Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Week 16: Vit Opal [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Vit Opal

Overall Rating: 4.6
Appearance: 4.5
Louche: 5.0
Aroma: 4.5
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 4.5
Finish: 4.5
Overall: 4.5


Style: La Bleue      
ABV: 56%
Country: Sweden          
Distillery: Svensk Absint


Appearance: Exceptionally lustrous and clear.
Louche: Very strong trails that dynamically form to billowy clouds. Thick with a perfect hint of translucence.
Aroma: An alpine blossom that spread and held even while sitting outside with a breeze. There is something floral that sits among a wonderful balance of the Holy Trinity of Anise, Wormwood and Fennel. Mesmerizingly appealing.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: Somehow this seems like a traditional bleue that has a good bit of it's own character to make it stand out. Freshly well ballanced with a hint of mint and a wee bit of pleasant bitterness. It's exactly as thick as I like an Absinthe, creamy without being milky.
Finish: The minty bitterness stays on a slightly numbed tongue while the back of your mouth holds some of those characteristic herbals.
Overall: I knew from the moment I opened the bottle and the aroma wafted in the breeze I was going to like this. I wish I had more experience to be able to relay what it is about this Absinthe that makes it unique to others but I'm not that skilled. It's fresh, dry and well balanced but the blend of herbs used are just different than other Bleues I've tried without stepping so far from the norm that it's out of the field.

This may be the first review I've done of an Absinthe I've never tasted before doing the actual review. I received several new bottles I've never tried this year already and the Absinthes from Svensk Absint were highly recommended. I decided to try the Vit Opal before the Grön Opal (Svensk Absint's Verte) since I've seen a bunch of others try the Verte and haven't seen as much chatter on the Bleue. This is the second brand I've had from Sweden and from what I can tell, these Swedish Absinthes  are here to kick ass and chew bubblegum. And they're all out of bubblegum.