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hartsmar
AVERAGE SCORE 68


Reviewed by hartsmar 10/25/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
Extremely pale yellow. Considering the ingredients this is not very strange, but it's by no means a typical absinthe-color.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Builds up quickly but clearly not in an unnatural way. Considering the low proof and the short list of ingredients, this is expected.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Quite white but actually with a slight greenish tone. Not the thickest I've seen but very nice.

AROMA 20/30
A nice anise nose in tune with a fruity base alcohol. After adding water it presents a nice balance between wormwood and the anise. Pleasant but obviously not very complex or "interesting".

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Smooth and ok. A slightly dry finish though that takes away the finest parts but it's ok.

TASTE 12/20
Quite alright. It's clean but presents too little "body". A slightly woody taste in the finish which just might be from the barrels it's supposed to be aged in. It's a bit disturbing but not enough to make it a really bad drink.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Considering that this product has been around for a while and, as noted, the short list of ingredients I'd say I like it even though it's not very complex. It's not even very interesting but it does a good job as a thirst-quencher if some sugar and iced water is added to it.

hartsmar scores Segarra 45 62 out of 100


Reviewed by Justabob 10/25/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Really don't know how to rate the color. It is not colored in the traditional sense, either with
coloration herbs or artificially.

Ted Bearux has stated, "The dark amber color looks to be derived from caramel" Looks to be derived? Oak barrel aging will indeed impart an amber color to the distillate, if it is further enhanced by the use of essences is a matter of speculation.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Begins to louche at about 1:1. Keeping with the score sheet guidelines and watered from a fountain at 3:1 the louche is what one would expect from green anise only as an essential oil. Very pleasing but not entirely opalescent.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Only slightly off white, one would not refer to it as Feuille Morte.

AROMA 20/30
At 45 degree alcohol content the nose is not over powered and lets the herbal notes come through. The aroma seems to defy the simple recipe, emitting a woody presence due to the oak barrel aging. After water: woody scent is reduced somewhat but is still noticeable, Very pleasant overall.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Again the feel on the tongue is complex despite the simple recipe.

TASTE 16/20
Diluted at 3:1 the taste is somewhat thin and subdued.
I normally enjoy this absinthe at 2:1 due to the low abv. I never use sugar. Still overall the taste is wonderful. Smooth and clean, with a slightly bitter component.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
I believe this product has few shortcomings. It is by no means as complex as a well crafted Swiss or Pontarlier style Absinthe. It is in fact the only commercial product I drink on a regular basis.

Justabob scores Segarra 45 72 out of 100


Reviewed by absinthist 2/4/2009

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
Slivovitz straw, so points will fall. Similar situation as with FG

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Develops a brown (burnt sienna) film that is deeper and darker than its initial colour. Quickie and speedy

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Warm and blanche-y

AROMA 28/30
Wine but good vintage, very transcendental

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Heavy, similar to pastis

TASTE 14/20
Wormwood in the front, anise in the back, some oak in the aftertaste. Not too much but nonetheless enough

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
Better than absentas, worse than some CO's, will benefit from a richer herb-bill

absinthist scores Segarra 45% 71 out of 100
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