By Ben Forse. Posted 09/04/2015
This the first "real" Absinthe that I have ever purchased. And by real, I mean no artificial colourants or flavourings. What can I say? My world is forever changed:
Colour: A gentle green, with a dash of amber. Clear no haze.
Steady, smoky trials descending into the depths then, a sudden storm of washing thick green fog explodes into the glass.
For its strength, there really wasn't a big alcohol nose on this one. Notes of grand wormwood, a very fresh and well balanced fennel/aniseed presence... and.. a freshness that will leave you guessing till you taste it. This "freshness" is there very delicately in the distance. It adds complexity, wonderment... lust.
Flavour & Mouthfeel:
Smooth and creamy, it dances over your tongue like silk, leaving a pleasant dull numbness in its wake. A spectacular, well choreographed performance between the wormwood, aniseed and fennel. A gentle bitterness ever present. First the anise welcomes you in, the wormwood takes your coat, and the fennel giving you a refreshing and clean embrace. Then begins the complexity. A delicately peppery citrus cuts through the mix, and takes you out to fresh spring air. That would be the mellisa in perfect harmony with some kinda of citrus element. Interesting, refreshing... cleverly complex.
The mellisa note rings out along side a firm wormwood chime. The gentle numbness remains. No overbearingly strong flavours, only the desire to feel loving embrace again.
I tasted my glass initially with 2 lumps of sugar to a 1/4 ratio. Immediately regretted the second sugar lump, as the complex citrus adds, in my opinion, a decent amount of sweetness.
Very impressed by this small distillery's output, would HIGHLY recommend, can't wait to try the rest of the Eichelberger family!