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Jade PF 1901

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Average Score: 84
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: From the vendor: PF 1901 is a classic absinthe, balanced and crisp, with an appetizing herbal aroma and a smooth, lingering aftertaste. It should be noted that a large ‘cache’ of pre-ban Pernod fils absinthe has recently been discovered and amongst the well-preserved bottles, there were a few in a remarkable state of preservation, retaining their original color and freshness. Those who have been fortunate enough to have been able to taste these and have also tasted the pre-release Jade PF 1901, are unanimous in their remarks as to the striking similarities between the vintage bottles and the Jade clone.
Absinthe Jade PF 1901 at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by eric 12/1/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Perfectly clear light Peridot. Very nice.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Nice swirling turbulence building up to a near-perfect opalescence. Quite good.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Whitish green, a little pale but still very satisfactory.

AROMA 27/30
Fruity anise with a hint of mint up front. Familiar dark wormwood tones in the back. Some sweet fennel notes linger at the end along with the pungent scent of grape spirit that is characteristic of the Jade products. Becomes more floral after adding water.

MOUTH-FEEL 10/10
Near perfect. Very full bodied. Certainly up to what one would expect.

TASTE 18/20
Extremely well balanced. Lots of fresh tasting floral notes countered with a pleasantly mild darkness that produces a lingering bitterness on the palate. Very reminiscent of the samples of pre-ban Pernod Fills that I have tasted.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
I came very close to giving this one a ten. I really like this Absinthe a lot. It makes for a very tasty, refreshing drink. This is a fine product and worthy of its reputation.

eric scores Jade P. F. 1901 90 out of 100


Reviewed by Absomphe 12/5/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Beautiful, refractive medium peridot green.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
Slowly building, turbid louche which is mostly opaque, but with some lovely opalescent highlights, and a nice vibrance.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Milky white, but with some solid green underpinning. Very appetizing.

AROMA 28/30
Neat, there is that characteristic marc spirit mustiness (although it does NOT come across as funky in the slightest), as well as earthy wormwood tones. With the addition of water the aroma blossoms into a virtual herb garden of anise, fennel, and coriander, and that musty quality vanishes.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
I was close to awarding a perfect ten in this area. The only word that comes to mind is silky. It is more spritely than the Jade Verte Suisse, and fuller than the Edouard, and strikes a near-perfect balance between the two (as I remember them).

TASTE 18/20
Beautifully rounded, spicy/herbal flavor that is meticulously crafted, and accented by the grape alcohol base that adds earthy depth to the mix. After sipping a second glass, I noticed a definite citric quality to this absinthe, which may be imparted by melissa, but seems more like an ester emanating from an aggregate of several herbs, and this really adds to the finesse of this absinthe. The minty/ bitter finish lingers delightfully.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
I'm really blown away by this luxurious effort, and I look forward to doing a side-by-side sampling of it, and a glass from the 1914 Cache.

Absomphe scores Jade PF 1901 92 out of 100


Reviewed by AndrewT 1/3/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
A fairly transparent green. Not the most emerald I've ever seen, but it's certainly a nice, natural looking color.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Very nice. Cloudy and strong with a very nice clear band around the top for most of the louche. I take a point off only because I've seen a handful of better ones. Very respectable, though.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Just the right ammount of green remaining. I take a point off only because it gets slightly greyish in the thinner portions of the glass.

AROMA 25/30
Before water - A very sweet, floral aroma. Alcohol is present, and the overall scent is very "heavy". There is some funkiness present.

After water - There are some nice smells wafting from the louching glass, however, the final louched product has a much more subtle aroma. Alcohol goes away, but the funkiness and heaviness are still there.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Fairly thick, and for the most part nice. However, the aftertaste is mostly funk, which is very distracting.

TASTE 16/20
Unfortunately, there's still a very present ammount of funk. The wormwood flavor comes across very nicely, as well as the many floral hints, but you really have to look behind the funk. There are some very nice and bold flavors aside from that, though.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
I was a little disappointed with this. It's very much like the previous Jade offerings, in good ways and bad. I would hesitate to consider Jades the top shelf of commercial absinthes because the flavor is so unclean. If that could get cleared up, this would definately be one of the best offerings available today.

PERSONAL NOTES
I had to mix this a little stronger than usual to get the balance right.

AndrewT scores Jade PF 1901 81 out of 100


Reviewed by Anonymous Reviewer 1/7/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Very nice but not the solid green shade I was expecting. A little light in the color.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Very nice and very similar to the pre-ban Pernod Fils. Lovely to watch.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Solid white with yellow shading. Was hoping for a bit more.

AROMA 25/30
Very nice but could be improved. I'd say this is the weakest area of this absinthe.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Nice and thick and I loved the lingering bitterness which gave way pretty easily.

TASTE 17/20
Pretty thick. First taste is very refreshing. Strong sense of high-quality herbs, no funk. Herbal peppermint, slow lingering aftertaste that is very pleasant.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Very, very fine absinthe. Not my favorite Jade but it's up there. As it ages a bit, the scores would be higher - the great balance just isn't there - yet.

PERSONAL NOTES
I will be drinking this one along with my favorite Jade, the Edouard. I really like this absinthe and really expands the range of the Jade line with each one being unique.

Anonymous Reviewer scores Jade PF 1901 , 81 out of 100


Reviewed by Hartsmar 1/22/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Nice light "peridot" green. Perfectly clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Really nice louche. With the characteristic clear layer on top until fully louched and ends up completely opaque. Great!

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Light kind of white-green. More than allright.

AROMA 27/30
Before adding water it presents a nice front of anise and a nice wormwood that comes out from behind.
This is paired with a touch of mint and really nice fennel which remains in the nose.
After adding water is goes into bloom and really opens up. Room-filling to say the least.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Very good. Smooth, creamy, full bodied, complex and... Just great.

TASTE 18/20
Very nice taste. A very well balanced taste here. The herbal complexity it presents
is excellent and the nice bitter touch of the wonderful wormwood is nicely accompanied by the floral notes
of the lighter herbs.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10
This is a very nice absinthe. By far the best Jade absinthe yet and definitely one of the best absinthes out there today.
I give this a 10 because I am confident that it will stay that way as well. This one will certainly remain at the top of the
best absinthes for a long time to come.

Hartsmar scores Jade P. F. 1901 90 out of 100


Reviewed by jmark 1/25/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Crystal clear, light-peridot with a hint of gold.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Tried this two ways: With the fountain and a glass brouilleur. In both cases it seems to begin VERY early, and the green band disappears fairly early, as well. The action with the brouilleur and a solid stream of ice-cold water into the center was dramatic: A spectacle of dancing milkclouds beneath a beautiful green band.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Not as white as Jade's Vert Suisse; a beige-y green, but complex. Pearly-white in the reservoir of my Pontarlier glass getting beige-er and green-er as one moves towards the surface. Lots of pink and copper-y refractions.

AROMA 25/30
Before water: herbal and alcohol bite. The fennel and wormwood seem pretty equal in the mix. A little funk in the undertone.

After water: the fennel moves way to the forefront: a brightness (maybe mint?) at the top of the scent. The funk of the before-water aroma has completely disappeared.

I graded a little low for before-water and higher (almost perfect) for after, so the 25.

MOUTH-FEEL 10/10
Thick, creamy, no thinness at all. Excellent!

TASTE 16/20
Wormwood appears very fast in the taste, where I've been accustomed to its later appearance and aftertaste. I like the aftertaste, the lingering bitter, but was looking for a greater complexity of herbs, or a brighter spark buried in the mix. Not a lot of morph in the flavor as it lingers, pretty much the same notes from beginning of the taste to the end, though they are good flavors. Flavor goes a tiny bit darker than I expected with the minty notes in the aroma.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
I think I would opt for the slightly wider complexities of the Verte Suissse or Edouard over this for future purchases.

jmark scores Jade PF 1901 85 out of 100


Reviewed by Kevangogh 1/29/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Clear and light peridot. Not as green and as intense as I've seen in other Jades such as VS however.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Working it's way up from the bottom up, swirling clouds until a nice thin layer develops on top right near the end.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Whitish green, would be nice to see a trace bit more color in the end.

AROMA 25/30
Not room filling, but nice. Anise with a bit of grape alcohol scent lightly noticeable.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Creamy, nice mouth feel.

TASTE 18/20
Spicy yet well balanced, no one herb dominates. It's got a bit of that vintage taste. Very slightly dry in comparison to vintage I think. There seem to be traces of either elecampane or angelica, especially noticeable on the tongue in the aftertaste, which remains for some time.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Overall, getting close to vintage taste, it definitely shares some characteristics. That said, it's not quite there for whatever reason, most probably due to age. I would be able to differentiate I am sure. Additionally, the vintages I have tasted were a tad bit sweeter than this absinthe. It's an excellent absinthe and probably the best I've tasted from Jade to date. If vintage is out of your price range, you'll probably get no closer than this.

Kevangogh scores Jade PF 1901 86 out of 100


Reviewed by Mr Burns 2/24/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
The color is a perfect, naturally colored, peridot green.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
The louche is incredible. It has a slowly developing louche that is opaque with a fantastic green tint. The glass maintains its louche over a long period of time.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Looks like skim milk with a light green tint.

AROMA 28/30
This is the herb garden. I detect coriander, anise, fennel prominently with the wormwood taking a back seat. Wine spirit also detected.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
This stuff is smooth!!! I haven't run across a commercial absinthe that compares!!

TASTE 18/20
The anise, fennel and coriander are prominent in the foreground with some fantastic wormwood in the background. These ingredients are all top notch. Well balanced, with nothing really overpowering the other. Wine spirit is also evident more to the nose than the palate.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
This is a great absinthe and the best commercial I have tasted. Of the Jade products this is my favorite, and may have displaced the Absinthe Duplais as my favorite overall. It has the flavor, balance, and louche that any one would be looking for.

PERSONAL NOTES
I have had the pleasure of sampling vintage Pernod Fils a few years back and I must say this is a very admirable attempt at duplicating it. While you would never mistake the two because of the 100 years of aging, I would have to image this is what fresh Pernod Fils tasted like. The only major difference I could remember is the vintage Pernod seemed to have a thicker mouth feel. I will be drinking this for quite some time and also cellaring some for enjoyment many years down the road.

Mr Burns scores Jade PF 1901 93 out of 100


Reviewed by OCvertDe 3/22/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Beautiful natural green, bright and clear. Perfect.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Awesome- slow, flawless. Long oil trails and a perfect louche rising slowly from the bottom like a cloud of smoke, gradually thickening to opaque in heavy layers. This is how I dreamed absinthe would louche before I’d ever had any. I only give it a 9 because I have faith that somewhere, sometime, there will be one that progresses slower after it starts clouding up. We’ll see.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Pale but unmistakably green. Beautiful. Nice shading, opaque. Like the louche score, just leaving room for something better.

AROMA 27/30
Very smooth and well balanced. Lightly herbal, lightly medicinal, somehow manages to blossom throughout the area it’s louching in without seeming strong. Very pleasant and inoffensive. Complex, but not to the point I feel the need to dwell on it.

MOUTH-FEEL 10/10
A perfect smooth balance of creaminess with bite from the base. A soft, lingering numbness follows every sip that rolls over the tongue, without affecting the taste. Fantastic.

TASTE 16/20
I love it- but then, I love absinthe. I don’t love it any more than any of my Duplais products, or even much more than Lucid for that matter. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed in the taste. There is a hint of the chlorine character I found in Roquette, but it isn’t nearly as offensive here- barely noticeable in fact. It has a smooth, well balanced medicinal quality; and while it seems terribly unfair to call an absinthe this stellar “bland”, I just don’t find the taste all that interesting. So, nothing to fault it for except what it’s not… which it very well may not have been intended to be in the first place. Fantastic, but not my preference.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
This is obviously a benchmark absinthe, well crafted by someone who knows what they’re doing. It’s worth drinking it just to watch the louche, and between what I’ve heard of the other Jades and my experience with the 1901, I will most certainly be trying Ted’s other products in search of one that suits my taste better.

PERSONAL NOTES
Based on one 30ml sample mixed 3:1

OCvertDe scores Jade PF 1901 89 out of 100


Reviewed by EdouardPerneau 5/8/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
pale green nice

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
a bit too fast and thick to be a perfect clone of pernod fils

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
very nice opalescent greenish

AROMA 21/30
alcohol and melissa/anise a bit of funk

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
silky thick I deduct 4 point for the funkiness ( I think it could be improved in future) a bit too much of alcohol heat

TASTE 14/20
Great mimic pernod fils except from the base alcohol that spoil a little the flavour and lack of wormwoodiness

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Nice absinthe need works to be a better clone but it give a great idea of what Pernod Fils is for those that can't afford a bottle /sample it's a great purchase

EdouardPerneau scores PF 1901 72 out of 100


Reviewed by absinthist 8/11/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
pleasant to look at, striving towards Duplais? jaune, could be darker or getting amber.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
decent, slowly-forming but ends up too chalky and whitish.

COLOR AFTER WATER 5/10
Lacks greenish tinge, Payne's grey, dull.

AROMA 22/30
strong, funky at times, anisy

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
spicy, balanced but not creamy, lacks initial wormwood attack.

TASTE 13/20
too spicy, gets a bit blunt towards end.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
apart from louche-action there is no resemblance to Pernod fils whatsoever. That batch (dated:Sept' 07) from which the sample has been given to me lacks definitely something.

absinthist scores PF1901 67 out of 100


Reviewed by Brunswick Green 12/18/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Amazing pale, transparent and lively green. Totally natural.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Dense and even build-up. Lovely, soft, magical swirling.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Totally opaque, very milky yellow-green, blue edges.

AROMA 25/30
Neat, it gives you nothing much besides muck and alcohol. With water, I find sweet caramel and babypowder and the smoke and medicine cabinet you get with certain single malts. Pontarlier wormwood and a very slight funk. Quite similar to the Esprit Edouard. Benefits from a touch of sugar.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Balanced, dry and fleeting, not very creamy.

TASTE 16/20
Apart from what you'd expect, I get a refreshing but slightly harsh/metallic aftertaste of peppermint, that reminds me I need to get me a new toothbrush. Deep and complex as hell, though. I do get the feeling this has yet to get it's thing totally together and I should leave it to age.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Surprisingly fickle despite its power. Quite similar to the Esprit Edouard, if more rounded. Take your time finding the right amount of water and sugar to balance the cream versus alcohol versus funk. It strangely reminds me of Pernod 68 though in a totally different league.

Brunswick Green scores Jade 1901 85 out of 100

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