La Veuve Verte, DuVallon
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Alcohol Level: 54 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com
Description: From Val-de-Travers in Switzerland where we're used to find La Bleues comes this verte. Made by DuVallon, known for their rather fine La Bleue. Absinthe La Veuve Verte DuVallon at Absinthes.com
Reviewed by Mthuilli 3/9/2007
COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
A little clear but still nice, in the olive tones.
LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
A perfect louche. In the top 5. Milky. Splendid.
COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
Alcohol first, then tall wormwood albeit a little 'dry'.
A real joy, round, creamy, perfect.
Green anise is there, biting. Tall wormwood is coming after, perfumed but in the background. Sugar helps bringing the fennel, discrete still. Nothing else I could taste.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
Fantastic louche, fantastic mouth-feel, but then a too linear taste. Not bad for a first 'green' swiss from DuVallon. The alcohol is a little too present for a 54° absinthe. I would have liked a more vivacious tall wormwood, more 'fresh', maybe that's because of the dried tall wormwood used during the coloration, it has counterbalanced the aroma from the green peerage. Or maybe because the fantastic tall wormwood from Pontarlier I've tasted recently is still too anchored in my memory.
Mthuilli scores La Veuve verte, DuVallon 70 out of 100
Reviewed by Hartsmar 4/23/2007
COLOR BEFORE WATER 3/10
An extremely pale green. Not much of a verte really but atleast it's natural. It resembles the color of the Z'Graggen and Segarra 68 a lot, which isn't a great thing...
LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
It louches nice with thick swirls and a fine thin clear layer on top, slowly disappearing.
COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
A rather nice light touch of green.
Before water it presents a rather nice and complex aroma, much like the regualr DuVallon (La Bleue) actually. A little distracted by a pungent wormwood which is almost hidden. After water is added that pungent thing is gone and the aroma opens up a lot. Melissa, anise, fennel and wormwood is there and they seem to like each other.
It starts out nice enough with a rich and full-bodied mouth-feel but after just a short while you can feel a dryness in the back of the mouth making it's way up front. Swallowing it ends up with a terrible bitter-dry mouth.
The one thing that destroys this drink is the wormwood used for coloring. Yes, it says so on the label, but anyone can figure out on their own that Artemisia absinthium is used for coloring and it's definitely not a good idea. Set that aside and I'm actually sure this would be a really nice drink, using proper coloring herbs.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 4/10
The Artemisia absinthium in coloring is the one mistake here. Question is if there's really a difference between this and the regular La Bleue DuVallon if the coloring was left out... The product detectable behind the bitter wormwood macerate is a good one. It's sad that it's been ruined by that.
Hartsmar scores La Veuve Verte 54 out of 100