Absinthe Philippe Lasala is one of the cheapest Spanish absenta, so one would expect a ‘cheap’ taste too, like some of the vile fluorescent oil mixes made in Czech Republic. But while it is not traditionally distilled and made from a mix of herbal essences, it definitely not has a ‘cheap taste’. Marc Thuillier recently heard that the Lasala had improved over the years and was very curious to taste it. Here are his tasting notes.
Color: almost clear, only a light yellow tint in it.
Aroma before water: very floral and fruity/lemony, very inviting, hard to resist.
Louche: almost instant. An opaque cloud forms super quickly and poof! End of the show!
Aroma after water: the floral and fruity notes comes out even more now, and the wormwood is not very far behind.
Taste: very refreshing and at the same time fruity, lemony and yummy, in a candy way. The lemony taste is more like the one you find in limoncello rather than in spirits made with lemongrass. The floral aspect is very intriguing as it’s in none – as far as I can recall – of the many absinthes I’ve tasted over the last 15 years.
Finish: very pleasant in mouth, very sweet.
Conclusion: I have to say that I’m quite impressed by this non-distilled absinthe. The best essences mix I’ve ever tasted, no question. Some will find it too sweet, with too much anise, but they really have to pick the floral note I’m talking about because it’s really what I focused on. Best value for money I’ve ever had, it could easily become my day-to-day aperitif.
How to drink Absinthe Philippe Lasala
No sugar is needed. No special care either as it louches easily and can be enjoyed with little water or up to 5 parts water.
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