Absinthe Dechanet, circa 1910
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Country of Origin: France
Alcohol Level: 65 %
Description: Dechanet were a mid -sized high quality Pontarlier producer. Intact pre-ban bottles are very scarce.
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
Traditional Pontarlier aroma with an odd but not unpleasant phenolic/smoky note. Neat, the phenols are quite prominent
A bit of alcohol bite and slightly thin but still nice.
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