Obsello Absinthe Verte
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Country of Origin: Spain
Alcohol Level: 50 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com
Description: According to the manufacturer: Obsello Absinthe Verte is the only premium grade Spanish absinthe on the market today. Our signature absinthe is distilled, not mixed, from 8 indepentently selected herbs and Grape Neutral Spirits, produced from the famous Penedes wine stock. The absinthe is crafted in small, single batches, using traditional copper alembic stills.
Reviewed by Green Baron 5/2/2009
COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
A good shade of light lime yellow-green. I also think of it as “lime peridot”. A little more towards the straw/amber range than the photos I’ve seen online though (*shrug* aint got nothin' against natural aging).
LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Good trails, but a little quick to form a cloud up to the clear top layer (more showy roiling would have been nice). The line does have good staying power and puts on a little show before it goes away.
COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Good glowy pale lime.
Before water- Grape and mint with earthy, herby undertones.
After water- The grape and mint overtones stay at the forefront, then lead right into sweet herbal pontica, citrus and a subdued earthiness. Not totally room filling, but does have some range, and I find it quite pleasant.
On the thinner side of creamy, but it’s a nice, smooth satin. Brisk mint and wormwood in the finish keep the sweet flavors from the grape and anise away from cloying territory.
A very tasty- if pronounced- grape in front, leading right into strong mint, with anise, vanilla, lemon citrus, and slight grassy notes developing mid palate. At one point when some of these meet, the product website’s description of “candied plum” notes is quite accurate. Though flavorful, this is definitely a lighter absinthe than most vertes, and I find myself downing a little quicker than the average verte.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
This absinthe definitely has its own personality. It took several days after opening for the mint-dry-grassiness to stop dominating and let other flavors to come forth and find a balance (sugar helped a bit during this phase). I’m a sucker for a nice grape base, and I think they did very well there. I agree with folks that refer to this as a light desert or summer absinthe. Some may never like the idiosyncrasies even after breathing, but I’m quite fond of this Spanish treat.
Louched 3:1, fountain drip. Sugar was used in the first week after opening, afterwards I went with no sugar as usual.
Green Baron scores Obsello Absinthe Verte 79 out of 100