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Pernod 68 (aux extrait d'absinthe)


Average Score: 53
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: The modern Pernod absinthe. Produced by the multinational giant, Pernod-Ricard. It should be noted that the Pernod 68 absinthe of today has no similarities to the Pernod Absinthe of the old days. It is not made according the "old original recipe" and the only thing similar is the name of the product.
Absinthe Pernod 68 at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Hartsmar 8/30/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
It's not as clearly artificial as many others. Reminds of some better distilled brands but doesn't make it all the way.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Decent. Not too "instant" but nothing special.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Still greenish. It's ok.

AROMA 12/30
There is nothing great going on here. Nothing.

MOUTH-FEEL 4/10
Not nice. First - totally flat then very harsh.

TASTE 4/20
No way! The bitter is close to many of the infamous Czechs! This is much worse than I remembered.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 3/10
They shouldn't be allowed to use the name Pernod for this absinthe!

Hartsmar scores Pernod 68 41 out of 100


Reviewed by Brucer 9/15/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
A nice natural-looking dark olive bottle green. On the other hand there was no vivid "green fairy" about it, and it was a bit weak and thin. In fact the Havel had a better color, we thought. Perhaps 7 is too generous, but 6 would be unfair as it was a nice color even if thin.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Good louche action. A very passable recreation of the real thing. However it only got 9/10 because after louching it was not thick and creamy but slightly translucent.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
A big letdown for something of the class and prestige this was meant to be. One of my panelists actually likened the post-louche color to dirty washing-up water. For a great absinthe this was too murky, grey, and unpleasant, but for a drink it was OK, so 6 out of 10.

AROMA 14/30
Another letdown. It is the aroma that really separates the sheep from the goats when it comes to absinthe. This smelled like an anise-based spirit, and for that it was good, but there was no cocktail of Alpine herbs, just an anise-like aroma and a hit of alcohol.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Mouthfeel also separates the sheep from the goats. A real absinthe has sensations that can be described as "creamy", "silk" and "baby-powder". This had hints of these, but only hints, so it gets 6/10.

TASTE 12/20
It is often said that three-quarters of taste is smell. We performed interesting blind comparisons of Pernod 68 and Jade Edouard (the other three panelists did not know which was which), where we breathed heavily in and out a few times, then took a deep breath and held it, and then tasted the two without breathing. When you do that it is hard to tell them apart, possible, but hard. The Pernod 68 does quite well here. But when you taste with normal drinking action when the sensations are combined, this is poor. It is just a very good anise-based spirit with only vague hints of the cocktail of Alpine herbs that real absinthe has, and it does not have the aftertaste of real absinthe. The aftertaste is little different from pastis (by memory, we had none to compare to). One panelist said that, on sampling, it was not too bad in comparison, but thought that it was too monotonal to be nice if you wanted to sit down and drink a whole glass of it. Simply not complex enough.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
This is simply not a real absinthe at all. People who have never tasted a real absinthe are living in ignorance if this is what they think absinthe is like. As an imitation absinthe it is very good, so we gave it 5/10. I feel allowed to say things like "real absinthe" and "imitation" as we marked this at a blind tasting with other absinthes, real and imitation, with a panel of two absintheurs and two newbies. All four noticed this and could tell the difference easily.

NOTES
This comes in a classy looking bottle, a slim Claret pipe widening out nicely to broad shoulders, thick foil, and a nice T-cork. The bottle color is a deep classy-looking green. The labels are sophisticated and prestigious. The wording on the back-label is weasely, and gives away the fact that this is not real absinthe at all. I don't have it with me, but from memory it says something like "recreate the feel of the past", "inspired by the original recipe", a taste "similar to the legendary drink".

Brucer scores Pernod 68 57 out of 100


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 10/11/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
Clear green, inclined towards olive, mid-strength.
This bottle was opened several months ago so the
color might have changed.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
The louche starts properly at the bottom and it is quite cloudy
but there are no great effects, no flakes, trails or swirls.

AROMA 9/30
Neat in glass: Minty, anise/candy, alcohol, eye-watering (not mouth-).
After water: Just got weaker, nothing new appeared. Anise and more candy-like.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Acceptable green, almost opaque.

MOUTH-FEEL 4/10
Somewhat harsh, feels like pastis (no creaminess that absinthe should have).

TASTE 8/20
Anise, I would say star anise, some herbal tones
and some bitterness. Not interesting at all.
Leaving no bad aftertaste is a bonus, anyhow.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 3/10
Very disappointing, regarding where it comes from.
It cannot be called authentic in any aspect. Louche
and color after water are acceptable but that's it.
Speaking of taste and aroma, it is a failure in the
domain of absinthe. It is just a very strong
a-bit-more-aromatic-than-usual anise drink without added sugar,
sort of a placeholder product in wait of a better one.
I.e. "we already have an absinthe that is selling well, no
need for another one" kind. Maybe the need to produce a
French-market compatible drink resulted in this -- and if
it sells fine they see no reason to improve.

Bruno Rygseck scores Pernod 68 42 of 100


Reviewed by Justabob 10/26/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Light green with just a hint of amber tinge, would almost pass for natural color. Presents a clear and clean appearance in my reservoir glass.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Louche is gradual and complete at 3:1, it does not have the dramatic visual swirls associated with a quality distilled verte. Nor is it quite as instantaneous as lets say Deva 50.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Nearly pearl white with light green tinge, not entirely opaque but quite attractive in the proper light.

AROMA 19/30
At 68 degree alcohol content the nose when sampled neat is not unpleasant, and not nearly as medicinal as some of the Spanish Absentas. When diluted the alcohol is nearly undetectable. Herbal notes are basically anise with a hint of Lemon balm.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
The feel on the palette is a bit thin and bland, nothing special.

TASTE 14/20
The overall taste is not bad at all. Better balance than the Spanish fare, but not much complexity. Anise up front with a nice slightly bitter finish. I am not sure if I can detect any fennel at all.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
For a mixed and maturated type product this is among the best I have tasted. Kind of an everyday party type of absinthe.

justabob rates Pernod 68 64 out of 100


Reviewed by peridot 11/6/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
A decent, natural-looking green. It's a bit pale but clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
The louche is slow to begin. Suddenly it clouds up dramatically, and then slows down again and leaves a nice clear line at the top until almost 3:1.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
A very pretty pale green, varyingly opaque throughout the glass. When looking from above there's a hint of blue.

AROMA 10/30
Before water the aroma is mostly alcohol with some star anise. After water the star anise moves forward with an artificial lemony scent.

MOUTH-FEEL 2/10
The mouth-feel is by far the weakest aspect of this absinthe. It's thin, harsh, and numbing. The alcohol is rough.

TASTE 7/20
Star anise is the dominant flavour but there's a strong wormwood bitterness. There's a disturbingly noticeable flavour of alcohol that I've never tasted in any other louched absinthe. The finish is citrusy and terribly bitter and seems to linger forever.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
It's surprising that an absinthe could look so decent and taste so wrong. Adding sugar doesn't really change mouth-feel or taste for better or worse.

peridot scores Pernod 68 46 out of 100


Reviewed by Ricki 15/11/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
A very nice natural Verte colour. It is artificially coloured but this is only noticed if you read the label. No points deducted for this.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Nice louche action, mainly due to the star anise content. Very nice though.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Greenish/White. Nice and opaque.

AROMA 15/30
Nice anise scent, but not much else other than alcohol.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Sharp alcoholic and slightly numbing.

TASTE 15/20
I like the taste of Anise so it is ok for me but there is nothing complex about this drink.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Overall this is an ok drink. It's not too expensive and it does taste alright. Something that I will drink when I am low on cash. Quite dissapointing that this is the best Pernod can do though.

Ricki scores Pernod 68 65 out of 100


Reviewed by Brunswick Green 12/18/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Pale green, natural.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Heavy oil trails and a thick, slow cloud.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Looks natural, very opaque

AROMA 13/30
Fresh anise. Some wormwood but not very fragrant.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Slightly numbing but not horrible.

TASTE 11/20
Bitter aftertaste. Needs sugar and needs to be relatively strong to stay interesting as there are no secondary notes.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
Not that bad but I very much prefer a sweet pastis when I am looking for this kind of simple taste.

Brunswick Green scores Pernod 68 55 out of 100

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