|By Tabreaux on Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - 10:03 pm: Edit|
Since it had not yet been done by any seasoned palates on this BB, I purchased a bottle of Absinthe Original from La Boheme UK (http://www.laboheme.uk.com/).
Let me start by saying that ordering from La Boheme was quick and easy, and the service was first-rate. The bottle was drop shipped directly from the Czech Republic, and was well packaged. I placed several orders on the same day with overseas vendors. This one got to me the quickest. The bottle was packed snugly in bubble wrap, and some product flyers were included.
The bottle is a clear 750mL bottle, and is labeled as 70% (140 proof). The rear label says, "Traditionally distilled in the Czech Republic. Only the very finest ingredients are used in the manufacture of this 200 year old recipe". It goes on to say, "Absinthe is traditionally consumed with a small amount of sugar and water, but it also makes an ideal base for cocktails".
The bottom of the label makes it clear that it is produced exclusively for La Boheme UK. It also goes on to say that it contains 10mg thujone, which should actually say 10 mg/kg. There is a tiny, hard-to-read seal printed on the label which says, "Absinthe Original - Accept no Imitations".
On to the beef:
The color is green with a slight olive tint, very similar to Sebor. While I am all but certain that it is artificial, it looks more convincing than La Fee.
Popping the cap, the aroma seems to be mostly fennel and maybe absinthium, with the high alcohol content very evident. There is not much more to say, as the bouquet is not very pronounced.
This product does not louche except for only in the very slightest manner (less than even Sebor). Adding water made it taste entirely too thin, so I went back and tasted it neat.
Unfortunately, I found the taste to be rather light and bitter, having more in common with the typical Czech fare as opposed to original absinthe or typical Spanish or otherwise. The flavor is very simple, and any anise content is virtually undetectable. I taste fennel (reminiscent of Sebor), and I do believe I taste some absinthium. I say "I do believe" because as soon as I get a hint of that flavor, it becomes clouded by some bitterness which I attribute to fennel (or an extract thereof). Other than that, there isn't much else to describe.
In conclusion, I find this product to be somewhat like a much less complex rendition of Sebor, but with increased bitterness. This product is not cheap, and I can't say that it competes favorably with Sebor, which I still feel is the best you can do with regard to the Czech products. Nevertheless, I will evaluate this product for absinthium content, as unless my tasting is clouded, I suspect it might very well contain a greater concentration of absinthium than most modern absinthes. We'll just have to wait and see.
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