Montania des Alpes
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com
Description: According to eAbsinthe.com: Believed to be the only absinthe from the Alps region, Montania is a gold medal winner from the 2004 Absinthiades (macerates category). You can taste the mountain herbs! Absinthe Montania des Alpes at Absinthes.com
Reviewed by Shinsain 4/22/2006
COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
It looks brown, not green or clear. It is thick and cloudy, resembling a pastis more than an absinthe. Poor color, almost like a rotting leaf.
LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
The louche is decent in general but it is much too quick (possibly due to too much anise??). It is very unnatural and a cloudy brown when finished. Mediocre, but nothing special.
COLOR AFTER WATER 4/10
It is "cloudy" but holds a "pastis-like" haze to it. It is neither opalescent nor intriguing. It doesn't have much depth past the cloudiness and is hazed a dead-leaf brown. In my opinion, very poor and un-interesting.
There is almost NO complexity to this. I smell "sweet" and "anise." Nothing more. No fennel, no real wormwood, nothing.
It is relatively full, but I believe this is due to its sugar content and general thickness -- not its quality. It has nothing of a powdery feel to it, and no real depth to its feel. Full, but ordinary.
Of the 15 or so absinthes and pastis I've tasted, this is among the worst. It tastes very, very similar to the US version of Versinthe (that is, very bitter and a little anise and sugar...nothing else). It is one-dimensional and vile, period. I would honestly drink a diluted glass of Hill's above this.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
I can honestly say that I would drink Hill's or King of Spirits before this. Honestly, with every sip I almost want to wretch. I believe that the maker was guilty of "Ordinaire's Blunder which lends the insatiable bitterness to this drink's finish. I can't find too much good data on it on here or Fee Verte...simply a couple posts saying "stay away." Had I only read those before hand.....
This is a poor absinthe and I would drink almost any pastis and/or absinthe substitute before this. Also, this is hard to admit, but Absente is better.
Shinsain scores Montania des Alpes 36 out of 100