According to http://www.laboheme.uk.com/
"Developed from an original Swiss absinthe recipe this Czech absinthe is free of colorings and preservatives. All the essential ingredients and herbs are carefully selected and processed to ensure the unique taste of Absinthe. The delicate process of maceration continues with the presence of herbs (the main one being wormwood) in the bottle."
AVERAGE SCORE 10
Reviewed by Gertz 3/19/2005
COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
A pale, not very intense green. Not artificial-looking, though.
LOUCHE ACTION 0/10
COLOR AFTER WATER 1/10
A paler shade of the color before water. As mentioned, no louche; the one point is for not looking artificial.
Mostly bad alcohol, with only the slightest hint of some other indefinable chemicals. A few points because the bad things could be more pronounced.
Bitter with bitter and a long-lingering bitter aftertaste. Positively hard to swallow. After five or ten minutes, a slight hint of flavor from bad alcohol shines through the bitterness. Sugar only helps in amounts huge enough to completely mask any other taste.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 0/10
To be avoided at all costs.
Gertz scores Absinth - King of Spirits 13 out of 100.
Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 4/5/2011
COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
Grayish weak green with fennel-seed like herbal particles, certain natural appeal it does have.
LOUCHE ACTION 1/10
Weak louche with slow pour where the seedy fennels turdbulently danced.
COLOR AFTER WATER 1/10
Transparent hazy weak grayish yellow green.
Neat or louched, stomach-upsetting fishy old soaked fennel aroma without anything else.
Bitterness overrides any other mouthfeel sensations.
Disturbingly bitter without any herbal character or sweetness.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 0/10
Bruno Rygseck scores King of Spirits 7 out of 100
Absinth King of Spirits
Editor's note: New review from Bruno posted at a later date have been included above...
C'mon Bruno - what did you really think?!?
A 4? Not 3, not 5, but 4.
He was going to give it a 1/20 for taste, which would have improved the overall score, but then he had to penalize it an extra point for tasting too bad to give it a 1/20.
I think that was ten points fewer than I awarded KOSG.
Sounds about right.
Hmmm... I was going to update this review but honestly, 4/100...
I know KoS ain't good, but 4 out of 100.
In order to achieve 0 points for aroma and 0 points for mouth-feel and 0 points for taste this has to be even worse than Perigan and even worse than Elixier and...
Even though I know KoS is shit and that it's not worthy of the name absinth(e) on the label, I cannot make myself include a review of only 4 points for something that at least is made from natural products, not essences, and thus should have at least a little hint of something in the aroma and maybe even in taste.
Hell, if we can award chewing-gum like flavors points, I'd have to say that even KoS deserves some points in the above categories.
It's easy to be biased by the fact that this is KoS but I would be willing to bet a lot that the scores would not be as low if this was blind tasted... If I could be so kind to have you re-visit ( ) the KoS and do another review you're more than welcome because I am not so sure that I can include this.
Now, let the bashing begin.
No bashing from my side, I could give it another try. There is still about 2 cl left in the mini bottle, including the sediment (herbal parts). Even if it did not score more, I could think of rewording the Overall impression part.
cheers /// BR
Or you might even decide to lower it a point or two, which I don't necessarily think would be undeserving, either.
I would review it, if I had a bottle.
"Nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean, know what I mean, say no more, say no more!"
'However, this bottle WAS marked `poison,' but Alice ventured to review it anyway.."
Alice, you missed the chance to try the Gold version a while back. A bunch of us simultaneously jumped on that grenade to save others.
I'm still waiting for my veteran's benefits, and a purple heart.
So am I, but a bit of Duplais seems to be deadening whatever pain I thought I was feeling...
I haven't been the same since.
Of course not.
Oxy never warned us that the Balztrippin'™ would include residual flashbacks.
Re-reviewed. Same mini bottle as in my previous review from 2007.
Absinth King of Spirits
Editor's note: Review moved into main review post and into the Buyer's Guide.
Heheh… glutton for punishment, you are.
O would be proud.
It should be posted at the Lounge for the ramification of that clown who's been haunting the place with tales of and Coors Light.
Is this a new record low score?
Other than Bruno's original rating of 4, I think so.
King of Spirits deserves a score on the negative end of the number line, even a zero is too generous, as it seems it was designed to be deliberately offensive. A shitty beer like PBR is just bad because they wanted to do something as cheaply as possible with beer-ish ingredients, but at the end of the day, it still very vaguely fits the term "beer" and could be identified as "Beer" by the average person.
Not so with King of Spirits. I challenge anyone who has tried even the most mediocre glass of absinthe to claim that King of Spirits resembles anything that slightly fits the definition of absinthe. King of Spirits is like a cruel practical joke, in which someone switched your drink with a bucket of dirty mop water combined with isopropyl alcohol when you weren't looking. The fact that they then charge that much $ for it is grounds that the makers should be shot.
KOS is just KOSG Lite.
Taking that into consideration… I had the opportunity to taste Hills a few years ago, possibly the most revolting alcohol I've tasted to date. I'm trying to imagine something worse.
Bruno, have you tried Hills (since you seem to have a strong constitution)?
It's like doing a taste comparison of shit from different dog or cat breeds. Is there really any sense in ranking them once you've reached that level? And if opinions vary do you actually learn anything useful?
Now can you adjust the color on your icon so it looks like brown smeared across your cheeks and nose?
Panning Hills and KOS, that was the old days. So much has changed since then.
Now Oxy sell 'em.
Reviews of the vile stuff are entertaining.
I sent one of the members a sample of Le Tourment as part of a blind tasting package to hear the review. Another shit variant.
Someone must like the stuff, it keeps selling.
An apt review of King of Spirits.
Prazky Prague Absinth. Just got in a bottle this week.
Easily the worst I've ever had. KOSG is like a breath of fresh air in comparison.
If anyone wants to punish themselves, PM me. I'm happy to send you a sample.
If I had some Elixier, we could trade, and share war stories, but, thankfully, I don't.
That stuff is bad, but Prazky is literally the only 'absinth' to evoke the gag factor for me.
Tell that to Logan Blanche.
I thought the gag factor was his issue,
It's even got a sprig of wormwood in the bottle!
Which raises the question of why you
bought tasted it.
I didn't buy it. I've already explained why I taste bad 'absinthe'.
And yet, and yet… Oh, the possibilities.
Be still my trembling fingers.
The possibilities are endless.
Either you've confused me with CG or Shabba with something s/he may or may not be.
Possibly, butt the alternatives are too confusing/scary to contemplate.
Most everything associated with Shabba is.
Only because you've pussed out every time I've asked to eat a beer or two downtown. All can be clarified, grasshopper.
Guess the thought must have caused me to lose my appetite.
I thought you were a stronger man than that.
Oh don't be so humble. You must recognize that your own, uh, strength is far greater than his.
Pseudo-macho posturing is Shabba's strength.
You think I act macho? Even pseudo-macho? Puh-lease. I've never threatened or intimidated anyone. Nor have I acted nearly as domineering as others here. Even when others were doing so to me.
I take forum banter for what it is. Apparently you read a bit more into it than you should. I'm a jovial and light-hearted guy.
Macho, no. Pseudo-macho on an infintile level (you thought I was "strong" enough to meet you)? Natch.
Perhaps you should go back to issuing double-dares. Preferably without your trademark self-pity, "Even when others were doing so to me."
Shabba's a good guy. I've talked to him on the phone. If he's done something really shitty, I missed it.
Shabba, I'll give you some credit. Your post-count has held steady, or barely wavered, for a while. I actually think you and I have a fair grasp of each other. Sometimes by the scruff, sometimes by the short-hairs, but always at a physical distant that makes it all meaningless. Sort of. Except a little waver in the force now and then. And then your post count jumps more than I am able to account for. I don't blame you. Really, I don't. The account is held by someone else. Sort of. Sometimes I just wonder, that's all.
If it's just banter why do you get so defensive? As for me, I enjoy being offensive. Onacuz I know it's just banter. And there's one difference.
Donnie, you talked to him on the phone? Was that a megaphone? In person? You two would be an interesting study in contrasting physical types.
Hey, I like Pro. His posts are astute and elegant. Which is not the same as "a dupe and elephantine".
I can't say whether or not I like Pro, as I've never spoken with or met him. But I appreciate his posts and his knowledge.
But somehow I don't think he needs your support.
I think I just come across the wrong way then, as I really am not trying at all. I'm just engaging in a conversation.
Nor do I take anything said toward me on an online forum seriously. Hence the reason it is impossible for me to make 'self-pitying' comments, as I was accused of doing by Pro. Making a true statement to support a position isn't the same thing as pitying oneself. I'd have to actually feel some form of sadness or persecution based on what has been said here to pity myself. I've always maintained that nothing said here bothers me, which is why I find it so funny that others seem to always jump to the opposite conclusion.
Bruno, did ya try the Hills you found?
Yes, and I wish I hadn't. It is utterly undrinkable and smells like some solvent. I'm going to write a review, though, and try to be objective.
Just be honest.
I'll be just that.
We all have our little defined roles in this theater of tomfoolery. I'm fine with playing the part.
It's not my problem if people don't pay attention when I say that it's not personal, nor is it raising my blood pressure one bit. No one is yanking this crank. I respond when I feel like it. There are plenty of times when I don't.
Dr. Pavlov, calling Dr. Pavlov. Your dog is drooling all over the forum.
He usually is.
A brother in arms.
...and for the record - yes, Hill's is better than this. Not good, but better than this.
...and for the other record - Shabba; I reviewed the Prazky years ago and yet you went and tasted it...?!
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