Absinthe Jade 1901 tasting notes by Marc Thuillier

Absinthe Jade 1901 is a reproduction of the most popular absinthe of the Belle Epoque: Absinthe Pernod Fils. Elaborated by Ted Breaux after analyzing an authentic pre-ban Pernod Fils, and with the savoir faire we know of him, the 1901 came into life in 2006, and I still remember that back then, I had congratulated Ted for having produced something so close to the original (100 years of ageing less of course). It’s been 14 years since, so let’s see how the 1901 is today.

Color: pale green but also golden yellow depending on the light.

Aroma before water: the typical Pernod Fils profile is there, with a dominating green anise and a touch of caramel.

Louche: gradual at the very start, but then really quick to form. Once louched, the drink is opaque and of a beautiful light green.

Aroma after water: a little acidity comes out of the glass now. And surprisingly, apart from the anise, nothing else stands out.

Taste: notes of Pernod Fils are right there in mouth, thanks to the anise, the roundness, the mellowness, and the woody and caramel touch. A very young Pernod Fils in fact, the one that nobody has ever been able to taste in his life.

After taste: the little annoying acidity/acridity comes out at the very end of the sip. The wine alcohol base (or something else) is no longer the one from 2006 and you can feel it a little on the palate.

Conclusion: I had not tasted the 1901 since a very long time, since the era when it had a different name by the way, but it’s been a pleasure to have a glass of it again, even if it’s not exactly the one from my memories, but my palate has also changed a lot since, I am more picky now…

How to enjoy absinthe Jade 1901

This absinthe, just like all the other Jades in my opinion, needs oxygenation, so open the bottle, drink 2-3 glasses from it, put a cork on it, and forget about it for a few months.

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