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Kallnacher Absinthe


Average Score: 59
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com , ♣ Absinthe.de

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com : Kallnacher Absinth (using the local German-Swiss spelling) is made by a distillation of traditional plants, including locally grown wormwood, is finished at 55% alcohol and is left uncoloured in the style of Val-de-Travers 'la Bleue'. This is a classic clear Swiss absinthe with pure wormwood and anise to the fore. In a blind-tasting, it is impossible to distinguish from many of the previously clandestine 'la Bleue' absinthes. Absinthe Kallnacher at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Artemis 8/13/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
It's perfectly clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Louche action is weak.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Almost transparent, steely white.

AROMA 15/30
Smells like La Bleue - simple and raw, BUT with a dirty undertone - poor distillation control.

MOUTH-FEEL 4/10
Insipid at 3:1

TASTE 5/20
Little better than water. Dirtyness in scent isn't evident unless you gulp it, and then you can taste it down your throat.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
Disappointing.

NOTE: I beg to differ with the distributors - I think I would easily pick this out from the best Clandestine La Bleue once offered (clandestinely). It doesn't have enough of that downhome Swiss cow pasture quality and is too watery and too dirty.

Artemis scores Kallnacher Absinth 52 out of 100


Reviewed by Grim (8/20/2005)

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Any tint of yellow is absent, the spirit is clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
Tenuous and uninteresting. The visual appeal of this absinthe is akin to bath water; any portent of a creamy, inviting gustatory event is dashed with the first sight of this louche.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Translucent. Low in oils, watery at 3:1.

AROMA 16/30
This absinthe smells of minty, emptied alambic.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Weak.

TASTE 10/20
I wonder if what I note is more an issue of distillation, or herb choice. The finish is long and bitter, strewn about the tongue like the aftertaste of a licked penny (it's gone in a few minutes). Is it the A.a. or the method? I think definite lines can be drawn to Kübler's absinthe. There are some notes of a better absinthe in there…

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Without speculating, this absinthe is not what it could be… but I agree with Peter, it could be better. Remove the aftertaste and encourage a creamy, rich texture, this absinthe would be much improved. As it stands, the necessary abundance of key oils is not present.

Grim scores Kallnacher Absinth 58 out of 100


Reviewed by Hartsmar 8/30/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
It's perfectly clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
A bit weak.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
If the louche had been thicker - the color would be better. Too bluish.

AROMA 20/30
Very much fennel, though not the very best maybe. It lacks complexity but it does have something going on. There's a funk to it that shouldn't be there. It could be fixed…

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
It benefits from more water than the 3:1. It's harsh at that "lower" ratio, but improves with more water.

TASTE 12/20
The funk is there. But also some promising things are going on.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
I had expected more given the many decent La Bleues coming out currently. However, I have no doubt this can be good if the errors are worked out.

Hartsmar scores Kallnacher Absinth 66 out of 100

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