Saturday, January 16, 2016

Week 3: Jade V.S. 1898 [52 Whispers From The Muse]

  Jade V.S. 1898

Overall Rating: 4.2
Appearance: 4.0
Louche: 4.5
Aroma: 3.5
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 4.5
Finish: 4.0
Overall: 4.5


Style: Verte        
ABV: 65%
Country: France       
Distillery: Jade Combier    

Appearance: Crystal clear green with a slight lean to yellow. Not too light, not too dark.
Louche: It was a dynamic louche with hints of blue and green in the swirls and layers. The final sate was a very light creamy green with a wonderfully slight translucence.
Aroma: Spicy anise and fennel, nice but not as permeating as I would have hoped.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: Very complex which treats you to tasting many different flavors as you pick out all of the facets that make this one lovely. It starts with a distinct sweetness but dances to herbal and ends with a slight, crisp bitter. There is something else that lurks behind it all that is hard to describe but it seems to build after every sip. It's maybe a leafy deepness which reminds me of either a lake or a swamp... but without any negative connotation that would usually bring to mind. Perhaps Jade is the brand of the Deep Ones.
Finish: The V.S. 1898 stays with you for a long time, almost making you want to hesitate to take another sip but, of course, you do really want to take that next sip.
Overall: A deep, nuanced Absinthe that, like all of the Jade Absinthes, is very complex and really plays with your taste buds.

As with the Authentique from Emile Pernot in the last post, I picked a Jade Absinthe because I have several styles and wanted to spread them out throughout this year of reviews. I specifically picked the V.S. 1898 since there weren't many other reviews for it online (unless you count the Jade Suisse 65 reviews which may actually be the same).

I absolutely love every Jade Absinthe I've ever had. It would be an injustice to call this my least favorite of their line but if I'm going to spend the money on a Jade (which is a lot but well worth it) I'd probably pick up others before this one. Not because this one is bad, but others are even better.