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Absinthe Dechanet, circa 1910


Average Score: 83
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %

Description: Dechanet were a mid -sized high quality Pontarlier producer. Intact pre-ban bottles are very scarce.

Review:

Reviewed by Provenance 5/28/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Yellowish gold with a suggestion of green

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Classic slow, full, bottom-up louche

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Thick and golden

AROMA 27/30
Traditional Pontarlier aroma with an odd but not unpleasant phenolic/smoky note. Neat, the phenols are quite prominent

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
A bit of alcohol bite and slightly thin but still nice.

TASTE 17/20
Quite good. Fennel and phenol predominate with other herbs in supporting but harmonious roles. If I had lived in Pontarlier before the Great War and could order any brand I wanted, I would still reach for Dechanet on occassion.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
This is a first rate absinthe. Not quite at quality of PF but still superb.

Provenance scores Dechanet, circa 1910 83 out of 100

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