Elie Arnaud Denoix
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 69 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com
Description: According to Manufacturer's website:
A lot of painstaking research into old formulas has been done at the Elie Arnaud DENOIX Distillery in order to revive the ancient elixir. the work was carried out with the highest respect for the old traditions using only authentic methods worthy of this fine liqueur. With the help of a research laboratory, it has been possible to develop a totally natural method for eliminating the offending thujone and (ed.note: yawn...), with this out of the way, it has been possible to awaken this "Sleeping Beauty"
Absinthe Elie Arnaud Denoix at Absinthes.com
Reviewed by mthuilli 10/9/2006
COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
Clear olive green, nothing that looks really artificial here (my bottle has aged 1 year 1/2 though).
LOUCHE ACTION 4/10
It louches very slowly, but not completely.
The result is translucent, a half louche.
COLOR AFTER WATER 4/10
translucent yellowish olive green.
Before water : strong alcohol aroma comes first, then a citronella candle-like scent, and finally a (sort of) wormwood perfume.
After water : the strong alcohol aroma is almost gone. Now a chemical/medicinal perfume of both melissa and wormwood (still far behind).
Biting and some bitterness but not in a anis+wormwood way, it just bites and doesn't leave the typical herbal flavor the wormwood does.
Strong melissa flavor but again in a more medicinal way.
The taste is bitter and chemical, nothing more.
It leaves nothing on your palate, except a little lemon-flavoured note (hence the 3 score).
Where are the anis (the real one) and the fennel ? EAD couldn't find a shop where to buy them ?
OVERALL IMPRESSION 2/10
If you've already bought a bottle of that crap, better sink it now and drink a cough syrup if you really want to taste medicine !
The Elie Arnaud Denoix makes a rather nice Pastis (Pastis des Terres Rouges) and he should have stayed in that direction instead of making a thujone-free 'absinth' (it reminds me of the Domaines de Provence distillery which produces both the Henry Bardouin pastis and the Absente).
mthuilli scores Elie Arnaud Denoix 27 out of 100