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> Francois Guy, Reviewed
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post Oct 7 2005, 04:11 PM
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AVERAGE SCORE 66


Reviewed by Turangalila 10/7/05

COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
Hardly green. Very pale and delicate. It looks natural, however. Very clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Gentle louche. Not dramatic, but not terrible.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Pale, cloudy green. Looking straight down, has an opalescent blue shimmer. Looks completely natural.

AROMA 22/30
Sweet. Anise-candy fragrance. Smells like the after-dinner anise at Indian restaurants. Fairly untypical, but not necessarily displeasing. Some form of wormwood is noticeable, but there’s something odd about it also.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Smooth and too watery with a bit of harshness at low dilution.

TASTE 10/20
Much less interesting than the smell. One-dimensional, some anise, some “woody” bitterness. The flavor is too thin at 1:3, which makes sense for an absinthe at 45% alcohol. It has a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Not terrible, but not ideal.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
I like it slightly. The fragrance is interesting, but unfortunately it falls short in a lot of ways. It is definitely not terrible, and four or five years ago it might have been considered one of the best of the commercials, but it’s sub-par.

Turangalila scores Francoise Guy 60 out of 100.


Reviewed by precenphix 2/11/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
There's not much color here at all. The liquor is clear, pale green. Slightly yellow, possibly from the herbs used. Not very vibrant.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
This absinthe louches slowly but steadily. I'm guessing there's a minimal amount of star anise in here.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
The glass is a white cloud with slight hints of green & amber. The yellow tints are no longer present.

AROMA 25/30
From the bottle, Guy smells sweet. Anise & wormwood (though there's debate as to whether it's actually used in this drink -- I would venture to guess it is) with a bit of fennel and other herbs I can't pick out. One of them may be mugwort. During watering, the anise comes forward more.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Light. No numb tongue. Refreshing to the whole mouth. A touch thin, but I believe this specific brand is designed this way.

TASTE 14/20
Enjoyable, but too sweet. If this absinthe is truly unsweetened, I'd be surprised. The addition of sugar makes it cloying to the point of ruining a glass. This is the only reason I've scored this category as low as I have. From what my tongue tastes, there is A. absinthium present. The rumors of some kind of hybrid wormwood is a strange one, but something I'm willing to entertain. After going to a local herb shop & shoving my nose in vats of dried herbs, I swear there's mugwort in this drink. Pay this no mind, as it's tasty as hell.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Good absinthe, just not phenomenal. Though, for those who only like very bitter absinthe, this is one to skip. I would keep this around the house all the time as a refreshing afternoon drink for the weekends. If the sweet tones that hang out on the palate could be pulled back about 3 or 4 notches, this stuff would be much better. Makes my top 10.

precenphix scores Francois Guy 74 out of 100


EDITORS NOTE
Picking out herbs can be very hard at times and there is absolutely no fennel in the Francois Guy. This information comes straight from the distillery.



Reviewed by Wild Bill Turkey 11/8/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
Extremely faint olive color. This almost looks like a flawed blanche. Clear with no sediment.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Louches well. Not too fast. Not especially strong oil swirls, but a nice fog building from the bottom.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
No hint of green whatsoever. Looks exactly like a louched blanche, but without the violet undertones seen in some of the great blanches.

AROMA 19/30
A simple, pleasant aroma, not especially strong or room-filling. Smells invitingly of simple green anise, appetizing but without a lot of presence.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Not too toungue numbing. Oily enough to coat the tongue slightly, which I like very much. This makes the mouth feel nice, but I wish it were a little creamier, or fuller.

TASTE 15/20
Very simple taste dominated by green anise and not star anise. Tastes like a great arak, perhaps, without the grape alcohol undertone. Very little licorice taste, but fresh green anise and some light wormwood makes the taste very pleasant.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
A simple but pleasant absinthe. A GREAT introductory absinthe, especially for those who don't care for the taste of licorice. Light alcohol. A very comfortable everyday drink, which conveniently comes in big, inexpensive litre bottles. Looks and tastes more like a blanche than a verte.

Wild Bill Turkey scores François Guy 66 out of 100


Reviewed by peridot 11/9/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
Pale yellow with a hint of green. It's natural and clear, but unspectacular

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Very attractive louche. The layered, interesting way it builds is a short-lived enjoyment as the absinthe louches pretty fast.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Very thick and white, like skim milk. It looks like a blanche.

AROMA 20/30
Before water it's a clean, simple anise aroma. Adding water changes it a bit. The wormwood is detectable, as is hyssop. The biggest difference is that a pleasant, earthy aroma appears post-louche. All in all, very nice but not very complex.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Thinner than expected but not bad. It numbs the tongue a touch too much.

TASTE 15/20
A bit of green anise and a bit more of very tasty wormwood. There's no bitterness. The flavour is simple, light, and refreshing.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
François Guy is a nice, light absinthe for a warm afternoon. The low alcohol degree and simple recipe don't result in a fancy drink, but it's well-made with good ingredients.

peridot scores François Guy 69 out of 100


Reviewed by Wilson 2/11/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
Pale green with a yellow hue, but still natural. Clean and transparent. They could have left the coloration process going a good while longer for a deeper green.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
The louche is nice and doesn't come on too fast. Just keep the drip moderately slow and it will finish off completely opaque. Not really spectacular with the oil contrails, but once it starts clouding, it builds from the bottom with some opalescence.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Because of the light color before louching, the after louche color is white with some opalescence. No hint of green from my bottle. I already took off for lack of color in the before louche, so I don't want to deduct points again for that. I just wish there was a little more opalescence.

AROMA 24/30
Sticking my nose to the bottle, I get a hint of pepper that I was not expecting. I found that pleasantly surprising. Not overpowering on the alcohol smell, because it is only 45%.

Once poured into the glass, the anise and wormwood come forward and I can not sense the pepper at all.

Adding water really opens it up and the smell hits you from arm's length. I won't call it room filling. I love this smell. Woodsy as you get close then the anise and wormwood take over as the glass reaches your nose. Makes me glad I quit smoking and got my sense of smell back.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Fairly thick as soon as it hits my tongue, but thins out. Not what I would call creamy, but it is smooth. Numbs my tongue after a few sips.

TASTE 13/20
Tastes O.K., but not quite as good as it smells. I wish the other herbs would come forward. Aftertaste hangs the roof of my mouth, right behind my front teeth for a while. That's pleasant. I did make some Tremblement de Terre with Martell cognac and the flavor really improves. The addition of a little grape alcohol adds so much to the smell and flavor.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Being able to get this in a 1 liter bottle makes it a bit more economical than the 70cl bottles of the other brands and could possibly make this my regular drink.

Wilson scores Francois Guy 70 out of 100


Reviewed by absinthist 3/22/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
If it is blanche, it should be clear. If it is verte, it should be much, much deeper. It seems it is none, but still pleasant and natural looking. Slightly yellow.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Maybe it is too quick, but knowing how much anise it contains I would wonder if it hadn't louched so quickly. It could louche slower, though.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Blanche with Payne's grey tinge, looks a bit muddy, but decent.

AROMA 15/30
Anise, anise, oh I would forget, anise. It is too dominant so the other nuances, barely traceable, are just that: barely traceable.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Light, anisy, with some herbal nuances finally, it is not as tongue-numbing as pastis it resembles at times, but very one dimensional.

TASTE 12/20
Anise with really small portion of herbaceousness. Really needs more boldness and decisiveness. That absinthe is not speaking to me!

OVERALL IMPRESSION 3/10
After so many years I really wanted to give it another try but as I was not impressed with it previously, I am not impressed right now. It is not that bad but they should refrain from launching Liqueur d'Absinthe and work more on FG.

absinthist scores Francois Guy 54 out of 100


Reviewed by Brunswick Green 12/18/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Pale, transparent green. Very subtle yellow hue. Natural.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Some oily swirling and a nice, slowly building cloud.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Very solid milky grey. Looks natural, stays opaque.

AROMA 20/30
Not too complex, from the bottle it is just sweet alcohol, after water the Pontarlier wormwood shines through. I don't really get anything else. I enjoy this a lot.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Nicely balanced between soft and warm presence.

TASTE 14/20
Instantly enjoyable. Again that Pontarlier wormwood seems very obvious. On the sweet side, it needs no sugar and do NOT add too much water.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Harmonious, easy-going. Something I would serve for newcomers to absinthe, it's honest and won't intimidate those who need to discover the wormwood
flavour. It does not intoxicate the way complex absinths can but it's the kinda stuff you'd happily dunk icecubes into on a hot day.

Brunswick Green scores Francois Guy 69 out of 100


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Reviewed by absinthist 3/22/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
If it is blanche, it should be clear. If it is verte, it should be much, much deeper. It seems it is none, but still pleasant and natural looking. Slightly yellow.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Maybe it is too quick, but knowing how much anise it contains, I would wonder if it hasn't. It could slower, though.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Blanche with Payne's grey tinge, looks a bit muddy, but decent.

AROMA 15/30
Anise, anise, oh I would forget, anise. It is too dominant so the other nuances, barely traceable, are just that: barely traceable.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Light, anisy, with some herbal nuances finally, it is not as tongue-numbing as pastis it resembles at times, but very one dimensional.

TASTE 12/20
Anise with really small portion of herbaceousness. Really needs more boldness and decisiveness. That absinthe is not speaking to me!

OVERALL IMPRESSION 3/10
After so many years I really wanted to give it another try but as I was not impressed with it previously, I am not impressed right now. It is not that bad but they should refrain from launching Liqueur d'Absinthe and work more on FG.

absinthist scores Francois Guy 54 out of 100


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You liked FrASSois Guy that much?

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Maibye ehe jsut hahndlze hizz aklhohawll bterrrer tahn ewoo do. harhar.gif


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tongue.gif Cute tar speaking nmy language. Or ya re havindg tehs ame jeyboard.


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QUOTE(absinthist @ Mar 22 2008, 02:04 PM) *

Maybe it is too quick, but knowing how much anise it contains, I would wonder if it hasn't. It could slower, though.


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The lcvoyuche could slower. Comprendee?


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Yeah, that made a lot more sense...



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I'm glad. So, now it can be updated.


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QUOTE(hartsmar @ Mar 23 2008, 03:36 PM) *

Yeah, that made a lot more sense…


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