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Oxygenee
Please post here all reviews of absinthes NOT YET RATED - ie those that do not yet have a specific thread allocated to them.
pierreverte
the only difference between the old version of VDF and the new version is that the new version is unfiltered.
Absomphe
But what a difference that lack of filtration made.
Wolfgang
That must have been a hell of a thick and tight filter !

Whatever, the new unfiltered version is much better and that was the main result comming out of this side by side tasting.
Deluge
I noticed that as well. After months of sitting in the cellar I decided to give the VDF's another tasting. I was very surprised to see how differently they had both aged. The new VDF is not that bad... It is not a favorite of mine but alas it was nice to have another glass.
Absomphe
That explains why you still had any left to review!
Absomphe
QUOTE (Breson @ Mar 25 2005, 03:22 PM)
Am I the only one that noticed a "grassy" vegetal character in the VDF?

Um, no.
Lord Stanley
QUOTE (Absomphe @ Mar 25 2005, 03:18 PM)
That explains why you still had any left to review!

I don't have much. I might revisit the review next week because I'm just getting over a cold and may have shortchanged the UE Sapin slightly in aroma and taste. I really liked the Sapin at one time but it just doesn't hold a candle to the Jades, La Bleues and many other currently available absinthes.

There's an unopened bottle of the regular UE 68 sitting here too. Not sure what to do with that one. Maybe I'll buy a yacht and use the Un Emile to christen the bow.

Donnie Darko
You're being generous.
hartsmar
He he he.

Well, had I not known that there are others that where worse in the aspects of mouth-feel, taste and also "color after water", I guess those would have been lower. Yes.

But in all fairness I must evaluate this one in the same way as any other.

Care for a sample?
Donnie Darko
Thanks for the offer, but NO!
Lord Stanley
You're getting closer, Jim.

Now, just make it look like all the others.
jmfranc
QUOTE (Lord Stanley @ May 5 2005, 08:48 PM)
You're getting closer, Jim.

Now, just make it look like all the others.

I think it looks fine....
G&C
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jmfranc
What more do I need to do? I think it looks a lot like all the others? You want me to add the "out of #" part?
grey boy
QUOTE
Taste - 10/20

Bitter. Not very smooth and almost no anise or fennel taste. Disappointing.

Yet it's rated to half it's potential?
Lord Stanley
The Rules

To quote Artemis:
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I've begun adding reviews to the new Buyers Guide forum.

To save me a lot of work in the future, PLEASE:

Please format reviews EXACTLY as you see them here. For example, 7/10 not 7(10). Capitalize what I've capitalized, etc.


You might also want to cut and paste Alandia's blurb about the product to the top of your review.
jacal01
You, sir, are an exemplary example of 'turn the other cheek'. My hat's off to you.
Lord Stanley
Just trying to help Jim get his review posted. It's easy enough for us to put our reviews in the proper format. Artemis shouldn't have to edit every review before adding them to the permanent record.
Artemis
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What more do I need to do?


In terms of style (capitalization, etc.), if it's EXACTLY like the ones I do, I won't have to edit yours, just cut and paste it. If I have to edit it, I'm not too enthusiastic about that, and it just might stay where it is. That's fine with me, but it's not what the owner of the forum wants, so please cooperate.

As for the vendor's blurb, I'm not likely to use one I haven't seen in person on their website anyway, so don't go too far with that - it would help if you could point me to the website, though.
jacal01
QUOTE (Lord Stanley @ May 6 2005, 09:46 AM)
Just trying to help Jim get his review posted.

I was actually referring to the larger context. Bygones indeed. No apologies required.

It's encouraging to see this place as the site of the second and even third chance saloon. We can all take heart from that. abs-cheers.gif
Lord Stanley
Was he the one that called me an asshole?
Like I ever gave a shit about that, then or now.
Who the fuck cares?
Grim
Edit: Stanley is top-notch... but leave him the fuck alone. gun thug.gif

Or you answer to me.
Lord Stanley
Quit being an asshole, Grimmy.
Grim
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Slight green but a bit more yellow.

Not necessarily a bad thing. With time (and much restraint) absinthes tend towards a yellow color.
G&C
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Lord Stanley
Hmmm...interesting review. Did you really mean to say that the aroma is quite complex and too simple?

Actually, there's no star anise in the Segarra 68. Just huge amounts of green anise to balance out the bitterness from all the wormwood. Lots of people hate it because wormwood used in the coloration step makes it quite bitter. I don't mind it but it's not worth the money, especially at its recently inflated price.
Lord Stanley
By the way, you'd better edit your review to match the format of the others currently in the Buyer's Guide. And spell Segarra properly.
Gertz
And 'louche'.
Giorgos
QUOTE (Lord Stanley @ May 9 2005, 05:03 PM)
By the way, you'd better edit your review to match the format of the others currently in the Buyer's Guide.  And spell Segarra properly.



Sorry but I cant edit it anymore. Feel free to do it for me.
Oxygenee
Why can't you edit it anymore?
Giorgos
There is no edit button for me on that post. It seems I can only edit very recent posts.
Oxygenee
I've increased the standard permissions to allow anyone to edit their posts within the first 24 hours.

Giorgos: I'm not sure if this will work retrospectively on your existing post. If not, please copy and paste it into a new post, and make the necessary edits.

A general point: Artemis is a senior member here, the editor of the Buyers Guide, and a moderator of this section of the Forum. What he isn't, is a general secretary to members who want to have their reviews included in the guide, but don't want to be bothered with the details of formatting them correctly. It's discourteous to expect Artemis to do this on your behalf - the existing examples are straightforward to follow, and require familiarity with only the most basic Forum editing controls. So please submit your reviews correctly formatted in the first place, using exactly the standard headings.

Failure to do this may result in Artemis having to take you on a trip to the woodshed. No one is ever quite the same afterwards.
Giorgos
Made the corrections. absintheglass-glow2.gif
The Standard Deviant
Wormwood shed? Sounds like an experience.
Jack Batemaster
Colour before water - 8/10

Clear with a light yellowish tint; looks natural.


An 8??? Your description itself describes a major mistake or bad shortcut.
The Standard Deviant
Natural like urine.
Artemis
There's nothing in my woodshed but oak, pine and mimosa. I use it to power my stream-driven modem.

Another thing about the reviews - I maintain a spreadsheet that doesn't, for technical reasons, exactly match the format of the forum - so I have to work on every review post at least twice. The more a post looks like the standard, the less I have to work on it for the html version. I have to work on it in any case for the spreadsheet. I agreed to do it, I don't mind, but the easier it is for me, the more wood can stay in the shed for next winter.
D. Gray
QUOTE (Jack Batemaster @ May 10 2005, 07:58 PM)
Colour before water - 8/10

Clear with a light yellowish tint; looks natural.


An 8??? Your description itself describes a major mistake or bad shortcut.

As that snippet seems to have come from my review I feel I must respond.

I find it hard to review a blanche on colour simply because there's not much of it. I do not have any knowledge on production on absinthe, so I would not know if the slight tint tells of a 'major mistake or bad shortcut'. I gave it an 8 as it is clear, has no floaties, does not look artificial and generally looks good. There is the yellowish tint but that is not significant and I have not found the tint offensive enough to penalise the absinthe by more than 2 points.

If I am seriously mistaken, please feel free to have a look at the colour yourself and tell me what rating you would have given it.

I await your judgment.
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Gertz
UE 45 isn't supposed to be a blanche.

But then again, I don't see much point in judging the colour from any knowledge of shortcuts or mistakes in production. I am a huge Segarra 45 fan, and according to some, there are some serious "flaws" in its production that might be responsible for its colour. But as long as the result tastes good, I don't care if they burn it, don't cut the tails properly, throw in AA or piss in it.
Artemis
Possibly what Jack meant is that if it was obviously intended to be green, and isn't, the color is flawed. There's no way an absinthe that should have been green but turns out pale yellow merits 8 of 10. If they intended it to be pale yellow, then it may not be faulted for a flawed process, but it may be faulted for, well, being pale yellow.

If a blanche is yellow, something is wrong.

If a verte is yellow (and not due to aging), something is wrong.

I don't really remember what UE 45 was like, so I'm not really commenting about that product in particular, but I think it was much paler than I would expect to see a verte absinthe.

I retract what I said about UE 45 - I've never had it. I confused it with something else.
D. Gray
QUOTE (Gertz @ May 11 2005, 11:00 PM)
UE 45 isn't supposed to be a blanche.

(...)

This would appear to be the problem then.
I assumed the UE 45 was a blanche due to the colour and its alcohol content. frusty.gif

In the light of this new info and my very newbish mistake I would have given it a different rating altogether; something along the lines of 3.

I will try to edit it, but I fear that it is too late. Shall I repost the review in its entirety?
Artemis
I'll edit it, with your permission.

If it doesn't happen soon, remind me about it.
D. Gray
I will. Thank you.
Artemis
It's not possible for it to come out of the still green. All green absinthe comes out of the distillery green if they mean comes out of the shipping dock that way.
Ari
"The constituent herbs are macerated for about 8-10 days in alcohol and then distilled, the result being an emerald coloured spirit."

Yeah, I don't exactly trust their site for accurate information. I was looking for their bit about hapsburg but it doesn't appear they want to talk about their absinthe.
Gertz
They manage to say a bit about absinthe in general (mostly misleading) without a single word about the actual products they sell. Hm.
Ari
Since Oxy is calling for more reviews, I thought I would point out there are reviews in this thread that have yet to be organized.
celticgent
oy snap
Artemis
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I thought I would point out there are reviews in this thread that have yet to be organized.


Thank you. I'll look into it.
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