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Helfrich Blanche


Average Score: 88
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Country of Origin: Netherlands
Alcohol Level: 53 %
Vendors: ♣ Vert d'Absinthe

Review:

Reviewed by absinthist 4/9/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Mountain crystal. Very clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Nice to look at, but quicker than in a verte variety.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Opaque with delicate bluish tinge.

AROMA 26/30
Very herbal. Anise at the back and very subtle. Pleasant, but not aggressive. Nuanceful and well-balanced.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Very atypical of blanche. Strong, very strong herbacousness, anethole buddies definitely in the back. Bitterness in the initial attack slowly transforming into badiane bite, still very pleasant, not obtrusive.

TASTE 18/20
Roman chamomile(?) and wormwood play the avantgarde here, IMO, though. The taste has depth and boldness. Very herbal, very decisive.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10
Not another one-dimensional blanche or fennel-wormwood bomb in the style of Swiss les bleues. Absinthe of strong personality with crazy initial taste (I have particularly liked) and mellow, if very bold aftertaste.

absinthist scores Helfrich blanche 89 out of 100


Reviewed by Green Baron 3/9/2010

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Crystal clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Good paced action; a well defined cloud bank builds up with yet another distinct clear layer of jellies on top.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Opalescent white with copper and blue highlights; nice oil slicks on the surface.

AROMA 25/30
-Before water- Intriguing, alpine, floral, and herbal.

-After water- The intrigue is still there, strongly reminiscent of tarragon but with less pungent and more briskness. Clear anise/fennel underpinning with citrus/coriander suggestions in the background. Odd but good.


MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Adequately round/full bodied at the start, then turns into crisp and palate cleansing by mid sip. Nice minty finish, but I wish the zing lasted just a bit longer.

TASTE 17/20
As with the aroma, and interesting herbaceous flavor that I initially found very tarragonish, but not in a bad way. Upon further taste exploration, I believe this may be due in large part to good wormwood commingling with a powerful expression of very high quality chamomile. Anise and fennel are the foundation, but are in no way shy, and I believe add a bit of nice fruitiness to go along with everything else.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Another very unique absinthe from Helfrich. I can see that not everyone might like it, but that's probably only because they're stupid and/or have no taste buds (ok, those are two possible explanations, I'm sure there could be others). If you’re feeling adventurous and can get a hold of one the dwindling bottles, I think you’ll find it’s a terrific blanche and a refreshing deviation if you need a la bleue break. Conjures pseudo-memories of kicking back in a wooden lounger outside a lodge on a sunny but cold alpine morning.

PERSONAL NOTES
3:1 iced brouille, no sugar.

Green Baron scores Helfrich Blanche 86 out of 100

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