AVERAGE SCORE 52


Reviewed by Absinthesizer 10/6/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Clear with just the faintest green tinge.

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
Slow and relatively thin, but the tracings of the water in the absinthe are enjoyable to watch.

COLOR AFTER WATER 5/10
Not creamy and thick, but a delicately pearlescent white. Warmer tones are accented as light passes through the glass, creating a palette of subtle oranges and purples.

AROMA 13/30
Pleasant from a few inches away, with a strong, crisp anise scent. But that’s about all there is to it, and up close, the scent of alcohol is jarringly obvious.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
A little thin, but I like the tingly tongue effect that Un Emile delivers even at higher dilution.

TASTE 10/20
Strong and uncomplicated: Anise and fennel, with enough underlying wormwood to prevent the taste from being cloying. Sugar gives it a more integrated flavor, in which case I would add two points to the score above.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
Un Emile was one of the best commercial blanches just a few years ago. It’s still enjoyable — one of my anise-loving friends prefers it to the greatly superior Blanche de Fougerolles — but the world of absinthe has passed it by.

Absinthesizer scores 52 out of 100