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Jade Verte Suisse 65


Average Score: 85
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com , ♣ Absinthe Classics

Description: From the manufacturer website: "The distillery of C. F. Berger was founded in Couvet, in the canton of Neufchâtel, Switzerland in 1823. The Berger distillery crafted several Swiss style absinthes, the most famous of these being the C. F. Berger 65 degree absinthe verte, which earned its status as one of the premier absinthes of the 19th century. Unfortunately, absinthe crafting at the C. F. Berger distillery came to a halt with the Swiss ban of 1910, and the distillery ceased all activities in Switzerland shortly thereafter. This fine Swiss absinthe was almost lost forever if it had not been for the resurfacing of original, unopened bottles, which Jade Liqueurs was able to secure for preservation. Using proprietary analytical techniques, Jade Liqueurs has painstakingly resurrected this beautiful liquor from extinction."
Absinthe Jade Verte Suisse at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Justabob 10/29/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Very nice medium green with no trace of sediment. I am however reviewing from a small decanted sample.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Using a very slow drip from a fountain and diluting at 3:1, the louch is excellent. Gradient swirls appear at about 1:1 and continue to form a lovely nearly opaque finish.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Outstanding natural color only slightly off white.

AROMA 25/30
At 65 degree alcohol content the nose when sampled neat is very nice, anise and hyssop seem evident here with an alluring spiciness that can only be released with the addition of cold water. When diluted more complexity is evident, coriander comes to mind.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
The feel on the palete is full, but not what I would call thick.

TASTE 16/20
The taste is very definitely absinthe. Packs a nice herbal punch. Green anise is predominant. The taste tells me some roots were used, perhaps licorice or angelica. The mild bitterness lingers on the palate as well as the base alcohol, which was not what I was expecting.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
This is the first Jade product I have sampled and was quite pleased. It is a herbal powerhouse and similar to some artisanal products I have sampled. I did not notice any of the funk others of commented on with this absinthe. However I think the marc base spirit that Ted uses my not be to everyones liking.

justabob rates Jade Verte Suisse 83 out of 100


Reviewed by Spoon 10/29/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Lovely clear bright chartreuse. I compared it with a bottle of green chartreuse, and it's almost exactly the same color, perhaps a little lighter. No trace of sediment in the glass, but I always take the precaution of inverting the bottle several times to make sure sediment does not collect in the bottom of the bottle. This bottle is stamped JUN 2006.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
I used a very slow drip from a fountain with lots of ice in it. I diluted only until the clear line at the top disappeared, maybe 2:1. I don't measure so I'm not sure. The louche develops quickly and is very pretty. I watched the cloudiness appear in the bottom of the glass, white trails swirling around clear green then quickly becoming quite thick.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Lovely off white creaminess with a hint of yellow-green, fading to white at the meniscus.

AROMA 25/30
Lovely herbal aroma before adding water. The marc alcohol is also quite apparent, and is very nice. After adding water the alcohol recedes and a lovely herbal bouquet develops.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Creamy mouth-feel, not at all thin. Nice and satisfying.

TASTE 16/20
Well-balanced taste. Rather sweet and anisy, fennely upfront with a nice dry finish.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
One of my all-time favorites. I don't drink it often, but when I do I always enjoy it very much. I like to always have a bottle available. I don't give it a 9 because I prefer to leave room at the top. I trust that there are even better products to come.

Spoon rates Jade Verte Suisse 83 out of 100


Reviewed by Donnie Darko 11/12/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Olive green, mostly clear. Not bright or luminous, more a light vegetal green, but still attractive.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
The louche is incredibly uniform. The thin band of unlouched liquid disappears at 3:5 to 1. Could be a tad thicker, and is more murky than a dense cloud, but still appealing.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Murky greenish white. Doesn't glow like Edouard, but looks serious.

AROMA 26/30
The aroma is a powerful mix of honey, anise, woody notes and hyssop. I'm assuming the honey kick is from the Marc base, which seems more in balance than earlier bottlings I've encountered. It really pushes the fragrance of the high quality herbs out of the glass. Doesn't fill the room but it certainly is aromatic from a couple of feet away.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Smooth and velvety. Some spicy tingling is quickly held in check by a mouth filling anise chewiness.

TASTE 17/20
Quite tasty and unique. One immediately notices the quality of the herbs, particularly the anise, which has a woody undertone and lingers for quite some time. The honey character immediately reminds one of that same sweetness found in vintage brands. Underneath that is a slight verdant grassiness which suggests other herbs. The supporting subtle bitterness of wormwood keeps the taste going. The flavours also seem to fuse together more cohesively than previous bottlings. Perhaps these more recent bottlings contain a portion of aged VS which helps round out the flavour edges more.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
This is a very good absinthe. The top-notch ingredients really shine through, especially the anise, which is probably the best tasting anise I've encountered in an absinthe. The wine base is not as obtrusive as previous VS bottlings. It's now leaning towards playing a supporting role rather than a leading role. The absinthe could stand to be a tad thicker, when one compares it to some vintage counterparts, but overall it's a top shelf product.

PERSONAL NOTES
This was bottled in August 2006.

Donnie Darko scores Jade Verte Suisse 65 85 out of 100


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 12/17/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Clear, transparent natural green. The color is somewhere between grass and green olive. This particular bottle has been open for about a month but the color has not changed during the time (it is at the time of this writing about 3/4 full and kept in dark).

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
The louche built up slowly when water was dripped using a brouille filled with ice cubes. An interesting foggy layer developed between louched and unlouched parts. Then, when more water was slowly poured in it, clouds erupted from the bottom. Very good.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Beautiful, between greenish white and light green; fully opaque.

AROMA 24/30
Herbal and refreshing, both before and after water. I noticed a weak citrus-like aroma after the bottle was just opened but it disappered fast and I could no longer spot it. Wormwood and fennel are there, definitely.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Pleasant, somewhat dry first and creamier afterwards. No anise-numbing.

TASTE 17/20
Great. Anise sweetness and wormwood dryness are in good balance as in the aroma.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Very good. High quality product. Moderately complex for beginners, too (I am still one). I would, however, dilute it more than the 3:1 that is used for reviews, and try it with sugar sometime.

Bruno Rygseck scores Jade Verte Suisse 65 81 out of 100


Reviewed by jmark 1/18/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Beautiful, clear green-gold. I might have liked a slightly deeper tone but really very pretty.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Starts slowly with lots of oily tendrils, shifting the color at the bottom of the glass to amber. Louche rises slowly, losing its surface band of green at about a 2-2.5:1 mix.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Good opacity. Becomes more yellow than the other Jade offerings, though it retains a lot of the green overtone. Wish the milkiness were a bit more solid.

AROMA 28/30
Before water: not too much alcohol in the scent, a complex mix of herbal tones. Anise sits a little bit back in the scent behind the others, which is a plus for me. I really enjoyed taking many breaths of this while trying to decipher the mixture.

During louche and after water: The bouquet really travels from the glass during the louche. I smell it beyond the edges of the table. Floral, sweet, herbal...very attractive. I'm fairly new to absinthe, so I'm going to reserve a couple points. However, if it gets better than this, I'm going to be in heaven. I love the scent of this Verte Suisse.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Creamy, covers the whole tongue. Doesn't feel oily, just milky and full. Again, holding back a point due to my inexperience.

TASTE 19/20
Before water: Not too much of an alcohol bite. Warming. Again, the herbal mix is very complex and anise takes a backseat to what? hyssop? Nice, light finish.

After water: Really, I've only tasted 4 absinthes, 3 of them Jades, but I wonder if it can taste better than this. Flowers, herbs, grass, and that wonderful bitter linger on the back of the tongue. So nice.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
My favorite of the Jades to date though I've still to try the PF 1901 and the Blanchette. This is as impressive an aperitif as I've ever tasted. I LOVE it.

jmark scores Jade Verte Suisse 65 89 out of 100


Reviewed by Ricki 15/11/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Clear amber. This Verte Suisse was bottled in October 2006 and opened in October 2007 so I guess it has gone through some fading. It is a nice colour though.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
A very nice creamy louche formed from the bottom of the glass to the top. Very attractive.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Amberish/White, opaque.

AROMA 23/30
A nice strong aroma when first opening the bottle. Once the louche has begun the aroma really picks up and you can start to smell a wonderful boquet of fresh herbs.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Nice and creamy yet slightly dry at the same time. Slight numbing but nothing to strong.

TASTE 17/20
Very nice taste. Ted has got a good Absinthe on his hands with this one. There is a perfect balance between the Anise, Wormwood, and Fennel going on here and i like it alot.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Very nice Absinthe. Definitely one of my favourites and one that I will be buying again in the future.

Ricki scores Jade Verte Suisse 65 80 out of 100


Reviewed by Absinthesizer 3/21/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
An elegant emerald green, slightly tending to the yellow.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Highly entertaining, with fantastic thick oil trails that change dramatically as you view them from different angles. Louche is fairly slow and layers nicely from the bottom, with intermediate shades of green.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Relatively thick, just verging on opalescent. It’s a chameleon shade of yellowish-green that catches and reflects both warm and cool light equally beautifully.

AROMA 26/30
Anise and fennel way out in front, followed by a sweet, rich halo of mint and citrus. “You can smell it all over the house,” said Mrs. Absinthesizer, who meant it as a compliment.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Not so much tingly as pleasantly prickly. Thick, sharp and dry in the back of the mouth. Sugar adds considerably to the sensation of creaminess.

TASTE 17/20
This is a classic Belle Époque anise-bomb: balanced — if you like anise, that is — complex, but unfussy. There’s tremendous herbal intensity, and the bitter finish is long and minty.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10
Basic but excellent. Not revelatory like Jade Edouard, but I could enjoy it every day.

PERSONAL NOTES
My initial impression was that this was a good, but not exceptional, absinthe. But the more I drink — I mean, the more times I drink it — the better it is.

Absinthesizer scores Jade Verte Suisse 87 out of 100


Reviewed by rev500d2 (aka Green Baron) 4/13/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
The color was a natural and attractive light lime-amber, but I was expecting more actual detectable green based on photos and other reviews.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
The louche was excellent- slow forming and fascinating with numerous spindly oil trails that layered, bouncing in a suspended dance, swirling, and reforming with each drip. There appeared to be more trails, but they were not as thick-looking individually as, say, in 1901 or Edouard.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
At full louche, the color was a light lime/ amber yellow with opalescent highlights, although it was a bit thinner than other Jades.

AROMA 26/30
The aroma was pleasing, with herbal, verdant, and spicy notes. However, for me, it did not quite portray the complexity of the actual taste.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
The mouthfeel, however while light and enjoyable, was not as creamy and luxurious as I was hoping for, and I didn't rate super high in this category. I feel that the lighter oil trails and light-looking final louche might have been an indicator of this. Not a major issue, but I find it interesting to wonder if it's just the nature of this particular absinthe (e.g. Latin American vs. Indonesian coffees), or if it could be improved. The only week point for me in an otherwise amazing flavor profile.

TASTE 19/20
A wonderfully complex flavor, with a sweet spicy upfront that, to me, conveyed a powerful suggestion of cinnamon (I dub thee Big Red!). A toasty, yet verdant, herbal, grassy green comes right along side, followed by a big, savory bitter on the back of the tongue. The finish is clean and refreshing, with all of the flavor components, even the frontal spice, lingering.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
All and all, a great absinthe and one of my very favorites. It took some getting used to but it's grown on me quite a bit. If there is a way to thicken up the mouthfeel while keeping all the other qualities intact, I will go crazy trying to decide if this, or Edouard, is my top absinthe. I do not, unfortunately, know how the body compares to the C.F. Berger, so once again, don't know if it's intentional or if it could be improved.

PERSONAL NOTES
Sep. 2007 bottle, opened Jan 2008 and tasted for review March 2008; louched at 3:1 slow drip with 1/2 sugar cube.

A month after this tasting, I noted that the cinnamon notes were more subdued, merging with the overall spiciness. Still great though!

rev500d2 (aka Green Baron) scores Jade Verte Suisse 83 out of 100


Reviewed by EdouardPerneau 5/8/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
pale yellowish green

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
very nice and thick

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
yellowish green

AROMA 28/30
before water:hyssop / citrus and alcohol
after water: floral very nice

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Nice an thick

TASTE 18/20
my favorite jade at all very nice fruity / wormwoody taste

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Very Nice Verte Suisse is the best jade to my taste .

PERSONAL NOTES
the bottle is from august 2006 about 1year & 9 months old at the time of the review

EdouardPerneau scores Verte Suisse 87 out of 100


Reviewed by Brunswick Green 12/18/2008

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

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
A slow, cloudy build-up with some oily swirls. Not quite up to the magic tricks of the other Jades.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Not totally opaque but complex: yellow center, then green, then blue at the edges.

AROMA 27/30
Neat, there is a heavy hit of orange liquour that just gets more and more complex and confusing - in the best possible way. Intense. After water, I get lemon and ripe bananas or maybe someone is baking muffins with banana, chocolate and coconut next door? Both sweet and refreshing and very rounded.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Light and strong at the same time, coats your tongue gently but with a dry finish that does have a sting.

TASTE 17/20
Lavender, babypowder, fresh wormwood, anise. Very similar to Nouvelle Orleans with that dry finish - only more full-bodied and centered. And less bergamot, I am happy to report. Somehow, I think of this as a very highly evolved pastis.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
If the Jade Nouvelle Orleans is a subtle Pinot, this one is a solid Syrah. That doesn't make it any better or any worse, but it's more easy-going and most people should enjoy this. Still not exactly entry-level stuff, though it also mixes superbly in drinks.

Brunswick Green scores Jade VS 65 87 out of 100

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