Mari Maryans 70°
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Alcohol Level: 70 %
Vendors: ♣ Spirits Corner
Description: This is the classic "party" absenta, produced in Ibiza. It's available in 55% and the more common 70% "collectors" bottle.
Reviewed by Wild Bill Turkey 10/9/2006
COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
The color is neon chartreuse, and never appears to age, even in a clear bottle. Not very natural-looking, but not unattractive even so.
LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Louches quite well. Nice oil trails, pretty swirls. A soft cloud builds up from the bottom, and not too quickly.
COLOR AFTER WATER 5/10
The only reason the score is so low is that I assume the coloring is artificial. The color after louching, however, looks far more natural. It louches to an opaque, minty white, far more believable than its pre-louche color.
Room-filling. Everyone in the place will know you've poured a glass of Mari Mayans. It has a very distinctive aroma, characterized by citrus tones, and a floral note that I personally describe as reminding me of hybiscus. This is all on top of a more traditional anise base smell and a little alcohol heat. The thing is, it doesn't smell like a standard anise-bomb. It smells clean and fresh.
Here again, Mari Mayans does well. Toungue-numbing badianne bomb, yes, but with a high-note bite that takes the edge off the anise sweetness and just saves it from the anesthetic numbness of most other drinks in this class.
The smell carries directly over to the taste. While I would not really say that I taste much wormwood in this drink, the floral-citrus tartness of it kind of mimcs wormwood bitterness, and makes the drink taste more like absinthe to me than some of its licorice-bomb competitors that virtually double for pastis.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
A clean, refreshing drink, but with a kick. The bright star of the the cheap anise-bomb oil mix market. My favorite in this class. A must for newbie parties.
This is the first absinthe that I drank a lot of. It still doesn't suck. I like Mari Mayans, and it's one of my three default absinthes for introducing random strangers to absinthe when I have no idea what they'll like. Most people like it.
Wild Bill Turkey scores Mari Mayans 70 63 out of 100