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Edouard Pernod, circa 1910


Average Score: 94
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description: Pernod had two sons, the eldest Edouard remained in Couvet and transferred the company to his own name in 1827 (see entry for "Pernod Fils"). His son, Edouard, started his own company in 1897.

By the time of the 1915 ban, Edouard had merged with Pernod Fils, and due to a later lawsuit, was forced to merge with Jules Pernod, another local manufacturer, which is what comprises what we know of as Pernod today.

Review:

One of two perfect sealed bottles of Absinthe Edouard Pernod circa 1910-1915.








Reviewed by Deluge 5/14/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Feuille Morte … This absinthe is nearly 100 years old. It has aged well over time and has faded, as it should, like an autumn leaf.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
The louche began much more slowly in the Edouard than in the Pernod Fils. As more ice water was added by fountain it became very thick with a nice translucent band at the top. At 4:1 this drink was as opaque as milk!

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
Now even though this sample was dark brown the finished louche was to my surprise a rather opalescent green. (My camera does not do it justice) I recall Mr. Hartsmar’s similar surprise when sampling vintage Berger absinthe.

AROMA 28/30
The nose of this sample neat is unlike any commercial or clandestine absinthe available. The aroma is remarkably similar to Pernod Fils yet I found this sample to be a bit more floral in its character with a bit less heat. There was also the same dusky scent that I noted in the samples of Pernod Fils. This aroma has been described as a baby powder scent and I feel that it is attributed to its age. I have also been told however that the aroma may come from the variety of hyssop which was used in its production. The aroma after the louche is quite mellow and very pleasant.

MOUTHFEEL 10/10
The full bodied and rounded mouthfeel of the Edouard was reminiscent of vintage Pernod Fils… Thick yet very well refined. I cannot think of any brand on the market like it.

TASTE 19/20
The flavor of this sample has been well preserved. Overall the flavors of the herbs have become much more unified and the alcohol base seems to have mellowed considerably. The anise and fennel seem to predominate and they taste dusky and dry. The wormwood is there and does come out in the slightly bitter finish. There are other subtle herbal notes that I cannot quite pin down. I am not sure if some of these flavors are attributed to the age of this absinthe or ingredients that I do not recognize. There were flavors almost like cinnamon, ginger or cardamom. Compared to Vintage Pernod Fils the Edouard seems to be a bit lighter in its flavor and a bit sweeter.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10
Although this absinthe is not the finest absinthe I have ever had it was unique and it was a treat to sample. Given the rarity of this drink I give it a ten. Having had the opportunity to sample this along with vintage Pernod Fils I will say the Jades are on definitely the right track.

Deluge scores Edouard Pernod 97 out of 100

NOTE: The following reviews are all for the circa 1914 Edouard Pernod 65 found in Pontarlier, France in October 2006.

Reviewed by Crosby & Head Prosthesis 1/20/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Golden brown.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
More sudden than expected. Pretty deep.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Pretty green with golden center. Surprisingly green.

AROMA 27/30
Waxy slighly sweet and anisey.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Clean, rich and full.

TASTE 17/20
Yum. Sweet and anisey on the tip of the tongue, with a clean, wormwoody finish on the back of the palette. Really well balanced and floral.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10
Gorgeous. A classic.

Crosby & Head Prosthesis scores Eduoard Pernod Circa 1914 88 out of 100


Reviewed by G&C 11/20/2006

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Clear. Dead leaf.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
Slow progressive and thick.

COLOR AFTER WATER 10/10
Thick cream

AROMA 28/30
Completely filled the room. Even before beginning to louche.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Thick up front but went down like water.

TASTE 19/20
Nectar

OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10
More?

G&C scores EP65 circa 1914 96 out of 100


Reviewed by Provenance 2/14/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Classic feuille morte.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
The oil trails kept swirling at bottom of the glass until the louche was complete.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Golden leaves turned to cream

AROMA 28/30
Before water, surprisingly assertive without being alcoholic. Bolder than the PF1914. After water, heaven.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Complete, not overly creamy or tongue coating, not thin, just right.

TASTE 20/20
Lost love and decadent dreams. Gaia herself.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 11/10
Drinking the EP is a form of prayer.

Provenance scores Edouard Pernod circa 1914 96 out of 100


Reviewed by Absomphe 2/23/07

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
A very attractive golden green, a sample drawn from an obviously very well preserved bottle.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
The louche began almost immediately, with amazing swirling action that continued until the last drop of water was added, and resulted in a very creamy, very slightly opalescent louche.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Mostly white, with traces of light minty green showing through it. A nice shade, but could have retained a bit more green.

AROMA 28/30
Room filling, and very floral, and complex, with overtones of a high quality black licorice scent. More floral than Pernod Fils.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Nicely rounded, and full, but at the same time, I agree with G&C's assessment that the stuff went down like water. It would be all too easy to go through a bottle of this [i]way[/i] too quickly, as my one glass demonstrated to me.

TASTE 20/20
Despite tasting more like a very sublime blanche than a verte, to me, I still awarded this absinthe 10 points, because it was the most incredibly refined, and floral tasting drink I've ever experienced. I could pick out anise, fennel, and a high quality hyssop, but the flavors quickly melded into a seamless whole, as with Pernod Fils. Here, however, there was also this incredible floral bouquet in the mouth that reminded me of jasmine flowers, rosewater, and lavender, although without those actual tastes coming to the fore...it was more like a sensation.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10
It's all been said, except that if I were free to score this category higher than a 10, I would do so gladly.

Absomphe scores Edouard Pernod 65, 95 out of 100

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