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Absinthe N.S.


Average Score: 58
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Country of Origin: Spain
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 70 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: Absinthe NS at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by peridot 11/6/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Certainly artificial, but not neon. It's just a little *too* deep a green. However, it's pretty and clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Nice. It's slower than one would expect from a star anise absinthe. It builds in very defined tiers; thick at the bottom, fluffy in the middle, and thin at the top. It becomes solid at 2:1.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Milky green with a slight yellow tone. It's attractive but a bit too thick and lacks complexity.

AROMA 14/30
The aroma before water is at first an alcohol kick, followed by strong star-anise and what seems to me like spearmint. After louche the aroma grows but doesn't open up much. It's pleasant and spicy.

MOUTH-FEEL 4/10
Disappointing. It's barely there, except for a lot of mouth-numbing.

TASTE 12/20
Sweet, anisy, and minty. Wormwood emerges in the finish. There's a nice citrus flavour floating around, but it's a little too artificial. As oil mixes go it's fairly complex, but still has a lot of room for improvement; for instance, a more discernable fennel profile.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
This is the best oil mix I've had but I think that a lot could be done to make it better.

PERSONAL NOTES
The variety of easily-discernable flavours in this absinthe make it a fun one to serve to first-timers to help them get their taste buds around many the main flavours in absinthe.

peridot scores NS70, 57 out of 100


Reviewed by alice the absinthe eater 5/4/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
I think the best way to puy it is dark-olive-green
not the best color and not the worst color it's not bad because it does not look unreal but it's not good because it looks like the color that you would expect filtered sewer water to be

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
The louche is this absinthes main strong point. it has a great louche for such a cheap absinthe.
Starts clouding slowly at the bottom rises up slowly with a thin layer of oil at the top. Infact I can't really say the louche on this was much different than the Eichelberger that I had the other night (and half the price)

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
I expected the green to be deeper because it started out so deep but it only faded after the louche I am disapointed

AROMA 16/30
Before water anis and alcohol vrey clean smelling but not much going on.
After water the alcohol goes away it becomes just anis lots and lots of anis

MOUTH-FEEL 3/10
Thin but not so bad it almost feels soft but not very well it leaves you wanting it to be creamier. A few seconds after you drink it, it leaves you mouth feeling off. Hard to explain almost like after mouth wash but much lighter.

TASTE 14/20
I really like this absinthe for the price the taste is great it's very plain just anis with a very small wormwood tinge at the end. Can't really complain here it's just simple

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Price to taste, louche and color all work for this absinthe if it costed anymore it would not be worth it but at 30EU for 1 liter it's worth every drop I think this would be a good starter absinthe seeing as it's so plain there would be no flavors that would confuse the new drinker.

I have to add that it leaves white oil stains on the side of the glass which is not very pleasing.

alice the absinthe eater scores Absinthe NS70 59 out of 100


Old reviews:

[KALLISTI]

The label is very interesting but highly colored in primary red, blue and yellow with silver accents. Very *flash*!

A pure whiff from the bottle is sweetly anise with a very mild herbal undertone. Packaged in a clear bottle, the liquor is dark olive green, one most seen in macerated products, but the smooth flavor does not bear this out (it is not macerated). Once water is added the louche is a very thick cloud of golden green, and louches wonderfully and instantly. Also the anise nose practically disappears after water is added and it smells almost entirely of its other herbal constituents. Anise is strong but not in the tongue numbing sense of Mari or Deva. The bitterness is very slight and slides to the side of the pallet. A very bare hint of mint or lemon balm and possibly a tiny whiff of hyssop in the nose. I also noticed that after a number of sips again the anise slips into the background and the wormwood bitterness and mint become more prominent. The more pronounced flavor of this brand is perhaps due to its unusual (for Spanish brands) dryness, the lack of being overly sweetened lets it blossom a bit on its own. Very interesting and lovely.

All in all a much more rounded beveraaaage than many spanish brands.

[Ted Breaux]

I received a bottle of the new Absinthe N.S. from Spirits Corner. As is already well known, the service was good, shipping time reasonable, and the packaging was very sound.

The product comes in a 1L clear glass bottle. The label is glossy, and contains scant information other than the usual claims of extraordinary quality, et al, and lists the alcoholic strength as 55%. Also worthy of note is the word "absinthe" as opposed to "absenta" typical of the Spanish fare. The color of the liqueur is a dark olive tint. The color looks convincing, but it almost certainly is artificial, if for no other reason that a color this dark would likely leave a pronounced flavor if colored naturally (which is missing).

The aroma from the liqueur has the familiar heavy star anise scent typical of the Spanish products, and a substantial concentration of this herb is definitely present, as evidenced by the thick louche. The taste reveals more subtle textures than the typical Spanish fare. This is perhaps because it does not seem to be so masked with sugar. This product seems just slightly drier than Deva, and can be described as being similar to Deva, but being a bit earthier, softer, and with no citrus notes. In comparing with other Spanish products, this product compares very favorably. It certainly has more in common with Deva as opposed to the pungent uniqueness of Segarra or the complexity of La Fee, and if you like Deva, you will like Absinthe N.S. probably at least as much.

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