Absinthe La Grenouille - 50cl

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This absinthe is based on a mediterranean recipe; it is certainly one of the best Czech absinthe.   Read the whole description

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La Grenouille absinthe is based on a mediterranean recipe; it is certainly one of the best Czech absinthe!

When Stefano Rossoni, the Italian distiller behind L'Italienne absinthe, started working on the La Grenouille recipe, his idea was to create an absinthe with a southern and Mediterranean connotation. La Grenouille has a classic backbone of wormwood, green anise, fennel, lemonbalm and hyssop, but is completed with other unique southern herbs to achieve a warm, velvety character.

La Grenouille was born in a family-run distillery Zufanek, producers of the first genuine Czech absinthe St. Antoine. That is another proof that there are some good absinthes in the Czech Republic!
Quite a few Absintheurs have tried and reviewed the Absinthe La Grenouille so far - and the results are very positive:

Appearance: A light olive green.

Louche: Neither too thick or too thin, a nice, cloudy louche that leaves the mixture with a neither verte, nor blanche character.

Aroma: Blossoming anise and wormwood, embraced by floral notes, and citrus.

Taste: Just like the smell, the flavor is wonderfully complex. Absinthe conaisseurs describe it as a combination of citrus and spice – together with a good balance of wormwood and anise.

Finish: The finish was often descibed as crisp, complex and clean - with herbs and spices releasing their tastes together with the citrus lasting until the very end.


Zufanek, Czech Republic

The Zufanek Distillery was founded in 2000. At first, the family focused on the production of honey and fruit based liqueurs. In 2008, Martin started to distill absinthe and the St. Antoine was the first one of this distillery. Shortly after the launch of St. Antoine, Martin created La Grenouille, and absinthe Mead Base. What's special about this distillery is that all fruit used for the production of their spirits are cultivated on their own orchards. Most of the herbs used for the absinthes are also grown by the Zufanek family themselves. Their mission is: 100% natural products.

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By Carlo

Added on the : 12/02/2016

A different kind of verte, with a value of its own. It is definitely not the standard green absinthe, it has a peculiar balance, a subtlety, that makes it stand apart from the rest of the pack. It is delicate and has little anise, with an unobtrusive scent of lemon, and a wide palette of scents that reveal themselves little by little. I only got the sample, but I'm definitely going to get some real bottles in a very near future.

By Robbie

Added on the : 13/07/2014

First off this is the first good quality Czech I have had the honour of having on the shelf. Usually, it takes me a couple of pours to decide whether I like an absinthe or not. This one I decided half way through the first drink at 3 to 1 ratio. Now, someone looking to try traditional style complex absinthe I wouldn't go here, that's the only reason why I wont give a five. But that's not where the beauty lies in this. It has a lovely louche with a great natural light milk green colour to go with. Very refreshing subtle spice, and lemon tang presence up front, anise blended well there but hard to notice with the lemon power. It is very good quality and is thick enough on the tongue surprisingly considering how light it smells. I had to restrain myself from drinking it all night, would be an ideal summer drink for most but it tasted good in the winter here! Just very refreshing and gives off good vibes. Having good quality French and Swiss absinthes on the shelf this one has got me interested in hunting out more Czech stuff to go with them.
Santé.

By Amber

Added on the : 08/03/2013

Great louche, lots of stuff going on with the aroma and flavors, Just from mulling over the odors I've noted hints of lemongrass, confection, thyme, something like menthol, coriander, pine resin, and something that reminds me of Christmas spices, wormwood, a peppery anise, fresh mown grass, rosemary, clean soil, cardamom, allspice, and a bit of a green tea astringency, all of this definitely leads to a lot of salivation and makes you want to keep drinking. This absinthe is bold and fairly un-traditional, but it's truly wonderful.

By Pere Ubu

Added on the : 21/09/2012

A spicy Mediterranean absinthe, great in hot weather.
A great companion to L'Ancienne.

By van gough

Added on the : 20/09/2012

A very different absinthe. The first drink is light and refreshing; however, by the end of the glass I dont think I would want another. The lemon balm accent is slightly overwhelming.

By Brett Houser

Added on the : 11/09/2012

A great absinthe for the anise hater. Louche is alright but signals a lack anise.The nose is camphor with slight anise. Pallet starts with the bitters of wormwood then shifts to camphor. The finish begins with a sharp anise taste (only for a brief second), then shifts to camphor as the wormwood bitters come forth to create an intriguing balance of "camphor bitterness". If you don't like anise this could be a good drink for you. I have yet to try it as a mixer but my instincts tell me it could make a very nice absinthe tonic.

By The Drinker

Added on the : 14/05/2012

A verry interesting absinthe indeed! The quality of La Grenouille is superb; however, there is an overwhelming lemon balm flavor. At first I was plesently suprised to notice the lemon accent; at the same time, I dont think I could drink more than one glass in a setting. Over all, I would prefer more anise rather then a lemon accent.

By Nicholas

Added on the : 04/03/2012

The absinthe has a unique taste to it. Ginger mixed with refreshing mint. Subtle tones of anise and wormwood. A pleasant alcohol burn. Not vociferous or weak. A median. The louche was decent. Not the best I've seen but still formed well. I don't recommend purchasing Czech absinthes, but the experience I've had with L'Ancienne and this have certainly changed my view.

By terence

Added on the : 11/08/2011

un prodotto eccezionale, profumato, fresco, seducente come nessun'altro sa esserlo!

By James

Added on the : 16/05/2011

I bought three different bottles, this was by far my favorite. As you sip it, it has an entire array of flavors to delight your tounge. I like the first sip as as there is a tiny layer of oil you can sip off the top that gives you a unique little buzz. I will be buying more of this very soon....

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