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Country of Origin: Germany
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Alandia
Description: According to the manufacturer: "ALANDIAs Moulin Vert is a distilled Absinthe, made after a classic French recipe from the 19th century. No artificial additives are used and the alcohol level is set at classic 68%. This level of alcohol sets free the green color of the used herbs like hyssop and Artemisia Pontica that gives Absinthe its unique green appearance. When water is added, Moulin Vert magically louches to an opalescent white. We recommend to serve Moulin Vert with two parts cold water and two sugar cubes. Then the complex flavors will open its full effect and you will experience the fascinating vividness of this very special drink."
Reviewed by jmfranc 5/6/2006
COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
Slight green but a bit more yellow. Similar to Un Emile 68. Strong alcohol first, middle, and last...
LOUCHE ACTION 2/10
Barely there. Looks like Un Emile or a very watered down Jade Nouvelle-Orléans
COLOR AFTER WATER 5/10
Olive oil. Yellow and green mix - after it settles a bit it takes on more yellow. If left to sit for more than an hour it becomes clear with a yellow tint.
In bottle: strong anise followed by heat
In glass: smell is a very strong alcohol - almost like a hairspray - can't smell anise anymore (?!?!)
Thin but there.
Bitter. Not very smooth and almost no anise or fennel taste. Disappointing.
OVERAL IMPRESSION 4/10
Mixed. Could be MUCH better but I think they add alcohol after it's distilled (like Un Emile?)
jmfranc scores Moulin Vert 45 out of 100
Reviewed by peridot 11/5/2006
COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Deep green, sediment-free, and natural. Very attractive. The difference between the colour of my product from jmfranc's description is stark.
LOUCHE ACTION 4/10
It seems like the louche is slow but when it stops building at 2:1 it becomes obvious that it's just plain weak. In fact, by 3:1 it's over-diluted and starts to turn watery.
COLOR AFTER WATER 5/10
Greenish-white with a hint of yellow. The colour is uniform throughout the glass with no difference between thin and thick parts. Fairly transparent even with icy water. Boring looking.
Before adding water the aroma is odd and alcoholic. There's very little anise. Instead the smell is minty and has a weird, sickening sweetness. After adding water the sweetness becomes more dominant. Other than that and a little bit of wormwood poking through, the smell is much the same as before.
Weak, watery mouth-feel. Not harsh but woefully boring. There's absolutely no creaminess whatsoever.
That's a lot of wormwood. It's not a floral and tasty wormwood profile, but a very bitter and dull one. After wormwood mint is the most dominant flavour. Anise is almost undetectable. The listed colouring herbs (hyssop and pontica) can't be tasted. Instead there's a weird flavour that reminds me of Big Red gum; some sort of artificial-tasting, candylike spiciness. The bitterness of the absinthe is somehow enhanced by the addition of sugar, making the flavour far worse than before. The long-lingering finish is by far the worst aspect of the flavour and reminds me of the smell of a dumpster.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 3/10
The underwhelming anise profile hurts this absinthe in every way possible, yet its problems go far beyond that. The mintiness is ridiculous and the wormwood is clearly inferior. This absinthe demonstrates how bad a distilled product with (at least mostly) traditional ingredients can truly be.
I reviewed this absinthe after having the bottle for almost a year. I disliked it tremendously at first and set it aside for a long time. As pitiful as the overall score is, it's actually gotten distinctly better as it's aged.
peridot scores Moulin Vert 35 out of 100