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La Ptite Absinthe du Val-de-Travers


Average Score: 79
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 53 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: Distilled by Gaudentia Persoz in Couvet, Switzerland.
From the back label: This quality absinthe was distilled by an artisan from plants from Val-de-Travers. It was created rigorously following a traditional 1898 recipe.
Absinthe La Ptite du Val-de-Travers at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Hartsmar 1/23/2006

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

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Quick and thick louche. No complaints really.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
As expected. It turns to a nice white but doesn't make all the way to the creamy top.

AROMA 20/30
As with most La Bleue's it's very much fennel and anise and a bit of wormwood. It's classic. It could be more complex but it's ok.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Nice. I would expect a little more though but it's far from bad. On the contrary it has a nice full body but ends just a little flat.

TASTE 16/20
It is what one would expect from a Swiss La Bleue of good quality. Compares well to Kübler and Clandestine...

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
A Classic La Bleue that would be worth the buy if you would come across it. It's not unique but a very good example of a quality La Bleue.

Hartsmar scores La P'tite Absinthe du Val de Travers 53% 70 out of 100


Reviewed by Donnie Darko 6/27/2006

COLOUR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear. That was easy

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Happens a bit too quickly, not as milky as some La Bleues but certainly acceptable.

COLOUR AFTER WATER 8/10
Isn't quite as opaque as one would hope, you can still see a chopstick inserted into the glasse after louching, but it's cloudy enough. Also not as bluish-white as some, more like greyish-white, but still pretty overall.

AROMA 22/30
It smells like anise, with some fruity and earthy tones underneath. Maybe a little Roman Chamomile in the nose too. Not room filling, you need to get close to the glass to really smell it, but it's clean, and there is nothing off putting. The alcohol heat is also not too strong.

MOUTH FEEL 7/10
It's far from being the thickest blanche I've had, but it's above average in mouth feel. It feels like there's some star anise but not too much, as the tongue is only a little numb. More like 1% milk than whole milk. There is a nice dry aspect to the palate which is pleasant, and this one is not overly sweet like some La Bleues

TASTE 15/20
There's a nice sparkle to the flavour (maybe Calamus?), followed by some creamy anise and some subtle earthy herbal nuances, propped up by some bitterness which may be from wormwood, although that's pretty subtle too. The flavours are balanced very well, nothing really leaps out at you. There definitely is fennel in there and not a camphorous fenchone heavy variety, but a fruity clean type in the aftertaste. There's also probably Star Anise, but it's in there sparingly, my tongue was only slightly numb. All of the tastes are good, they just aren't concentrated enough. I gave it an extra point for being balanced very well.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
This is a nice, light, refreshing summer absinthe. It's definitely not an herbal bomb, and I wish the flavours in there were a bit more concentrated, as the flavours in there are all good, just not assertive enough. The absinthe requires you to look into it as opposed to it aggressively jumping out at you. The mouthfeel could be thicker, but it's still creamy enough to be likeable. The strengths are the well balanced recipe, the refreshing taste, and the dry palate.

Donnie Darko scores La Ptite Absinthe du Val de Travers 53% 77 out of 100


Reviewed by Gertz 7/10/2006

COLOUR BEFORE WATER: 10/10
Clear.

LOUCHE ACTION: 8/10
Turns cloudy quickly.

COLOUR AFTER WATER: 8/10
Not that thick and creamy, but perfectly OK.

AROMA: 24/30
A very pleasant, flowery and aromatic scent fills the room when water is poured.

MOUTHFEEL: 8/10
A pleasant, smooth and fruity feeling. More so than in most swiss La Bleues I've had.

TASTE: 15/20
Sweet and flowery notes that make me think of lavender and chamomile. Not the most complex and lasting of flavours, but what it has is well balanced and pleasant to drink.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: 8/10
It has grown on me. When I first tried it, I thought it was nice but not all that. My stash vanished quickly, though, as I discovered that there almost always came a point in a drinking session where a glass of La Ptite was exactly what I felt like.

Gertz scores La Ptite Absinthe du Val de Travers 53% 81 out of 100


Reviewed by AndrewT 1/5/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear, no flaws.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Fairly nice, it's not too fast considering the low ABV. Transparent band is good. Nothing spectacular, but not bad in any way.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Not as thick as I would like it.

AROMA 26/30
Before water - Very fruity, lots of wormwood and hints of fennel.

After water - Surpsisingly similar to the pre-water aroma. The fennel is slightly crisper, though.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Reasonably thick. There's almost a powderiness to the aftertaste. The alcohol can still be detected slightly, but it's not too distracting.

TASTE 17/20
Very sweet. The wormwood is in a good balance with the crisp fennel and the more floral tastes. I think I detect the faintest hint of tails, but my tastebuds could be fooling me. Overall, very pleasant.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
A well-made La Bleue. Nothing particularly special, but certainly enjoyable. It's very sweet, even without sugar. I'd almost think of it as a dessert absinthe.

AndrewT scores La Ptite 81 out of 100

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