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

"Absinthe Nouvelle-Orléans represents the inspired work of native New Orleanian T. A. Breaux, and its heritage is rooted in the original New Orleans absinthes that made the Sazerac cocktail and absinthe frappe famous. Its unique distillation of stimulating herbes toniques is just what the Belle Époque apothecaries prescribed for various subtropical ailments. With its light, refreshing mouthfeel to its delectable floral finish, who would want to believe it was just a ‘medicine’?"


AVERAGE SCORE 82


Reviewed by Absomphe 3/3/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
A deep green that also has a bluish tinge. Not as vivid as the Edouard, it is a nice, rich color, but I find the bluish tone to be a little odd .

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Slow and steady, a good louche, a very good louche, but not superlative.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Pale bluish green, nice, but as in the case of the pre-louche, I would have preferred to see a more vivid green tone.

AROMA 22/30
Neat - very interesting and different nose, which reminds me of Old Bay meets a spicy Christmas Ale. There is an element of funk, which tends to clear up as the absinthe "breathes". This gets points for creativity, and originality, but as with the flavor, how much I enjoy it depends upon my mood. Louched - very similar to the neat scent, except that it opens up nicely, and becomes more rounded and appealing. No funk present.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Substantial, but not as rich and mouth-coating as the Edouard. Still, very nice body, more silky than velvety.

TASTE 16/20
The Old Bay/Christmas ale aspect carries over into the flavor. Plenty of fennel, and a decent helping of anise, but the wormwood is much more subtle than it is in the Edouard, or the Verte Suisse, so there is less of that dry mintiness in the finish. The "baby powder" flavor is also more muted here, and while the flavor is savory and interesting, there isn't the same compelling urge to go on to the next sip, unless I'm particularly in the mood for this unique flavor.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Definitely a one-of-a-kind absinthe, which is well crafted, and deserves points for originality. Not my favorite, but when I'm in the mood, it satisfies a flavor niche that no other absinthe can quite fill.

Absomphe scores Nouvelle Orleans 77 out of 100.


Reviewed by Artemis 2/4/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Penalized for slight haze, though obviously natural color. Could be darker without negatively impacting flavor, but not by much. The hue is an indication of a natural coloring process, well carried out.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Oil contrails left by drops of water from drop one. Very oily after 40 ml of water, grainy with oil globules after 80. Resolved into a decent, mostly opaque louche, but there is room for improvement in thickness and hue.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Good white color with bluish tone, much like a good blanche. No significant opal tones or rainbow slicks.

AROMA 24/30
Initial smell on opening the bottle, noticeable funk of tails, however, this smell did not return at subsequent openings. Clean, fragrant, complex aroma with the "developing" nuance particular to well-made absinthes during the aging process. Hard to pin down one herb in the scent. Scent in the glass not much changed from that in the bottle, harmonious and oily. Does not have the room-filling blossoming scent of the very best absinthes while louching, nor does the empty glass retain the perfume, thus room for improvement.

MOUTH-FEEL 10/10
The best thing about this absinthe. Thick and creamy.

TASTE 17/20
Taste very good, but with room for improvement. Good blend of herbs, complex and difficult to pick one out.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Room for improvement, but a world-class absinthe.

Artemis scores Nouvelle Orleans 84 out of 100.


Reviewed by Sixela 2/1/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Not as vividly green as it could be, but natural

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Louches well, but needs colder water for this than Jade VdS or Jade Edouard

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Nice, if a bit yellowish

AROMA 24/30
Interestingly different nose. A bit idiosyncratic; not much wormwood. Other than that, well balanced.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Less lingering than the other Jades.

TASTE 14/20
Depends on the mood – does not always agree with you.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
A well-crafted but different absinthe

Sixela scores Nouvelle Orleans 76 out of 100.


Reviewed by precenphix 2/11/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
A clear green, similar to Chartreuse.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
Slow forming from the bottom of the glass, holding a definite thin green line as the dilution is completed. Nicely done. Gorgeous, in fact.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Beautiful shade of opalescent green.

AROMA 28/30
Spicy! Green anise in good balance with fennel, wormwood and I swear to God, a touch of cinnamon. Smells hearty. Salivary glands active.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Full, but not what I would describe as rich. Tongue remains intact (very little numbness) after a few glasses.

TASTE 18/20
Notably easy to drink. Surprisingly sweet, but in no way cloying. This one benefits from sugar, but in much lesser values. Too much will mask everything mentioned in the nose.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Among the best I've had and certainly in the top 3. Everything is dead-on here. From the presentation to the empty glass, waiting for a refill.

precenphix scores Nouvelle Orléans 89 out of 100


Reviewed by peridot 11/10/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Natural green. Not as deep as I'd like, and slightly hazy. However, it is attractive.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Beautiful. Even once it's essentially finished louching there are still clouds swirling. I suppose this is visible because the louche is a bit too thin.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Complex and wonderful green, with shades of yellow in thick parts of the glass and shades of blue in the thin parts.

AROMA 25/30
Before water there is a scent reminiscent of chocolate. Anise is light and is accompanied by a very mellow, citrusy aroma. Slightly earthy. Adding water brings out the anise a bit more, as well as an odd, musky scent. It is slightly off-putting at first but I've gotten used to it and find it quite pleasant now.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Creamy and rich. It's nice but could be even better.

TASTE 17/20
Intriguing. A lot of the flavours blend in very well. The first thing I can discern clearly is pleasant wormwood. The anise and fennel are light. There's a strange, slightly salty flavour (and I mean the actual flavour of sea salt, not a salty taste). An earthiness drapes over everything. The finish is long and anisy.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
I have to say that this absinthe is very unique and that I enjoy it immensely, but there's definitely room for improvement. It could stand a little more anise and the strange, salty flavour is not a strong point.

peridot scores Jade Nouvelle Orleans 82 out of 100


Reviewed by jmark 1/11/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Beautifully clear and bright with a pronounced blue overtone. Much lighter in color than both the Edouard and Vert Suisse, but again, a significant blue that gives it a slightly neon quality.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
The louche began as streams of oily threads at about .5 water to liqueur. At about 1-1 mix, the top of the liqueur remained a blue-green as the base began to cloud and moved to a more yellow-green tone. I continued to an appr. 3-1 water-absinthe mix, at which point the louche was fully a green-yellow opaque. Note: I have done a faster dilute with a glass brouilleur which produced an unsatisfactory louche; very transparent and anemic.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
A little bit less milky than I think I would like, though the blueish tones remain. It has shifted into a primarily yellow-green louche, with a compelling opalescence at the base of the Pontarlier glass. The light seen thru the base shows reddish-orange tones while the upper portion of the glass is significantly greenish-yellow with that blue haze. Striking. High score for complexity tempered by its slightly watery appearance.

AROMA 24/30
Before water, the Nouvelle Orleans has a pleasant almost-butterscotch-y scent. There is something almost caramel to it beneath the obvious tones of anise. I was a little disappointed that, as the water was quite slowly (fountain on slow drip) added, the scent did not travel into the room anywhere near as much as Jade's Verte Suisse or Edouard. I found that I had to really approach the glass to get to the fragrance. The anise steps much farther forward with the addition of water, with herbal after-aromas that all remain pleasant.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Perhaps I'm spoiled by Jade's Vert Suisse, but this is no where as round and creamy. The bite of alcohol is stronger with comparable amounts of water. Just a thinner quality in all, would like it to be creamier.

TASTE 17/20
I like the taste quite a lot. Clean, light, but with just enough bitter aftertaste to satisfy. It starts with a bite at the front of the tongue and mellows to a bitter linger at the back. Very nice. Not as creamy or floral as the Verte Suisse, not as round as the Edouard, but a succinct, individual personality. Almost "stark," if that makes any sense. I agree with the previous comment that found a trace of sea-salt flavor, though I think it adds positively to this absinthe's individual quality.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
I like a thick, creamy louche and was a tiny bit disappointed in that, and the aromas don't pour out of the glass as I've become accustomed to, but in sheer sipping quality, I think that I really would come to this absinthe again and again. From it's initial coloring to it's complex louche and salty-herbal taste, it has it's own thing going on, and none of those aspects are disagreeable. I would buy this again.

jmark scores Jade Nouvelle Orleans 78 out of 100


Reviewed by Brunswick Green 12/18/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Amazing pale, transparent and lively green. So natural.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
A natural, dense and even build-up. Soft, magical swirling.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Not totally opaque, subtle green, yellow and blue hues.

AROMA 26/30
In the bottle it's all sweet caramel. Neat in the glass, the initial heavy hit of alcohol is followed by something like wet flintrock and lemongrass. Then it slowly grows more sweet. With water it initially has too much babypowder, but that fades and the complexity returns, though surprisingly light-footed.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Light and strong at the same time, with a perfectly dry finish.

TASTE 18/20
Fleetingly aromatic, you do not just taste it, it's all over your senses. Bergamot, lavender, peppermint and lost memories. Babypowder and fresh wormwood returns at some time. That dry finish really does the trick - rather like a dry martini with lemon peel. Bang-bang, there was a snubnose revolver under her frou-frou.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
It's the kinda stuff that will have you going uh and ah and discover new sensations with every sip. She does taste like candy. Harmonious but very complex, aromatic and feminine. Like all the Jades, amazing packaging - notice the wax seal, dark somewhere beyond Brunswick Green - lovely :)

Brunswick Green scores Jade nouvelle orleans 88 out of 100
hartsmar
Guide and thread updated.
jmark
QUOTE(hartsmar @ Nov 12 2006, 11:27 AM) *

Guide and thread updated.

Jade Nouvelle Orleans

received 12/06 in 50cl bottle

Editor's note: Review merged into main post...
G&C
What is it with all the newbs quoting the post above theirs?

Why?
hartsmar
Your sig line makes me giggle like a little girl!
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G&C
I saw Kirk's and had to go with the theme.
jmark
QUOTE(G&C @ Jan 14 2007, 08:25 AM) *

What is it with all the newbs quoting the post above theirs?

Why?


G&C, if you're referring to my review, what in particular are you taking exception to?

-jmark
G&C
Your post is only one of many recent.


What purpose does it serve to quote the post directly above?
jmark
QUOTE(G&C @ Jan 14 2007, 03:12 PM) *

Your post is only one of many recent.


What purpose does it serve to quote the post directly above?

still don't know what you are referring to.


Kirk

Are you accidentally quoting or just trying to be funny?
Kirk
Think of it as a conversation, would you repeat everything I say if we were talking, it ruins the flow, wastes space and is pointless, why do it?
G&C
You could also use the shift key.
jmark
THANKS<THIS SHIFT KEY HAS CHANGED EVERYTHING!
peridot
That's the caps lock.
G&C
Dumass™
salsa
QUOTE(jmark @ Jan 14 2007, 06:09 PM) *
QUOTE(G&C @ Jan 14 2007, 03:12 PM) *

Your post is only one of many recent.


What purpose does it serve to quote the post directly above?

still don't know what you are referring to.



I do it to be clear-- these threads branch (fray?), so it's unclear to which particular post I'm replying if I don't quote it, especially with so much OT in every thread at any given time.

Still, I wonder-- what gives NO the blue tinge?
G&C
Copper sulfate.
speedle
Oh, you're the funny one, eh? One in every bunch...

Still, I thought it was the antimony chloride.
pierreverte
that's for the louche...
Absomphe
QUOTE(salsa @ Jan 15 2007, 01:05 AM) *


Still, I wonder-- what gives NO the blue tinge?


It's the woad.

Turns out that Nouvelle Orleans is deceptively named, and is actually based on a little known early Pictish absynthe.gif recipe.
The Standard Deviant
If I recall correctly, the copy of 'Duplais Tome I' that I have mentions something about using "blue for dying wool" in one of the cheaper absinthes. I could be mistaken.
Bruno Rygseck
I read the same. And if you wanted green, you used wool and saffron.

(Well, that particular recipe was not for an absinthe but anyway)
Kirk
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I do it to be clear

Well stop it, we're not that dense. Don't quote the post directly above you.
When you do quote a post, ( from earlier) it's considered polite and good form to trim it down to a few words.
jmark
Yes, Kirk & G&C are obviously the experts when it comes to politeness & "good form." You can tell by their need to make themselves feel superior to others over minor issues and general condescending tone.
justabob
QUOTE(jmark @ Jan 15 2007, 12:11 PM) *

Yes, Kirk & G&C are obviously the experts when it comes to politeness & "good form." You can tell by their need to make themselves feel superior to others over minor issues and general condescending tone.



Now be honest, doesn't this look lame?
Wild Bill Turkey
QUOTE(justabob @ Jan 15 2007, 11:16 AM) *

QUOTE(jmark @ Jan 15 2007, 12:11 PM) *

Yes, Kirk & G&C are obviously the experts when it comes to politeness & "good form." You can tell by their need to make themselves feel superior to others over minor issues and general condescending tone.



Now be honest, doesn't this look lame?

It gets even worse if you don't edit the post down to what you're responding to.
Le Gimp
Actually, I think a

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Provenance
markymark should be less concerned with Kirk and G&C feeling superior and more focused on the fact that they are his superior in every worthwhile way.
salsa
QUOTE(Kirk @ Jan 15 2007, 08:44 AM) *
QUOTE
I do it to be clear

Well stop it, we're not that dense. Don't quote the post directly above you.
When you do quote a post, ( from earlier) it's considered polite and good form to trim it down to a few words.

It's also considered polite and good form to let people post what and how they want. Isn't that the point of all your whining???

I'll quote whatever I want for whatever reason I want, just like you'll go off on drunken rants that nobody wants to listen to-- am I telling you to cut that out? No. And I'm not taking orders from you either.

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So, wasn't somebody saying something about some drink?
peridot
So when in Rome, piss in the water, ignore social customs, and taunt people. I see.
Le Gimp
No, that is when in France.
jacal01
QUOTE(salsa @ Jan 15 2007, 12:42 PM) *

just like you'll go off on drunken rants that nobody wants to listen to

I very much want to 'listen' to Kirk's drunken rants that generally speak directly to the spice of life. Not to be confused here with the spite of mice.

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So, wasn't somebody saying something about some drink?

So, wasn't someone carding you?
Oscar
No that would be, beat each other in the head with a baguette, insult the hotel staff and put your friends head through a wall.
jmark
QUOTE(Provenance @ Jan 15 2007, 12:31 PM) *

markymark should be less concerned with Kirk and G&C feeling superior and more focused on the fact that they are his superior in every worthwhile way.


If there were ANY sign of it, I would focus on it.
ubu
Hey jmark, have you read any of the threads from Under the Bridge yet?
crosby
QUOTE(jmark @ Jan 15 2007, 05:59 PM) *

QUOTE(Provenance @ Jan 15 2007, 12:31 PM) *

markymark should be less concerned with Kirk and G&C feeling superior and more focused on the fact that they are his superior in every worthwhile way.


If there were ANY sign of it, I would focus on it.

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speedle
QUOTE(jmark @ Jan 15 2007, 08:59 PM) *


If there were ANY sign of it, I would focus on it.


No, no, no, no. That's not it. Like I've said in other threads, while I don't condone bullying (unless I'm the bully), ya gotta fit in. This isn't the place to go asserting your first amendment rights, it's somebody else's board. And yes, while this place is generally in the public domain, I still (mostly) compelled to defer to those whose post count is in vast multiples of my own! abs-cheers.gif
Provenance
The operative issue is unrelated to any purported "first amendment rights" or duty to "fit in." Rather, I am member number two-thousand four-hundred forty two and Mr. markyj is member number two-thousand seven-hundred one. By comparison, Mr. Crosby is member number six. The other individuals mentioned have also been also part of this conversation for years before either of us showed on FV's doorstep. It's a pretty safe bet that those individuals know a great deal more about absinthe than both of us put together. But if we PTFA we can learn. Let's give it a try.
speedle
Well, that's sorta what I said, if you take out the stuff about first amendment rights and fitting in, kinda. blink.gif So, really just the last sentence. But the point is, we agree that deference has its place, and were trying to impart that lesson to mr. mark there.
Absomphe
QUOTE(Oscar @ Jan 15 2007, 01:11 PM) *

No that would be, beat each other in the head with a baguette, insult the hotel staff and put your friends head through a wall.


And after you've been sorely overcharged for every last item you've purchased during your visit, you can actually feel righteous while you're persuing those culturally requisite activities. pirate2.gif
Oscar
Culture upsets my stomach.
Le Gimp
Buttermilk or Yogurt?
grey boy
I love making buttermilk bread.
Oscar
QUOTE(Le Gimp @ Jan 16 2007, 02:33 PM) *

Buttermilk or Yogurt?



The highfalutin type.
jmark
"It's a pretty safe bet that those individuals know a great deal more about absinthe than both of us put together." -Provenance

No argument there. I take exception to the petty bullying re: subjects having nothing to do with absinthe. One enters a forum in hopeful expectation of a warm sharing of information and opinion and steps right onto a landmine because of a failure to erase the quote from a reply or capitalize a letter? Pitiful.
This is the VERY last post from me that is not specifically about absinthe. I should have been done with responding to the baiting going on here earlier. I'm sure whoever feels the need will tear away at my character for a while longer...have at!
Absomphe
"As God is my witness, I'll never go hungry again!"

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G&C
Until the next time.
Absomphe
Unfortunately.
peridot
Wah.
thegreenimp
QUOTE(Absomphe @ Jan 16 2007, 06:02 PM) *

"As God is my witness, I'll never go hungry again!"

:::::Dramatic music rises to climactic crescendo::::::



"As God is my witness, I thought Turkeys could fly".
Arthur Carlson.

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