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Partisane


Average Score: 50
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Alandia

Description: According to http://www.alandia.de : "Partisane is made from the 2004 wormwood harvest from Pontarlier. The 2004 patch was distilled by a local, well known distillery in cooperation with ALANDIA and is limited to 1000 bottles. Therefore each bottle is unique and due to the natural limit of the 2004 harvest this Absinthe will not be available at any point later. The recipe is based on only a few herbs to set the focus on the Absinthe bouquet. You will experience a strong Absinthe with a note of caramel and anise. We recommend to serve Partisane with two sugar cubes and two parts cold water. Partisane won the silver medal on the Absinthe fair Absinthiades 2005 in Pontarlier, France."

Review:

Reviewed by Artemis 11/7/05

COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
It's very pale green, almost too pale to be credited as a colored absinthe - a weak attempt at coloring, in other words.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Surprisingly thick, cloudy.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Nice milky white.

AROMA 5/30
None to speak of in the raw liquor. After louche, kind of dirty, not much else happening.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Decent, not really thick, but not watery either.

TASTE 8/20
At first, better than the scent promises, candy-like, but a nasty papermill quality quickly overwhelms anything good that might develop - it's not really strong, but it's really strange and off-putting.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
I can't give a "5" to anything of which I wouldn't want a second glass, and I couldn't even finish the first one of this - I poured it out.

Artemis scores Absinthe Partisane 45 out of 100


Reviewed by Hartsmar 10/15/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
Natural but a very boring olive-oil sort of brownish tint.

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
It starts out ok but is easily thinned by just a slight bit too much water. Could be thicker.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Nothing special but it is not as brownish boring anymore.

AROMA 20/30
There isn't a whole lot going on but it reveals a decent enough herbal nose but it stays pretty flat. Adding water doesn't really enhance anything - it stays the same.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Quite full actually but there's something "sticky" that just won't go away.

TASTE 10/20
Nothing to rave about. It's nowhere near the top ones.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Mediocre. That's the word. To me it is clear that this is something made with a specific market in mind. It's not appealing enough to be a connoiseurs choice but I guess "bitter" hunters might go for it.

Hartsmar scores Absinthe Partisane 58 out of 100


Reviewed by peridot 11/6/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
Clear, pale, and straw-coloured.

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
Oil trails roll around for what seems like forever before the louche really begins. Once it does it's fast and uninteresting. By 3:1 it starts to become watery again.

COLOR AFTER WATER 5/10
Transparent white with a hint of yellow. It's bland and weak but not off-putting.

AROMA 13/30
Before water it smells nice. Anise and a hint of hyssop. The wormwood is discernable in the nose, which is a little strange. Adding water hurts it a little. The anise becomes a bit candyish and the hyssop fades. There's a weird, stale odor, but it's faint.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Fairly creamy. It's not bad but could definitely be a good bit better.

TASTE 8/20
Taste is the weakest aspect of this absinthe. There's a caramel flavour which is not unpleasant, but also not appropriate. The harsh and bitter wormwood profile is dominating. Anise is weak and barely noticeable on the tongue. I feel like I can taste more in there but if there truly is anything else it's subdued by the overbearing wormwood.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
This limited absinthe was made from one 2004 wormwood crop. However, it must have been an awful crop because it dramatically hurts the absinthe's flavour. The weak anise profile hurts the louche and allows the flavour to be unbalanced by the wormwood.

PERSONAL NOTES
This was the first absinthe I drank after I got a clue as to how wormwood tastes. Before that, I honestly didn't taste any aspect of the wormwood and thought the Partisane was a nice absinthe. But with a little knowledge of what to look for, I was astounded by the inferior wormwood punch and I haven't cared for this brand since.

peridot scores Partisane Vintage 2004 47 out of 100

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