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Apsinthion De Luxe

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Average Score: 34
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Country of Origin: Poland
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: The first absinthe from Poland. Absinthe Absinthion de luxe at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Oldlestat 6/5/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
Artificial strong green. Color made by E-133 BLUE, E-102 YELLOW, E-110 YELLOW (sunshine yellow).

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Quick and heavy

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Pale green-white, almost opaque.

AROMA 15/30
Before water anise, fennel and alcohol. After water a little of anise, nothing special.

MOUTH-FEEL 4/10
A bit thin, little spicy, tongue numbness after while.

TASTE 11/20
At the beginning anise sweet, lightly spicy and in the latter part pleasantly touch of bitterness.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
It's not the First League, but it's refreshing. It comes from East Europe but certainly it's not ABSINTH.

NOTES
On front label: ABSINTHE Apsinthion De Luxe 55%
The back label says: "Apsinthion is the revival of century old recipe, originated in Switzerland and now produced in Poland where the "Artemisia Absinthium" plant flourishes on the hills that surround this unique distillery."
Official Site : http://www.toorank.com.pl - nothing special (only Polish) without information about ingredients and method of production.

Oldlestat scores ApsinthionDe Luxe 55% 51 out of 100


Reviewed by absinthist 4/12/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 2/10
Reminds of Czech swill, the same carcinogenic colourants as Hill's for instance, but is more on the green side.

LOUCHE ACTION 2/10
Too quick and too opaque in the vein of Spanish absentas but still it is not the louche one would be pleased with. The thickness might be due to the excessive use of glycerine-based aniseed oil.

COLOR AFTER WATER 2/10
It is nice opaline but having in mind how artificial it is, the score is obvious.

AROMA 5/30
Thin aroma of lots of aniseed oil with typical smell of colourants, not fascinating.

MOUTH-FEEL 2/10
Taken neat it is sweet, taken avec sucre it is sweet, taken sans sucre it is sweet. For such a sweetness I prefer Prado. There is anise, maybe fennel, if hyssop then little of and wormwood but in such an amount that it is not even at the back but somewhere off the main line. Sad, id est.

TASTE 6/20
It is drinkable and goes well but is not absinthe or anything I would love to sip long hours.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 2/10
Harsh to say it but I am ashamed that this comes from Poland. None at Toorank has read S.Falimierz' opus, haven't they?

PERSONAL NOTES
Still there is hope, remove sugar, be more generous with wormwood and for God's sake better leave it uncoloured and it will be just fine, if not the best choice.

absinthist scores Apsinthion de luxe 21 out of 100


Reviewed by Hartsmar 4/23/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
Overly artificially green, however with a slightly less nuclear glow than some and with less of a blue hue than others. Hence, not hitting rock bottom score.

LOUCHE ACTION 4/10
A rather instant louche but it builds up nice from the bottom. No drama though and certainly "enhanced".

COLOR AFTER WATER 2/10
Even more artificially looking than before! It looks more like the color of a birthday cake than an absinthe.

AROMA 10/30
Before water: Very candy-like and more licorice than anise. A very clear smell of wormwood oil and with no balance at all. Not very well mixed here.
After water: More licorice, more wormwood bitterness and nothing more.

MOUTH-FEEL 3/10
At first it actually seems rather full and creamy and rich. That lasts for a fraction of a second and thenit start to numb the tongue and right after that the terrible dry feeling comes sneaking up. After swallowing you're left with a bitter dryness and a oily taste.

TASTE 5/20
I've had worse, that's for sure but I've definitely had much better also. There's a terrible bitter bite from the wormwood oil. Next to that is the chemical taste of licorice.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 3/10
There are so many absinthes like this one. Why bother making another one?

Hartsmar scores Apsinthion de luxe 30 out of 100

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