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Doubs Premium Absinthe

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Average Score: 70
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Country of Origin: South Africa
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthe Classics

Description: According to http://www.doubsabsinthe.com: "According to an age-old French recipe, Doubs Premium Absinthe is produced using the finest alcohol, distilled wormwood and eleven mountain herbs (including anise, fennel, hyssop and lemon balm)."

Review:

Reviewed by Artemis 3/5/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
I'm forced to penalize it in accordance with the instructions, because it looks fake, but I like it - a beautiful emerald shade.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Strong milkiness grows from the bottom very nicely.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Can't say it has complexity or nuance, but it's opaque and attractive.

AROMA 27/30
This absinthe smells like no other I've ever had. The smell won't be to everyone's liking - medicinal/tonic - I find it refreshing and I like it.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Somewhat thin and dry, but that's in keeping with the gin-like botanical nuances.

TASTE 18/20
It tastes like it smells. Again, it won't be to everyone's taste, but there's no way I can fault it - it's not deficient in any way; it's just different. An anise candy this one is NOT! I found it very foreign at the first glass, but it quickly grew on me.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
It seems to be a mixed absinthe with artificial color. That said, it's the best of its type I've had.

Artemis scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 81 out of 100.


Reviewed by the TheGreenImp 5/12/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10

Since this is an oil mix I have to grade the color low, but the Doubs is a nice pretty emerald green color.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10

The Doubs Clouds nicely as the water is added, with the traditional bottom to top louche action, like a top quality distilled absinthe.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10

Nice creamy louche, looks just like vintage images of a louched absinthe.

AROMA 28/30

Interesting aroma, a balance of a tonic like scent with a touch of citrus, and a light flowery background, overall the Doubs scent is somewhat different at first, but very pleasant.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10

Nice, light flowery mouth-feel that is quite pleasant.

TASTE 18/20

This one is definitely not an anise bomb, and the ingredients are fairly well balanced against one another. I like the light flowery botanical taste, the best description I can say is very pleasant.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10

The Doubs is easily the best mixed absinthe out there; the maker obviously took a good deal of care to create a nice tasting product. I like the Doubs and would like to see this one more available to the general market. I’d keep a bottle of the Doubs in my regular rotation.

The Greenimp scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 83 out of 100


Reviewed by the sea_of_lament 9/12/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
It’s artificially colored but it seems to try to look natural and when I hold it at a certain angle, it shows me a hue almost similar to a Jade, yet a little more yellow. When put in a well lit area it has a radiant emerald color; very pleasant to stare at.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Almost instant oil trails but it seems to louche completely after only 1.5-2 ounces of water. Not too impressed but not bad either.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Looks better after water is added and the louche has completed. A cloudy- green with some slight hints of yellow.

AROMA 24/30
It’s well balanced and I really can’t tell any ingredient apart. I keep on smelling it and I cannot think of any other absinthe to compare it with. A citrus and medicinal profile that is more promising than otherwise; I can’t really say everyone will enjoy it. After water it’s more subtle and floral.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Slightly velvety but not as thick and rich as one would hope; it is pleasant but not impressive.

TASTE 15/20
Interesting, there are some floral notes with some citrus feel. It has a slight medicinal after taste which at this point I’m not sure if it’s to my liking. But by the end of the glass I was enjoying it a bit more.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
I may need some more time to get accustomed to this flavor but as a first impression, in my opinion, it falls short on a few areas, especially in the taste. I was able to finish the glass without problem but I just don’t see myself buying a full bottle in the future. However, I wouldn’t say that I can’t recommend this one; it certainly is drinkable and has a little charm to it. This one is a stranger among its own kind.

Note: The Taste and Mouth-Feel might improve with added sugar.

Sea of Lament scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 73 out of 100.


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 9/8/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
Transparent quite beautiful green color, looks artificial.
Some effort has certainly been put in it, so not that much penalty here.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Cold water drip builds up the louche from bottom up nicely, pouring a thin
stream works even better. The contrast between unlouched and louched
parts is nice to watch.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Lovely opaque green. Stays louched if left untouched.

AROMA 21/30
Doubs has an untypical aroma for an absinthe, some would say medicinal.
Before water: Fresh pine forest aroma with strong support from a number
of herbs/herbal oils. After water: Similar but weaker at drinking strength.
Dilution brings no particular aroma on top, neither obscures any.
Minty aroma with fennel and maybe caraway.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Sweet and dry at the same time. Leaves a cool mint/pine feeling on the palate.

TASTE 15/20
Untypical as the aroma, balanced and somewhat fruity, too. It has sweetness
that maybe rounds the taste a bit too much.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10

Bruno Rygseck scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 70 out of 100.


Reviewed by Donnie Darko 5/9/2006

COLOUR BEFORE WATER 5/10
I would never give anything artificial higher than a 6. This one gets a 5 because it's IMO too dark of a green, but it is still quite attractive. Deep emerald.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Louches surprisingly well, relatively even and thick. It's pretty indistinguishable from better distilled absinthe louches.

COLOUR AFTER WATER 6/10
It's opaque but looks rather fake, which is understandable because it IS fake. There's also a murky tinge to it that reminds me of Sebor, but it's quite green, albeit not a luminous green. There's also an attractive emerald tone which catches the eye which makes one want to try it.

AROMA 19/30
What hits the nose neat is camphor. What hits the nose louched is camphor. Like Vicks-Vap-O-Rub camphor. But after that there's some pleasant clean bloomy citrus notes which offset the medicinal bite to the aroma. There's virtually no alcohol heat which also makes the aroma attractive. There's some juniperish pine notes that make the nose crinkle too, but not in a bad way. There are no off smells so common to oil mixes.

MOUTH FEEL 7/10
Thicker than other oil mixes I've had, not as cloying on the tongue as La Fee. There's a pleasant dryness that carries on later in the palate, but up front it's a bit too sweet.

TASTE 12/20
Not bad, but not exactly likeable either. The camphor in the aroma definitely comes out in the taste. Tastes like a lot of the wrong fennel. There is a minty/citrus thing in there which thankfully comes along after the weird camphor that keeps it interesting. The aftertaste is nice, clean and refreshing, but refreshing in a "I just had my teeth cleaned at the dentist" way as opposed to a "I just had a delicious beverage" way.
There are no detectable off tastes due to process flaws though, and while too sweet for my preference, it's not as candy cane sickening as other oil mixes and at least has herbal complexity. There is detectable wormwood in there too, albeit more minty than floral.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
I like it a bit better than La Fee, just because there's more herbal complexity there and it's not as sweet, but the camphor is overpowering and there's not enough flavours in there that remind me of good absinthe to keep me drinking it. The aftertaste is honestly not bad though. It's very clean and minty, and makes up for the off putting initial medicinal wallop. It needs no sugar, it's pretty sweet already, albeit less sweet than La Fee and many other oil mixes I've tried. It's the best oil mix I've had though, so it does deserve some credit for slightly improving upon that class of absinthe.

As a side note, it comes with a nice looking spoon, and a little fold out booklet with cocktail recipes which, to my horror, not only contains the "Traditional" Czech flaming method, but on the back says "CAUTION, Doubs Premium Absinthe contains the maximum permissable thuj0ne". The stick on label also says "Drink Responsibly, Maximum thuj0ne". What rubbish. If I were allowed to give it a zero score overall for the marketing alone, I would. That part of Doubs is indefensible and is working to undo all the mythbusting we've been striving towards here.

Donnie Darko scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 64 out of 100.


Reviewed by Absomphe 11/7/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
Obviously artificial, but this is such a deep, vibrant shade of emerald that I had to give it an extra point just for its aesthetic appeal, This is what I wish naturally colored absinthe could look like.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Nice, gradual, swirling bottom to top action with good opalescence. Not spectacular, but really nothing at all to fault here, and very impressive for an absinthe that is not apparently top-heavy in anise.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Although a goodly portion of the green is retained, it's much more plausibly natural looking. In fact, the original Jade Edouard was not much different in tone. Still vibrant, and although not nuanced, it's a very attractive, appetizing color.

AROMA 21/30
Extremely herbally perfumy, with the most apparent scent, to me, being fennel, and a very fruity one, at that. There is almost a margarita-like quality in there, which is very strange, but not unappealing. It doesn't smell very "absinthe-like", at least compared to what I've tasted, but it has a unique, vibrant quality, and is very refreshing.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Light and almost airy, which seems appropriate for its flowery, dryish style, although I would have preferred a touch more creaminess.

TASTE 14/20
Very similar to the nose. Extremely herbal, and flowery, with a very minty component which hints at some decent wormwood, and the overall flavor is definitely balanced. I would have rated it higher in this category, but I find that the flavor is so intensely perfumy that my palate becomes saturated with it before I've finished my glass, and despite its relative dryness, I never crave a second glass. I have a feeling this has something to do with Doubs being an oil mix, and I have a feeling that I would really enjoy trying a distilled version of this absinthe.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Doubs is the best oil mix I've tasted, to date. It offers a very different, and pleasing, redolently herbal profile, which I really enjoy in limited quantity. For me, when the mood strikes (although it's not that often), there's nothing quite like it.

Absomphe scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 70 out of 100


Reviewed by Helfrich 5/10/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
The artificial colour looks unattractive in the fancy bottle, but once in the glass it is not that unpretty and it almost seems natural.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Quite soon and very regular, but okay.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Opaque green. It looks artificial, though not notably repulsive.

AROMA 12/30
It smells like green pepper! I love green pepper in weekday steak or duck breast preparations but it is not very inviting in absinthe. Adding water to release the aromas is usually most fascinating, but not much happens here, except for the pepper becoming more earthy and being supported by some camphorous and minty odours.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Somewhat dry and thin, counterbalanced by an unpleasant artificial sweetness.

TASTE 8/20
There's no pepper, fortunately. In some oil mixes the wormwood is represented by a very fruity or candylike flavour (cf. "Arsinthe André"), but in this case it is characterized by a distinct earthiness -- not quite as musty as gentian root, but more like licking a wet rock. It is supported by some Vicks and some tooth-paste, and counterbalanced by an unnatural anise-like sweetness. This absinthe is undoubtedly less flat than most oil mixes, but I sincerely doubt whether that is a good thing.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
Most oil mixes are worse, I guess. I didn't finish my glass though. I usually have absinthe as an apéritif, but this one didn't stimulate my desire for a good meal. Actually it made me crave for a hearty drink.

Helfrich scores Doubs Premium Absinthe 48 out of 100

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