I finally bought this set, to learn about the smells in my bottles of wonderful absinthe.
However, they are all watered down to 45%, so the scent is very faint, easily dispersed
and not at all what one would smell from a bottle with 60%-70% of the same herb.
Very, Very disappointed.
I suggest you DO NOT buy this for scent or taste education.
It's too watered down to discern much of anything.
Jo & Bob
Resonse from Andrew - Absinthes.com:
Thanks for the comment Jo & Bob, I'm sorry to hear you found the aromas faint - we have only heard positive things so far about the set! Are you diluting the mixture more than usual?
I totally agree with Bob & Jo above! A reasonably priced kit just for training one's palate and to be able to distinguish one flavor from another would be really awesome. I guess I'm not the only one with an uneducated palate... that can barely distinguish anise from fennel. ;)
I don't want to make it, I want to learn to recognize the smells and tastes inside it.
Any chance of getting a series of kits designed to be pulled out and sniffed to compare to the drink, to determine what all those mysterious smells are?
1. Basic 3 of course (Grand wormwood, aniseed, fennel seed)
2. Typically also used (Hyssop, Mellisa, Pontica, petite wormwood)
3. April fools - you've been suckered - Herbs used to make cheap stuff to cheat beginners like me out of their money. (star anise, fennel stem) I"m sure there are more.
4. Specialty add ons - gentian, chamomile, genipi or genepi (seem it spelled both ways), assorted mints, veronica)
Just a small tightly sealed bottle of each type, designed to be resealed billions of times. In a DVD type case, with some sort of packing to keep the smells of that "kit" from mingling "too" much. Each kit fitting on the shelf or bookstand next to each other nicely.
I'd buy one of each of them, promise ... if they are reasonably priced ... less than 20$ per kit.
Thanks for thinking about it.