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Elixier du Pays des Fées


Average Score: 65
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: A new distilled absinthe from the famous Val-deTravers. Pays de Fées is a nickname of the Val-deTravers. The Elixier du Pays de Fees is an La Bleue and for the distillation local grown wormwood is used.
Absinthe Elixier du Pays des Fees at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Artemis 11/7/05

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
It's a blanche, it's clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Very thick, cloudy.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Nice milky white.

AROMA 8/30
A little dirty - the louched scent is not as nice as the raw scent, which isn't bad, but nothing to shout about.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Good, rich.

TASTE 10/20
The taste is kind of raw, not good, not bad, not really typical of absinthe, at least not good absinthe.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
I can't give a "5" to anything of which I wouldn't want a second glass, and I couldn't even finish the first one of this - I poured it out.

Artemis scores Elixir du Pays des Fees 58 out of 100


Reviewed by Selmac 9/16/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Perfectly clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
The louche comes on right away, a little too fast for my taste. By 1:1, it’s a completely opaque, grayish-white. It lightens up a bit by the time it hits 3:1, but that’s about it.

COLOR AFTER LOUCHE 6/10
White, and not much else. It looks like Ouzo, lacking some of the opalescent, colorful nuances I have seen in some Swiss La Bleues.

AROMA 20/30
Neat, it smells OK. Anise, citrus, and a slight floral scent are detectable. 10/15
After water, the odor is pleasant, but not very strong. I felt like I was struggling to smell it. Anise and fennel up front, other elements seem to take a back seat. 10/15

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Alcohol bite is pretty minimal, but tongue numbing is in full effect. It has a bit of a dry texture, a tiny bit astringent. Not quite as full as it could be.

TASTE 14/20
Well, it’s kind of an anise bomb. Fennel is in there as well, but this one is not for the “I hate the taste of black licorice” crowd. I enjoyed this absinthe, but it’s just not all that complex.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
The Elixir du Pays des Fees is a good absinthe in its own right, but does not measure up to the Clandestine or Kubler 53 offerings. It is a refreshing drink, as the maker claims, but it is not much more than that. Maybe my taste buds are off today, but right now this is my least favorite Swiss absinthe.

Selmac scores Elixir du Pays des Fees 67 out of 100


Reviewed by Gertz 11/7/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Crystal clear

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Instant power-louche. Impressive, but almost too fast.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Thick and white. Again, impressive, but more opaque than opalescent.

AROMA 20/30
Sweet and pleasant, but a bit weak and one-dimensional. A hint of an alcoholic bite, but not in an unpleasant way.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Main impression is dry, sharp and somehow tongue-numbing; it certainly has its share of star anise. It is not directly unpleasant, but be prepared for a punch more than velvety creaminess.

TASTE 14/20
The flavours are clean, sharp and edgy in a way that certainly wakes up a weary palate. A well-balanced encounter of flavours more than a smooth blend. Not overly complex, but a palatable drink.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
This is a typical drink number three for me. Not creamy or complex enough for a starter, and a bit too tongue-numbing, but at the right moment, I find its somehow pungent mouthfeel and edgy notes just right to clean up the palate. I've found myself getting back to it repeatedly on a hard day's sipping in Boveresse.

Gertz scores Elixir du Pays des Fées 71 out of 100

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