Full Review

Absinthe Ordinaire

Absinthe Ordinaire
Reserve

Category: Absinthe

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 64.5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$39

Absinthe Ordinaire
Reserve

Category: Absinthe

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 64.5%
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh melon rind, lemon supremes, aloe, dill, and spearmint with a silky, bright, dryish light body and an interesting, easy finish displaying notes of fennel and coriander seed. A contemporary and herbaceous Absinthe with a dry, garden-fresh style.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Herbal
Aroma Aroma: fresh melon rind, lemon supremes, aloe, dill, and spearmint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of fennel and coriander seed
Smoothness Smoothness: Silky
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Amaretto Sour, Pimm's Cup
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A contemporary and herbaceous absinthe with a dry, garden-fresh style.

The Importer

Crillon Importers Ltd.

The Importer
80 Route 4 East
Paramus, NJ 07652
USA
1 201-368-8878

Their Portfolio

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Absinthe

Spirits Glass Copita Emerald Green.jpg
Serve in a Copita
Absinthe is a distilled beverage made from a number of seeds and herbs, especially that of the wormwood plant. It is high in alcohol (between 45%-74%) and has, in literature, been referred to as a hallucinatory beverage, known as "the green fairy."

In reality, absinthe is a anise-flavored spirit that can contain ingredients such as fennel or aniseed. While there are many different styles of anise-based spirits throughout the world, such as Ouzo from Greece or Sambuca from Italy, absinthe is generally higher in alcohol.

Absinthe is diluted with water to make it palatable, given is high alcohol and bitter qualities. For some time, it was banned in France, as a neurotoxin in wormwood caused drinkers to become ill. Today, however, improved distillation methods have created a more tame absinthe and the spirit has regained much of its popularity, as well as its mysterious legend.