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Wormwood Blanche


Average Score: 82
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 75 %

Description: A limited batch distillation made at the Emile Pernot distillery in Pontarlier, France in spring of 2006. Photo courtesy of Mthuilli.

Review:

Reviewed by Mthuilli 11/24/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Crystal clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Not its fault, it's a wormwood bomb so that lack of green anise is perceptible during the louche, I've obtained a 60% louche. Maybe I could have tried with a slower drip but I'm not sure I would have obtained a better louche. At least, you can see the fascinating essential oils dance while pouring, more than in other blanches.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
A half white louche with a light yellowish tint, so there is some green anis here!

AROMA 25/30
98% of the aroma is wormwood, a fantastic Pontarlier tall wormwood, hence the high score.

MOUTH-FEEL 10/10
That's the best part here because you can really feel the dominance of a very rich and very floral worwood, so it's creamy, full of flavors and generous in your mouth, a real punch!

TASTE 18/20
In its category, this is a no-flaw taste, tall wormwood, tall wormwood & tall wormwood again, with a little hint of fennel but with a lack of green anise. The taste stays and stays in your mouth forever, you can hardly eat something after, except for some strong french cheeses.
Without sugar, the greatness of the Pontarlier tall wormwood predominates and you can hardly taste anything else.
With sugar, it helps the fennel and green anise to come back up to front and leaves a very pleasant fruity taste.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Hard to judge such a product, you can't compare it to any other commercial absinthe. I gave it a high score just because it's something you really have to try in your absinhte CV, it's a unique experience.
-1 for the louche but who cares ?
For me, it has achieved its goal : give the opportunity to everyone of knowing how a great tall wormwood tastes in absinthe, a perfect palate developer!
It is an educative absinthe, no more, no less.

Mthuilli scores Wormwood Blanche 84 out of 100


Reviewed by AndrewT 1/5/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
No flaws.

LOUCHE ACTION 4/10
Starts very late and doesn't get very opaque. No transparent band or anything.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
A bit thin, but still decent looking.

AROMA 24/30
Before water - Very fruity wormwood, and not much else aside from alcohol.

After water - Water brings out more fennel and anise, but wormwood is still detectable. Simple, but pleasant.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Fairly dry, and somewhat bitter. I find it a pleasant change from the standard fare.

TASTE 15/20
The flavor is predominantly wormwood. It's concentrated enough that you can taste both the flowery qualities and the more vegetal qualities. It's not complex by far, but the wormwood is very tasty.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
This is certainly not an everyday absinthe, but it's quite tasty for an occasional tipple, and quite useful for educational purposes.

AndrewT scores Wormwood Blanche 75 out of 100


Reviewed by Hartsmar 2/27/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Perfectly transparent and clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
Surprisingly good louche considering the profile of the drink. Actually better than the original Emile's. Not perfect, a little thin but ok.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
A very pale light grey/yellowish white. Actually quite good considering herbal ratios.

AROMA 26/30
Before water: An amazingly strong yet smooth floral bloom of very fine wormwood. It easily overpowers the high alcohol which nearly isn't detectable . Hiding on second row is a touch of fennel and anise for good measure.
After water: Blends out nicely to a finer balance between the ingredients and a very nice scent, still mainly that of wormwood, rises from the glass and affects everyone in the room. Very nice.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Even at a low 3:1 water/absinthe ratio it is extremely rich and smooth. No bitter dryness at all.

TASTE 16/20
Even with the crazy amount of wormwood used it presents a very fine taste. No harsh bitterness at all but instead a very full bodies floral wormwood taste. The underlying notes of anise and fennel does a nice job of balancing it and countering the very faint dryness and effectively eliminates it.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
This is one nice piece of work. I am not easily impressed by absinthe trying to "go out of the ordinary" on purpose but this one however, did. It's very very good.

Hartsmar scores Wormwood Blanche 80 out of 100


Reviewed by Ari 4/6/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear. Not much else can be said.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
A very slow louche, spending most of its life as oil trails. At around the point I was wondering if this glass was some how defective and not going to louche like the last one the trails turn cloudy. Nice to watch and much better than expected for such little anise. It is finicky and requires a slow and very cold drip to form well.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
A medium thick bluish white with a slight opalescence. Nice but it doesn't play with the light as much as others.

AROMA 26/30
Before water there is a hint of anise, an earthy but sweet wormwood tone and a very light funk. The funk was much stronger when originally opening the bottle but the last 4-5 months of aging has almost eliminated it. The aroma begins to bloom long before the glass louches, developing a sweeter flower scent. The anise slowly gets pushed into the background.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Thin, but creamier than expected. More tongue numbing than I would assume, but not overwhelming.

TASTE 19/20
The distinct and hard to describe earthy and minty taste of grand wormwood. The small amount of anise blends well with it. A sweet finish and after taste with almost no bitterness. I would almost prefer a little more bitterness as it's pleasant like a good dark chocolate or well made tea and not cringe inducing.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
"Hi, I'm wormwood, I just murdered your friend anise. Don't be afraid, I taste good." said the glass.
As a standard absinthe this is of course unbalanced, but as a very wormwood heavy absinthe this is almost perfect. Anyone who thinks wormwood tastes bad and is to be gagged down hasn't had the luxury to taste what can be done with it.

Ari scores Wormwood Blanche 87 out of 100

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