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Artemis
post Mar 4 2005, 08:14 PM
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At $15 a bottle, I'd drink gallons of it. Unfortunately, that's not the cost for anyone in the U.S.


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post Mar 4 2005, 08:54 PM
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Guess I'll have to move on with another one then.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the scores for Lemercier Abisinthe 72 Amer:


Color before water: 6 (10)
Very pale yellowish green. Natural but as said, a little too pale.

Louche action: 7 (10)
Nothing very unusual, but I noticed that the slow drip produced wonderful oily trails in the absinthe. That pulled out a very fine louching effect.

Color after water: 7 (10)
Color improves and is a bit more green now. Still natural looking, and actually quite appealing.

Aroma: 21 (30)
Before adding water, there's really nothing to it. Nothing bad but nothing out of the ordinary either. Wormwood and fennel can be detected, but they don't blend into anything special. After adding water, the aroma improves quite a bit. It's more pronounced and presents a bit more complex herbal mixture. It doesn't reach the very top, though.


Mouth-feel: 5 (10)
At first it seems all right, then it turns very harsh on the tounge.

Taste: 15 (20)
It's a very nice drink, the wormwood is very much there, but it does get a bit too "spicy". The Amer 72 would benefit from a smoother more harmonious blend of the herbs. Still, it's nice.

Overall impression: 7 (10)
As said, a nice enough drink. Would benefit from some work...

TOTAL: 68 (100)

Personal note: This one really benefits from adding sugar to it. That presents a whole different drink. The mouth-feel and taste improves a lot. However, that shouldn't be needed if this was really a top quality absinthe. I enjoy it, but it must be with sugar.


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post Mar 4 2005, 09:03 PM
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In the more final, non post versions, how will the scores be organized?


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post Mar 4 2005, 09:04 PM
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Yup. Can't get a decent louche without adding (too much) star anise.

Still, 68 is a bit harsh, in my opinion. I don't think it's that bad, not much worse than un Emile 68 (and much better than the regular Abisinthe). That UE68 will also fail to score many marks, with the weights Oxy attributes to the visual...


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post Mar 4 2005, 09:13 PM
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The main thing I hold agains the Amer, which is also what deducts the points from me, is the mouth-feel and the harshness in the taste.
However, as I said - I find that to improve a whole lot with the addition of sugar.

Check my review at my own site, and you'll see...

It's a good absinthe, but those two aspects pulled the score down a couple of notches.

Edit: That could very well mean that the UE68 could land at the same, or more if I find the mouth-feel to be better... But it's louche is weaker...

I'll give that one a go later on.


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post Mar 4 2005, 10:43 PM
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QUOTE (Ari @ Mar 5 2005, 06:03 AM)
In the more final, non post versions, how will the scores be organized?

That's being plotted even as we speak. Stay tuned to this bat channel.


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post Mar 4 2005, 10:45 PM
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On a get-shit-faced on Friday evening note, I was looking for a bottle into which to transfer some Doubs for the opinion of a forum member, when I realized said bottle was already full. Of Jade VS. Even a blind flea finds a dog sometimes.


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post Mar 4 2005, 10:49 PM
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QUOTE (sixela @ Mar 4 2005, 02:04 PM)
...Still, 68 is a bit harsh, in my opinion...

Ya think so? What score do you think I'd give it?


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post Mar 4 2005, 10:50 PM
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QUOTE (Artemis @ Mar 4 2005, 03:45 PM)
...Even a blind flea finds a dog sometimes.

I recently found an unopened bottle of Mata Hari that I forgot about. It remains unopened.


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post Mar 4 2005, 10:52 PM
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QUOTE (Jack Batemaster @ Mar 5 2005, 07:49 AM)
QUOTE (sixela @ Mar 4 2005, 02:04 PM)
...Still, 68 is a bit harsh, in my opinion...

Ya think so? What score do you think I'd give it?

Who the fuck do we look like, Gypsy fortune tellers?

Get off your ass and score some, mighty Kong!


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post Mar 4 2005, 10:53 PM
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QUOTE (hartsmar @ Mar 5 2005, 12:13 AM)
The main thing I hold agains the Amer, which is also what deducts the points from me, is the mouth-feel and the harshness in the taste.

Yup. Too much stanise.gif .

On another note - I just drank a glass of NO, and I don't think there's that much wormwood presence. Then - burp - what is that smell in my nose? Wormwood!

Strange, strange,...


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post Mar 4 2005, 10:55 PM
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It's not true that you can't get a thick louche without star anise. It is true that such a liquor is difficult to balance away from green anise.


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post Mar 4 2005, 10:57 PM
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QUOTE (Artemis @ Mar 5 2005, 01:55 AM)
It's not true that you can't get a thick louche without star anise.

Well, Lemercier can't. Same thing for the samples they're making for PhiL.

Can't be the process with use of individual plant distillates, because Paul Devoille is using the same process for the Verte de Fougerolles.


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post Mar 4 2005, 11:00 PM
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QUOTE (Jack Batemaster @ Mar 5 2005, 01:49 AM)
Ya think so? What score do you think I'd give it?

A very low score - very deservedly so, from where you're standing.

Sadly, we're not all standing where you are.


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post Mar 4 2005, 11:01 PM
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Darn, that NO is not easy to judge and realy morphs on you. Yesterday I didn't like it that much, tonight,...

It's certainly become better than when it was young - though that's not what Jack seems to have experienced.


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