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Artemis
According to http://www.seborabsinth.com/

"Sebor Absinth is a blend of 13 herbs and the purest alcohol lovingly produced to a 100 year old French/Swiss recipe. The flavour is rich and mellow and is complimented by the warmth given by the pure 55% alcohol, making Sebor the easiest drinking Absinth available. Produced in Czech Bohemian mountains by traditional brewing methods, this authentic handmade Absinth has the maximum permitted "wormwood" (artemisia absinthium) and absolutely NO artificial colours or flavours."


AVERAGE SCORE 37


Reviewed by Hartsmar 3/19/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
Natural looking but a bit muddy dark green. Looks a bit too vegetal to please me.

LOUCHE ACTION 1/10
Nothing but a very slight haze.

COLOR AFTER WATER 2/10
Still natural looking, sort of, but it has only turned more watery.

AROMA 16/30
Rather nice herbal composition going on, but it turns to a heavy medicinal scent after a short while.

MOUTH-FEEL 3/10
An immediate hit of bitter takes away all hope for a nice mouth-feel.

TASTE 4/20
Bitter, medicinal, bitter and dry and bitter.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 3/10
I can't see why this would be needed, no.

Hartsmar scores Sebor Absinth 34 out of 100.


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 5/8/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
Dull green, not appetizing but looks natural anyway.

LOUCHE ACTION 1/10
It is nearly impossible to get any kind of louche out of Sebor Absinth, no matter how slowly you try to pour or drip water into it.

COLOR AFTER WATER 4/10
Green, just weaker than what it was before water. Almost fully transparent because there is practically no louche.

AROMA 6/30
Before water there is something like fennel and wormwood and also a weak flowery aroma that I cannot name. After water there is very little of anything herbal left in it (wormwood maybe) and some of that unnamed flowery thing which could be hyssop.

MOUTH-FEEL 3/10
Bad, although not that much burning (there is no star anise). The claimed “earthy herbaceousness” feels more like sand on the tongue with some alcohol bite.

TASTE 3/20
Bitter. Tastes like a macerate made with wormwood, fennel and some old vegetables. Bad aftertaste stays long, too. No trace of anise or licorice as promised.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 3/10
I do not recommend Sebor Absinth. It is neither absinthe nor a herbal bitter. It does not have enough anise of any kind. The wormwoodiness it has is bitter and intrusive. The other (twelve?!) herbs it is claimed to have do not come through. According to their websithe these include angelica and eucalyptus. "Rich aniseed balls" are supposed to be "powered through on the nose" according to their website. I did not notice any. Alcohol smell and taste are strong but since this product is probably designed especially for the “Czech fire ritual” it would be burned anyway and nobody would notice.

Bruno Rygseck scores Sebor Absinth 25 out of 100


Reviewed by Ricki 16/11/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Nice natural emerald green colour. Might be artificial but it looks nice.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Unlike the other reviewers I was actually able to get a semi decent louche from this Absinthe. It started as attractive oily trails building up slowly from the bottom and working its way to the top nicely.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Natural whitish/amber opaque colour. Nice for a Czech absinthe.

AROMA 17/30
Nice anise and herbal scent going on here. Although once the water is added it doesn't really change that much. It is nice though.

MOUTH-FEEL 3/10
Mouth feel is the worst thing here. Quite thin and sharp.

TASTE 6/20
Nice anise taste but followed by a bitter mix of maccerated wormwood and other herbs.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Out of Czech Absinthes this is probably one of the best. I don't think I will be buying another bottle any time soon though.

Ricki scores Sebor Absinth 52 out of 100.
Bruno Rygseck
Hello.

Years ago I thought Sebor Absinth was the real thing. I knew about absinthe only its name and that it was the favorite drink of one Bruno Rygseck, a bohemian millionaire who was murdered in an Inspector Palmu film (from 1960, crime comedy, much recommended). Here in Finland where liquor import and sale had been a government monopoly until around 2000, it was difficult or impossible to get anything else in bars or restaurants than what was also sold in the monopoly stores. Then restaurants were allowed to import almost whatever they wanted when EU made Finland to lift the restrictions of this monopoly business. So I jumped on anything new I could ever spot in a bar. I tried Sebor first time with crushed ice and water about 5 years ago and liked it. Long story short, I returned to the Sebor out of curiosity and for writing a review, now that I have experienced the better brands. I should have saved my money and not supported them anymore...

Cheers /// BR



Editor's note: Updated - see above...
Ricki
[...]

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Unlike the other reviewers I was actually able to get a semi decent louche from this Absinthe. It started as attractive oily trails building up slowly from the bottom and working its way to the top nicely.

[...]

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Out of Czech Absinthes this is probably one of the best. I don't think I will be buying another bottle any time soon though.



Editor's note: Full review merged into main post above.
Kirk
You misspelled absinth.
Ricki
Sorry sir.
speedle
Did Ricki and Bruno drink the same stuff even? wink.gif
Bruno Rygseck
I am wondering exactly the same now.

Welcome, Ricki, by the way; nice reviews and plenty of them!

=BR=

traineraz
QUOTE(Kirk @ Nov 15 2007, 07:17 PM) *

You misspelled absinth.

No, she misspelled assbath.
Ricki
I had 2 bottles of Sebor… the first bottle i ever bought was probably more like Bruno's. The second bottle i bought was what i based my review on.

I bought both of these bottles back when i was still very new to absinthe. I still had some of the second bottle left when i did this review though.

hartsmar
Updated...
traineraz
QUOTE(speedle @ Nov 16 2007, 06:49 AM) *

Did Ricki and Bruno drink the same stuff even? wink.gif

Is it possible Bruno got some "Sebor Strong", which is now "Absinthe Strong" because it is not made by Sebor?
Bruno Rygseck
Difficult to say, the bottle in the bar looked like this (from seborabsinth.com that is). I do not remember the drink being that green, though.

This other site, seborabsinth.cz has "Czech Absinth Strong" which is very likely a completely different product than Sebor.

Could it be that Sebor have reformulated their assbath?
traineraz
Years ago, the Czech Assbath Strong was marketed as Sebor Strong, and it fit the description you gave. But it looks like you got a real Sebor product.

Maybe they reformulated after Martin whacked himself?
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