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Jade Nouvelle Orleans

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Average Score: 82
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com , ♣ Absinthe Classics

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/ "Absinthe Nouvelle-Orléans represents the inspired work of native New Orleanian T. A. Breaux, and its heritage is rooted in the original New Orleans absinthes that made the Sazerac cocktail and absinthe frappe famous. Its unique distillation of stimulating herbes toniques is just what the Belle Époque apothecaries prescribed for various subtropical ailments. With its light, refreshing mouthfeel to its delectable floral finish, who would want to believe it was just a ‘medicine’?"

Absinthe Jade Nouvelle Orléans at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Absomphe 3/3/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
A deep green that also has a bluish tinge. Not as vivid as the Edouard, it is a nice, rich color, but I find the bluish tone to be a little odd .

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Slow and steady, a good louche, a very good louche, but not superlative.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Pale bluish green, nice, but as in the case of the pre-louche, I would have preferred to see a more vivid green tone.

AROMA 22/30
Neat - very interesting and different nose, which reminds me of Old Bay meets a spicy Christmas Ale. There is an element of funk, which tends to clear up as the absinthe "breathes". This gets points for creativity, and originality, but as with the flavor, how much I enjoy it depends upon my mood. Louched - very similar to the neat scent, except that it opens up nicely, and becomes more rounded and appealing. No funk present.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Substantial, but not as rich and mouth-coating as the Edouard. Still, very nice body, more silky than velvety.

TASTE 16/20
The Old Bay/Christmas ale aspect carries over into the flavor. Plenty of fennel, and a decent helping of anise, but the wormwood is much more subtle than it is in the Edouard, or the Verte Suisse, so there is less of that dry mintiness in the finish. The "baby powder" flavor is also more muted here, and while the flavor is savory and interesting, there isn't the same compelling urge to go on to the next sip, unless I'm particularly in the mood for this unique flavor.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Definitely a one-of-a-kind absinthe, which is well crafted, and deserves points for originality. Not my favorite, but when I'm in the mood, it satisfies a flavor niche that no other absinthe can quite fill.

Absomphe scores Nouvelle Orleans 77 out of 100


Reviewed by Artemis 2/4/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Penalized for slight haze, though obviously natural color. Could be darker without negatively impacting flavor, but not by much. The hue is an indication of a natural coloring process, well carried out.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Oil contrails left by drops of water from drop one. Very oily after 40 ml of water, grainy with oil globules after 80. Resolved into a decent, mostly opaque louche, but there is room for improvement in thickness and hue.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Good white color with bluish tone, much like a good blanche. No significant opal tones or rainbow slicks.

AROMA 24/30
Initial smell on opening the bottle, noticeable funk of tails, however, this smell did not return at subsequent openings. Clean, fragrant, complex aroma with the "developing" nuance particular to well-made absinthes during the aging process. Hard to pin down one herb in the scent. Scent in the glass not much changed from that in the bottle, harmonious and oily. Does not have the room-filling blossoming scent of the very best absinthes while louching, nor does the empty glass retain the perfume, thus room for improvement.

MOUTH-FEEL 10/10
The best thing about this absinthe. Thick and creamy.

TASTE 17/20
Taste very good, but with room for improvement. Good blend of herbs, complex and difficult to pick one out.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Room for improvement, but a world-class absinthe.

Artemis scores Nouvelle Orleans 84 out of 100


Reviewed by Sixela 2/1/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Not as vividly green as it could be, but natural

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Louches well, but needs colder water for this than Jade VdS or Jade Edouard

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Nice, if a bit yellowish

AROMA 24/30
Interestingly different nose. A bit idiosyncratic; not much wormwood. Other than that, well balanced.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Less lingering than the other Jades.

TASTE 14/20
Depends on the mood – does not always agree with you.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
A well-crafted but different absinthe

Sixela scores Nouvelle Orleans 76 out of 100


Reviewed by precenphix 2/11/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
A clear green, similar to Chartreuse.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
Slow forming from the bottom of the glass, holding a definite thin green line as the dilution is completed. Nicely done. Gorgeous, in fact.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Beautiful shade of opalescent green.

AROMA 28/30
Spicy! Green anise in good balance with fennel, wormwood and I swear to God, a touch of cinnamon. Smells hearty. Salivary glands active.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Full, but not what I would describe as rich. Tongue remains intact (very little numbness) after a few glasses.

TASTE 18/20
Notably easy to drink. Surprisingly sweet, but in no way cloying. This one benefits from sugar, but in much lesser values. Too much will mask everything mentioned in the nose.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Among the best I've had and certainly in the top 3. Everything is dead-on here. From the presentation to the empty glass, waiting for a refill.

precenphix scores Nouvelle Orléans 89 out of 100


Reviewed by peridot 11/10/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Natural green. Not as deep as I'd like, and slightly hazy. However, it is attractive.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Beautiful. Even once it's essentially finished louching there are still clouds swirling. I suppose this is visible because the louche is a bit too thin.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Complex and wonderful green, with shades of yellow in thick parts of the glass and shades of blue in the thin parts.

AROMA 25/30
Before water there is a scent reminiscent of chocolate. Anise is light and is accompanied by a very mellow, citrusy aroma. Slightly earthy. Adding water brings out the anise a bit more, as well as an odd, musky scent. It is slightly off-putting at first but I've gotten used to it and find it quite pleasant now.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Creamy and rich. It's nice but could be even better.

TASTE 17/20
Intriguing. A lot of the flavours blend in very well. The first thing I can discern clearly is pleasant wormwood. The anise and fennel are light. There's a strange, slightly salty flavour (and I mean the actual flavour of sea salt, not a salty taste). An earthiness drapes over everything. The finish is long and anisy.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
I have to say that this absinthe is very unique and that I enjoy it immensely, but there's definitely room for improvement. It could stand a little more anise and the strange, salty flavour is not a strong point.

peridot scores Jade Nouvelle Orleans 82 out of 100


Reviewed by jmark 1/11/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Beautifully clear and bright with a pronounced blue overtone. Much lighter in color than both the Edouard and Vert Suisse, but again, a significant blue that gives it a slightly neon quality.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
The louche began as streams of oily threads at about .5 water to liqueur. At about 1-1 mix, the top of the liqueur remained a blue-green as the base began to cloud and moved to a more yellow-green tone. I continued to an appr. 3-1 water-absinthe mix, at which point the louche was fully a green-yellow opaque. Note: I have done a faster dilute with a glass brouilleur which produced an unsatisfactory louche; very transparent and anemic.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
A little bit less milky than I think I would like, though the blueish tones remain. It has shifted into a primarily yellow-green louche, with a compelling opalescence at the base of the Pontarlier glass. The light seen thru the base shows reddish-orange tones while the upper portion of the glass is significantly greenish-yellow with that blue haze. Striking. High score for complexity tempered by its slightly watery appearance.

AROMA 24/30
Before water, the Nouvelle Orleans has a pleasant almost-butterscotch-y scent. There is something almost caramel to it beneath the obvious tones of anise. I was a little disappointed that, as the water was quite slowly (fountain on slow drip) added, the scent did not travel into the room anywhere near as much as Jade's Verte Suisse or Edouard. I found that I had to really approach the glass to get to the fragrance. The anise steps much farther forward with the addition of water, with herbal after-aromas that all remain pleasant.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Perhaps I'm spoiled by Jade's Vert Suisse, but this is no where as round and creamy. The bite of alcohol is stronger with comparable amounts of water. Just a thinner quality in all, would like it to be creamier.

TASTE 17/20
I like the taste quite a lot. Clean, light, but with just enough bitter aftertaste to satisfy. It starts with a bite at the front of the tongue and mellows to a bitter linger at the back. Very nice. Not as creamy or floral as the Verte Suisse, not as round as the Edouard, but a succinct, individual personality. Almost "stark," if that makes any sense. I agree with the previous comment that found a trace of sea-salt flavor, though I think it adds positively to this absinthe's individual quality.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
I like a thick, creamy louche and was a tiny bit disappointed in that, and the aromas don't pour out of the glass as I've become accustomed to, but in sheer sipping quality, I think that I really would come to this absinthe again and again. From it's initial coloring to it's complex louche and salty-herbal taste, it has it's own thing going on, and none of those aspects are disagreeable. I would buy this again.

jmark scores Jade Nouvelle Orleans 78 out of 100


Reviewed by Brunswick Green 12/18/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Amazing pale, transparent and lively green. So natural.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
A natural, dense and even build-up. Soft, magical swirling.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Not totally opaque, subtle green, yellow and blue hues.

AROMA 26/30
In the bottle it's all sweet caramel. Neat in the glass, the initial heavy hit of alcohol is followed by something like wet flintrock and lemongrass. Then it slowly grows more sweet. With water it initially has too much babypowder, but that fades and the complexity returns, though surprisingly light-footed.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Light and strong at the same time, with a perfectly dry finish.

TASTE 18/20
Fleetingly aromatic, you do not just taste it, it's all over your senses. Bergamot, lavender, peppermint and lost memories. Babypowder and fresh wormwood returns at some time. That dry finish really does the trick - rather like a dry martini with lemon peel. Bang-bang, there was a snubnose revolver under her frou-frou.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
It's the kinda stuff that will have you going uh and ah and discover new sensations with every sip. She does taste like candy. Harmonious but very complex, aromatic and feminine. Like all the Jades, amazing packaging - notice the wax seal, dark somewhere beyond Brunswick Green - lovely :)

Brunswick Green scores Jade nouvelle orleans 88 out of 100

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