A full flavour and a complex aromatic palate characterise Opaline. An absinthe perfectly in harmony.
It is a true Swiss Verte
made from 12 different plants including angelica and the grand wormwood of the Val-de-Travers. Its colour is obtained by the addition of a maceration of different aromatic plants, no artificial colouring is added.
Opaline absinthe is like the rebellious, diabolical sister of the Clandestine. Stronger and more bitter, but nevertheless as characteristic as the Swiss absinthes.
Our verdict: one of the best absinthes around today!Nose :
Reveals strong grand wormwood, accompanied by a multitude of different aromas. Proof of the richness of the plants used.Paladar :
Strong, complex and well-balanced. It suggests notes of anise, fennel and grand wormwood that balance very well with other more herbaceous flavours.Finish :
Very good length. Savoury bitterness (more marked than most of the more “classic” Swiss absinthes.)
- Claude-Alain Bugnon is the first Swiss distiller to have obtained a production licence, in 2005.
is a later version of the Angélique. It is made using French techniques in order create a more bitter version of Swiss absinthe.
Claude-Alain Bugnon distilled his first absinthe illegally in 2000.
The following year, having received a recipe from one of his friends, he decided to make a living from distilling.
In 2004, he applied for permission to produce absinthe, and at the end of the same year, shipped his first order to Germany.
A few months later, on the 1st of March 2005, the Federal Council decided to legalize absinthe in Switzerland. Everyone was glad to see the end of the prohibition, after a long 95 years.
- At first, enjoy a glass of Opaline
without any sugar. Then, according to your taste, try it slightly sugared.
- For one measure of absinthe (3cl), add 2 to 5 measures of fresh water.
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- 70 cl
- Couvet / Val-de-Travers
By Amber. Posted 08/03/2013
This absinthe is fairly spicy and has a lovely aroma, but the spices seem to be obscuring the primary absinthe flavor notes. It's dry, and with prominently bitter (in a good way) wormwood and citrus. I wish the absinthe flavors were a bit more bold, and the spice flavors were a bit less prominent, but it's definitely still a likable absinthe.
By Nicholas. Posted 04/03/2012
Even though I give this three stars, I wouldn't say it's bad. There's just something missing or something that needs to be taken away. The drink reminds me of Meadow Of Love mixed with Duplais. Feminine and yet robust. Fresh and yet stale. I'm obviously ambivalent. What I will say is that it has a very nice texture. Velvety. But I just seem to feel it beholds some rather morose elements to it that I feel is in some of the less desirable american absinthes. I've yet to pinpoint it. I recommend this but under certain circumstances.