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Country of Origin: USA
Alcohol Level: 60 %
Description: According to the manufacturer: We take a fairly traditional approach to creating Sirène. We use the traditional trinity of absinthe ingredients along with a proprietary blend of additional herbs and spices to create Sirène's richness and complexity. The process requires a significant amount of time, preparation and botanicals, but the result is worth the effort.
Reviewed by Lord Stanley 5/7/2008
COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Lovely, golden, green and natural but slightly dull. No haze or sediment.
LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Oily swirls and tiny globules intially. Aside from a thin golden meniscus, a heavy, thick louche engulfs the liquid from the bottom up at around 1:1 dilution. This verte is bottled at only 60% alcohol and the oils are released pretty quickly. A fair amount of star anise is at work here as well.
COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Thick, golden, milky appearance.
Anise is definitely up front and center. A nice wormwood and herbal mix is lurking back there somewhere but the anise asserts itself a little too aggressively. Still pleasant overall with minimal detectable heat.
Short lived smooth and creamy feel gives way to tongue-numbing and pastiness.
Like the mouthfeel, the taste is promising at first but quickly yields to the star anise/licorice blast. Subtle hints of mint and juniper seem to be hiding in the background.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
An honest, first effort from a small scale distiller. Sirène Verte is a distilled, naturally colored and easily drinkable absinthe. Scaling back the star anise would likely improve Sirène in the louche, aroma, taste and mouthfeel categories. I usually prepare my absinthe with sugar but this one was far too sweet with sugar added. The review reflects it without sugar. All in all, a decent American-made absinthe. I have no regrets about having purchased a couple bottles.
Lord Stanley scores Sirène Absinthe Verte 77 out of 100
Reviewed by absinthist 11/17/2009
COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Turbulent, but slow
COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Greenish, not that opaque as one might assume from the louche action
Very refreshing, minty, slightly anisy, no alcohol on the nose
Although it is just 60%, requires more water, so 1:4 at least, alcoholic punch, star anise and mint, wormwood far in the back, mouthfeel is not particularly heavy, but too spicy
Very spicy and very little herbal. The bitterness is so far away that almost unreachable
OVERALL IMPRESSION 6/10
I am not against, I am not for, I am confused. Needs a thorough revision, shows promise
absinthist scores Sirene verte 74 out of 100