Walton Waters Absinthe Superieur
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Country of Origin: USA
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Astor Wine and Spirits
Description: According to the manufacturer: Named after the green reflection from the trees on the waters of the Delaware as it courses through Walton, Walton Waters is a balanced yet playful blend of grand wormwood, anise, fennel, roman wormwood, hyssop and lemon balm with lemon thyme added as a subtle accent. Walton Waters carries you away.
Reviewed by Green Baron 5/16/2009
COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Vibrant, nearly forest- green, nearly clear, but with a bit of haze. I believe the deep green is due to the young age of this absinthe, and in 3 weeks I have already seen it move just so slightly towards peridot.
LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Thick, impressive trails that seem to bounce into fluffy knots and then form little jelly layers. Cloud grows at about the perfect rate, is well defined and reaches into the clear top section when disturbed by water drops.
COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Very nice medium lime; natural and attractive. Thicker than some, but has good depth.
-Before water- Clean alcohol heat, prominent citrus, and a deep herbal tone that’s due especially to the wormwood and fennel.
-After water- Sweet floral and citrus up front. Backing herbaceous notes that are cohesive, but I think I can pick out the grand and petite wormwoods and maybe a little powdery hyssop.
Very nice- smooth and full, with a mild, yet spicy tingle.
Sweet anise and fennel are first up, then act as a foundation to let smooth citrus, minty bitter wormwood, finely balanced herb mélange and light spice come through. I agree with the assessment that one should roll it around a bit more than usual before swallowing to get the most out of the tasty wormwood and other herbs. It wouldn’t surprising if the flavor opens up more as the absinthe matures.
The finish is has good staying power, with the grand wormwood coming out a little more for a savory bitter send off.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
This is a great absinthe that I do not hesitate to recommend. Slightly bolder (I get more grand wormwood, and less petite, comparatively) and creamier than its sibling, Meadow of Love. The soft lemon-citrus notes and almost juicy mouthfeel distinguish it, yet pays tribute to the classic Pontarlier style. Another for my top 10.
Louched 3:1, no sugar. Batch 09-3 Bottle 29.
Update: After a several months of aging, the flavors have indeed opened up quite nicely, and the color has turned into a nice deep olive. Of particular note, the wormwood profile has grown quite tall now in a very good way!
Green Baron scores Delaware Pheonix Walton Waters 88 out of 100