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Montmartre 65

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Average Score: 71
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Country of Origin: Austria
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.absinthe-montmartre.com "Absinthe Montmartre is the first and probably only traditionally distilled, naturally colored, austrian premium Absinthe. A true old-viennese speciality and, as the title of this writing allready hints at, "the rebirth of an old tradition"." Absinthe Montmartre at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Hartsmar 3/3/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Slightly hazed and not as clear as might be expected. Nice dark green color though.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Slowly appearing, with very nice oily patterns during louching - holds a fine clear layer on top until finished. A slight deduction in points for ending up a bit thin.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Still a very nice green - not as dark. Could be a bit lighter to be perfect, but doesn't present the overly neon green louche presented in some others.

AROMA 22/30
A very heavy and complex aroma before adding water. Slightly grassy, but this could also be partly due to the many "special" ingredients. After adding water it literally fills the room with its herbal scents. Very nice.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
It presents a nice rich and full mouth-feel. Smooth and very interesting, yet slightly flat in the end.

TASTE 14/20
A very nice, herbal taste and in a way a bit spicy. It might do good from blending just a bit better, but it's very good. Some grassy notes can be detected, but not enough to make it the least bit bad.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
It does need some work to make it perfect and let the flavors blend a bit better. Understandably it's not easy to get an absinthe with all those ingredients to be perfect on the first run. The Montmartre is a very good absinthe.

Hartsmar scores Absinthe Montmartre 65 (Premiere Edition) 71 out of 100


The following reviews are for the second edition

Reviewed by Assstomp 12/14/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Nice natural color which is a paler, but more vibrant green than the first distillation's.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
A bit slow to begin louching, but once it does, it builds quickly, swirling from the bottom up, and is quite full.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Retains a good deal of its original pale, vibrant green, and shows some opalescence.

AROMA 24/30
I can definitely see what Artemis meant by that "candy-like" Haut-Doubs #9 scent, but to me, there are distinct wormwood, anise, and fennelcomponents also discernable, although the cinnamon, and citrus zest definitely obfuscate them more than a bit. Stll, I find the nose complex, and appealing.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Not quite as creamy as it could be to support all the spiciness, but definitely not thin, either...with a bit more anise and fennel tweaking, the texture would awesome.

TASTE 16/20
This is an absinthe that will probably appeal to devotees of over-the-top Christmas ales. It's really spicy, and strong flavored, but absolutely clean, and natural in taste. It really struck a chord in me.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
If you enjoyed the first distillation, you'll really relish this one...if not, this batch probably won't make a convert out of you.

Assstomp scores Absinthe Montmartre (Second edition) 81 out of 100


Reviewed by AndrewT 12/14/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
A lovely green, with some slight bluish tints when held to the light.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Louche is slow but steady, with a small transparent layer on the top that sticks around for a bit before louching. Louches opaque.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Very nice, the green sticks around just enough to give the louche a nice tint.

AROMA 23/30
Nice and complex, both before and after water. The cinnamon and citrus combination is still up front, but they give way just enough to taste the traditional herbs behind it.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Very thick, with a little sting from the anise / cinnamon, which sticks around for quite a long time.

TASTE 15/20
The spiciness is an interesting touch, but it seems a bit too present to me still. Much better balanced than the first batch, but I still find myself wishing it would be a more traiditional absinthe at times.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
A very well made absinthe that is clean and unique. The spiciness isn't much to my liking, but the balance is much better than before, and is overall a very enjoyable absinthe. And for what it's worth, I got some nice secondaries off of it.

AndrewT scores Absinthe Montmartre (Second edition) 79 out of 100


Reviewed by Savaoth 3/8/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Nice natural looking green. It is not so bright, it's a little dim and i could notice some traces of herbs inside.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Nice louche. It came slowly and developed the right time forming a complex white cloud. Nice to watch

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
The colour after louching is white-gray with a bit green and blue... It doesn't look so yellow-green like vintage absinthes but it is a nice colour

AROMA 19/30
I think the aroma is different than traditional absinthe... You can notice the presence of cinammon-citrus-and orange.
This gives a different aroma than usual absinthe but i personally don't prefer this kind of experiments... Generally it has a delicant aroma.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
I would like it to be more thick and more creamy but it is ok. It leaves a nice sense at the tongue an it is generally enjoying.

TASTE 16/20
This is a good tasting absinthe. It has some different elements from traditional absinthe such as the cinammon, citrus and orange combination that change the taste a bit. I would like it to have more anise and less cinammon, citrus and orange.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
It is of course a very good modern absinthe. It is ok for new absinthe drinkers and for experienced absinthe drinkers that want to try something different and new. I would not recommend it to someone who wants to taste a really traditional and vintage absinthe.

Savaoth scores Montmartre 71 out of 100


The following reviews are for the third edition

Reviewed by absinthist 10/5/2009

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
Very light green, too light, less green

LOUCHE ACTION 4/10
Proper, but weakish

COLOR AFTER WATER 5/10
Greenish, in the bluish direction.

AROMA 25/30
Christmas spices, mulled wine, it is a nice aroma, but of absinthe-no.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
velvety, crisp, liqueurish

TASTE 7/20
Very strongly pronounced spices, wormwood and the rest try to come over but spices shout too loudly.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
First batches were absinthe, that one is a nice Christmas punch liqueur. Not a salad dressing, but not an absinthe, either.

absinthist scores Montmartre (third edition) 53 out of 100

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