|By Tabreaux on Thursday, January 25, 2001 - 08:53 pm: Edit|
I was able to obtain a bottle "Pere Kermann's Absinthe" from a gracious friend in Sweden. Apparently, it seems to be more difficult to get things into Sweden than out.
This liqueur comes in a clear 700mL bottle, and is labeled as 60% (120 proof). The label has a picture of a distinguished monk-like character, who has written in an open book the following: My absinthe is a tonic and digestive (translated). The label sports the curious phrase "spiriteux aux extraits de plantes d'absinthe". Also appearing on the label is the inscription, "With a healthy morals and a rational hygiene the man dies only of old age" (translated).
The liqueur itself is a pale green, is artificially colored like everything else around today, and offers only a synthetic candy-like aroma, much like Absinthe Trenet. When cold water is added, there is no louche. The flavor consists of the mild synthetic 'candy' flavor, which is not anise, followed by a certain bitterness and the sharp flavor of the alcohol. One thing I can say is that Absinthe Trenet, Absenta Tunel, Hapsburg, Neto Costa, and Pere Kermann all seem to fit into a niche of sorts, which fills the vast limbo between the Czech and Spanish products. If you take Hill's, which has virtually no flavor or substance, and add a little star anise, or this synthetic candy-like flavor, and/or perhaps a touch of absinthe extract, you could arrive at any of the beforementioned products. While none possess an objectional flavor (unlike some Czech brands), they do not offer much in the way of substance. Unlike the Spanish brands, you just don't get much in the way of flavor for the money. Quite honestly, these products seem to be geared more toward just getting drunk than enjoying what you are drinking. The profit margin in these products must be astronomical.
|By Tabreaux on Thursday, January 25, 2001 - 08:51 pm: Edit|
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