Vintage spirits treasure-hunter, connoisseur and altogether good chap: Marc Thuillier is one of the world’s foremost authorities on absinthe. When old bottles are uncovered from a bricked-up cellar or dusty attic, Marc’s your first port of call to determine their vintage, quality, and value. His knowledge of modern absinthe is no less impressive, having experience and tasting skills paralleled by very few others in the world.
We’re honoured that Marc has lent us his formidable palate to review Absinthe Blanche Neige.
Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Thuillier!
Colour: crystal clear with a very light golden glint.
Louche: Swiss-like, quite quick to form.
Aroma: a classic Bleue with pronounced notes of wormwood and fennel, delicately wrapped in subtle fresh and alpine notes.
Taste: round and fresh at the same time. The pleasant smoothness and biting from the duo fennel/anise combined with the intensity of a supportive wormwood is seconded by the alpine character of genepi, more noticeable in mouth than in the aroma. The back of the palate is slightly mentholated by the wormwood, which goes hand in hand with the mountain freshness from the genepi.
Finish: a cool spring morning in the Alps impose itself to the palate once the biting from the anise and sweetness from the fennel have vanished.
Conclusion: this absinthe has something more that other Bleues don’t have. And yet, all the characteristics from the Swiss absinthes are there: a rich & sweet fennel, a slightly minty & flowery wormwood, and a nicely biting & fruity anise. But a surprise guest comes and performs in the second part of the show: a mountain-dweller with a strong personality which will disconcert a few… in a good way…