Lemercier Abisinthe 72 - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society
From the distiller's website:
In 1988, a directive from the European Council lay down the content to be respected regarding the differents products which are used in the making of food products. The thuyone content to be respected is 10 mg/kg for alcoholic beverages titrating more than 25 % proof in volume and 35 mg/kg for specific alcoholic beverages. Moreover, the 1915 decree prohibiting absinthe is still in force, that’s why none of the current producer of “absinthe” use the word absinthe.
The sale denomination of this beverage will have to obey the imposed rules. The use of the term “absinthe” is likely to create a confusion on the nature of the marketed product with the prohibited beverage resulting from the big wormwood (absinthe), so, it is advisable not to refer to the word “absinthe” but only to the extracts or bases of the wormwood plant.
The products manufactured this way are wormwood plants-based spirits. Moreover, the word absinthe must be written in the same font than “ .. –based spirits” to avoid any fraud towards the consumer.
The color is clear and natural, but not really green. More of a hay/straw color. No visible sediment.
The louche seems a bit unnaturally slow, really only starting after close to a full measure of water is added. It does show as very thick and oily after that point.
The aroma is average before water, but the boquet definitely opens up after louching. A bit medicinal, with wormwood and anise.
The taste is decent but unremarkable, but tends to burn a bit on the way down. A tad too astringent.
Overall, nothing bad, but nothing great. A decent beginner's absinthe.
Pale but nice golden color. Clear and natural.
The louche is quite attractive, but not very special.
It has strong scent of wormwood, green anise accompanied with star anise, some hyssop also gentian scent and pleasant alcohol bite out of the bottle. It is quite simple and not floral but intriguing and velvety as tobacco.
FLAVOUR / MOUTH-FEEL:
Actually it is not so harsh and bitter as I thought. It has no more bitterness than the other absinthes, but some nice spiciness, I believe because of a gentian. All ingredients are very good balanced and the first impression is that this absinthe was made with care. It is good with or without sugar.
Greener color and more complexity are missing in this absinthe but I don’t want Lemercier to make any changes in the recipe ‘cause I like it very much as it is. For that price it is a very pleasant, good quality drink which is perfect for novices and as everyday’s absinthe.
On the other hand, the louche is spectacular and pleasant to look at. Because of skrewed colouration, the colour of a louched absinthe is very grim, unpleasant, whitened Payne's grey.
Aroma is resinous if that is the right word, whereas the flavour builds upon bitterness and lightness the same time, taste is, in fact, a great mystery whether to be that wrong or just that not bad, to put it simply.
Bitterness is too long lingering on the palate, whilst the rest of the herbs seem to be limited somehow.