I had heard there was possibly a bad batch out there early 2015, but I ordered mine Jan 2016. BEWARE...I didn't have good luck! Like earlier reviewers said, it smelled weird right out of the gate and tasted even worse. I am an experienced Absinthe drinker and have about 20 varieties on my shelf and I have had both Roquette and the aged version before. This batch smells and tastes like some sort of chemical cleaning fluid, not even a hint of anything herbal. I compared a sample with a friend who still has an earlier bottle of Roquette and there is NO comparison. I will have to take the loss because this bottle is undrinkable. Beware.
This official absinthe was a tad difficult to get used to. Perhaps it is because I was not an experienced absinthe drinker when I purchased it from the amazing online store, Absinthes.com. (I don't work for them or receive money to comment). The louche is very thick and heavy in appearance, extremely appealing. You can tell within seconds that a lot went into its making, and its creators are very talented. Very nice scent, difficult to set this one apart from the aroma alone. But once you try this one you will realize this is not your Absinthe Ordinare. This one has a bit more of a raw flavor, very aggressive and complex. Very different from any other verte you may have tried in the past. Unless you are on a certain level of drinking absinthe you may be turned off. I can't comment too much because my explorations number less than 10 bottles, but this one disappointing me when I first tried it out of the box. Over time (it was in my collection for a year or so) I slowly realized by the time the bottle reached the bottom, that this is a superb offering that has an acquired taste for sure. This is not for beginners and its complexity is beyond that of many interests. In short, after the first few drinks from this verte I was wondering why I chose this. By its completion, I was wondering why I did not buy more. Fantastic, don't miss it.
Go's to show how different peoples tastes are. I can't imagine why anyone would give this one star even if they didn't like it. This is probably my favorite from the Emile Pernot distillery along with the V Pontarlier. It is a different kettle of fish to most Absinthe's so don't be surprised when u find its different. It doesn't have a strong louche, it has a strong Anethole taste and alcohol seems to be present, in saying that i love it. It has a fine quality to it that makes me feel special when sipping it, its in no way harsh. That's why i chose to get the barrel aged version of this. Cant wait to try it. Its a stand alone drop i go to when i want something completely different. I just wish i had more years of Absinthe experience under my belt to credit it in a better way. Cheers.