|By Absinthespoon on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 10:12 am: Edit|
I think a blind-folded taste test is called for!
|By Heiko on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 09:34 am: Edit|
I guess it must be the taste of the red colorant. I also think Serpis (standard) tastes "red", kind of. Some flavor I know from orange lemonades and stuff like that. If it's not totally psychological because of the color, the only explanation would be that the red colorant has a specific taste which is linked to orange lemonades in my brain ;-)
|By Perruche_Verte on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 08:20 am: Edit|
Yeah, you're right. But I'm not talking about the color, I'm talking about that sort of sweet-hot flavor in Serpis which I taste right after the anise.
Does someone have both NS and Serpis 65? Try them side by side and tell us what you think.
|By Absinthespoon on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 08:05 am: Edit|
I don't think the red is a flavor, I think it's just cochineal, which is a coloring agent made from red mealy bugs which live on prickly pear cactus. Cochineal is widely used- I recently noticed it's in the Dole pink grapefruit juice in our vending machines at work.
|By Perruche_Verte on Friday, September 14, 2001 - 09:21 pm: Edit|
The new Serpis tastes a LOT like NS, only with that "red" flavor (what is it? cinnamon?) in addition to the others. It has a stronger wormwood extract taste.
Pretty good. Not sure whether I'll get it again.
|By Absinthespoon on Friday, September 14, 2001 - 07:51 pm: Edit|
What I like best about Mari Mayans is the 200 ml bottles. They are quite convenient to tuck into your bag when going on a short trip.
|By Heiko on Friday, September 14, 2001 - 07:04 pm: Edit|
Strange that some (most) think MM 70 is disgusting. I find its taste boring, nothing more, nothing less. Just like the MM 55%, extremely one dimensional. Only the 55% is not as mild as the 70%. I don't know which one I'd say is better. They just taste boring :-)
|By Absinthespoon on Friday, September 14, 2001 - 06:58 pm: Edit|
Yes I have a bottle of MM55. I actually like it better than the MM70. It's possible to drink it straight- it seems somewhat less "radioactive" than the 70 percent, but I guess I can't really tell a difference in the star anise concentration.
|By Heiko on Friday, September 14, 2001 - 06:49 pm: Edit|
You haven't tried the MM 50% variety, right?
Its anise content is so high it almost burns holes in your tongue ;-)
It tastes, just like the 70%, very one dimensional - the same boring taste, only the 70% is mild in comparison. I think my theory holds up for that, too.
|By Absinthespoon on Friday, September 14, 2001 - 06:38 pm: Edit|
Heiko, your theory about the higher percentage absinthes holds up except for MM70, obviously (that's what damaged our tongues in the first place!).
Serpis 55 is also not my favorite. I always thought it had a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. I am happy to report that the 65 has a very satisfying aftertaste (again, to my less-than-perfect palate).
|By Heiko on Friday, September 14, 2001 - 01:30 pm: Edit|
I'm also suffering of a bad anise immunity...
In some brands I don't even detect anise anymore, while other people (not used to any absinthe or pastis) say all they taste is anise.
I think the anise isn't as predominant in any of the higher percentage absinthes. That's what makes Deva 70 a little better than Deva 55.
I'm looking forward to my next order (and Serpis 65) - even the standard Serpis is not my favorite.
|By Tavarua on Friday, September 14, 2001 - 11:03 am: Edit|
I'll roshamboe you for it.
|By Uncle on Thursday, September 13, 2001 - 07:44 pm: Edit|
I just recived a bottle of 65 as a gift from a friend. This is the my favorite so far! The 65 is the perfect drink for a cool fall night .
|By Absinthespoon on Thursday, September 13, 2001 - 06:31 pm: Edit|
Just got my order with 2 bottles of Serpis 65 (hey I knew I would like it!). I was somewhat alarmed when I picked up the package because it smelled of wormwood! One of the bottle caps was cracked; fortunately only about 25 ml was spilled. I did go for the olive oil combo, as I was able to get it for the minimum shipping charge.
The Serpis 65 is really, really nice. Same red cochineal color, but a much improved taste, to my palate. I'm know my taste is not as refined as many of you so I won't attempt a detailed review. I would just say that I don't really detect star anise as a major component, although my tongue has probably been permanently damaged by Mari Mayans! I think it's fairly subtle here. I thought the "old" Serpis was nice, but the 65 is really quite delicious.
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