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Grande Absente

Grande Absente
Absinthe Originale

Category: Absinthe

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 69%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$69

Grande Absente
Absinthe Originale

Category: Absinthe

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 69%
Medium golden green color. Aromas and flavors of anise, star anise, cardamon pod, and all spice with a glycerous, dryish medium-full body and a hot, interesting, very long finish with notes of anise, orange oil, ginger and anise christmas cookie, and wormwood and coconut cream. Holds the ABV very well and perfectly executes the flavor profile; a benchmark Absinthe for the back bar.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: anise, star anise, cardamon pod, and all spice
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of anise, orange oil, ginger and anise christmas cookie, and wormwood and coconut cream
Smoothness Smoothness: Hot
Enjoy Enjoy: with drops of water and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Amaretto Sour, Pimm's Cup
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Holds the ABV very well and perfectly executes the flavor profile; a benchmark Absinthe for the back bar.

The Importer

Crillon Importers Ltd.

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

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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.