Montmartre 65° - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

 
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Spicy Monty
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3.8
Colour is green with a yellowish tinge. It's natural but hazy. The louche action is fast. It's thickest at the bottom but it builds everywhere at once. The result is an attractive, sea-green drink with lots of nuance. Not too thick, not too thin. Aroma is strongly cinnamon with some heat. A little bit of wormwood, with some orangey citrus, fruitiness, and minty wormwood. Cinnamon is the most upfront flavour, followed by wormwood. Dry and not overly anisey. Thick mouth-feel with a spicy bite. Moderate, dry, wormwoody finish with pine notes. To me this absinthe just screams "Yule."
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Monty first run - spicier, with more cinnamon
(Updated: September 13, 2008)
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4.0
The first run of Montmartre is much spicier on the palate, with the cinnamon much more pronounced than the later version. Speaking from personal taste, I like this run much better, as it's quite unique. The newer version is much more of the commonplace flavor that you would expect from an everyday absinthe. That might please some people, but not me.



The color is a very nice natural green. Quite clear and vibrant.



The louche began rather quickly and produced some of the most amazing oil trails I've ever seen. It was almost completely louched after the first measure of water was mixed. It finished up as a wonderfully opalescent white/green with hints of blue.



The aroma began with some alcohol notes, but after it was louched up, those scents went away, leaving a spicy alpine nose with hints of anis and fennel. The wormwood aroma also made itself known.



I think at 3:1, it was wonderfully thick on the tongue with anise, fennel and wormwood, along with the spiciness of cinnamon and maybe even a hint of corriander.



Overall, I really like this one. It's quite a show to louche up and pleasant to drink. The freshness of the flavor with the piney hints make it great for both summers and winters alike. It's a shame the new run doesn't have as much unique flavor. I'll have to conserve this bottle, and dole it out only on special occasions.
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I keep trying to like it
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3.5
Every time I try a glass of Montmartre, I pledge to myself to keep an open mind. So many people I respect are singing Montmartre's praises, I must be missing something. The color is fine although not spectacular. The louche is alright but a bit thin for my taste. The aroma! There is something there I do not like and it only becomes more pronounced in the sipping. Perhaps, it is the cinnamon mingling with the other herbs that throws me off. Whatever it is hangs on through out the finish, tinging the delicious wormwood. I keep trying to like it but Montmartre is one absinthe I just can't get excited about.
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