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

"According to an age-old French recipe, Doubs Premium Absinthe is produced using the finest alcohol, distilled wormwood and eleven mountain herbs (including anise, fennel, hyssop and lemon balm)."


AVERAGE SCORE 70


Reviewed by Artemis 3/5/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
I'm forced to penalize it in accordance with the instructions, because it looks fake, but I like it - a beautiful emerald shade.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Strong milkiness grows from the bottom very nicely.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Can't say it has complexity or nuance, but it's opaque and attractive.

AROMA 27/30
This absinthe smells like no other I've ever had. The smell won't be to everyone's liking - medicinal/tonic - I find it refreshing and I like it.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Somewhat thin and dry, but that's in keeping with the gin-like botanical nuances.

TASTE 18/20
It tastes like it smells. Again, it won't be to everyone's taste, but there's no way I can fault it - it's not deficient in any way; it's just different. An anise candy this one is NOT! I found it very foreign at the first glass, but it quickly grew on me.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
It seems to be a mixed absinthe with artificial color. That said, it's the best of its type I've had.

Artemis scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 81 out of 100.


Reviewed by the TheGreenImp 5/12/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10

Since this is an oil mix I have to grade the color low, but the Doubs is a nice pretty emerald green color.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10

The Doubs Clouds nicely as the water is added, with the traditional bottom to top louche action, like a top quality distilled absinthe.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10

Nice creamy louche, looks just like vintage images of a louched absinthe.

AROMA 28/30

Interesting aroma, a balance of a tonic like scent with a touch of citrus, and a light flowery background, overall the Doubs scent is somewhat different at first, but very pleasant.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10

Nice, light flowery mouth-feel that is quite pleasant.

TASTE 18/20

This one is definitely not an anise bomb, and the ingredients are fairly well balanced against one another. I like the light flowery botanical taste, the best description I can say is very pleasant.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10

The Doubs is easily the best mixed absinthe out there; the maker obviously took a good deal of care to create a nice tasting product. I like the Doubs and would like to see this one more available to the general market. I’d keep a bottle of the Doubs in my regular rotation.

The Greenimp scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 83 out of 100


Reviewed by the sea_of_lament 9/12/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
It’s artificially colored but it seems to try to look natural and when I hold it at a certain angle, it shows me a hue almost similar to a Jade, yet a little more yellow. When put in a well lit area it has a radiant emerald color; very pleasant to stare at.


LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Almost instant oil trails but it seems to louche completely after only 1.5-2 ounces of water. Not too impressed but not bad either.


COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Looks better after water is added and the louche has completed. A cloudy- green with some slight hints of yellow.


AROMA 24/30
It’s well balanced and I really can’t tell any ingredient apart. I keep on smelling it and I cannot think of any other absinthe to compare it with. A citrus and medicinal profile that is more promising than otherwise; I can’t really say everyone will enjoy it. After water it’s more subtle and floral.


MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Slightly velvety but not as thick and rich as one would hope; it is pleasant but not impressive.


TASTE 15/20
Interesting, there are some floral notes with some citrus feel. It has a slight medicinal after taste which at this point I’m not sure if it’s to my liking. But by the end of the glass I was enjoying it a bit more.


OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
I may need some more time to get accustomed to this flavor but as a first impression, in my opinion, it falls short on a few areas, especially in the taste. I was able to finish the glass without problem but I just don’t see myself buying a full bottle in the future. However, I wouldn’t say that I can’t recommend this one; it certainly is drinkable and has a little charm to it. This one is a stranger among its own kind.

Note: The Taste and Mouth-Feel might improve with added sugar.


Sea of Lament scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 73 out of 100.


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 9/8/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
Transparent quite beautiful green color, looks artificial.
Some effort has certainly been put in it, so not that much penalty here.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Cold water drip builds up the louche from bottom up nicely, pouring a thin
stream works even better. The contrast between unlouched and louched
parts is nice to watch.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Lovely opaque green. Stays louched if left untouched.

AROMA 21/30
Doubs has an untypical aroma for an absinthe, some would say medicinal.
Before water: Fresh pine forest aroma with strong support from a number
of herbs/herbal oils. After water: Similar but weaker at drinking strength.
Dilution brings no particular aroma on top, neither obscures any.
Minty aroma with fennel and maybe caraway.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Sweet and dry at the same time. Leaves a cool mint/pine feeling on the palate.

TASTE 15/20
Untypical as the aroma, balanced and somewhat fruity, too. It has sweetness
that maybe rounds the taste a bit too much.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10

Bruno Rygseck scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 70 out of 100.


Reviewed by Donnie Darko 5/9/2006

COLOUR BEFORE WATER 5/10
I would never give anything artificial higher than a 6. This one gets a 5 because it's IMO too dark of a green, but it is still quite attractive. Deep emerald.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Louches surprisingly well, relatively even and thick. It's pretty indistinguishable from better distilled absinthe louches.

COLOUR AFTER WATER 6/10
It's opaque but looks rather fake, which is understandable because it IS fake. There's also a murky tinge to it that reminds me of Sebor, but it's quite green, albeit not a luminous green. There's also an attractive emerald tone which catches the eye which makes one want to try it.

AROMA 19/30
What hits the nose neat is camphor. What hits the nose louched is camphor. Like Vicks-Vap-O-Rub camphor. But after that there's some pleasant clean bloomy citrus notes which offset the medicinal bite to the aroma. There's virtually no alcohol heat which also makes the aroma attractive. There's some juniperish pine notes that make the nose crinkle too, but not in a bad way. There are no off smells so common to oil mixes.

MOUTH FEEL 7/10
Thicker than other oil mixes I've had, not as cloying on the tongue as La Fee. There's a pleasant dryness that carries on later in the palate, but up front it's a bit too sweet.

TASTE 12/20
Not bad, but not exactly likeable either. The camphor in the aroma definitely comes out in the taste. Tastes like a lot of the wrong fennel. There is a minty/citrus thing in there which thankfully comes along after the weird camphor that keeps it interesting. The aftertaste is nice, clean and refreshing, but refreshing in a "I just had my teeth cleaned at the dentist" way as opposed to a "I just had a delicious beverage" way.
There are no detectable off tastes due to process flaws though, and while too sweet for my preference, it's not as candy cane sickening as other oil mixes and at least has herbal complexity. There is detectable wormwood in there too, albeit more minty than floral.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
I like it a bit better than La Fee, just because there's more herbal complexity there and it's not as sweet, but the camphor is overpowering and there's not enough flavours in there that remind me of good absinthe to keep me drinking it. The aftertaste is honestly not bad though. It's very clean and minty, and makes up for the off putting initial medicinal wallop. It needs no sugar, it's pretty sweet already, albeit less sweet than La Fee and many other oil mixes I've tried. It's the best oil mix I've had though, so it does deserve some credit for slightly improving upon that class of absinthe.

As a side note, it comes with a nice looking spoon, and a little fold out booklet with cocktail recipes which, to my horror, not only contains the "Traditional" Czech flaming method, but on the back says "CAUTION, Doubs Premium Absinthe contains the maximum permissable thuj0ne". The stick on label also says "Drink Responsibly, Maximum thuj0ne". What rubbish. If I were allowed to give it a zero score overall for the marketing alone, I would. That part of Doubs is indefensible and is working to undo all the mythbusting we've been striving towards here.

Donnie Darko scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 64 out of 100.


Reviewed by Absomphe 11/7/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
Obviously artificial, but this is such a deep, vibrant shade of emerald that I had to give it an extra point just for its aesthetic appeal, This is what I wish naturally colored absinthe could look like.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Nice, gradual, swirling bottom to top action with good opalescence. Not spectacular, but really nothing at all to fault here, and very impressive for an absinthe that is not apparently top-heavy in anise.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Although a goodly portion of the green is retained, it's much more plausibly natural looking. In fact, the original Jade Edouard was not much different in tone. Still vibrant, and although not nuanced, it's a very attractive, appetizing color.

AROMA 21/30
Extremely herbally perfumy, with the most apparent scent, to me, being fennel, and a very fruity one, at that. There is almost a margarita-like quality in there, which is very strange, but not unappealing. It doesn't smell very "absinthe-like", at least compared to what I've tasted, but it has a unique, vibrant quality, and is very refreshing.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Light and almost airy, which seems appropriate for its flowery, dryish style, although I would have preferred a touch more creaminess.

TASTE 14/20
Very similar to the nose. Extremely herbal, and flowery, with a very minty component which hints at some decent wormwood, and the overall flavor is definitely balanced. I would have rated it higher in this category, but I find that the flavor is so intensely perfumy that my palate becomes saturated with it before I've finished my glass, and despite its relative dryness, I never crave a second glass. I have a feeling this has something to do with Doubs being an oil mix, and I have a feeling that I would really enjoy trying a distilled version of this absinthe.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Doubs is the best oil mix I've tasted, to date. It offers a very different, and pleasing, redolently herbal profile, which I really enjoy in limited quantity. For me, when the mood strikes (although it's not that often), there's nothing quite like it.

Absomphe scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 70 out of 100


Reviewed by Helfrich 5/10/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
The artificial colour looks unattractive in the fancy bottle, but once in the glass it is not that unpretty and it almost seems natural.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Quite soon and very regular, but okay.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Opaque green. It looks artificial, though not notably repulsive.

AROMA 12/30
It smells like green pepper! I love green pepper in weekday steak or duck breast preparations but it is not very inviting in absinthe. Adding water to release the aromas is usually most fascinating, but not much happens here, except for the pepper becoming more earthy and being supported by some camphorous and minty odours.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Somewhat dry and thin, counterbalanced by an unpleasant artificial sweetness.

TASTE 8/20
There's no pepper, fortunately. In some oil mixes the wormwood is represented by a very fruity or candylike flavour (cf. "Arsinthe André"), but in this case it is characterized by a distinct earthiness -- not quite as musty as gentian root, but more like licking a wet rock. It is supported by some Vicks and some tooth-paste, and counterbalanced by an unnatural anise-like sweetness. This absinthe is undoubtedly less flat than most oil mixes, but I sincerely doubt whether that is a good thing.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
Most oil mixes are worse, I guess. I didn't finish my glass though. I usually have absinthe as an apéritif, but this one didn't stimulate my desire for a good meal. Actually it made me crave for a hearty drink.

Helfrich scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 48 out of 100
thegreenimp
Updated 5/12/05
traineraz
And yet none at LCLF.
Lord Stanley
Wow! 46 out of 50 in taste and aroma.
Can't get much better than that. Surprising.
thegreenimp
It's a nice product, and the first mixed absinthe I've tasted that I didn't have make a face to get it down. (i.e it doesn't reek of star anise)

I think the maker went to a bit more trouble to get something fairly nice out there for it's market niche.

I liked it a lot better than La Fee, which was the previous mixed absinthe leader.

The Doubs is nowhere near the anise bomb of La Fee, it's a bit of a departure from a traditional distilled absinthe, and I think it makes a good everyday drinking absinthe.

It's too bad it wasn't around back in the days when just about all we could get were mixed absinthes, I wouldn't have had to give away so much Deva.
Artemis
My guess is that this absinthe is what it is because Oxy was consulted by the makers. If only some of the others would PTFA.
jacal01
Relative to the question of getting Andy to supply Doubs to the US, Andy quoted his wholesaler’s reason for not picking up the product as stating that it was of “low quality, comparable to N.S. 55 from Spain”. Since NS 55 sells for about $24, maybe he was basing his evaluation on similar Doubs pricing?

Anyone care to comment on this?
Oxygenee
I may have some news about the online availabilty of Doubs within the next month or two.
Moloch
I had contacted the Doubs web site a month ago asking where I could buy a bottle. I got this reply.

QUOTE
Hi Chris,

We will have an online selling service availale by September.  Details will be made available on our website.

Thanks for your enquiry.


morgueann
I really like what happens when you click "11 Mountain Herbs".

"Wormwood, anise, fennel, hyssop . . . . just to name a few. "

And here I was thinking that we only had to worry about this sort of thing with unlabelled whiskey.

Bah. What modern absinthe actually releases an actual ingredient list thesedays, anways ? . . . . who was I kidding? I guess we all have to worry about the mountainboy distiller syndrome, with just about any booze we drink, now don't we?
grims
Well i live in australia - in the country - 2 hours away for a city, and i found it in my wine shop - i was stunned…but very pleased.
hartsmar
QUOTE (morgueann @ Jul 6 2005, 06:20 PM)

Bah. What modern absinthe actually releases an actual ingredient list thesedays, anways ? . . . . who was I kidding?

Muse de France - for one…
Kallisti
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Symbiote
Has anyone found a vendor that carries Doubs yet?
Artemis
Someone we know is working on it - should come soon - I don't want to start a whole waiting for Jade thing, so that's all I'll say.
Symbiote
I will patiently await the news. Thanks Arty.
Wild Bill Turkey
QUOTE(Moloch @ Jul 6 2005, 05:27 PM) *

I had contacted the Doubs web site a month ago asking where I could buy a bottle. I got this reply.

QUOTE
Hi Chris,

We will have an online selling service availale by September.  Details will be made available on our website.

Thanks for your enquiry.


Note the dates in the above quote. I contacted Doubs by email about three weeks ago and their reply was identical, except that they had changed the ETA to December.

and they didn't call me Chris.
Stroller
I received the same response as Wild Bill from Doubs
grey boy
They called you Chris too?
Moloch
did they at least spell available correctly?
Stroller
QUOTE(grey boy @ Nov 16 2005, 08:01 PM) *

They called you Chris too?


Yeah, those bastards!

Doub's

"October 10, 2005 10:49:53 PM PDT

Hi Brian,

We should have an online ordering facility available in December. Please
try us again then."
SoulShade
QUOTE(Artemis @ Nov 16 2005, 03:35 PM) *

Someone we know is working on it - should come soon - I don't want to start a whole waiting for Jade thing, so that's all I'll say.

Good to know…
sea_of_lament
Review forthcoming...

I must say that it sure is pretty to look at. The color, even though it's artificial, looks more natural and vibrant than some naturally colored ones.
Stroller
So close, yet so far away...........
jmfranc
Looking forward to trying this one - but did they really need to put this image on their website?

IPB Image
Wild Bill Turkey
It says to drink responsibly.

I hope they don't enforce that.
The Standard Deviant
Drink the maximum thujone responsibly?
sea_of_lament
A generous sample of the Doub's Absinthe Premium was acquired from Markus of absinthe-distribution.com

And on to the show:

Editors note: The review has been merged into the initial review post.
Grim
I can't agree with you on the color before, mouthfeel or the taste. If it's marketed at the right price, I think this absinthe would be a great alternative to some of the more favored, high-end absinthes.
grey boy
Maximum thujone?!?! Fire?!?!

I hope it tastes better than its advertising.
MerdeVerte
QUOTE(morgueann @ Jul 6 2005, 06:20 PM) *

I really like what happens when you click "11 Mountain Herbs".

"Wormwood, anise, fennel, hyssop . . . . just to name a few. "

And here I was thinking that we only had to worry about this sort of thing with unlabelled whiskey.

Bah. What modern absinthe actually releases an actual ingredient list thesedays, anways ? . . . . who was I kidding? I guess we all have to worry about the mountainboy distiller syndrome, with just about any booze we drink, now don't we?


It doesn't say the names of all herbs used, but there are floating images of a few. Exactly eleven. I wonder...
Greenmeanie
11 herbs and spices, where have I heard that before?
Absomphe
Sounds extra-crispy fried, to me.
Steve
QUOTE(MerdeVerte @ Dec 17 2005, 12:25 AM) *

It doesn't say the names of all herbs used, but there are floating images of a few. Exactly eleven. I wonder...


Someone who can identify them from the 11 tiny icons, please make a list and post it here.
Artemis
I hate those flash websites. What a piece of gimmicky crap.

You can't tell anything from those little pictures, those could be almost any plant. One of them looks like raddichio.

The box in which it comes says it contains wormwood, anise, fennel and lemon balm. The other herbs aren't named.

This is the first I've seen of their website. They should be giddy that I said here their absinthe was good, but instead they're bragging it was (apparently) mentioned in some fashion magazines??? How about a nod to Fee Verte, dipshits?
Wild Bill Turkey
Hey, it's easy for some crazy 'cadien that's been drinking the stuff all his life to spout off about absinthe like he knows something about it.
But when a hot little twenty-something coasting through her first post-art-school job as a fashion editor at a REAL MAGAZINE is willing to share her expertise with us, I FOR ONE mean to do some listenin'!
Kirk
I for one am shocked.
What a bunch of dipshits
they had a very auspicious start,
I'm done with them.
Oxygenee
You guys are all living in cloud-cuckoo land. Deliberate misinformation, absurdly overstated claims, or even inadvertent inaccuracies are one thing, marketing tone and visual appearance are quite another.

Doubs is unapologetically a mass-market RETAIL product, sold in supermarkets, targeted at the 18 to 30 bar/club crowd. Their brand-marketing reflects that. I helped them to formulate the product so that visually and taste-wise it would appeal to this market. A review in some trendy fashion magazine is about 1000000 times more commercially useful to them than any internet review. And pictures of horny big-titted fairies getting down 'n dirty with the bottle are EXACTLY what their market wants to see.

As for the 11 herbs thing, are you nuts? Why on earth would they reveal every ingredient in the product? Why not ask Chartreuse, or Benedictine, or any gin manufacturer to reveal every herb in their products? None of them do of course, for two simple reasons: 99% of consumers don't give a damn one way or the other, and it's regarded as proprietory information.

Doubs is a good-looking, good-tasting product at a good price. It's in the Jack Daniels/J&B part of the market, not the Macallan 25YO part. It's made, marketed and priced accordingly. Get over it.
Stroller
Oxy, I didn't know you were in tune with the 18 to 30 bar/club crowd that salivates over pictures of horny big-titted fairies getting down 'n dirty with the bottle. Who would have thought, Oxy the club kid...



When will it be available online?

Not that I'm within their/your marketing demographic.
Oxygenee
It'll be available online at www.absintheclassics.com, as soon as our first shipment has cleared customs.

As you'll see, although we sell Doubs, the Absinthe Classics site eschews Flash, glitz and wild claims: that's because our targeted customers are mature, man-of-the-world type connoisseurs like your good self, Stroller.

I did include a few big-titted fairies just for the hell of it though.
grey boy
I for one enjoy big-titted fairies as I've alwys thought Trainer was too skinny.
Oxygenee
Thank you for that message of support, Grey Boy.
jmfranc
QUOTE(Oxygenee @ Jan 8 2006, 12:57 PM) *


I did include a few big-titted fairies just for the hell of it though.




Considering the size of the bottle, it could have been much worse.....
Wild Bill Turkey
I've been clawing at the inside of my coffin for months now, waiting for the Doubs to become available.

Oxy, will there be a public announcement here when your shipment clears and we can start ordering?
Jaded Prole
Big titted fairies . . .hmmm, gives me an idea for a fountain design . . .


I'd like to sample the Doub's out of curiosity.
jmfranc
QUOTE(Jaded Prol @ Jan 8 2006, 06:19 PM) *

I'd like to sample the Doub's out of curiosity.



I hear it's not that different than La Fee....
Wild Bill Turkey
The ratings in the index make it look real different. 83 vs 57.
Absomphe
Both reviews of Doubs describe the flavor as botanical and dry, which hardly remind me of LaFee.
Adam-V
La Fee and Doubs are both green and come in clear bottles. The similarities end there.
thegreenimp
I've had both, and there is no similarity.

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