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> La Grenouille, Absinthe Superieure 65%
post Mar 27 2011, 12:49 AM
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Some of you received bottles of a prototype of La Grenouille that was made by Stefano (Conte d'Ugenta) a couple of years ago (?) in Italy. I was very sad when it didn't go into production, and for a while it seemed that it would never be made again. Last summer Stefano got together with Martin Zufanek at Martin's distillery in the Czech Republic, and they made a commercial batch of this wonderful absinthe (as well as another, which I will talk about in detail very soon).

La Grenouille is bottled in 500 ml bottles at 65% abv. The back label reads (in Czech and English):
A premium absinthe, distilled according to the most accurate historic protocols and enriched with rare and unique herbs. Let its warm, distinctive aroma tempt your senses, enveloping you with its sensual Mediterranean character.

It should come as no surprise that fragrance plays a very important role here. Stefano has a talent for bringing out incredible, powerful and seductive fragrances from each of his absinthes. As with l'Italienne, I find myself spending a lot of time just sniffing the drink in the glass. It's intoxicating, feminine and perfumy, but not to the extreme as in l'Italienne, and apparently they don't share any uncommon herbs. I think it's probably more "approachable" to some people than l'Italienne. That's not at all meant as a criticism of l'Italienne, which I think is genius.

Now that it's available for sale, it has become one of my most preferred drinks.
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Steve   La Grenouille   Mar 27 2011, 12:49 AM
Absomphe   Mine, as well. It has more of a floral character,...   Mar 27 2011, 03:10 AM
Donnie Darko   I had it at his place last week. I was so enamore...   Mar 27 2011, 09:27 PM
Absomphe   Stefano is leading the pack in terms of shoving l...   Mar 30 2011, 10:08 PM
absinthist   Both are marvellous. Some sort of a lesson for abs...   Mar 27 2011, 09:36 PM
Artemis   Long overdue. Kudzus to you.   Mar 27 2011, 09:44 PM
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