Week 22: Jade Nouvelle Orleans [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Jade  Nouvelle Orleans

Overall Rating: 4.7
Appearance: 4.5
Louche: 5.0
Aroma: 4.5
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 4.5
Finish: 4.5
Overall: 5.0

Style: Verte        
ABV: 68%
Country: France       
Distillery: Jade Combier    

Appearance: A bright, near emerald green with a gem like luster.
Louche: Tendrils of clouds that build from the bottom to a full louche. Some light turquoise and yellows that blend into a mint green.
Aroma: Neat there is a full floral bouquet with a hint of earthiness. Anise and Fennel sit behind it all but are quite distinct.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: Very full flavored, sweet up front which rolls into the florals and ends with that characteristic Jade deep-one leafiness I described in the V.S. 1898, though not as pronounced. There is a complex cascade of flavors that washes over the tongue with a silky texture that is most pleasing.
Finish: The sweet florals stay with you a while with a hint of numbing tingle. This is one that you keep tasting new flavors even as you exhale.

Overall: Beautiful and dynamic, Nouvelle Orleans lends a unique flavor to the Jade line. Clearly a wonderful example of what can be done with a true, if not traditional Absinthe.

Nouvelle Orleans was the first Jade I ever tried and was the first Absinthe to completely blow my socks off in my early adventures in Absinthing. It definitely remains one of my favorites and I’ve gone through several bottle since it first became available. I do love all of the Jades but this one is the one on my desert island list.

I finally got around to using the Balancier I bought from iheartabsinthe.com. I love the way the Nouvelle Orleans dances back and forth as the water drips from side to side. Truly beautiful.

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