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Kübler 53% - Veritable Fee Verte


Average Score: 75
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 53 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/: "Kübler Absinthe is the first Swiss absinthe to become commercially available and our customers are in for a real treat. Such was the reputation of its absinthes that during the 19th century ‘Swiss’ was adopted as an indication of the highest quality regardless of whether the absinthe was produced in Switzerland, France or elsewhere ... As with all of Liqueurs de France’s absinthes, Kübler is made in an alembic still following original techniques, using only natural plants, rather than extracts or oils. Kübler Absinthe is finished at 53% abv., in accordance with local traditions ..." Absinthe Kübler 53 at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Artemis 3/3/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
It's clear. Don't see how else I can rate it. Can't give it zero because there's no failure involved. Can't give it ten because it's easy to do - just do nothing and keep debris out of it. Ten seems more fair than zero. So be it.

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
Attractive - nothing special about it, nothing wrong with it.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Steely white color, typical of La Bleue, but no blue nuance to speak of.

AROMA 23/30
Good clean anise aroma, not complex, but absolutely no faults.

MOUTH-FEEL 10/10
The best thing about this absinthe. Velvet, creamy, soft.

TASTE 18/20
Tastes better than it smells, a rarity. Simple refreshing taste.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
I like this very much, but is it absinthe? It's hard to tell if there's wormwood in it.

Artemis scores Veritable Fee Verte Kubler 53 81 out of 100.


Reviewed by Hartsmar 4/21/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Perfectly clear blanche...

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
Quite ordinary, nothing special. It louches quickly into a thick white louche.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Very nice thick white.

AROMA 23/30
Wonderful scent fills the room from the glass. Nice floral character. After water the aroma really calls for drinking.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Really smooth and very rich mouth-feel. I'd say it's no less than great!

TASTE 17/20
It certainly lives up to the expectations I had from the aroma. I guess I'm missing a bit of wormwood in the composition I taste, but it's a really refreshing drink.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Very nice indeed.

Hartsmar scores Veritable Fee Verte Kübler 53 80 out of 100


Reviewed by precenphix 2/11/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Crystal clear. No particulate. Off to a good start.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Quicker-forming than some others, but the really impressive. Like a quick updraft forming a super-cell cumulonimbus.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Nice. Very nice. Slight gradients that appear & fade during the louche, but I sincerely doubt if any essential oils were added to the mix separately. This is just skilled distillation. Not much in the way of blue tints around the edges. 90-95% opacity.

AROMA 25/30
Smells like a blanche should. A bit stronger in anise than others, but it doesn't mask the other more subtle aromatics.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Velvet. Almost like milk. Rich & creamy like no other blanche I've had.

TASTE 18/20
Wins over any other blanche I've had. I've dogged Kubler pretty badly in the past based on their rather sub-par 57% version. Someone's been taking notes on making huge improvements. Wormwood just behind anise with all the usual suspects hanging out in the distance. Lingering aftertaste in the bitter zone.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
By far my favorite blanche. I was up in the air, pairing it against Alandia/LDF's "Clandestine," but this wins quite easily.

precenphix scores Veritable Fée Verte Kübler 53 85 out of 100


Reviewed by jmark 3/22/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Perfectly clear and colorless. Could be water for all I know.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Nice clouds roiling, but it starts and ends fairly early, probably due to the lower alcohol %.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Nice, clean white milky color with classic blue edges. Nothing very interesting about it, otherwise.

AROMA 23/30
Before water: Not much alcohol. Very sweet, not anise that I think I'm smelling but coriander? hyssop?

After water: tiny bit of funk emerging after water, way back in the scent, though those sweet notes are all still there. Anise steps a bit more forward. Pleasant.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Could be creamier. It has perhaps a little bit less roundness than the fairly thick louche would suggest.

TASTE 17/20
May be the best part of it: it has a very compelling balance of sweet and bitter. I would NEVER take this with sugar, as I'm sure it would push it over the edge into too sweet. Taken straight, I would rate it up with Serpis 65 as a near perfect everyday flavor. I sat with a friend over Serpis 65, the 3 Duplais', Jade's VS and this: VS had been an early favorite of hers, but when she tasted this, she said. immediately,"This, I would want to have around all the time."

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
I'm impressed. What I would call a "sleeper." Not so much to look at, not celebrated in any way, but it's all in the taste and the balance: very, very drinkable.

jmark scores Kubler 53 79 out of 100


Reviewed by Ricki 16/11/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Perfectly clear like fresh water from a spring.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Very attractive slow louche action here. Builds up beautifully from bottom to top while dancing in the glass.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Very nice opal white with an attractive hint of almost flourescent blue when light catches it.

AROMA 23/30
When i first opened the bottle, i didn't like what i could smell. After pouring it into the glass it mellowed slightly and then adding the water brought out a wonderful boquet of mountain herbs. Very nice.

MOUTH-FEEL 10/10
Perfect mouth feel. Silky smooth.

TASTE 18/20
Very refreshing light anise taste with wormwood just behind it and the mountain herbs flowing in the back.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
The first blanche I have tasted and definitely one of the nicest Absinthes I have tasted so far.

Ricki scores Veritable Fee Verte Kubler 53 86 out of 100.


Reviewed by Donnie Darko 1/1/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
It has a nice thick louche that has layer separation, but it's not particularly dramatic, happens quickly and is fully louched by 2:1.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Milky grayish white, like most quality La Bleue Absinthes.

AROMA 15/30
Neat, there is a very light anise aroma with a tinge of Artemisia Pontica. When the measuring cylinder for the dose is emptied, there is a hint of tails, which usually manifests itself as a smokey honeyed aroma. The same results were noticed by dripping the liquid neat onto the back of a spoon. Louched, there is anise with a very subtle suggestion of other alpine herbs, supported by a slightly toasted aroma. No detectable wormwood, and the aroma is very light and subtle, only barely escaping the glass. I've smelled many anisettes that had a more focused and assertive aroma. What's there is OK, but there's very little there to stimulate further interest.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Light, with a little of the overly sweet bite common to Star Anise, followed by a dry baby-powder note that is pleasant. No noticeable alcohol bite, and there is a pleasant crispness.

TASTE 12/20
While it doesn't taste nose-scrunchingly bad, it doesn't really have a lot of taste, especially if one follows the recommended 5:1 dilution on the label. There is the obvious anise along with some slightly camphorous fennel presence that provides a nice aftertaste, but overall it's very one dimensional with no flavor "pop". Artemisia Absinthium is only detectable if you look really hard for its familiar characteristics, is only noticeable subtly in the aftertaste, and even then its presence is fleeting. The only thing I can think of that I would consider "likeable" is there is a certain crispness to it which would be refreshing in summer, and that crispness is very pleasant.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
This is about as milktoast of a La Bleue as you can find. It's not off putting, but La Bleues do not achieve success in merely being inoffensive. The best examples have concentrated distinctly "Alpine" aromas that beget a blossoming long-lasting taste that leaves you scratching your head as to what those miraculous herbs might be, and leaves a fragrance in your empty glass suitable for wearing as a seductive perfume. Kubler 53% mostly tastes of average anise with some vague suggestions of other herbs that shyly pass by before you have a chance to get acquainted. It lacks confidence. There is little here to distinguish this Absinthe from an average Arak that can be found for far less $.

PERSONAL NOTES
Multiple dilutions were attempted but none produced interesting results. This is the US release of Kubler which you can find on shelves here.

Donnie Darko scores Kubler Absinthe Superieure 67 out of 100


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 1/28/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Thin stream of water poured slowly gives a good, thick and turbulent cloudy louche. After the drink has turned opaque not much more happens inside the drink, more so on the surface where oil trails fiercely play. Dripping water gives a nice gradual louche with tiny flakes and bubbles forming in the clear spirit layer.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
"La bleue" white with slightly bluish edges, opaque.

AROMA 19/30
Crisp, with thin flowery notes when neat in glass. After water mainly anise but also fragrant herb notes. Dripping from a fountain is maybe the best way of enjoying the faint aroma during preparation.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Creamy velvet texture as often described. Can almost be chewed. If creaminess was most desired property it would score 10.

TASTE 15/20
Fresh anise sweetness, leaves nice lingering anise/medicinal (in a positive sense) aftertaste.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Anise dominates, wormwood and other herbs not so much present in aroma or taste. The other herbs are there, however, in small amounts nicely supporting the anise, making Kübler a good "entry point" for anise-lovers who are maybe not accustomed to strong herbal tastes.

PERSONAL NOTES
This is the EU version (if there are different versions) of Kübler.

Bruno Rygseck scores Kübler Veritable Fée Verte 73 out of 100


Reviewed by OCvertDe 3/13/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Perfectly clear. Boring, but what do you want from a Blanche?

LOUCHE ACTION 5/10
Nice prominent oil trails that hint at iridescence in the sunlight. Beautiful wispy louche starts at the bottom and thickens into a nice medium cloud, but it’s over way too fast. Completely opaque long before even 1:1, hence the score.

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
Solid white. Still boring. Points deducted for lack of nuance, it looks just like a glass of milk.

AROMA 12/30
Like the taste and mouth feel, it even smells creamy. Neat, there’s a funky smell that I’ve observed in my other Swiss products as well, but it pretty much goes away after water. Solitary anice, but not over powering. I gave it more than I would have just because you can smell it during the preparation across the table. But really, there’s just not much going on here.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Very creamy, smooth, medium numbing sensation. Pleasant, but not much noteworthy beyond the unusual amount of creaminess.

TASTE 12/20
Nothing wrong with it, just not very complex. Enjoyably simple. Don’t go in expecting your senses to be assaulted by an herbal symphony, and you’ll likely be happy enough. This is at a 3:1 mix, the bottle instructs 5:1. If you like it that way, you can save lots of money with a glass of water, a cough drop and a shot of milk, and leave more Kubler 53 on the shelves for the rest of us.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
It’s easily available here in the US, so you’re saved from the rape of oversea courier shipping. For the money, this is an absinthe worth having in stock. At roughly $53 a liter, you can drink it like tap water to stretch your better stuff, and I will definitely be keeping a bottle on the shelf for that purpose. It’s a decent introduction for someone who may find a full strength absinthe too high octane, or full flavor absinthe overwhelming. Basic, tasty, and un-offensive, and perfectly refreshing in it’s own right. If you’re in the mood for absinthe but don’t feel the need to think about it too much, Kubler 53 is a fine choice.

OCvertDe scores Kubler 53 Absinthe Superior 59 out of 100


Reviewed by Absinthesizer 6/25/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Prosaically clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Quick and boring.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
White, though not as impressively chalk-white as Clandestine.

AROMA 18/30
Anise in the forefront, with anise lurking behind.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Dry and pleasant. Similar to the Brut d’Alambic in that there seems to be something missing between the front of the tongue and the back.

TASTE 15/20
Tastes like anise. The bottle recommends a 5/1 dilution, at which the bitterness comes forward more; I prefer the scoresheet’s 3/1, or even 2/1, which makes the flavor a bit more interesting simply by concentrating it. But it’s a challenge to get it cold enough at 2/1.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
I rate Kubler a bit below Lucid in quality, a bit above it in value. It may be worth keeping around for two purposes: For occasions when you feel like drinking absinthe, but, you know, aren’t in the mood for anything really special; and for introducing newbies, on whom you may not want to risk a $100-plus bottle. For instance, Jade Verte Suisse is a far better introduction to absinthe, but what if your guest didn’t really like it, and you found the nearly-full glass behind the vase on the coffee table while you were cleaning up after they left, and finished it so it wouldn’t go to waste, and your wife found you passed out, sprawled face-down next to the refrigerator at 3 a.m. with all the lights on? What sort of fodder for stories do you think your nosy neighbor will get out of that little incident?

PERSONAL NOTES
I couldn’t resist walking into a liquor store and buying a bottle of absinthe — on sale, no less, costing, with tax and gasoline, about $45. The absinthe world has changed a lot just since my first purchase in December 2005.

Absinthesizer scores Kübler 53 69 out of 100


Reviewed by Brunswick Green 12/18/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Clear?

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
A dense cloud with a bit of neat swirling.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Totally opaque ranging from yellow cream to blue milk at the edges.

AROMA 21/30
Neat in the glass, it's like warm liquerice. With water, it's creamy, typical wormwood and anise. Not very intense but nice.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Good, if slightly shallow as the cream and the sting never quite connects.

TASTE 14/20
Not a lot of detail, wormwood and anise, and that's fine. I prefer it quite strong, even served with ice, like a pastis.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
A nice everyday absinthe and a good mixer, it works well in drinks that balance its cream with something more fresh. It could do with more personality.

Brunswick Green scores Kübler 69 out of 100

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