Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 75 %
Description: Wine and Spirit International, London
For Wholesale Distribution Only
I received a sample of Hapsburg Absinthe today. The sample was graciously provided to me by Dale of Wine and Spirit International, London. They distribute several brands, including Hapsburg, Dedo, Trenet, etc. http://www.wineandspirit.com/ (Editor: for Wholesale Distribution Only)
The package arrived well packed and unhindered. Absinthe Dedo comes in a slender triangular bottle with a cork-cap. The bottle is similar to what you see olive oil and such packaged in. The front label has what appears to be a rendition of a Modigliani painting of a woman. The label says, "Absinthe Dedo - Assenzio Italiano". The liqueur is 75% alcohol, 20cl. The back label gives a story about a model and mistress of Modigliani who spent her money on buying Modigliani his favorite drink (Pallini's Assenzio). It goes on to say that Pallini owned fields of star anise and absinthium, and being a distiller, named his product "Dedo" in honor of Modigliani. This product is produced and bottled in Rome.
I find this interesting, as star anise seems to be sourced entirely from Asia, so perhaps there is some confusion here?
The ingredients are listed as: Alcohol, natural aroma, wormwood infusion, anethole, colouring E102-E131. The color is virtually identical to Absinthe Trenet and Hapsburg.
The aroma is mostly alcohol, with just the slight hint of anise. Tasting the liqueur neat reveals a very pronounced anise flavor, with only the slightest bitterness faintly behind it.
Adding water reveals a heavy louche, and a profound star anise texture. The flavor is pretty simple and straightforward. This product has much in common to M. Mayans with respect to flavor, and is almost identical to Krut's Karport, with the exception that I detect only the slightest bitterness with Dedo, whereas I really do not with Krut's.