Muse de France #2
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Country of Origin: France
Alcohol Level: 69 %
Description: According to http://www.absinthefrenchmanspoon.com: Recipe #2 corresponds to a recipe known as "Suisse de Fougerolles"": it is somewhat the extreme reverse of the recipe known as "Ordinaire"; Rich in anise and lower in wormwood. Certainly one of the absinthes of quality from the 19th century, made for the more wealthy consumers..."
Reviewed by Artemis 4/19/2005
COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Slightly more yellow than M d F #1. Pleasant, natural.
LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Same as #1, but with a thicker result.
COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Classic, but a little thin.
Raw scent better than #1 in every way. Louched scent subtle (maybe weak), but complex enough.
Richer than #1, thicker.
More refined, with less burn than #1.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
A better product than Muse de France #1 - a work in progress, with room for improvement, but promising.
Artemis scores Muse de France #2 76 out of 100
Reviewed by Hartsmar 4/18/2005
COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
A natural clear olive tint green. Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.
LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
A thick and fine louche, but this one also a little too fast. Surely the high amounts of anise and fennel do have a role, but the "instant" louche still feels like badiane...
COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Still a fine natural color. I expected it to be a bit brighter, instead of this sort of boring olive louche. Still, it's good looking.
Before water there's obviously a good bit of anise. I can also scent the hyssop and of course fennel. There's only a slight lingering scent of wormwood in the back. However, there's no real complexity here. It's still a bit flat.
After adding water, it actually presents a sort of fruity much nicer aroma. I can now also scent the lemon balm somewhere in there. Still a bit lack of complexity here, but it has improved.
A nice full mouth-feel, quite rich in textures yet only "ok" balanced. I say it's quite all right.
A bit tongue-numbing after a short while, but not at all as much as I expected, and that is good. It's clearly heavy in anise, but it does leave room for the wormwood and fennel. It could be more complex in taste, really. I think it's a bit too flat and doesn't present a sensation out of the ordinary. It is certainly drinkable though.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
A quite nice drink. Nothing fancy, but very drinkable. Given that this is more or less a "by the book" recipe I didn't expect anything out of the ordinary either, and all in all it's quite all right.
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 #2 74 out of 100