Muse de France #1
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Country of Origin: France
Alcohol Level: 69 %
Description: According to http://www.absinthefrenchmanspoon.com: "Recipe #1 corresponds to a type of absinthe which was called "Ordinaire": rich in wormwood, low in anise, louches due to badiane content... certainly the most widely distributed among the working class in the 19th century, that which was most abused."
Reviewed by Artemis 4/19/2005
COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Clear peridot, pretty standard by now.
LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Surprisingly strong, turbulent, with thick swirling oils coming out like a gathering storm. Very pleasing.
COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
A little thin, but nice.
Raw scent buttery, oily, fragrant. Louched scent much the same.
Pleasant enough, but burning bitter finish.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Everything about it says absinthe ordinaire. With that said, it's a good effort on a par with other first attempts well carried out - not bad and has promise.
Artemis scores Muse de France #1 66 out of 100.
Reviewed by Hartsmar 3/18/2005
Color before water 7/10
Natural looking with a clear rather light but distinct green.
LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
The louche is thick and good, but a little too instant. Clearly the use of badiane is here to help the louche. A slower louche would enhance the effect.
COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Keeps the clear green and still natural looking. It could be more intense/distinct given the unlouched color, but it's nice.
Before water it has a good bit of fennel and wormwood. Surprisingly the wormwood is not as dominant in the glass, but from the bottle it is very noticeable. Anis just subtly in the back. After water, it presents a rather flat aroma. Nothing very complex and enchanting. The anis is more dominant now than the fennel, and then there's of course the wormwood. Lack of complexity deducts a few points.
At first it is fairly smooth and round, but this is abruptly disturbed by the bitterness that hits from behind. The bitter finish is a bit too much.
Clearly there's quite the bitterness in this one, given the amount of wormwood. There's a slight hint of burnt here, but not very much, still it does remove a point... Sadly not much of the fennel or anise comes through here.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
It is too bitter to be refreshing and the little complexity that was present in the neat aroma, totally disappears in the tasting.
NOTE: A bit of sugar, of course smoothens the bitterness to some degree, but still... I understand that this one is nothing that will go into full scale production, and that is good ...
Hartsmar scores Muse de France #1 65 out of 100.