Pernod aux extraits de plantes d'absinthe - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

 
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Pernod aux extraits de plantes d'absinthe - Reviewed by Experts and Consumers at The Wormwood Society

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What a disappointment
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2.5
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3.0
Louche
 
3.0
Aroma
 
3.0
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2.0
Color: A good hue, but regretably artificial.

Louche: Amazing trails, but the artificial coloring throws off the final product. Too heavy of a louche, which is expected given the levels of star anise.

Aroma: The characteristic acridity of star anise and alcohol heat. Not very inviting.

Flavor: The lack of wormwood is another major disappointment. Compared to Pre-ban Pernod, I'd be suprised if there was any wormwood in this at all. The star anise is cloying and one-dimensional. Pernod could do so much with this, but it seems like they just wanted to push a quick and easy product out the door.

Finish: quick, slightly acrid and unremarkable.

Overall: Given its pedigree, this is one of the biggest disappointments of the modern age of absinthe. I'd love to take the reigns on this project to do a complete overhaul.
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I know it's artificially coloured but it looks natural and attractive. It's clear green, slightly on the pale side. The louche is the best thing about this absinthe. It slowly rolls and builds from the bottom and has great definition. Only problem is that it's a bit too thick and milky. From there things start going wrong. The aroma is almost pure alcohol with some star anise and dusting-polish lemon. The flavour is star anise overload. That, combined with the lemony character, makes for a flavour that reminds me of licorice candy. Wormwood is barely there. The mouth-feel is thin and harsh and the finish is long and bitter. The wormwood oil added to this stuff causes far more bitterness than wormwood flavour. This product tastes extremely similar to Pernod Liqueur d'Anis, except with a harsher alcohol bite and an unpleasant bitterness.
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Senator you’re no Pernod Fils!
(Updated: May 03, 2013)
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2.1
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3.0
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3.0
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2.0
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-Color-
Though I know it’s artificially colored, this is one of the best artificial colors I’ve seen; the mid-peridot could pass for some of the more vivid naturally colored vertes; the latest range of offerings from Emile Pernot comes to mind. Retains its natural look after water; I’d give most artificial colors a 1 or 2, but this one manages a 3.

-Louche-
Louche starts out nice, but then is over a bit too quickly, as one would expect from a product with a high amount of star anise oil. Louched opacity on the thick side, but not any worse than some well made green anise based brands.

-Aroma-
Before Water: Black jelly bean and alcohol heat.

After Water: Strong black jelly bean aroma with a little weird woody medicinal nuance. Nothing downright offensive so I guess it gets a 2.

-Flavor and Mouthfeel-
Oh dear. Sickly sweet light licorice flavor with some minor spice and weird plastic notes. I was expecting an all-out star anise saturation a la Grande Absente but the sickly and weird flavors make this a bit worse. Blunt bitterness and maybe a little mint from the wormwood. While I’ve tasted a few good vertes with the same bitterness power, quality A.a. when properly handled will have a much greater range than this; in addition, the wormwood flavor that IS here does not sync with the rest of the notes. Not much body to speak of one way or another.

-Finish-
Blunt, dry bitterness from the A. a. with a bit of spice. The receding flavors are a relief rather than a savory send off.

-Overall-
As discussed many times before on the serious absinthe forums, it’s a real pity that this beverage carries the Pernod Absinthe name. While it technically qualifies as real absinthe by historical measures (the lowest possible grade of absinthe and cheapest production methods), it has very little to do with the gold standard of all absinthe, pre-ban Pernod Fils. It’s unfortunate, though predictable, to see the Pernod-Ricard megacorporation attempt to link their product to Pernod’s glory days. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the real thing (1910 Palazzo cache, 1910 Winnetka cache, 1914 Holland “very green” cache, Tarragona c.1940-50 and c. 1950-1960) and Senator you’re no Pernod Fils!

Notes: 3.5:1, no sugar. Got a little better as the glass warmed up, but I ended up sinking the remainder of the glass. Not trying to be a snob, but honestly I found this drink to be unpleasant.
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