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Angelique Verte Suisse

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Average Score: 79
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to the manufacturer: Angélique is a genuine Verte Suisse absinthe, distilled using 12 plants, including angelica and grande wormwood from the Val-de-Travers. Steeping a mixture of aromatic plants in the distillate produces its natural colour.
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Review:

Reviewed by EdouardPerneau 5/8/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
green nice

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
fast and thick

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
thcik greenish louche

AROMA 25/30
very nice no trace of funk

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
thick bitter but pleasant

TASTE 18/20
very great forest like, complex

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
this absinthe is very nice one of my favorite it give what a bootleg Val-de Travers verte could be and it is very nice .

EdouardPerneau scores Angélique Verte suisse 72% 87 out of 100


Reviewed by absinthist 8/11/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 6/10
very delicate greenish tinge, striving towards yellow, indicates traditional and natural colouration but for my taste could be much darker.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
not too hasty, forms slowly, nice.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Greenish and slightly opaque.

AROMA 24/30
inviting, herbal, alcoholic, fennel tries to overpower angelica and wormwood, finally absinthe from Switzerland where anise knows its place.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Very complex, fiery and spicy, strong wormwoodiness follows the rest and the spiciness burns like a torch on the palate, very pleasant sensation.

TASTE 18/20
Short-lived, wormwood and angelica, some anise fades away.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
I do not perceive there that awful bitterness some were complaining about, this is very good, well-balanced extrait which might benefit from stronger colouration.

absinthist scores Angelique Verte Suisse 80 out of 100


Reviewed by Wolfgang 11/13/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Very nice and natural slightly golden green. I can?t see any problem there.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
I?m pouring ice cold water over sugar on a vintage spoon. At 72%, it can sustain some water before beginning to louche. It gives you a chance to see it develop one drop at a time, first drawing some light tendrils of disturbed herbal essences but it is not louching yet. When the louche does begin, it forms an interesting and uneven cloud, as if it was so thick the first louche had a tendency to develop right under where the drop of water fell and not elsewhere. This unstable state can stand for minutes if you don?t share the glass. I now dare to disturb it a bit faster to observe the formation of the usual layer but I went to fast and it is now completely louched at about 1:3. Going slower and drop by drop is advisable and would probably allow one to gradually get rid of the layer of unlouched absinthe up to 1:4 water ratio. Now it is completely and thickly louched.
This is one of the best louche action I have seen even if a little fast. It is well worth taking your time doing it manually with a spoon.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Nothing to complain about here. Maybe it is a little bit too thick and would be more pleasing to the eye at a higher dilution but it would make it taste thin so I prefer to leave it as is.

AROMA 22/30
neat: Somewhat alcoholic and a tiny bit funky. Not bad but not perfect. May improve with age as this is still a very young distillation.
Louched : it remains reserved. It reminds me of a wine that is still too young and need a few years to fully develop. I don't know if this is what will happen to my second bottle I got for aging. Only time will tell. The funky hint is lowered, adding water brought out the anis needed to balance it all. It is fine but not as exuberant as I would like. Collecting just a bit less distillate would make it excellent. edit: I now have the confirmation this was batch related, my other bottle is much better. The better batch evolve into a lovely spiciness if you let the glass stand for a while (cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper?). I'm pretty sure those spices are not in there but this is the impression it gives. the better bottle rates much higher, ending up at 88%).

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Not as thick as I would expect while looking at it but still very nice.

TASTE 17/20
properly and slowly louching this nice verte over sugar really brings out its potential. This glass if really balanced, leaving some peppery notes in the finish. There?s just enough bitterness to allow a perfect balance with sugar. There are just enough herbal flavors without being heavy. Anis is strong and even a little bit tongue numbing at this water ratio but I like it. If only it would smell and fill the room with perfume as it taste, it would be wonderful.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
A very nice absinthe verte, well done and worth putting aside for some aging. I?m glad I can now put my hands on such a fine product. This absinthe is growing on me. My first glass was quite ordinary but this one is the third (the first tonight mind you). It probably needed some breathing after first opening the bottle. I also like the 72% concentration. I?m not paying for water and I like to add the water myself.

Wolfgang scores Angelique Verte Suisse 83 out of 100


Reviewed by Communikaze 12/18/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10

Pale green towards yellow. Looks perfectly natural which is why I would rate it high. Attaining a deeper color might influence the taste and I don´t think that this or that tone of natural green should influence my opinion.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
This absinthe produces the expected oil trails and quickly produces a steady louche. in general it "behaves" like a real absinthe should do upon adding water.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Despite of its pale color before water it maintains the pale, ghost-green color as seen with traditional verte absinthes.

AROMA 17/30
Above average. Intense and complex, very herbal with a clear note of wormwood. there is a sweetnes most likely from anise and fennel. The alcohol is easily detected (pretty obvious due to the high strength). After water the notes get a bit more rounded I now detect a slight acidity/freshness. It is not as appealing as other verte absinthes, but it is interesting.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Initially it is good and creamy, second tongue is slightly numbed on the sides due to the wormwood. The drawback is afterwards, where I feel a dryness in the back of the mouth related to the bitter aftertaste. Personally I dont like this feeling (as I don´t like dry wines and bitter beer). I won´t rule out that it might appeal to some.

TASTE 14/20
Complex, herbal, fresh and interesting indeed, a lot of stuff competes about the attention of your tasting buds. However the after taste is quite bitter which is a drawback to me. The bitterness stays in the mouth and overpowers the other interesting compositions. the bitterness stays as the main impression and this is a major drawback to me.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
Unfortunately not good. I had expected a more balanced experience. This is because of the bitter aftertaste. Apperantly is is colored with Artimisia Absinthium (Grande wormwood) which is intended. According to some sources it may has its audience. I am most likely not a part of the target-group and personally.

PERSONAL NOTES
I opened this bottle 7 months ago. It was only three months by then, and way sharper. It definately needs some aging. By now, the absinthe is a bit more smooth and rounded. However, the dryness/bitterness is still present and way to dominant. Even with sugar it does not dissappear. This absinth could be improved towards a broader audience. I would really like to try it colored with another kind of wormwood or perhaps with only with more grande wormwood in the destillate. Besides that, it is well crafted as many other products from the same producent. In its present form and to the price I cannot recommend it - especially not to beginners. However I´m positive, with minor modifications it may improve a lot.

Communikaze scores Angelique Verte Suisse 67 out of 100

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