La Grenouille

According to Absinthes.com: When Stefano Rossoni, the Italian distiller behind L'Italienne absinthe, started working on the La Grenouille recipe, his idea was to create an absinthe with a southern and Mediterranean connotation. La Grenouille has a classic backbone of wormwood, green anise, fennel, lemonbalm and hyssop, but is completed with other unique southern herbs to achieve a warm, velvety character.

La Grenouille was born in a family-run distillery Zufanek, producers of the first genuine Czech absinthe St. Antoine. That is another proof that there are some good absinthes in the Czech Republic!


AVERAGE SCORE 86

Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 4/15/2011

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Light greenish brown, somewhat towards feuille morte but not very deep.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Properly louching although not so many swirling clouds (water poured). A dripper and patience produced a good layered louche.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Opaque green.

AROMA 27/30
Juicy, anisey, aroma of flowering wormwood and a hint of cardamom before water. During and after water the aromas come into full bloom: the cardamom (kind of) stays behind while more citrusy and absinthe-herbal aromas emerge.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Velvety and kind to the palate, leaves a pleasantly dry after-mouthfeel.

TASTE 18/20
The taste is very well balanced. Anise (and fennel?) leave room for the tongue-tingling, not numbing, sensations provided by the herbal bill.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Floral, herbal, balanced; excellent product. Stylish bottling, too.

PERSONAL NOTES
Tasted without sugar.

Bruno Rygseck scores La Grenouille 86 out of 100