Absinthe Edouard Pernod - Lunel (Herault), circa 1870-1880
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Country of Origin: France
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Oxygenee.com , ♣ Finest and Rarest
Description: From Oxygenee.com: The branch of Edouard Pernod in Lunel was sold off and changed it's name to Gempp Pernod in 1880, so this bottle can be dated with confidence to prior to that date. It's the earliest intact sealed absinthe bottle yet unearthed.
Reviewed by jmark 9/5/2008
COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
A beautiful leaf-brown, but at the same time crystal clear and bright. Amber-brown topaz.
LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Strong, slow rolling clouds form at about 1.5:1 dilution. At full dilution, I wish that it had finished a little thicker, but it is pretty nice.
COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
A little thin, but a nice milky amber-beige.
Before water: Warm & round like a whiskey; very little alcohol bite. Almost smells like a Gentiane, very herbal, the anise is almost undetectable.
After water: actually has a "milky" scent, like cream. My first whiff reminded me of a root beer float. Rooty, herby, a little more anise than I detected before water.
Lots of roundness, very creamy, though the finish thins out substantially.
Surprisingly uncomplicated and sweet. Had this been sugared, it would have been way too sweet. I am disappointed in its lack of complexity. The taste you start with is pretty much the taste you end with. I prefer more of an evolution across the tongue.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
This is very good, though not something I'd be raving about had it been a contemporary distill. A little too sweet for my taste and just not enough going on. It may be sacrilege to some, but the flavor really reminds me of sweeter version of Serpis 65.
In looking back at Oxygenee's past offerings, I don't see a listing for this particular label. Hmmmmm. In any case, that's the label that arrived.
jmark scores Edouard Pernod Lunel c.1880 82 out of 100