Sunday, May 22, 2016

Week 20: Sevil [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Sevil


Overall Rating: 4.4

Appearance: 4.5
Louche: 4.0
Aroma: 4.5
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 4.5
Finish: 4.0
Overall: 4.5


Style: La Bleue
ABV: 65%
Country: Switzerland
Distillery: DuVallon


Appearance: Crystalline clear. Bright and sparkles in the light.
Louche: Animated swirls form quickly into thick trails. Hues of blue swirl in the milky white ending in a very dense pearly opaque. May be too thick for some but it's ho I like it.
Aroma: A floral bouquet, sweet an herbal, light and fresh. Anise a little more towards the front than Wormwood, Fennel and Mint.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: A surprisingly bold while remaining very fresh. A lot of flavor up front that quickly spreads from a delightful tingling sweetness on the tip of the tongue to a mild bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very strong at 2.5 parts water with the florals expanding more at a higher dilution.
Finish: Complex with mild tongue numbing. While the Anise seemed forward the Fennel and Wormwood linger. There is a candiness that lingers in the back of the throat while the tongue stays numb.
Overall: Sevil is gorgeous. This is a great example of how dilution affects flavor as it has very noticeably different characteristics with higher dilutions. I personally like it at about 3 parts water as it keeps its boldness but many of the florals start spreading out. I do generally like Absinthes at a lower dilution anyway, the idea of watering something down with 5 parts water kills me.

Sevil was an Absinthe it took me a long time to get. I found out about it when I friended one Sevil Demir who provided links to The Absinthe House. Here was a site I hadn't come across yet and there were many bottles I'd seen but couldn't find and even other's I'd never seen before. I placed an order for several DuVallon bottles but many were sold out, including the Sevil. While the store owner was very good to me and sent me several great bottles instead (which we'll be taking a look at before this year is done) the fact that I couldn't have the bottle of Sevil just made me want it more. That's how obsession works...

Luckily for everyone Absinthes.com started carrying it. I was then able to get my hands on it tho it did take me a while to open. At the time I just ordered a boatload of bottles I'd never tried before and have been slowly going through them all the while trying to keep up with these reviews every week. It's hard to believe I still have several bottles I haven't opened yet.