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Jade Edouard 72 "Distiller's Proof"

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Average Score: 83
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Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthe Classics , ♣ Liqueurs de France , ♣ Absinthe.de

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/ : "Not since the French ban of 1915 has the world seen a French absinthe that boasts the quality of the famed Edouard Pernod label. Almost a century later, Jade Liqueurs presents: Absinthe Edouard. Absinthe Edouard is absolutely correct to the original, from its delicate tint, to its refined texture and delightfully aromatic finish. A distiller’s proof refers to a one-time test distillation made in anticipation of a new Jade release. This is an important step that allows minor adjustments to be made pursuant to perfecting a finished product. A proof sample will usually differ slightly from the final version in the areas of fine flavor balance and tint."

Review:

Reviewed by Artemis 4/12/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Very pale green. Clarity is good.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Spectacular turbulent louche.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Thick, custard-like.

AROMA 20/30
Disappointingly faint. Ginger nuance is nice. No faults other than a slight dankness that will without question mellow out with time. The scent will develop as well.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
At 3:1 ratio, okay but not great; in fact, disappointing. No star anise? Possibly needs a different water ratio for optimum effect.

TASTE 15/20
Good, not great. Dankness noted in the nose is evident in the mouth as well.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
A work in progress.

Artemis scores Absinthe Edouard 72 "Distiller's Proof" 74 out of 100.


Reviewed by Absomphe 3/3/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear, very vivid but completely natural green

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
The louche is slow and steady, not too extreme, near perfect.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
A good deal of the vivid green is retained after louching, The final product is a pale minty green color that resembles some of the finer renderings of quality pre-ban absinthes

AROMA 23/30
Neat...green anise is the most obvious scent, with wormwood in the background. There is a bit of a "burnt" background, as well, though some less evident than it is in the Jade Verte Suisse. I don't find this a major detraction, however. To me, it gives the Edouard almost an "aged" character, and it is by no means obtrusive.
...louched...the burnt quality fades completely, and the AROMA opens up to reveal a complex mélange of anise, fennel and hyssop, the overall impression is "floral baby powder" that fills a room. Very appetizing!

MOUTH-FEEL 10/10
This is perhaps the best aspect of the Edouard. It is velvety, rich, and mouth-coating. Absolutely wonderful.

TASTE 19/20
Anise is dominant, as expected, but this is no anise-bomb. There is plenty of fennel, which imparts a very subtle fruitiness, and even more quality hyssop that gives the Edouard a lively, "baby powder" finish, which blends perfectly with the underpinning of minty wormwood. This continues into a VERY long, savory finish that compels one to start the sipping process all over again. For me, this is a nearly perfect flavor, marred only very slightly by a wee bit of a burnt component that has carried over from the aroma .

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
This Edouard is not too far from flawless, except for the aforementioned VERY SLIGHT burnt characteristic. It is, without doubt, my favorite commercial absinthe, to date.

Absomphe scores Absinthe Edouard 72 "Distiller's Proof" 92 out of 100.


Reviewed by Hartsmar 4/21/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Lovely clear green.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Slow, very nice louching. A constant clear layer on top all the way until perfectly louched.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
As expected from the un-louched color it presents a very fine pale green now.

AROMA 23/30
Close to floral explosion here. A complex, wonderful aroma which is enhanced by the addition of water.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Very smooth and very well done.

TASTE 17/20
This is really a wonderful drink. The taste have improved from a bit of ageing, as expected. None of the flavours ever take over too much. A perfect blend. This being only the distillers proof, I can only imagine the final release...

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Yes please, can I have another one?!

Hartsmar scores Absinthe Edouard 72 "Distiller's Proof" 82 out of 100


Reviewed by Donnie Darko 3/26/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
The color is a luminous, almost lime-like green. No sediment or haze is obvious. Very attractive.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
It louches exactly like any well made Absinthe should.

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
Nice vibrant green color, with yellow tinges. Looks like those glasses of absinthe you see in the paintings that appear to glow slightly.

AROMA 20/30
It has a pleasant anise/slight wormwood smell, and also a nice grape spirit sort of aroma which reminds me of good grappa. However, there is also pungent dirty smell right in there with the other aromas, which I find unpleasant, and it discourages me from wanting to drink it. That acrid smell is particularly noticeable in the graduated cylinder used to measure out the proper dose for this review. The narrow beaker tends to concentrate the aroma. In the glass, the acrid aspect of the smell is still there, albeit to a lesser degree. A few points were added for the excellent fennel like aroma left behind in the glass once the louched absinthe was finished.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
While there is a soft creamy aspect to this absinthe which is very pleasing, at a 3:1 ratio the alcohol bite is a little rough, and interferes with the creaminess, and I find myself wanting to dilute it more or add sugar to make it go down smoother. The acrid aspect mentioned in the aroma apparently also translates to the mouthfeel, and it frustrates the velvety mouth-feel that is trying so hard to push through.

TASTE 14/20
There are some very nice floral notes which bring to mind good wormwood flowers and some woody tones which I would love more of, but there is a bitter, almost scorched flavor which keeps rearing its head, interfering with my enjoyment of the other flavors. Some might attribute that flavor to Coriander, which can be peppery, but after trying a few other absinthes known to contain Coriander, I don't think the unpleasant flavor in question is caused by that herb. By the last one fourth of the glass, that bitter taste seems to have gone away and left room for the exquisite fennel, which has a very long, almost minty clean finish.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
This Absinthe certainly has the potential to become great with future revisions, but it is not a great absinthe in its current form. It has top quality ingredients, alcohol base, and color, but that ever present taste which I can only describe as "scorched", "bitter" or "very nutty" unfortunately interferes with the enjoyment of the positive aspects of Edouard. While I suspect that another three or so months of ageing will help round out that obtrusive flavor, and this drink may become well balanced, I'm not reviewing a future absinthe, but only this one in its current form. There is plenty of evidence of excellent craftsmanship and ingredients, but there's also certainly room for improvement.

Note: My review of Jade Edouard Distiller's Proof (came after) giving it a couple of weeks to age. I would estimate approximate age to be around one month.

Donnie Darko scores Absinthe Edouard 72 "Distiller's Proof" 77 out of 100.


Reviewed by Sixela 2/1/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Has to be seen to be believed

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
Thick louche

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
Perfect

AROMA 26/30
For the moment, lots of very young green anise in the nose, but it doesn’t eclipse everything else like the young Verte de Suisse did. A more floral and feminine character than the Verte de Suisse, without being as idiosyncratic as the Jade NO.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Lingers for very long, and you can’t exactly pinpoint what component lingers on…

TASTE 18/20
Only very few unmentionable absinthes are better. Always makes you crave another glass.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10

Sixela scores Absinthe Edouard 72 "Distiller's Proof" 93 out of 100


Reviewed by Monsieur Grim 3/22/05

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
An emerald olive, if you don't bother to invert the bottle. The sediment cast back into suspension certainly detracts from the clarity of the absinthe, but that doesn't mean all that much to me... I've witnessed some wonderful absinthes that exhibit quite a haze in the reservoir; not perfect.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
This one bums me. I'd like to give more credit to the Edouard anywhere the louche is involved, but the enchantment is in the finished louche, so picturesque as to be taken from a commissioned still-life complete with a Pontarlier gazette. The louche materializes furtively at first, an indefinite portion of deeper, forest-green forced up and out of the reservoir into a thinning disc that softens as the fluid level rises. Very nice. The spectacle ends all too suddenly, though, certainly by the time the dilution is 2 - 2.5 to 1. So for this (only 8 of 10).

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Beautifully opalescent. A full, enchanting refraction of light in innumerable directions... causing the contents of the glass to appear more edible than fluid.

AROMA 23/30
Neat - fragrant with the snap of alcohol. Candy nose when water is added - the scents are complex and indistinct; a tapestry of honey-anise, wormwood and coloring herbs. The nose is complex and floral, but not as appealing to me as an absinthe with great wormwood.

MOUTHFEEL 9/10
Velvet and light. Overall, what I consider one of the best aspects of this absinthe. Could stand to be a scant bit more present, I mean to say, thick against the tongue.

TASTE 16/20
Balance and finesse place this absinthe light years ahead of most commercial products, save the Clandestine. The bitterness of the wormwood is pleasant and in perfect proportion to counter the sweet, burnt-honey flavor of anise, but only as an afterthought. I don't encounter true layers of flavor, instead a melding of tastes "that hide their end-game well." I'm sure that is intentional, but I'm not completely taken by it.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Complex, prolly so. It does possess a softness that most labels, heretofore, have lacked.

The current benchmark absinthe. The closest thing to experiencing vintage absinthe that is currently available - age will certainly narrow this gap.

Monsieur Grim scores Absinthe Edouard 72 "Distiller's Proof" 80 out of 100


Reviewed by Sea of Lament 5/26/05

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
A beautiful, vibrant, green.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
Nice and steady.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
A lovely thick green but it would do better with a bit more water, almost too thick.

AROMA 25/30
Neat: Green anise and fennel, with a hint of wormwood in the finish, and then the alcohol kicks in (it is 144 proof after all). A little advice: it helps to let the absinthe “breathe” for a while as I noticed a “funky” or “burnt™” character the first time I opened it. After water: Extremely floral and complex. At this point the alcohol is not as obtrusive as one would think and allows the aromas to fully develop.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Velvety, but at this ratio the alcohol detracts from the herbal subtleties which I know are there.

TASTE 15/20
It’s nice, but at this ratio I feel like adding more water or use sugar to round-out the flavor. Still, the flavors are complex and very balanced. It also leaves a soft, floral after-taste for quite a while.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Quite an accomplishment for a “Distiller’s Proof.” A bit more water would do a wonderful thing for this absinthe, trust me.

Note: This review is from the last remaining ounces of a bottle I’ve had for about 11 weeks.

Sea of Lament scores Absinthe Edouard 72 "Distiller's Proof" 84 out of 100.

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