Deva 50 Absenta
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Country of Origin: Spain
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com
Description: A well known Spanish absenta that has been around for ages.
Absinthe Deva 50 Absenta at Absinthes.com
Reviewed by Justabob 10/26/2006
COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
Bright emerald green, obviously artificial but pleasing none the less.
LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
Begins to louche almost immediately the essential oil of star anise is dominant here.
COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Quite attractive in an artificial sort of way, greenish white and entirely opaque at 3:1 water ratio from a fountain.
At 50 degree alcohol content the nose when sampled neat is somewhat medicinal, with only a background hint of herbal content. When diluted the oily residue of the star anise is evident.
The feel on the palette is most certainly one of oil, somewhat off putting.
The overall taste is not unpleasant quite citrus like, but overpowered by the essential oil of star anise that numbs the tongue. Not enough bitterness in the finish for my taste.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
It is hard to believe that a few short years ago members here, "including myself" were singing the praises of this Absenta. I believe with a slight adjustment in the composition of essential oils that Deva would be far more palatable, i.e. reduce the star anise and increase the wormwood profile. But hey at about 20 usd form the fine spirits corner it ain't bad.
Justabob scores Deva Absenta 50% 54 out of 100
Reviewed by Bob Chong, 11/05/06
COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
Obviously artificial yet oddly pleasing.
LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Locuhes. I liked watching it well enough.
COLOR AFTER WATER 3/10
Milky and pleasant. Fully cloudy but a tad-too-neon cast spoils it.
Sweet smelling. Anise--not sickly so, not industrial or overly artificial. Inoffensive.
Smooth, full-ish tasting. Nowhere near real absinthe, but of this type, it's best in class.
Very sweet--almost too much. Easy to drink, sort of. Sharp anise finish. Obviously, lots of anise, but it seems almost balanced with the alcohol in a way that makes it drinkable. They know liquor, if not absinthe.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Back in the dark ages, there was a reason why we drank Deva more than any other Spanish oil mix. Of that variety, this one still stands out as a cohesive liquor. It seems like choices were made in the making of this absinthe that would make it sell well and have broad appeal--and in the tier it occupies, I imagine it works. Best in class for many reasons. Would be a good drink poured in a bar.
This is not good absinthe, but it is good liquor. If I saw it in a store and wanted a cheap party drink, I'd get it again. This ain't winnin' any awards: just think of it as the Bacardi or Smirnoff of absinthe--nothing more, nothing less. If we were to compare anise-based drinks and one of each type were represented, Deva would be Miss Spain, Oil Mix Division.
Bob Chong scores Deva Absenta 50%, 48 out of 100
The following review is for a bottle of Deva Absenta dating back to circa 1983.
Reviewed by eric 11/7/2006
COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Artificial Peridot, The same as the current version sold.
LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Translucent, above average but nothing special.
COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Opalescent green. Artificial but attractive never the less.
Soft alcohol with a sweet anise aroma up front. Wormwood with other minty and citrus notes in the background.
Pretty nice actually. Smooth anise texture without the bite of badiane normally associated with this brand.
Not bad really. It seems to be much softer and smoother tasting than the same product sold today. The anise is sweeter and does not have the burnt aftertaste that modern Deva has.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
While this is an artificially colored, oil mixed Absinthe. It is quite pleasant.
Since this an older bottle, it is hard to tell if it tastes better because it has aged for over twenty years or if the present day product is more cheaply or crudely made. If the current Deva tasted like this stuff, I think a lot more people would like it.
eric scores Deva Absenta circa 1983 63 out of 100
The bottle is a Pernod olive green color with the typical Spanish tin cap. The backround of the current label has repeating devas on it, whereas the old label (pre 1997) was much more picturesque with wormwood leaves. The color of this liqueur is a clear greenish yellow, perfect for a natural steeped and distilled absinthe (as opposed to the oil mixes ostensibly used by lesser brands). The louche is bright whitish yellow opalescence, and the fragrance is strongly anise, with the slightest hint of citrus or lemongrass. This absenta, like Mari Mayans, can be criticized for being too strongly anise, but little else.
Deva - Peridot green. Not at all alcoholic in the face, faint anise smell with an earthy background. Louched to the greenish opalescent white you see in the 19th century paintings of absinthe. After louche, its smell had actually gotten stronger, blossoming into a powerful wormood/anise, well balanced, but with anise prominent. The flavor is fairly sharp anise, but with the earthy undertone still very much evident, and not at all unpleasant. Becomes MUCH sweeter with sugar. No sugar is needed either for sweetness or to mask nastiness, of which it has none.