Le Diable Rouge
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Country of Origin: Spain
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 50 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com
Description: According to Alandia.de: With its devilish color Diablo Rouge creates an Absinthe atmosphere with a cutting edge look. Its recipe has a slight anise touch and uses Ginseng also, a plant from China which is recognized for its revitalizing and tonic action.
Absinthe Le Diable Rouge at Absinthes.com
Reviewed by Nurgle 8/12/2007
COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
A nice dark red, colored or flavored with red ginseng according to the bottle. It just doesn't look natural though.
LOUCHE ACTION 0/10
No action here. Oil contrails are immediately formed, but soon leave. There is absolutely no louche.
COLOR AFTER WATER 0/10
The red color has become a bit paler, reminding me of watered down grenadine. It remains translucent, without any louche. The color doesn't seem natural now more than ever.
Before water: I expected the worst and was at first pleasantly surprised when I opened the bottle and thought I smelled a weak anise scent, but I proved myself wrong. When I poured the Diable Rouge in a glass, the only thing I smelled was a slight alcohol scent, like detergent, but nothing more. There's nothing else to smell at all.
After water: the smell of detergent is a bit stronger now, but that's about it. No anise, nothing herbal… absolutely nothing.
The nasty taste of detergent invades the mouth, follewed by a strange alcohol flavour which soon disappears to leave no taste at all. Why am I even bothering to give it a 1/10?
Almost nothing to smell or to taste, appart from a slight alcohol taste, which at first appears to be developing into something vaguely fruity, but finally just doesn't at all. In the end, I also tasted something like a vague biterness, which immediately cleared the way for the obvious taste of detergent. The addition of sugar doesn't help at all. Disgusting. Sink time for Señor Diabolo Rougo…
OVERALL IMPRESSION 0/10
No complexity at all, no character, almost no smell or any taste. A 1/10 would be to much to give. It might taste better (probably will) with a burned sugar cube, but I am not going to give it a try…
Brought back from Spain in a special box with the four other Le Diables (Vert, Jaune, Bleu, Noir), each a 4 cl bottle, for almost no money.
Nurgle scores Le Diable Rouge 7 out of 100