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La Clandestine Originale, Alcool du Vin


Average Score: 78
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 53 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: Based on the same recipe as the original La Clandestine from the Artemisia distillery in Val-de-Travers, Switzerland, this has only been changed by using a wine base alcohol.
Absinthe Clandestine Alcool du Vin at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by eric and Joalco 2/17/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Perfectly clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Starts to cloud immediately forming a thick, opaque louche. The gradient lines are not particularly dynamic or pronounced.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Milky white w/ a slight blue tinge.

AROMA 24/30
Before water: Soft Alcohol w/ touch of wormwood, anise and other slight herbal notes. After water: Sweet and minty w/ some fruit overtones. The herbs seem to smooth out w/ the addition of water.


MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Full bodied, Not quite as richly textured as we would like but still very nice.

TASTE 14/20
Soft and nicely balanced. The subdued wormwood presence is complimented by a nice minty dryness in the finish.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
This is a good representation of the Swiss Lableue style. The wine alcohol base makes a very subtle but appreciated difference from the regular CLB.

eric and Joalco scores Clandestine Charlotte Alcool De Vin 76 out of 100


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 1/28/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
All clear!

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Turbulent when thin jet of water was poured into it, ending in an opaque drink.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
White, opaque, some bluish tones where the surface meets glass wall.

AROMA 19/30
Herbal with a pleasant, low, wine alcohol aroma.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Creamy and a bit peppery, tingling, nice.

TASTE 15/20
Anise sweetness, minty wormwood; wine base can be tasted even without prior knowledge to someone who has tasted different la bleues. Good!

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Much like the original Bugnon's Clandestine in many aspects, perhaps slightly more candy-like in taste -- could there be more star anise used? Quite recommended for e.g. tasting in parallel with the regular Clandestine.

Bruno Rygseck scores Clandestine Alcool de Vin 55% 73 out of 100


Reviewed by Wolfgang 11/25/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Perfectly clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Because of the low alcool and high anis-fennel content, louche begins almost as soon as you add water. It will of course result in a thickly louched and milky absinthe but it robs you of some moment of contemplation as the louche develops. Botling the same product at at least 65% would solve this little problem.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Like skimed milk. I can see oily traces floating on top of the glass. This absinthe must be packed with herbs.

AROMA 25/30
Neat: sweet, slightly fruity as could be expected from a fruit based alcool. The fruit remains in control and is not obstrusive. Fennel, anis and wormwood and somekind of a flowery powdery note. Note that it took about two weeks after opening the bottle and removing about 2 oz before any trace of funk diseapeared. At first I tought it was traces of overcooking but it went away after aeration.
Louched: the base alcool is very nice and present. There’s also some minty, citrusy and flowery notes. It is more light and refreshing than intense.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Silky chalky goodness.

TASTE 17/20
With sugar it’s like a good candy. The citrusy notes keeps it refreshing without being lemony. With less sugar and more water, it is so refreshing and easy to swallow I’m afraid this bottle will go down pretty fast.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
This is one of the best La Bleue I have tasted so far. It is relatively simple but it is also so easy to swallow ! It is much better than my slightly overcooked bottle of regular Clandestine (and way way better than Duplais blanche) It is much more interesting to taste such a wine based blanche than a regular one anyway, unless you’re new to it and want to compare side by side. One drawback: the poor quality cork. It broke right away and I had trouble finding a suitable replacement.

PERSONAL NOTES
Bottle dated 13.06.2006C.
Tasted on Nov 25 2008, about two week after first opening the bottle.

Wolfgang scores Clandestine Alcool de Vin 85 out of 100

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