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hartsmar
post Oct 30 2007, 02:53 PM
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AVERAGE SCORE 73


Reviewed by Donnie Darko 9/28/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Clear green with a slight blue-ish tinge. Very similar to Duplais Balance, and I suspect the chlorophyll of the natural herbs used has been enhanced with some sort of additive, as it just doesn't look quite like the colour of any absinthe I've seen that was only coloured with plants.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Not turbulent or concentrated enough, but certainly good, and the swirling oil trails as water is dripped are pretty.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
While it is green, it lacks the yellow tinge that other naturally coloured absinthes have which make the post-louche colour pearlescent and milky.

AROMA 23/30
Not a whole lot there, but there's not any sharp alcohol heat either. The aroma that is there seems to be Coriander and Wormwood, and the Coriander/Wormwood combo becomes fairly assertive when louched. It's just shy of being clean, there is a subtle toasty aroma reminiscent of tails that was left behind in my measuring cylinder after the absinthe was poured out of it, but it isn't enough to translate to the louched aroma.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Not thick and creamy, a little thin, but still relatively smooth, with little alcohol bite. There is a moderate spicy kick from the coriander which keeps it interesting.

TASTE 15/20
This Absinthe is VERY similar to Duplais Balance in just about every respect, except the wormwood is more prominent and the anise is a tad weaker. The coriander and wormwood combine to create an interesting woody/pepper/minty taste. The wormwood used is of good quality, though not of the very distinct Pontarlier Wormwood caliber found in L'Artisinale and the Jades. There's a little fennel in the aftertaste, though it's a tad camphorous and not gorgeously rich like the fennel in Jade Edouard and L'Artisinale. The wormwood in the aftertaste carries on for quite some time, and is the strong point of this Absinthe. The weak point is that, with the exception of the Wormwood and Coriander, the other flavours are more suggested than concentrated.


OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
This is a good absinthe. The drawbacks are the blue-ish tinged colour which looks slightly artificial, not being 100% clean, and the flavour not being as saturated into the drink as the best absinthes. I'd rank it just slightly above Lucid, as the wormwood is more obvious, though in terms of overall quality they're fairly similar, with Lucid having the edge in the Fennel and Anise departments. It's not a top shelf product that a dedicated absinthe drinker would spend a lot of time enjoying, but will likely satisfy most drinkers. Obviously the goofiness of the 66.6% alcohol content and the Manson association have a lot to do with the origins of this absinthe, but thankfully what's in the bottle has good wormwood and is drinkable.

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Thanks to the distinguished philanthropist Lou Leever who contributed this sample for evaluation.

Donnie Darko scores Mansinthe 78 out of 100


Reviewed by Ricki 15/11/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Very nice natural emerald green here. No artificial look to this at all.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Nice enough louche action here. Nothing spectacular though.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Nice opaque amber/white. Very natural looking.

AROMA 24/30
Nice aroma when opening the bottle. Definitely upfront with the wormwood and there is also another scent that I can't quite put my finger on. It smells slightly like honey only less sweet. Quite a nice aroma which blossums slightly when the water is added.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Quite thin but smooth at the same time.

TASTE 16/20
Wormwood is definitely up front in this absinthe which i like. I would say this absinthe has more of a savoury taste to it. It would probably go quite well with cocktails aswell.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Overall this is a good absinthe for me and up there with some of the better ones that I have tried.

Ricki scores Mansinthe 79 out of 100


Reviewed by Neptunati 1/9/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Mansinthe looks olive drab and clear no sediment.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Slow and not concentrated enough. Nice visible oil trails.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Nice off green opalescence, with that weird bluish tinge.

AROMA 20/30
Before water the smell is slightly grassy with wormwood, almost no fennel, and anise lingering behind.

After water it blooms little. Mostly fresh slightly bitter wormwood, very light anise, very mild nutmeg-coriander-lemonish thing also going on.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Somewhat velvety,not very thick.

TASTE 13/20
Nice astringent bitter taste on back of tongue. This mingles with fennel and citrus like notes on the tip and sides of tongue. This is also one of the sweeter tasting Absinthes I have tried. The first couple of glasses were king of grassy tasting, but the last half of the bottle was not.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
albeit possible color tempering and I think a little sugar in the recipe this is a great modern Absinthe.

Neptunati scores Mansinthe 69 out of 100


Reviewed by Hartsmar 3/3/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
A nice light green. It could use a little more "oomph" but it's pretty.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
It takes its time and louche just slowly appears and ends up in a fully louched opaque drink.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
The color develops further and becomes a nice light green.

AROMA 22/30
There's a nice pontica, wormwood and coriander combination. When water is added it flattens and becomes thinner than expected.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
A smooth and rich mouth-feel which is quite nice. It could have been a bit creamier but it's still interesting.

TASTE 15/20
A little light and flat for me personally but it manages to keep me interested anyway. It's very much like the other Duplais "style" absinthes from the same distillery.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
It's definitely a good enough product for the "beginner" absintheur. Given the main audience of this brand I'd say it's a good thing they get this instead of many other things they could otherwise have been introduced to.

To me personally I think there are other more interesting products out there, even from the same distillery.

Hartsmar scores Mansinthe 78 out of 100


Reviewed by absinthist 2/7/2009

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
(Boggy, be nice) (but I can't!). The experiment that has been conducted in Florida some time ago proved something is wrong and unnatural with the colour. It looks like slightly greenish Stromu, I cannot rate it highly, I simply can't.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Correct, so I won't be the bitter guy here

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Opalescent, almost perfect, however slightly too whitish for my preference

AROMA 20/30
Ewww. Something very off-putting, too perfumy, but gets faded upon water addition. Coriander is very predominant, though.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Rounded and spicy, actually quite nice.

TASTE 10/20
There is wormwood and some other absinthe traditional herbs, but something is silencing them and doesn't allow to explode.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
It is a typical good vs. evil absinthe. There are lotsa interesting and worth developing nuances an absintheur would adore but these are overpowered by things that just should not be there (like weird, beherovka akin aroma, some messed up taste and the colour). I would summarize it that way: Matter has tried to make a decent, traditional, if Matter-typical, absinthe, unfortunately Mr Manson (who knows next to nothing about absinthe) has had too much of a say during the production and ruined some really good efforts that could shine just like these shine in other Matter products (like Promethee or early Duplais verte). Sadly, the fanciful fashion killed the tradition.

absinthist scores Mansinthe 59 out of 100


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post Jan 9 2008, 10:59 AM
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QUOTE(Neptunati @ Jan 8 2008, 11:39 PM)

albeit possible color tempering and I think a little sugar in the recipe this is a great modern Absinthe.



The sugar you're "tasting" probably is from fennel and anise. There most certainly ain't no sugar in it. Why should it…
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post Mar 3 2008, 01:09 PM
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Just remodelled the office and found a couple of old score-sheets that I hadn't included, so... Updated!


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post Mar 4 2008, 03:08 AM
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especially star anise - if used in this recipe - it's thirteen times sweeter than sugar


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post Mar 4 2008, 07:28 AM
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Anethole is, whether it comes from star anise or not.


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post Mar 4 2008, 11:18 AM
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Oh, yes, it is.


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QUOTE(Helfrich @ Mar 4 2008, 08:28 AM) *
Anethole is, whether it comes from star anise or not.




thank you for mentioning that - wiseass -



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post Sep 11 2009, 09:39 AM
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Updated...


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post Mar 27 2013, 08:32 PM
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Mansinthe

Purchased two bottles of this over the last two years to keep my collection stocked. Got it at Total Wine.

Reviewed by The Great Destroyer 3/27/2013

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Good color, natural emerald, not too light, subtle balanced green, definitely looks organic with no artificial coloring from what I see. I counted a point off because I like the color a little darker.

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
The louche was very disappointing. There didn't seem to be any action, it was flat and boring and the water seemed to blend too easily. I am guessing the oil content of the absinthe isn't very high because of how immediate the merge is, you don't even notice a louche really, its just green and then yellowy.

COLOR AFTER WATER 3/10
Other reviewers said there is no yellow tinge, however, in mine, there was. The louche was weak, and did not produce the opaque-ness that I like to see in a quality absinthe. It looks translucent and flat.

Along side this, after having Mansinthe on a shelf for 6 months, there are huge chlorophyll flakes in the absinthe, to the likes I haven't seen before. I shook the bottle hoping the flakes would reabsorb, but they did not, I had to filter the absinthe to get the flakes out.

AROMA 30/30
The smell of this absinthe is great. No complaints. You can smell every herb blended together in a boquet of what an absinthe should smell like. No heat streaming out of the bottle, and nothing smells off.

MOUTH-FEEL 3/10
Extremely flat and unappealing. No thickness whatsoever. There is, what I would consider, quite an alcohol bite.

TASTE 13/20
Mansinthe is not the worst absinthe I've had, but it is far from the best. The taste would be actually quite appealing, however, someone thought it would be a good idea to use Calamus (aka Sweet Flag) in the recipe, which instantly kills it for me. Take a quality absinthe, water it down, add Calamus and you have the taste of Mansinthe. If they removed that one herb, I would score this one a 17.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
While Mansinthe is the product of quality distillation, I fear that after the production process, they water the absinthe down, likely to obtain their 66.6% abv, taking away its natural ability to preserve the chlorophyll in the bottle. The flakes were a disgusting surprise when drinking with friends, and the flat, uneventful louche and thin absinthe is nothing to write home about. The worst thing about Mansinthe is the Calamus herb. Known by herbalists as "American Cocaine", they clearly thought it would be a good idea to add a "racy sounding" sedative/stimulant. Unfortunately, that taste makes me recoil and for that, I had to score it lower than i'd like to. Mansinthe continues to sit on my shelf unconsumed.

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I bought it at Total Wine for around $60.

The Great Destroyer scores Mansinthe 69 out of 100
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There is no calamus in Mansinthe.


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QUOTE(Alex @ Mar 27 2013, 01:32 PM) *

Mansinthe

COLOR AFTER WATER 3/10
Along side this, after having Mansinthe on a shelf for 6 months, there are huge chlorophyll flakes in the absinthe, to the likes I haven't seen before. I shook the bottle hoping the flakes would reabsorb, but they did not, I had to filter the absinthe to get the flakes out.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
While Mansinthe is the product of quality distillation, I fear that after the production process, they water the absinthe down, likely to obtain their 66.6% abv, taking away its natural ability to preserve the chlorophyll in the bottle. The flakes were a disgusting surprise when drinking with friends, and the flat, uneventful louche and thin absinthe is nothing to write home about.
The Great Destroyer scores Mansinthe 69 out of 100


Then I guess you would not like most pre-ban absinthes. I have several bottles of preban and most of them have noticeable sediment/flakes in them, and all of them have some sedimentation. The sediment you see means that instead of artificial colors, the maker used real herbs in a traditional final flavoring process.


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The worst thing about Mansinthe is the Calamus herb. Known by herbalists as "American Cocaine", they clearly thought it would be a good idea to add a "racy sounding" sedative/stimulant.


Not only is there no Calamus in Mansinthe, the above is totally ridiculous. He must have gotten that misinformation from Erowid.

Dear Alex, the Grate Credibility Destroyer, aside from a proper introduction, it might be wise to read back threads here and educate yourself further about absinthe before leaping into reviewing brands. There is much knowledge here and we don't really do that many reviews anymore -- especially of brands which were reviewed years ago.


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Yeah, if I were still editing reviews, I would cut that out. Reviews are not the place for repeating legendary bullshit about absinthe, true or false. Just say what YOU say about it. Original bullshit is tolerable if it's clever. I had no idea about calumny in Mansinthe, having never tasted it as far as I know. Good catch on the sediment.


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I guess the new "Void" absinthe is going to try to out market MM's stuff to the metal crowd.
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