Given the rarity, I've been waiting for a special occasion to taste this. I could wait no longer, and have sampled it tonight. I first sampled the aroma. Wonderful notes of oak are strong, and interlaced with a typical Clandestine complexity. Because of this I took a sip neet. I was surprised by a reminder of cognac, yet not like cognac. It was the oak that left me with a cognac cognition. My next glass will be neet, but this time I played it safe, and mixed it with ice cold spring water. I watched it louche as I mixed the ice cold water over white sugar cubes (2 small cubes). It louches a wonderful redish brown. The oak overtones mellows the flavor. It adds a whole new dimension to this wonderful drink. If it were not for some other incredibly good absinthes, I might hail this as the best. I have not tried a 100 year old Pernod Fils, but I suspect they will not be as tasty as this work of art.
Claude has produced a truly remarkable Absinthe in Clandestine Barrique. The herbs are well balanced, and comprise a beverage that glides across the tongue with a wonderful creamy texture leaving overtones of Anise, wormwood and oak. There is a touch of dryness in the finish. A wonderful dryness, like a dry martini. I bet this comes from the oils of the oak.
I will be looking forward to each batch from now on. I hope to have a reserve to be able to treat lovers of Absinthe with something truly special as I encounter them on the road of life.
Thank you Claude ! Your Absinthes are my favorite.
The packaging and bottle itself are wonderful. There is a clear relationship of artisan quality in the container--and the product contained. Wonderful aroma, mellow and complex flavors; it is beyond cognac. I hope to see more of this available in the future. As it is, I am rationing it very carefully to friends with a palate on very special occaisions.
Such a great experience.. Starts with a great classic cognac taste, and finishes with notes of the absinthe. Great drink, it blends the best of both worlds.