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Versinthe La Blanche

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Average Score: 56
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 57 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: Absinthe Versinthe La Blanche at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Hartsmar 8/30/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
It's perfectly clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Very instant, but nice - then again it says on the bottle: Badiane essence 2.2%.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Thick and nice white with a slight tint of blue.

AROMA 15/30
At first it resembles many la bleues, but that is swiftly taken away by the alcohol. No complexity to talk about.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Smooth at first - then tongue numbing.

TASTE 9/20
It lacks much of the flavour profile of a good la bleue. They try to get there but the too-much star anise takes too much space. Also it's pre-sweetened which can easily become too much along with the anise.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
I've had worse.

Hartsmar scores Versinthe La Blanche 59 out of 100


Reviewed by zachM 12/29/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Perfectly clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
A little to quick but nice.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Thick milky white.

AROMA 12/30
It smells like alcohol and star anise. Not complex but pleasant.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Mild numbing.

TASTE 10/20
It is a bit one sided. Star anise too dominant. Very sweet.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
It is too sweet and lacks complexity. It isn't bad but not something I could drink often.

zachM scores Versinthe La Blanche 58 out of 100


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 4/2/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
Starts from the bottom and is acceptable in the beginning but builds up too fast. Small flakes seem to form in the unlouched part of the alcohol while dripping, no swirling of creamy streaks that green anise would produce can be seen. Then the show is just suddenly over.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Translucent white, I cannot see much nuances in the color. Some drops of oil on the surface. Unimpressive but acceptable.

AROMA 13/30
Before water the aroma consists mostly of mint and alcohol. After water some herbal/medicinal character arises from the aroma. I think it benefits from slight overdilution. Wormwood is not that evident to me.

MOUTH-FEEL 4/10
No creaminess, slightly unpleasant, still drinkable. Does not leave tongue numbed, just slightly tingling. The strong star anise content governs here, too.

TASTE 9/20
Full—of mint and star anise. As such a drink the taste would be fine, but this is supposed to be an absinthe. Well, according to the label it is an Amer, so admittedly you get that if that is what you are after.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
Too much like a mint-flavored pastis. There are other herbs used in making of it, certainly, but they are obscured by the enormous overload of mint and star-anise.
Sugar might improve the overall score up to 5 or even 6 out of 10.

Bruno Rygseck scores Versinthe La Blanche 51 out of 100

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