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La Fee Parisian


Average Score: 52
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: PIC: la Fee Spoon

Absinthe La Fee Parisian at Absinthes.com

According to http://www.lafeeabsinthe.com

"La Fée was created from an authentic 19th century recipe and was developed in a French distillery under the supervision of Madame Delahaye. It contains a dozen or more plants, including 'Grande' and 'Petite' Absinthe (artemisia absinthium and artemisia pontica). La Fée is a distilled absinthe — the botanicals are macerated in alcohol and then distilled in accordance with the most traditional methods."

Review:

Reviewed by Artemis 2/4/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
Artificial, glowing green color, looks unnatural. Given a three only to set precedent for the possibility of lesser scores (i.e., zero) for colors that actually impact the scent or flavor negatively, which this one doesn't.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Oil contrails formed from first drop of water. A thick cloud quickly developed at the very bottom of the glass - an attractive effect. Cloud grew toward surface as water ratio increased. Obscured by green dye, but this is already penalized.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Not penalized more heavily at this stage because it's the inevitable result of dye, already penalized. Otherwise, decent almost opaque hue, but no opal tones, rainbow oil slicks on surface, etc.

AROMA 17/30
Aroma in the bottle clean, fragrant, with no trace of tails. Anise/floral character, but not intense. Scent in the glass hot and alcoholic, somewhat medicinal, but not unpleasant. Scent did not blossom while louching. Scent after louche not unpleasant, but not spectacular and not lingering.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Thin, but without the dry herbal complexity that would make up for a thin mouthfeel.

TASTE 14/20
Taste of anise with some balance from other herbs. No nasty faults, but not intense nor complex, and doesn't finish down the throat well - somewhat rough.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Not an unpleasant drink, but not natural, not intense. Doesn't have the well-blended complexity or perfuming intensity of the best absinthes, and the green dye has got to go.

Artemis scores La Fee Absinthe 63 out of 100


Reviewed by The Green Spirit 5/10/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
Nice bright emerald green color. Artificial.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Quick, thick louche. Very pretty.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Very thick green and oily. Yet, not particularly nuanced.
Still artificial, but I already punished that.

AROMA 15/30
Anise and alcohol...

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
I bit numbing. Otherwise smooth and pleasant enough.

TASTE 8/20
A nutty sort of taste (no idea what though), anise, wormwood and alcohol. Uninteresting.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
I’m surprised this is so big in London. I’m certainly glad I only bought a small sample of this. Really not worth it considering the price.

Manson and Depp supposedly drinks this…

The Green Spirit scores La Fee Absinthe 52 out of 100


Reviewed by zackM 12/28/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
Artificial green. Not really attractive but not too disconcerting.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Nice oil trails.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Very cloudy with touch of green.

AROMA 15/30
Alcohol and anis. Little if any complexity

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Slight numbing.

TASTE 12/20
Neat it is alcohol and anis. 3 parts water and a few more herbs are slightly evident.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
It isn't spectacular but isn't bad. Not something I would buy again but easy to drink.

zackM scores La Fée Absinthe (Parisian) 56 out of 100


Reviewed by precenphix 2/11/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 1/10
Jolly Rancher Sour Apple Green.with hints of blue. Definitely artificial.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Rapid. Star anise definitely present.

COLOR AFTER WATER 4/10
Pale green/white opaline cloud of star anise and artificial coloring.

AROMA 8/30
Anise, anise & more anise...star anise. Wormwood on the nose, but not right up front. A disappointing anise bomb.

MOUTH-FEEL 1/10
Numbs the tongue very quickly, leaving a thick, unpleasant film behind.

TASTE 10/20
Good 'n Plenty candy, liquefied and infused with just enough artemisa absinthium to make itself known. After an introduction to your taste buds, a hoard of star anise stages a coupe, removing A. absinthium from your tongue (along with everything else).

OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
Disappointing. Non-complex.

precenphix scores La Fée (Parisian) 34 out of 100


Reviewed by Wilson 2/7/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
Artificial, bright green color, clear but unnatural. At least it's clear. I took it in a dark room fully expecting it to glow, but I was disappointed.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Oil contrails started dancing as soon as the first drop of water hit the surface. The oil contrails continued until about 1 to .5 when all of a sudden the clouds explode and fall to the bottom of the glass. By the time I hit 1 to 1, it was completely opaque all the way to the top. Oil contrails still visible and in full motion. Wow! Very hypnotic. What a show! This is the best part of this absinthe. If you pour the water too fast, it still louches! I would have given it a 10 if the color was better.

COLOR AFTER WATER 5/10
Looks like a slice of Key Lime Pie. Took it back in the dark to see if it glows. Bummer. Other than the fake green, it looks good. Not as bad as before water though, but still fake. Oil slick on top makes it look like a puddle of anti-freeze in the parking lot of Wal*Mart on a hot summer day. Better keep the neighborhood cats away.

AROMA 15/30
Uncap the bottle and sniff. Sweet, anise, and flowers, and slight alcohol, but not intense. Poured in the glass and it is just more intense, but not overpowering. Scent during louching not much stronger. Did not fill the room, but I think I would need another person standing at a distance to make sure. Scent after louching seems the same. It never gets better. It's not bad an any way, but leaves me wanting more from it.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Nothing spectacular. It's smooth, but not thick. Not unpleasant at all.

TASTE 8/20
Taste of anise and other herbs. Not bad, but too sweet. Simple and not too intense. Too much alcohol bite, but I have it mixed at 1 to 3. Probably a bit too much for such a high alcohol content. Still thinking about the aforementioned anti-freeze.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Not bad, but not natural, and I find it lacking. Who the hell is this Madame Delahaye they keep talking about? This could have been much better absinthe with just a little work.

Wilson scores La Fee Absinthe Parisienne 53 out of 100


Reviewed by OCvertDe 3/11/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
Looks better in the bottle. Once in the glass: nuclear. It’s clear, and at least it’s green, but it’s the most fake looking absinthe I’ve tried.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Surprisingly, this one louches rather well… considerably better than many absinthes I’ve sampled that are far superior in every other way. It shows the typical oil trails and an unusual explosion of little oil bubbles permeating the shot like excessive carbonation. I’m not sure what to make of those, but I’d give it more points if they weren’t there. The fairy dances out from the bottom just like it should, a cloud that slowly thickens it’s way up the glass; by 2:1 the show is over. Far from perfect, but as I said, I’ve seen more disappointing shows put on by far better actors.

COLOR AFTER WATER 5/10
Undeniably green, mostly opaque. Implications of radioactivity. A little scary, but better than it looked neat. Still appears artificial.

AROMA 15/30
There’s nothing overly unpleasant here, but nothing particularly interesting either. There’s a syrupy smell, and a something strongly reminiscent of coniferous trees. Alcohol. Not very complex or interesting. Makes me think of cutting down a Christmas tree, not enjoying a fine aperitif.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
There’s a sweet creaminess that comes and goes in a hurry, followed by a nice prickly bite that rapidly becomes mouth numbing and stays that way for some time. I think a long lasting numbness of the tongue may be how La Fée defines a “long finish”.

TASTE 10/20
I like it. I like just about everything else I’ve had a lot more, but it could be a lot worse. A little too sweet, and there’s a distinct taste of pine needles, but overall I can see why it’s so popular among people who don’t know any better. I purposely waited until I’d tried several industry standards before reviewing La Fée, and I’m glad I did as it tasted a lot better before I knew what else was out there. That doesn’t make it any less drinkable though, and for anyone with a thing for the flavor of evergreen leaves it may even be recommendable.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
For the money, I’ll pay less for Lucid (or much less for Kubler 53) any day of the week. I think it’s a decent introduction to Absinthe, and enjoyable enough if you know not to expect much. Over rated and over priced, but I don’t regret buying it. It was good enough to get me hyped up to order better, more authentic absinthe, and there’s something to be said for that.

OCvertDe scores La Fée Absinthe Parisienne 68%abv 53 out of 100

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