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La Valote Francis Martin L'Originale 72%


Average Score: 73
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to Absinthe-suisse.com: Francis Martin's new absinthe. Very much in his traditional style but with a higher alcohol content and a stronger taste for the "Originale". A very good absinthe from the Val-de-Travers region. The label design features a painting by Mucha, the well-known Czech artist.
Absinthe Francis Martin L'Originale at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Hemingway's Hangover 12/6/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
This absinthe is crystal clear and without any noticeable hue or tint.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Thick ribbons of herbal oils begin to flutter through the liquid as soon as water hits the surface and opalescent tones are evident even before the addition of two equal parts of the same. A thin but steady stream from the fountain begins an acrobatic tumult of louched life that remains active all the way until the end.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
The fully prepared drink is the perfect soft white of talcum. I've found that while la bleues may benefit from the "color before water" portion of reviews, they often suffer here because the louched liquor, while completely opaque, lacks real nuance of tint, hue or depth. There are no shadows here.

AROMA 24/30
Aroma is one of my favorite aspects of high proof la bleues: the increased alcohol content seems to bring deep, almost fig-like honeyed overtones to the liquor before the louche begins. It isn't as evident here as it could be; a slight alcohol sharpness slices through nearly all but the richest notes.

After louche the scent fills out even more, mostly due to the loss of the sharp hi-proof burn. It's still wonderful.

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Sadly, L'originale remains thin across the tonge and fails to fill the sides of the palate and the inside of the cheeks. There is no noticeable numbing of the tongue.

TASTE 14/20
L'originale begins with a not terribly unpleasant pinch of alcohol tang that is followed closely by a gaggle of the usual suspects, with anise noticeably to the rear. The fennel middle transitions smoothly into a pleasant mountain wormwood glide that fades gradually after swallowing. It is delicious, but it could be rounder and stick around for even a few moments more.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
This is a fine high-proof la bleue that could use a more rounded herb bill to both improve the rather thin mouth-feel and provide an effective foundation for the flavor. Nevertheless, this absinthe remains well worth your money if you enjoy the style.

PERSONAL NOTES
I enjoyed this higher-proof version much more than its less potent sister, which probably says just as much about me as it does about the absinthe.

It would be a crime to fail to mention the fabulous label: the beautiful art nouveu nude model loosely holds both a paintbrush and a feathered quill pen in her drooping hand. If, like me, you keep a collection of long-ago consumed souveniers , this one is a keeper.

Hemingway's Hangover scores La Valote Martin L'originale 72% 75 out of 100


Reviewed by absinthist 2/4/2009

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear again

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
1:2 leaves unlouched layer, 1:3 opaque, too quick in a sense

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
Blueish-good

AROMA 24/30
Crisp, anisy and stlightly honey

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Overbalanced, nothing shines through and explodes

TASTE 11/20
If you want to appreciate it-do not add too much water, 1.5-2 parts of water is definitely enough. Cannot rate the taste-weird, nothing can be really picked up and there is a little obtrusiveness in the aftertaste, wormwood too silenced.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 5/10
The best Martin is 54% version. That one is lacking a lot

absinthist scores La Valote Francis Martin L'Originale 72% 72 out of 100

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