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La Valote - Martin


Average Score: 78
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 54 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: One of the many clandestine distillers that got a legal license to distill absinthe once the ban was lifted in Switzerland. Absinthe La Valote Martin at Absinthes.com

Review:

Reviewed by Hartsmar 8/30/2005

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

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Heavy white thick louche.

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
Nice and milky, just the way we want it.

AROMA 22/30
Good balance between the main ingredients. A nice floral and rich aroma both diluted and not.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Round and rich. Very nice.

TASTE 16/20
A very good La Bleue I'd say. Still - room for improvement, but very nice.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Well made.

Hartsmar scores La Valote Martin 82 out of 100

Reviewed by Lord Stanley 1/20/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Interesting storm of clouds building from the bottom of the glass. Fully louched at around 1:1 dilution.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Milky white but nothing special.

AROMA 19/30
Promising floral/herbal scent out of the bottle. Seems thin and drowned out by 2 1/2 parts water.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Dry, weak.

TASTE 12/20
Inoffensive but bland. Fades quickly.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Drinkable but unremarkable. My first glass at 3:1 dilution seemed so bland that I tried a second one at 2.5:1 but it didn't improve things much. Maybe some sugar to round out the mouthfeel would step the Martin up a notch.

Lord Stanley scores La Valote Martin 68 out of 100


Reviewed by Gertz 1/31/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Gets cloudy fairly quickly. Not a spectacle, but OK.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Ordinary, milky white. Louche could be thicker, but OK.

AROMA 23/30
A sweet, fruity scent.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Dry, with a slight alcoholic bite.

TASTE 15/20
The fruity notes from the aroma come through in the taste, too. It takes sugar to bring them forth, though. Very pleasant, but doesn't linger on forever.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
I don't think I have ever had an absinthe where sugar made that much of a difference. Without, it is dry and with an unpleasant bite. With, it gets a nice, fruity flavour. Would be a winner if it had more of an aftertaste and the smooth mouthfeel of the best la bleues around.

Gertz scores La Valote Martin 76 out of 100


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 1/28/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Thin pour of cold water forms a restlessly rocking cloud of "anise fog" at the bottom of the glass, oil trails playing on the surface all the while.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
White, opaque, proper for La Bleues.

AROMA 20/30
Fruity and almost strawberry-like aroma, with something like wine alcohol, before water in the glass (alcohol at room temperature of course). After water the aroma turns more herbal, emitting also a barrel-like (good) aroma.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Tingling, quite creamy mouthfeel; smooth and not burning.

TASTE 15/20
Good anise taste is the principal one, wormwood comes second and is well represented but there is something reminiscent of walnut also.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
The La Valote Martin is said to be one of the best commercial la bleues. I agree, however, it is not my favourite at least not yet. The bottle seems to be draining quite fast anyway!

Bruno Rygseck scores La Valote Martin 75 out of 100


Reviewed by bob_chong 9/16/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
An easy 10 points here.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
White. Fine. It louches. Yipee.

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
White, clean.

AROMA 21/30
Flowery, herbal, clean.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
I like the way this feels on the palette. Not quite as full as some I've had, but it feels right. Finishes clean.

TASTE 15/20
Well balanced. The notes it hits, it hits cleanly. Could hit a few more, but good at what it does.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
This is a fine La Bleue. For all the talk of Swiss style absinthe being like an alpine meadow and whatnot, for me "Swiss" means clean (as you can tell by my use of the word in this review). It had a clean look, feel, and taste. Some say they wish it lingered longer. Maybe so, but this fastidious absinthe is happy making its impression and then leaving. And I kinda like that.

bob_chong scores La Valote Martin 81 out of 100


Reviewed by absinthist 2/2/2009

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
That what you expect from la bleue

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Surprise! Very slowly-forming

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Slightly Payne's grey

AROMA 26/30
Fennel-y and citrus'y

MOUTH-FEEL 5/10
Spicy and wormwoody

TASTE 19/20
Bitter and very herbal, star anise very discrete. Not that bold as one might wish for but kinda delicate

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Decent la bleue

absinthist scores La Valote-Martin 85 out of 100

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