Week 11: Lucid Featuring The Slipstream Absinthe Glass [52 Whispers From The Muse]
Overall Rating: 3.5
Appearance: A very pleasant olive green.
Louche: Thick and quick.right at the start and rapidly turns to a light jade milk. The pictures I shot washed out the color a bit so it looks much whiter than it really is.
Aroma: Mild but complete, alcohol heat before louche but not medicinally so. Slightly forward in Anise with Wormwood and Fennel following and a bit of a vegetive background after louche with that bit of alcohol burn is gone.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: Similar to the aroma, Anise just slightly ahead of the other herbs but overall well balanced. Not very outgoing but very pleasant and clean.
Finish: The finish tapers off pretty quickly but a hint of herbs and that vegetive nature linger with a bit of tongue tingling and mild astringency that settles in as the initial sweetness fades. If I had to guess, that underlying vegetable-ness may be the Beet Spirit Base?
Overall: A pleasant drink that is a bit subdued and completely inoffensive. A great introductory Absinthe as it is one of the easiest to find and perfectly representative to what a real Absinthe should be. Also, due to it’s availability and nature being well balanced and mild, it’s quite an excellent cocktail Absinthe as it blends very well with other spirits.
To me it has become the standard the I compare all Absinthe to. Not only is it adequately balanced it was also the very first true Absinthe I’d ever tried. As I mentioned in my post about my agonizing and expensive journey of discovery with faux Absinthes, once I found Lucid (and the set of glasses and spoon), the whole game changed and that journey actually started to head toward prosperity (or, maybe ‘poverty’ depending if you look at it from a monetary view instead of a spiritual journy).
You can get one (or more) on their site. We’re actually going to an Absinthe tasting that will feature the Slipstream Absinthe Glass (as wellas Butterfly Boston and La Clandestine Absinthe) at The Steampunk Worlds Fair in NJ this May. I’m glad I got my tickets when I did as it looks like the tasing is now sold out.