Two bottles of Absinthe Strong68 and two bottles of Absinthe Gold68 make up the Absinthe Fourtifier Set. Not rocket science, but definitely a rocket in terms of having a wild party. Because these two Absinthes set the focus on the Absinthe effect. Strong68 follows a classic recipe, which means that it has a licorice taste. In contrast, Gold68 uses an anisfree recipe resulting in a non-licorice taste. We recommend to drink this Absinthe with at least two sugar cubes. You will see, the higher wormwood content makes especially this Absinthe slightly bitter as this bitterness is not masked by sweet tasting herbs like fennel or anise. In comparison to Strong68 Gold68 skips these ingredients to create a non-licorice taste. Therefore the louche is also very light, as the louche is normally created by the essential oils of anise and fennel. To make it precise, Gold68 is a straight forward Absinthe: Wormwood is what its recipe is primarily about and therefore wormwood is what you will taste and feel! As this Absinthe is anisefree you can also use it for mix drinks, for example Gold68 mixed with Ginger Ale or Tonic Water and a slice of lemon or orange, depending on your preferences.
|Country of Origin:||France|
|Tasting Notes:||Strong wormwood taste|
The set is a great top up for my Absinthe cabinet.
The Alandia Strong 68 is a nice drop even to drink neat.
The Alandia Gold turns out to be a very matching base for my "Revenge of the grumpy fairy" : in a shaker with lots of ice mix 2 shots 68, 2 shots fresh lime juice and 2 shots fresh lemon juice .. ... the effect of this mix is similar to the Pangalactic Gargleblaster: " like being slapped in your face with a slice of lemon - wrapped arround a golden brick"
Being this was the first time getting my feet wet with absinthe, I spent a good deal of time researching on the internet the in's and out's of drinking this wonderfull beverage. I wanted to make sure it was safe, and something I would enjoy. Once I decided to try it, I checked out a few different places to order it, and found the price to be a little daunting for an unknown substance. I settled on alandia for having the widest variety and price range. I figured if I was going to pay the shipping cost, I would get get more than one bottle to try.
The Foutifier set seemed like the best jumping off point. After placing my order, I was more excited than ever to try the fairy, and did more and more research on the net, this time armed with a brand name. I became very discouraged after reading a "real" absinthe drinkers website where it was suggested the only thing to do with the gold 68 or stong 68 was use to clear out the drains in your sink. I thought I had made a terrible mistake and wasted the money on this first try. I became more optimistic when the order arrived in under ten days with a few bonus products included. I play pool for the american pool players association and had to rush out shortly after my order arrived. Couldnt leave without at least tasting it. Following the true ritual, I poured a small glass (less one ounce) of the strong69 and slowly dripped chilled water over a few sugar cubes. The initial aroma was very inticing. The first sip was a shock to my tastebuds. it was not all what I expected, and a far cry from something I woudl pour down the drain. The flavor as expected had a strong anise taste, and noticible though not at all unpleasant bitter aftertaste. I knew right away this was somethign I could site out on the patio with nice cuban cigar and unwind with. I finished off my glass and headed for my pool game. by the time I reached my destination, there was a noticible effect from the drink. The anise left a lasting taste in my mouth, my tongue felt slightyly thick, and there was a pleasant generally warm fuzzy effect. Since then, I have finished both bottles of the gold , and have but 1/2 a bottle of the strong left. I would be hard pressed to say which one I enjoy more, but I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to a taste of something exoctic that still has a warm comfort drink feeling. I will certainly order this again as well as branching out to try some of the other products that Alandia has to offer.
Thank you for the great first taste!
A very satisfied customer.
ps. I would hower caution against having more than 2-3 glasses immediately before bed, unless you are up for some very vivid and often disturbing dreams :)
I ordered the Fourtifier Set on the 12 of Dec-2006. I received my package 7 days later on the Friday before, Christmas weekend. I tore into my package like a kid opening Christmas presents on Christmas day. I just wanted to have a little taste of the Gold 68. (I have never had anise free absinthe) Bam it was an explosion of flavor in my mouth. It had a very pleasant citrus flavor and a nice orange undertone, it was better then any review I had read.
Now I have had a couple of different absinthes before, but I had never tried the Strong 68. Because my courusity was getting the better of me, I found myself opening the next bottle, to try a shot of the strong. I would have to say it was better then of all the absinthes I have drank to date. I just love that flavor of anise!!! After feeling that nice warm burn down my throat and a wonderful glow of relaxation around me, I realized why I do not drink absinthe at work.
Based on Appearance, Taste, Delivery, Cost, and Ease I would have to give the Fourtifier Set and Alandia a 5 Star Rating!!!