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Eichelberger Limitee Verte

Average Score: 84
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Country of Origin: Germany
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
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Description: The winner of the 2005 Absinth-guide.de HG-competition.
Absinthe Eichelberger Limitee Verte at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Hartsmar 1/23/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Olive-tint green. Nice, clear and natural.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Nice slow rising louche ending up in a thick nicely louched glass of absinthe.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Light green, entirely opaque.

AROMA 26/30
A nice complex and very well balanced aroma with fine notes of refreshing citrus.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Very smooth and rich.

TASTE 17/20
Very clean and the nicely balanced citrus notes makes a very refreshing addition to the classic herbs. It's good.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
A very well made absinthe which will probably have great success. It provides a very classic absinthe character but with that little extra something to make it stand out.

NOTE
This one was from the first test batch thus not the one comercially released in late January 2006.

Hartsmar scores Eichelberger Limited Edition 68% (deep forest) 84 out of 100


Reviewed by Absomphe 2/6/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Appears to be a somewhat deeper shade of green than observed in the original release, being a most attractive medium peridot in tone.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Very nice, slow, and thick louche, swirling from the bottom up, and lovely to watch.
Mostly opaque, with a slight opalescence.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Retains a decent amount of the original green.
Still pale, but attractive.

AROMA 26/30
Neat, the aroma is very balanced, with no trace of funk.

There is no excess alcoholic heat, and a lovely perfumed anise and fennel is what I detect the most.

I don't know if a small proportion of grape spirit was used in this recipe, but I detect a bit of that in the nose, as well.

Louched, there is a complex herbal/floral scent, which is extremely appetizing.

I would have rated this even a point or two higher, if it had been more room-filling, although the scent was detectable from a few feet away.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Rich and milky, with a silky texture.
Not as creamy as the Jade Edouard, for example, but quite ample.

TASTE 18/20
This is the strongest aspect of this absinthe.

Very clean, with a lovely anise/fennel/wormwood balance, coming in that order.

Actually, the wormwood is perhaps the strongest presence, but only very marginally, and that citric underpinning that Hartsmar mentioned in the forum release is definitely present here, as well, lending a nice touch of brightness. This is definitely no candied absinthe, being very pleasantly dry.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
This is a beautifully made absinthe, similar to the Montmartre in overall quality, but more traditional in flavor, eschewing the cinnamon, and going for a lighter touch on the citrus, thus rendering it a more delightful "session absinthe".

I would most certainly not hesitate to buy this on a regular basis. In fact, I'd say it's my favorite commercial release thus far.

Absomphe scores Eichelberger Limited Edition 68% (deep forest) 87 out of 100


Reviewed by Sixela 3/31/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Olive-tint green, but not that saturated.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Perfect action, but not as thick as some others.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Not that green, actually, certainly compared to e.g. the Jade Edouard.

AROMA 26/30
Before adding water, very good anise and fennel dominate, with melissa at the back.
After adding water, the wormwood becomes more apparent, but is still masked quite a bit by the fennel.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Very smooth. Best commercial as far as this is concerned (it's less harsh than even Jade Edouard and beats it, in my opinion, by quite a margin).

TASTE 17/20
*Very* good for something you can actually buy. A bit on the idiosyncratic side, though (though it is clearly a verte absinthe).

In my experience (despite what other reviewers were writing), there's not that large a wormwood presence - the anise/fennel/wormwood balance is almost that of a Swiss la Bleue or a blanche based on the Duplais recipe, certainly not that of a wormwood bomb (or even that of the Jade Verte de Suisse, which is certainly more wormwood rich), and the very good fennel occludes a lot of other things, including the wormwood. Surprising for a verte.

Nice hints of hyssop and melissa, but preceded by some spicyness that's a bit like wierd candy - certainly not the intrusive cinnamon of a Montmartre, but there's something a bit special.

Very light hint of mint in there somewhere as well.

It doesn't linger that long, though - and certainly, some other absinthes leave the very distinctive perfume of wormwood in your mouth (and breath) for longer, which costs it two points.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
A very well made absinthe, even though I'd personally prefer it with slightly (or even a lot more) wormwood. Now let me try to be a heretic and add a bit of Blanchette...

The quality of the ingredients and distillation is closer to that in very good small batch HGs than to that found in most commercial absinthes. Even the Jades "feel" a wee bit more industrial.

Darn, the space between 9 and 10 for this criterion is starting to become more crowded - the quality of commercial offerings is increasing so fast we may need to renormalise the scores to see the differences between the members of the top bracket...

Sixela scores Eichelberger Limited Edition 68% (deep forest) 84 out of 100


Reviewed by Jade Kiss 4/6/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
A lovely shade of emerald green, very pleasant to look at when you hold it up against the light.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Some of the best I’ve seen so far. Starts off slow and proceeds to build up fairly rapidly into a thick, milky louche.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Simply beautiful. Entirely opaque when diluted with four parts ice water and still retaining a soft green tone. I have yet to sample any Jade absinthes, but so far I don’t think I’ve seen any other verte look this good after water has been added. Something tells me that this is what louched absinthe is supposed to look like, very nice indeed!

AROMA 25/30
A rich, spicy scent with quite distinct citrus tone. Makes me itch to taste it.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Nothing to complain about here, smooth and pleasant.

TASTE 18/20
I like this one a LOT, a crisp and highly refreshing taste. The traditional anise, fennel and wormwood are all there in near-perfect balance. The citrus is there on the palette as well, though it is significantly more subtle than the Montmartre for example.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
I could drink this all day, a very well crafted absinthe in every aspect. My only real complaint would be that the content of my bottle is decreasing far too rapidly.

Jade Kiss scores Eichelberger Limited Edition 68% (deep forest) 86 out of 100


Reviewed by Donnie Darko 10/24/2006

COLOUR BEFORE WATER 7/10
An amber/olive hue with a slight green tint. Not deep or luminous enough. Perfectly clear.

LOUCHE 10/10
A lovely dense cloud forms slowly, and doesn't fully louche until it reaches the correct dilution ratio. I can find no fault with it. It's lovely to watch.

COLOUR AFTER WATER 7/10
Excellent density of louche, entirely opaque, but not much green to the tint. A slight amber hue is present but overall the colour is mostly white.

AROMA 25/30
Not room filling, but smells clean, pleasant and refreshing when you get close to the glass. It has a wintery scent of mint propping up a smooth anise aroma. Despite the proof, the alcohol is not harsh in the nose.

MOUTH FEEL 8/10
It has a velvety texture but that smoothness is interrupted by a spicy bite which seems like the combination of the alcohol and perhaps a cinnamon-like component. There may not be cinnamon in there, but something seems cinnamon-like. It isn't exactly smooth all the way through, but makes you sit up and take notice in a good way.

TASTE 17/20
A great anise presence is propped up by some distinctive refreshing minty tones, supported by a spicy kick. There is some alcohol bite, but it's not too harsh. The aftertaste is all wormwood. It's obvious an intense variety of wormwood was used, as the wormwood aftertaste literally lasts for several hours. Not exactly balanced, but it still tastes great, and is in the upper eschalon of distilled absinthes.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
This is a very drinkable absinthe. The flavour profile could be more cohesive, but it is still delicious and refreshing. I wish the wormwood didn't linger on the palate quite as long as it may interfere with anything else you might want to drink, and I wish the colour was more vibrant, but those are only minor criticisms. This is a unique absinthe due to its very distinct spicy/minty/cinnamon profile, probably best consumed in winter. I'd recommend this one, and it seems to be a favourite of people new to absinthe whom I have offered several brands to.

Donnie Darko scores Eichelberger Limited Edition 68% (deep forest) 83 out of 100


Reviewed by Absinthesizer 7/28/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Natural looking yellowish-green, but thin — not sumptuous at all.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
The louche has a nice, moderate pace. With a slow drip, the color changes dramatically as Eichelberger louches: Above the cloud at the bottom is a layer of cool, sea-foam green, very different from the original yellowish green. You really get a chance to enjoy the transition.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Still light in terms of tone, but thick in terms of texture: Light goes in but for the most part it doesn’t come out. The final pale green is less lurid than the starting color.

AROMA 24/30
Fresh and clean, with anise and fennel in the forefront, and something spicy — I hear it’s coriander — not far behind. The aroma is more floral than the taste, so be sure and sniff now and then while drinking, to bring those tones back into your awareness.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Kaboom. Thick and creamy, with that bold coriander spiciness leading the way. Just enough tongue-tingling to remind you it’s not gin or some other mundane liquor, but not enough to put your tongue to sleep. You can sip this for a long time.

TASTE 16/20
Spicy, intense, and well-balanced. There’s almost no alcohol flavor, and the finish is smooth and anisy. I’m not good at sorting out the individual flavors, but the sum total is delicious and harmonious. It’s more sensitive to dilution than some absinthes: Not enough water and it’s harsh; too much and it’s thin.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
A fine special-occasion absinthe: Intense, complex, well-balanced, clean finish.

Absinthesizer scores Eichelberger Limited Edition 68% (deep forest) 80 out of 100


Reviewed by whizz 11/11/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Yellowish green leaning a bit more towards the former. Clear and vivid.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Starts from the bottom with nice swirls building a clear layer on top. At about 1:1 it has already reached its peak. Maybe I was dripping too fast today. Nothing exceptional but good.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Same color tones as before water but with a nice thick opacity.

AROMA 24/30
Before water: Wormwood, anise, fennel and a peculiar fruity spicyness. Cinnamon? Very pleasant though.
After water: Smoother and with an increased complexity where citrus is becoming apparent.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Thick and smooth.

TASTE 17/20
Very nice taste. Pleasant complexity where tastes of the different ingredients change places. Finally it ends with citrus and the fruity spicyness which could be felt when smelling it. Some pleasant stringence from wormwood hangs around.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Well made verte with a nice appearance in all aspects.

whizz scores Eichelberger Limitee Verte (Absinth 68) 81 out of 100


Reviewed by Alice the absinthe eater 5/3/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
very light, almost like a whitewine that was tinted green quite pretty and not at all in your face very natural

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
very slow starting at the bottom of the glass (done with a slow drip) at about 1:1 there is only a small cloud at the bottom but when you hit 1:2 it's almost full with a very thin clear bit at the top 1:3 it becomes full with white at the bottom and top

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
perfect light hazy clouded verte

AROMA 25/30
This would be the first "real" absinthe I have had so I didn't know what to expect.

neat it is very over powering many smells I had a hard time pulling them all out the first one to hit my nose smelled of some sort of citrus such as orange peels semi bitter followed by a humple amount of anis and other things that I am not able to pick out at this point

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
the first thing is creamy very creamy. when you take the first sip you just want to roll it around it's so smooth. nothing like the feeling of the only other absinthe I have had(tabu) which is very thin in the mouth.

TASTE 19/20
I rated this 19 rather then 20 only because it has a very slight bitterness that sticks to the back of my mouth I think it might be citrus or maybe wormwood but it only sits for a few seconds then goes away other than that the taste is sensational
I will have to try this neat later on

OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10
This is a great German absinthe and I know this bottle will not last long
I also know that it will not be the last bottle I buy of this

I am pleased to say the least as a whole it was very well rounded.

Alice the absinthe eater scores Eichelberger Limitee Verte 90 out of 100


Reviewed by Sleeper 8/17/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Clear, pale green. Certainly not approaching chartreuse -which at least for me is the prototypical hue absinthe makers should strive for- but natural and lovely nonetheless.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
A ball of cotton slowly emerges from the bottom, forming a billowing thundercloud that quickly overtakes the glass. I'm confident the louche would have been more impressive with a fountain rather than the clunky carafe I used for the drip.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Nice and thick, creamy with a minty hint of green.

AROMA 27/30
Neat, very nice. Anise upfront, no funk whatsoever. At first sniff hardly can tell this is alcoholic, let alone 68%. After water it is not room-filling at all but is certainly inviting.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
A lingering creaminess.

TASTE 17/20
Anise, fennel, and the "spiciness" others have mentioned I can only attribute to coriander. I agree with Sixela that this absinthe could benefit from some, if not a lot, more wormwood.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
I like it a lot. Deep Forest seems to know what he's doing.

PERSONAL NOTES
I scored Eichelberger 68 fairly conservatively due to both my relative inexperience and general moderist nature. As I will most likely never award a 10, make no mistake, I very much enjoy this absinthe.

Sleeper scores Eichelberger 68 82 out of 100

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