Week 21: Corvus [52 Whispers From The Muse]

 

Corvus

Overall Rating: 2.1
Appearance: 3.0
Louche: 2.0
Aroma: 2.5
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 1.5
Finish: 1.5
Overall: 2.0

Style: Verte        
ABV: 65%
Country: Germany      
Distillery: Feller

Appearance: Actually a rather nice, rich green. Clear but may be considered a little too dark by some.
Louche: Very, very light, it looked like it started to get a little turbulence in a bubble glass but never really bloomed. Ended with a very translucent finish.
Aroma: Not very strong but what’s there is very root earthy. Though there is not much aroma to go around there is a distinct hint of Anise tucked away behind a prominent ethanol
Flavor/Mouthfeel: As the aroma, understated and earthy. If I wasn’t expecting to taste Absinthe I’d probably be a little more forgiving.
Finish: It doesn’t stay with you very long and what stays is just earth and root.

Overall: It doesn’t taste much like Absinthe. I have a feeling that they were trying to be a little different but, as an Absinthe, it didn’t really work.

I bought this one to fill up an order to get free shipping. It often costs less to get another bottle than to pay for the shipping of a smaller order so sometimes I use that opportunity to order something I’ve never tried or heard of. This was one of those somethings.

Tragically, unlike some other non-absinthe Absinthes, such as Absente, you couldn’t even really use this in a cocktail as a wash or a dash since it really doesn’t have much Absinthe character and wouldn’t translate well. Perhaps, if you’d like to add an earthiness to a cocktail it could be used as a unique ingredient in something novel. It’s not that it’s particularly unpleasant and undrinkable like the Libertine Amer 68, it may just need some development to build its character.

I imagine that they’ll seek to improve, there are many brands that have changed dramatically from their earlier versions (some for the better, some for the worse). I’ll be curious to see where they go with it down the road but I’ll have to wait for some other adventurous soul to buy a future bottle.

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