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AVERAGE SCORE 51


Reviewed by Justabob 10/26/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
Bright emerald green, obviously artificial but pleasing none the less.

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
Begins to louche almost immediately the essential oil of star anise is dominant here.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Quite attractive in an artificial sort of way, greenish white and entirely opaque at 3:1 water ratio from a fountain.

AROMA 15/30
At 50 degree alcohol content the nose when sampled neat is somewhat medicinal, with only a background hint of herbal content. When diluted the oily residue of the star anise is evident.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
The feel on the palette is most certainly one of oil, somewhat off putting.

TASTE 12/20
The overall taste is not unpleasant quite citrus like, but overpowered by the essential oil of star anise that numbs the tongue. Not enough bitterness in the finish for my taste.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
It is hard to believe that a few short years ago members here, "including myself" were singing the praises of this Absenta. I believe with a slight adjustment in the composition of essential oils that Deva would be far more palatable, i.e. reduce the star anise and increase the wormwood profile. But hey at about 20 usd form the fine spirits corner it ain't bad.

Justabob scores Deva Absenta 50% 54 out of 100


Reviewed by Bob Chong, 11/05/06

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
Obviously artificial yet oddly pleasing.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Locuhes. I liked watching it well enough.

COLOR AFTER WATER 3/10
Milky and pleasant. Fully cloudy but a tad-too-neon cast spoils it.

AROMA 14/30
Sweet smelling. Anise--not sickly so, not industrial or overly artificial. Inoffensive.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Smooth, full-ish tasting. Nowhere near real absinthe, but of this type, it's best in class.

TASTE 12/20
Very sweet--almost too much. Easy to drink, sort of. Sharp anise finish. Obviously, lots of anise, but it seems almost balanced with the alcohol in a way that makes it drinkable. They know liquor, if not absinthe.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Back in the dark ages, there was a reason why we drank Deva more than any other Spanish oil mix. Of that variety, this one still stands out as a cohesive liquor. It seems like choices were made in the making of this absinthe that would make it sell well and have broad appeal--and in the tier it occupies, I imagine it works. Best in class for many reasons. Would be a good drink poured in a bar.

This is not good absinthe, but it is good liquor. If I saw it in a store and wanted a cheap party drink, I'd get it again. This ain't winnin' any awards: just think of it as the Bacardi or Smirnoff of absinthe--nothing more, nothing less. If we were to compare anise-based drinks and one of each type were represented, Deva would be Miss Spain, Oil Mix Division.

Bob Chong scores Deva Absenta 50% with 48 out of 100
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