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Absenta Argenti, circa 1940


Average Score: 70
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Country of Origin: Spain
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Review:

Reviewed by Provenance 5/28/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Light amber

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Oil trails leading to a modest louche

COLOR AFTER WATER 6/10
pale amber

AROMA 24/30
Interesting. Wormwood, a little anise and an herbal aroma I’m not familiar with. Almost no alcohol on the nose before or after adding water.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Pleasant, a little thin.

TASTE 14/20
Along with wormwood, there’s an unusual flavor in there and an even stronger, almost off, aftertaste that lingers.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Not a classic absinthe in terms of style and quite unlike the Tarragona Twins. Still, it’s interesting. I need to learn more about Spanish Absentas and try this again.

Provenance scores Absenta Argenti, circa 1940 70 out of 100


Reviewed by Hartsmar 7/7/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Brownish feuille mort with yellow tones.

LOUCHE ACTION 6/10
Not much action and a bit thin but it works.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Turns to a rather nice yellowish green. Could've been a bit more "solid" but that is all due to the louche.

AROMA 22/30
Before water is added the classic vintage "old" smell is there with notes of what may be Coriander and hints of melissa.
After water it shows a more typical Spanish citrusy scent but a bit of the complexity goes lost.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
Rather round and smooth and quite rich but with a slightly dry finish.

TASTE 14/20
The taste of that Coriander is there along with the cirtrus and what is likely Pontica. There's something else in there that I cannot pin down but it adds that little extra which makes me add another point.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
All things considered I give it a score this high not only based on taste and aroma but based on the fact that this is a quite interesting drink considering its step away from the more classic Spanish absenta style, heavier in anise. It is quite different from all other Spanish ones I've had from around the same years.

Hartsmar scores Absenta Argenti, circa 1940 69 out of 100

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