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> Doubs Mystique Carte d'Or, Reviewed
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post Dec 19 2007, 07:27 PM
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Just because something is pre-ban or even from the 1930-40's doesn't mean it's any better than the best CO's available today, just as anyhting non CO isn't necessarily any better than the best CO's today.

That said, Donnie is spot on about the score intervals and that's the whole point of it all. A thoroughly thought out score system will work for any kind of absinthe of any age and the scores will still be fair and comparable. That is also why there's room for Personal notes (Yes - this is right there in both the PDF form and in the online review tool - USE THOSE!) where certain non-scorable aspects can be noted, anything from the feeling of pure pleasure of drinking a well aged pre-ban to just noting the batch number of a certain bottle or whatever.

There is nothing wrong with the review per se but the note of muskiness seems odd to me too - but, if Chris finds it musky - that's his view of it.


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post Dec 19 2007, 07:37 PM
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QUOTE(Jaded Prol @ Dec 19 2007, 12:47 PM) *

Sounds very good and I look forward to trying it. Seems like it'll benefit from a little aging.


It's already aged, the youngest part of the blend being 6 months old.
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post Dec 19 2007, 07:38 PM
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Musky is the best description I could think of, perhaps there is a better word I could have used; I find it to have a heavy off-putting scent.
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post Jan 18 2008, 07:27 AM
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Updated...

The rest of this thread has been split to a new topic since it moved very far away from discussing the Doubs reviews. The whole discussion on Aroma vs Taste and Blanche vs Verte absinthes can be found here now.


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post Mar 1 2008, 02:46 PM
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...and updated again...


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post Mar 28 2008, 09:23 PM
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Reviewed by OCvertDe 3/25/2008

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OCvertDe scores Doubs Mystique Carte d'Or 95 out of 100


Editor's note: Review merged into main review post and added to the Buyer's Guide.


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post Mar 28 2008, 10:19 PM
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post Mar 28 2008, 10:32 PM
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His highest score so far, he must be absintheletely serious. (Alcoholometer is on, no reactions, though harhar.gif )


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At last, vindication for my 90.

Although, considering the source, perhaps not.


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post Mar 28 2008, 11:43 PM
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Over compensating maybe. Somebody needs to correct him on the "Balance" issue though.


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You mean he scored them both too high?


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QUOTE(dakini_painter @ Mar 28 2008, 06:19 PM) *

You're kidding right?

Nope.
QUOTE(speedle @ Mar 28 2008, 07:43 PM) *

Over compensating maybe.

Nope.

If you've been through the other nine reviews, then you know I don't hand out tens. This has been a fairly tight calender of tasting, with multiple examples, and nearly 100 sequential pictures of each absinthe before/during/after louche to go back and compare for reference; so it's all pretty fresh. I LOVE THIS DRINK. I love everything about it, and prefer it head and shoulders above any of the others I've tried.


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OK, so you handed out a 9.5. Big difference.

No one minds that you like one thing or another, or that you love one absinthe so much more over another. But you haven't given yourself any room to discover something better. The absinthe revival is in it's infancy, and you're scoring things like it's mature.

I can see mthulli handing out 9.5 to a very rare (perhaps unique) pre-ban from Lyon.

This whole notion that average to good absinthes should score in the high 80's and 90's is silly.



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post Mar 30 2008, 03:56 PM
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post Mar 30 2008, 05:53 PM
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To me, the score should not only be based on what we expect from an absinthe based on traditional ideals, but also a comparison to what else is out there.

I don't think a review should be based on what we hope will be coming down the pipeline at some point in the future.

Hence the necessity of periodic re-scoring.
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