Yesterday we had a little Absinthe contest. We sampled Absinthe Vieux Pontarlier, Absinthe Berthe de Joux and Absinthe Butterfly. Our overall winner was Absinthe Vieux Pontarlier. It has a very creamy mouth feel, with a good anise base, which is surrounded by wonderful additional herbal notes. This separates this Absinthe in our opinion from the other two competitors.
Absinthe Berthe de Joux is on our opinion too flat. Don´t misunderstand us, the Absinthe has a very unique taste, but we miss a “base” where these fine notes are build upon.
Absinthe Butterfly wins the second place. We love the fresh citrus taste of this Absinthe. But it is too special to qualify as an overall winner. In the category “specialty” it would win the first price.
What´s your opinion about these Absinthes?
For september our Absinthe of the Month is Fleur d´Absinthe. A French Absinthe from Fougerolles, with a real wormwood sprig in the bottle. The Absinthe itself has a higher fennel content, as the laws in France have changed recently and a higher level of fenchone, the essential oil in the plant fennel, is now legal. Therefore this French Absinthe has a new taste, fresher than the often anise based French Absinthes. The color of this Absinthe is naturally greenish, the louche is cloudy – but not as intense compared to other Absinthes. Overall a nice Absinthes and always an eyecatcher with the wormwood sprig in the bottle!
Absinthe of the Month: Fleur d´Absinthe at a reduced introduction price and with a free Absinthe Grilles Flower. Here is a small description of Absinthe Fleur d´Absinthe from the distillery:
Absintheurs, now it is time for you to give some advice to other Absintheurs. Which Absinthe would YOU recommend for a:
- Beginner (what should he start with?)
- An advanced Absintheur (quality counts)
- An effect seeker (buzz is important)
Please advise and discuss based on your personal point of view!