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Duplais Verte


Average Score: 81
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com , ♣ Absinthe Classics , ♣ Absinthe.de

Description: According to http://www.absinthe.se : This absinthe (comes from) Absinthvertrieb.de. Not entirely surprising since much of this product is thanks to Markus Lion of Absinthvertrieb.de himself… In co-operation with the people at the Matter Luginbühl distillery (the people behind the Kallnacher Blanche) they manufacture this - the first commercial Swiss verte in a very long time. Absinthe Duplais Verte at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Artemis 11/7/05

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Nice golden green, unique.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Muddy, thick, very much like a vintage absinthe.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Promise of the raw color is carried into the louche.

AROMA 15/30
Here the promise is broken. The raw smell is balanced, not powerful, but not bland either. The smell after louche has an unpleasant dishwater quality that's not overwhelming, but strong enough to break the spell cast by the color and louche.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Decent, not really thick, but not watery either.

TASTE 14/20
Decent balance, not an anise bomb, but not very flowery. The dishwater quality in the scent doesn't make its way onto the palate, but the taste could be a lot better.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
This absinthe is better than average, with good promise for an even better future with better quality herbs and perhaps some tweaking of the recipe.

Artemis scores Absinthe Duplais 70 out of 100


Reviewed by precenphix 2/11/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9.5/10
Beautiful, rich green/amber. Very similar to Verte de Fougerolles 72, but deeper. Enticing. Only receiving a half-point reduction due to a bit of cloudiness. This doesn't bother me at all with Jade's Verte Suisse either - at least not with the final production release.

LOUCHE ACTION 9.5/10
Wonderful, slow-forming with a very evident solid green line at the top of the glass, completing the louche. Possibly the best I've seen. Rich in oils.

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
No complaints. Rich, splendid, natural green. Opaque. There's some hits of blue around the edges of the glass at the top. This is not from the lighting in the room.

AROMA 21/30
From the bottle, the liquor has an inviting combo of fennel and wormwood. There's some spice going on as well which I wouldn't begin to know how to peg. Where this one loses points is in the kind of dirty odor that comes out of the glass during watering. I don't know about dirty dishwater, but more like the smell of Verte de Fougerolles 72. I'm hoping the flavor isn't compromised.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Rich & creamy. If there's star anise in here (guessing there is) it's in ample, but not overwhelming proportion to the green variety. Tongue numbs substantially after 2 glasses, but doesn't hide any flavor.

TASTE 15/20
Outstanding, with exception to the slight twinge of that Verte de Fougerolles 72 flavor. I knew it would taste a bit like this gauging by what I picked up during the louche, but it's not unbearable. In fact, the positive qualities of substantial fennel & a good bit of wormwood make it very worthwhile. Still can't peg that spice, but it's a welcome addition to the rest of the constituents in this drink. If the good people of Kallnacher could back off on whatever that Fougerolles-esque flavor is, it would be even better.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Mighty fine absinthe. There's room for improvement, but not so much as to make it run-of-the-mill. This has worked itself into my top 10, possibly top 5.

precenphix scores Absinthe Duplais 81 out of 100


Reviewed by Absinthesizer 2/11/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Deep, mysterious green, with the tone of a fine olive oil but much more richness.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Slow and deliberate. As with Eichelberger, a distinct layer of bright green appears for a few minutes as water is added.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Rich, creamy, and amazingly green. Light brings out warm undertones.

AROMA 25/30
A sweet, well-balanced and room-filling herbal concoction with anise slightly to the front.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Thick and intricate - charming different taste-buds in different ways. The effect on the tongue isn’t so much numbing as relaxing. My one complaint is that the mouth-feel is harsh compared with the aroma.

TASTE 16/20
Rich and dark, balancing sweetness, earthiness and crisp astringency. There’s a halo of herbs I can’t identify — nor do I necessarily care to. The weakest aspect is the dry, slightly bitter finish, which peters out and never matches the flavor’s charm or complexity.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Excellent yet somewhat lacking in character: Though the Duplais verte has few flaws, there’s also nothing particularly memorable or immediately compelling about its flavor. The flip-side is that, unlike quirkier absinthes such as Eichelberger verte or Montmartre, there’s probably nothing about it that will bug you as you become more familiar with it. It’s a lovely drink with which to celebrate the setting sun.

PERSONAL NOTE: When we first opened the Duplais, even though the bottle was 15 months old, both the mouth-feel and the taste were quite harsh — two or three points below the above scores. Given just 10 days to breath, the transformation was almost miraculous. And as for the Duplais secondaries — especially olifactory ones involving yet another cat-box — I won’t even mention them for fear of banishment.

Absinthesizer scores Duplais Verte 81 out of 100


NOTE: The above reviews are written for the first batch of Duplais. Following reviews are for later batches, as indicated.


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 2/5/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Natural medium-to-dark green, clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Louches beautifully when cold water is allowed to drip slowly. Fully louched at around 1:2 dilution. I was impatient with my first glass and let it drip much too fast but on the second try the louche was much better and the third glass was a real success.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Natural, translucent green; no great effects but no faults either. Certainly better than any artificially colored one I have tried. Looking against light, the patiently dripped 1:2 drink in a clear glass had nuances of yellowish green to dark green. No oil-drops but some narrow oil traces on the surface.

AROMA 18/30
Before water, refreshingly herbal. I am a beginner and cannot yet distinguish the various herbs but anise and fennel were foremost, I think. After water there was an aroma that reminded me of some oddly familiar culinary herb. It was slightly disturbing in the beginning but after some tasting I hardly noticed it anymore. The aroma left in the empty glass was a little woody but nice anyway.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
The opposite to creamy/anise-sweet (“short” or “dry”) but still pleasant, little biting.

TASTE 15/20
Herbal, anise and fennel are well recognizable—again, as a beginner I cannot yet tell which aroma or taste comes from which herb. It tastes good, I could say exciting.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
I like it and recommend it. It is certainly more complex than F.Guy which is the other verte I have tried so far.

Bruno Rygseck scores Absinthe Duplais (second batch) 74 out of 100


Reviewed by Donnie Darko 5/9/2006

COLOUR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Green with amber tinges. More olive green than bright green. Clarity is fine.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Louches slowly and uniformly with lovely swirling clouds. I've seen thicker louches but this is thick enough to convince one that it is high quality.

COLOUR AFTER WATER 8/10
Greenish white with amber tinges, mostly opaque. Not as pretty or luminous as Jade, but it looks decent.

AROMA 27/30
Neat, it smells delicious and floral, with a warm peppery punch that might be Coriander. Louched, the aroma is pretty potent, with lots of complex herbal notes coming out that are fused into a fruity smelling whole. It leaves some aroma in the glass after emptied. Not nearly as much alcohol heat as you'd expect for 72%.

MOUTH FEEL 8/10
Nice and velvety. Very smooth on the tongue. Much less alcohol bite than you'd expect from something 72%. I wish it were thicker, but it does have some cream to it.

TASTE 17/20
This is a delicious absinthe, and in terms of wormwood profile, outstanding. The high quality wormwood sits in there perfectly and is counterbalanced nicely with other smooth herbal nuances. The alcohol base is clean and unobtrusive. The anise and fennel are pretty good, though not as rich and potent as found in Jade Edouard. There is also a subtle tinge of grassiness, likely imparted from the colouring step, but that's only a very minor flaw. There seems to be an interesting Coriander taste in there too, though I think that could benefit from more aging.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
I like this absinthe. It has a distinctly clean taste throughout that is often only found in higher quality HGs, and the wormwood in particular is unsurpassed in any other commercial offering. I do feel the colouring could be improved a little. It's not that perfect bright green you see in Edouard, and I think that subtle grassy hint could be done away with. I also think it could benefit from stronger anise and fennel cultivars, as that would probably thicken it up sufficiently and make the flavours pop a little more, but what's in there is certainly drinkable and quite pleasant. Overall, it's a top shelf distilled absinthe that is reasonably priced.
I tried a prior version of the Duplais and didn't like it and noticed the dishwater quality Arty mentioned, but this one is a marked improvement. I look forward to trying future revisions and will probably finish this bottle quickly.

Donnie Darko scores Absinthe Duplais (second batch) 87 out of 100


Reviewed by Wilson 2/16/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Natural green. Clean and clear. Very pretty.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Beautiful dancing contrails of oil, followed by a very nice louche. Not quite as opaque as I would like to see, so I am penalizing it.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Slightly green translucent and almost opaque, but I already deducted for not being opaque enough. No oil on top to give any opalescence.

AROMA 27/30
Nose to bottle. Sniff one and I get a nice spiciness. Sniff two and the wormwood comes forward in force. Poured in the glass and it has that same fresh damp hay smell that the Brevans has. It made me think that they just used a different label. As it louched, it filled the room and changed a bit. It lost the grassy scent and became sweeter smelling. Brings back thoughts of childhood on the farm. Wonderful.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Has some creaminess, but not as much as I expected. The lack of oil hurts this absinthe here. Thick and pretty smooth, but bites a bit. I was hoping it would be as nice as the Brevans, but it doesn't quite make it. Some alcohol heat, but not overpowering. Finishes nice and clean on the palette, and only slightly tongue numbing.

TASTE 16/20
Very complex and the flavors change order of appearance. Not as sweet as it smells. Not an anise bomb, but it is there. The wormwood is strong and bitter and makes it very pleasing. Nice balance of herbs rounding out the mix.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Good quality. Different from anything I have tried. I would not hesitate to recommend it or serve it. I am thinking that maybe this one could use a little bit of sugar to smooth it out. Maybe remove the cube when half of it is dissolved.

Wilson scores Duplais Verte 80 out of 100


Reviewed by Neptunati 3/5/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Medium to light greenish amber and clear. Just a little fairy dust at the bottom.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Its there. The louche has an amber-to-gold fog. Its not thick but in a well lit room you can't see through it.

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
I would say it is a soft pastel green whitish. It does in my opinion have a neat blue hue toward the top of the glass. Also a deep opalescent glow.

AROMA 26/30
Neat: I can smell some fennel. Anise stays back. I can also smell some lemon in between. I would like to say I can smell the wormwood but I never smelt it.

1:4 : I could say that I smell fennel mostly and the tiniest bit of anise. No lemon anymore but there is something zingy going on! Doesn't fill the room

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Velvety and smooth. No alcohol bite or burn in the throat. It has a great consistency, dense and full.

TASTE 18/20
This one is light and refreshing at 1:4. Ohh so gentle in the mouth. I know I can taste fennel. It is some what dry. The dryness and the herbs are in a very nice balance. I think this has the right amount of anise in it , just a lil. There is also a slight spice left over for the aftertaste. I think this one is in harmony with itself. Nothing jumps out ahead of anything in it. Well put together!

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
I think this one is great! I didn't get any grassyness. Well balanced. I would serve this one to friends who don't like too much anise. When enjoyed at 1:3 the worm wood comes out much more. I like to drink any Absinthe's 1:4 with one sugar. Altho This is the tastiest 1:3 no sugar I have had. I think this is because there isn't as much wormwood, making it less bitter at 1:3. Date 10-06 on bottle.

PERSONAL NOTES
I like the lighter amount of wormwood and anise in this one. Enjoy!

Neptunati scores Duplais Verte 90 out of 100


Reviewed by OCvertDe 3/19/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Clear and attractive. Like the Brevans and the Duplais Balance, Duplais Verte has a bright, beautiful Peridot green color that would be hard to distinguish from the other two if they weren’t side by side. Still natural looking, but very rich and greener than most absinthes (of any good repute) that I’ve seen.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Very nice. A slower and more interesting louche than Balance, not fully opaque until 1.5:1 or more. Thick oil trails that develop into a cloud that starts at the bottom and creeps up the sides and into the middle much like Brevans, only slower and more gradual. Nice layering.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Almost identical to Balance, which is to say- very green, pearly opaque, lots of character and shading in sunlight. In my opinion, a good example of how louched absinthe is supposed to look.

AROMA 26/30
Duplais Verte has the same funky odor when freshly cracked as I’ve observed in all my other Swiss absinthes, and just like Balance it pretty much cleared up a week or so after opening. Spicy, herbal, not quite medicinal- very nice and carries across the table from my fountain nicely.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Lightly creamy. Smooth, barely. This is a good thing. Not so numbing that your taste buds start shutting down, but prickly and interesting. Very enjoyable if you like the bite of higher proofs.

TASTE 17/20
Spicy, herbal, lightly medicinal in a good way- everything promised in the aroma blossoms in the taste. There’s a lot going on here, and I wouldn’t have to know what it all is to enjoy it.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
I love it! Very traditional flavor I think. Rich, creamy, complex, great color, great louche, an all around exemplary absinthe. Very well done. I will definitely be getting more and highly recommend it.

OCvertDe scores Absinthe Duplais Verte 84 out of 100


Reviewed by Green Baron 8/10/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Very clear and VERY green. It’s nice and attractive, but it’s so green, it scared me a little. After further reading, I’m convinced it’s all natural though.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Beautiful water trails, great bouncing, layering and swirling not too quick, not too slow. The clear green line at the top of the louche disappeared for me at about 2:1.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
A nice thick, opaque/translucent, milky green.

AROMA 24/30
Before water, anise and citrus with a bitter edge. After water, complex tones are detectable, with anise, citrus, and floral notes that contrast with a bitter wormwood and almost iodine-like scent.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Pleasantly substantial body with a spicy/bitter bite and a clean, lingering finish.

TASTE 15/20
A very bold and complex flavor- Sweet anise and citrus are the most obvious leading flavors, accompanied by the spicy and floral notes hinted at in the aroma. This is followed by a very powerful and contrasting bitterness. When the bottle was first opened, I found this contrast was unbalanced and a bit too much to be truly enjoyable. It took between three weeks to two months for this absinthe to really to really settle down. Once it smoothed out, I was able to really get into the complexity- particularly in the crisp, long lasting and constantly evolving finish.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
This absinthe has taught me above all others about how breathing can be beneficial, and in this case, I’d say very important. Some may find the contrasts to be unpleasant, but given some time to mellow, I enjoy this one for its intensity and flavor.

PERSONAL NOTES
Bottle Date Aug 2007. Bottle opened February 2007, tasted Aug 2008. Louched 3:1 with medium fountain drip, no sugar (when first opened, sugar helped round out the rough edges, but after breathing, there is already enough sweetness to render sugar undesirable for me).

Green Baron scores Duplais Verte 80 out of 100

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