We chose the Finalists for our Top 10 Absinthe Reviews according to their overall combination of taste, aroma and price to allow you to make a decision based on the most important aspects of an absinthe. The reviews for our top 10 are included for those who are interested in the more intricate details of the tastings performed. Click here for our Quick Review chart.
Doubs Mystique Review
Purchase: Alandia$$Lion Spirits $$$ Liqueurs De France $$$$
Light Emerald. Definitely a natural coloring. Perfectly translucent with no sign of sediment.
The louche begins quickly with puffy, swirly rolls. Very nice. It is an nice opalescent, milky color with an ever so slight green tint that is almost unnoticeable.
Truly gorgeous. The fennel and anise were present in the background with a wonderful herbal bouquet. No alcohol smell at all.
First noticed is a rather upfront wormwood taste followed by alcohol which soon leads to the subtleties sweeter anise and fennel. The wormwood is well balanced with the entire herbal profile.
Nice finish with almost a minty aftertaste that hold on bit and is really quite refreshing.
A very nice absinthe that was found to be as satisfying as it is complex. The alcohol is not overpowering nor is the wormwood. Definitely one of our top reviews.
Gorgeous light Emerald. Definitely naturally colored. Perfectly translucent with no sign of sediment. This is very typical of all the absinthe produced by Matter-Luginbühl distillery. Also see Mansinthe.
Within 5-10 drops the puffy, swirling rolls begin. This beautiful show reveals a nice opalescent, milky color with an ever so slight green tint. Gorgeous to watch
Spectacular before and after louching! The beautiful bouquet of botanicals is present as soon as the louche begins and it completely fills the room. The alcohol is detectable but does not over power the floral notes.
The first sip reveals a very complex profile. You can taste/smell EVERYTHING at once. Quite impressive. Take a few minutes to swirl it around in your mouth to get the entire effect. The wormwood is present and in perfect balance with the other ingredients.
A very satiating finish. The botanicals and wormwood fuse together into a sweet taste that fades slowly and sweetly.
This is an incredible absinthe at an incredible price. This absinthe was actually hard to stop drinking. It is actually that enjoyable.
The trails start immediately and quickly fill the glass. Very thick and milky white. Not a hint of any color.
Completely balanced floral and herbal bouquet. No one piece overpowering another. There is no strong alcohol smell which is to be expected of a well made 62% absinthe.
Smooth and precise with an almost "creamy" undertone with the taste leaning toward that of a blanche. The wormwood is there but in perfect balance with the other botanicals producing an exceptionally smooth flavor.
The creamy smooth taste lingers and then lets way to a small lick of the wormwood. Again, very nice.
Pacifique is a fine absinthe. It has a balance that is to be admired. It has supreme table manners and is one of our top reviews.
Crystal clear. Absolutely no sediment. There's the slightest viscosity to it, otherwise it looks and pours much like Vodka or any other crystal clear liqueur.
Very fast louche that ends looking milky and clear with a very faint hint of blue.
Incredible aroma, especially if you like the smell of anise and fennel. Very clean and crisp with an almost "pine" taste way in the background. I perceived little to no alcohol. Uncomplicated and pleasant.
Nice and sweet Sans Sucre but definitely not artificial. The fennel and anise are very up front with the remaining botanicals taking the background.
Delicious with a lingering sweetness that gives to a more complex finish of the remaining herbal profile.
Kubler is a fine blanche Absinthe and at this price easily made it to our top 10 absinthe reviews list.
Very nice crystal clear color with absolutely no clouding or sediment. Absolute perfection and quite pretty, this is the best Clandestine available.
The louche begins immediately after only about 5-6 drops of water and continues to fill the glass with a thick, milky white, opalescent finish.
Like most la bleue's, the aroma is rich and complex with the fennel and anise taking the front and a hint of wormwood in the background.
Tasting was really a pleasure and it is truly a lovely drink. Crisp, clean and refreshing is the best way to describe it. The herbal balance is in complete harmony with the alcohol taste. Do not buy another Clandestine until you try Alandia's interpretation.
The finish is primarily a sweet wormwood taste. Not bitter and very pleasurable. It makes you want to have another glass to feel it again!
Rich, complex and satisfying sum up this absinthe. Great attention to detail and balance make this one of our recommended reviews.
Light yellow/green. Absolutely gorgeous and natural looking. It has a lens like clarity making this Absinthe a real pleasure to behold.
Extremely beautiful Louche. Lots of swirling trails of different shades of green from the lightest Peridot to deeper currents of Emerald - all quite beautiful. Nice shimmering opalescence to the finished Louche which is creamy and delicious looking, dense without being dull - the color is a definite plus.
Rich and intriguing. Heady with notes of Licorice from Fennel and Anise. There's something deep and herbal that strikes a nice balance.
In a word - Delicious. A delicate Absinthe. The Wormwood lightly licks your tongue and is definitely not bitter. There's a gorgeous balance of Fennel and Anise to balance it out and the heat of alcohol is not overpowering and doesn't compromise the bouquet at all. Tantalizing and fresh.
Very smooth. The delicious taste of the wormwood entwines beautifully with sweeter notes. No peculiar aftertaste just clean and bright.
I loved this Absinthe. It has so many of the characteristics I look for but usually only find one or two in a single brand. The taste is dramatically bold even at a 4:1 water ratio. I was tempted to add some additional water but didn't want to lose the full throttle flavor. In short this is an Absinthe I could drink regularly without getting bored in the slightest. And at this price, it is one of our recommended reviews.
Light peridot with an extremely light yellow tint. Color is definitely natural and quite nice with zero sediment.
Impressive. Nice oil trails and a lazy roll of turbulent waves that puff up at the bottom of the glass. It's like watching storm clouds in slow motion. The color is typical, milky white with the a slight green tint.
A lovely herbal and floral nose with the Anise and Fennel not so upfront - there's balance to it. At 65% , there is no heat from the alcohol which is a definite plus.
Delicious Sans Sucre. The Wormwood is moderate yet up front. It's savory and complex. A very nice Swiss Absinthe.
A completely satisfying end to the drink. All the botanicals slowly mellow into a memory.
This absinthe provides a great value. More sophisticated palates may long for deeper complexity. It's not that butterfly lacks delicate nuances, they're just not over-pronounced. Butterfly is lovely, crisp and flavorful. Top Review.
Color Beautiful color. A crystal clear, light Peridot with no sediment. Slightly darker than their Jades PF 1901
Gorgeous icy trails start immediately and spread completely
throughout. At a ratio of 3:1, the louche was an absolutely beautiful
white, thick and puffy like a cloud. The only louche I've seen better is from the Jade Edouard which is unbeatable.
Absolutely gorgeous, as with all the Jade absinthe. From the time I opened the bottle, the delicious smell filled my bar. The VS 1898 is lighter than the other Jade's as far as aroma but will certainly not disappoint. If you are looking for an intense aroma, try Nouvelle Orleans or Edouard.
Flavor As with all the Jade's, the VS 1898 is a genuine pleasure to review. Perfect and incredible are the first 2 words that come to mind. An almost unbelievable balance of everything an absinthe should be from the initial introduction of the aroma and botanicals to the sweet (sans sucre) finish. I cannot recommend this absinthe enough. It is one of the best I have ever had.
Finish The after taste is sweet, light and refreshing. There is absolutely no detectable taste of alcohol. You can taste the end of the wormwood but for those that find wormwood bitter, they will not notice it with the VS 1898
Final Impression The Jade VS 1898 is hands down the best absinthe around. Crisp, delicate yet complete it is by far one of our favorite absinthes.
Color Spectacular color. A beautiful, crystal clear Peridot. No sediment and crystal clear.
Wonderful icy trails that start out subtle and spread completely
throughout. At a ratio of 3:1, the louche was an absolutely beautiful
white with an ever so light hint of emerald.
Very complex. Like a bouquet, the fragrance is layered and subtle. I had
thought the Aroma was too weak to really fill the room then my neighbor
stopped by and announced "My God you're place smells wonderful!"
Flavor This was a pleasure to review. Absolutely incredible! An up front
dazzle of Anise sweet but by no means candy sweet. A bite of bitter but
nothing you would call sharp or unpleasant by any means. It's a perfect
delicate balance of faint flavors and powerful ones without any one
flavor overpowering another. Just an absolutely delicious and refreshing
Finish The after taste leaves an herbal and almost floral like complexity
of subtle notes and tones. Crisp and wonderful. I found no funky or
strange aftertaste. The Louche while it looks much thicker than it
really is has a nice light body to it and ever so slight of a creamy
texture. As I mentioned earlier it's silky and smooth and an absolute
delight to drink.
Final Impression The Jade Nouvelle Orleans was pretty close to what I imagined
Absinthe to be. Wonderfully complex without being obtrusive. Delicate
and filled with so many background notes of flavors I really again, can
only describe as floral. It's an absolute pleasure to both prepare and
enjoy. One of out favorite Absinthe Reviews.
Some absinthe brands simply do not meet the mark. Seven brands you should carefully consider before purchasing are: La Fee, Le Tourment, King Of Spirits, Lucid, Marteau, Obsello and Ridge Absinthe Verte
If you can try them for free, go for it. But buying these brands before trying them may end in a costly mistake.
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