Overall Rating: 3.3
Country: France Distillery: Distillerie Pierre Guy
Appearance: Nice pale green, not bright but not dull, clean. Louche: Some quick and unexpected bright coloring going on as it fully louches, Not overly thick but nice and translucent. Aroma: Very Anise forward and… anise. That being said it’s not overbearing at all. It’s nice, simple and sweet. Flavor/Mouthfeel: Unassuming but full of Anise as expected from the aroma. Wormwood does follow through and the flavor did benefit from staying under a 2:1 water to Absinthe mix. Finish: Bitterness creeps in nicely as the Wormwood hangs around in the lingering aftertaste. Pleasant and fresh. Overall: Anise and Unassuming are the 2 characteristics to take away from this. It could easily be an introductory Absinthe to someone who knows they like Anise. It’s not quite as well balanced as other Absinthes I’ve suggested as introductory brands (Mansinthe, Lucid, etc) but it would probably be a go-to brand for everyday drinking if it were more readily available here in the States.
This was one of a couple of brands that I got that I didn’t have but were suggested as staples in any Absinthe collection (Vieux Pontarlier being another though I may just have to let that one be if it has the Emile Pernot curse). At under $60 USD for a whopping 1 liter bottle, Francois Guy is a fantastic deal.
I could easily see myself just sitting on the deck and pouring this into a collins glass of crushed ice with some lemon and sipping it next sunset. Actually, that may be a plan…