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

 
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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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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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