is bitter and pleasant.

Unlike other les bleues, it is not star anise bomb, it is not in the vein of French blanches, either. Has personality and is much better than the more recent Bovet's offer, i.e. Tradition.

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