Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Week 27: Absinthe Eichelberger 68 Limitée [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Absinthe Eichelberger 68 Limitée
Overall Rating: 3.7
Appearance: 3.5
Louche: 4.0
Aroma: 3.5
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 3.5
Finish: 4.0
Overall: 4.0
Style: Verte
ABV: 68%
Country: Germany Distillery: Eichelberger
Appearance: A rich green and well clear enough. Louche: Builds slow and thick with nice dense clouds ending is a very light pale green. Aroma: Lightly perfume Anise and Fennel, not room filling but very pleasant. As water is added the Wormwood comes forward really driving up the expectation of a complex taste. Flavor/Mouthfeel: The initial sip is very nice, Dry Wormwood rolls over the tongue with a peppery following of the rest of the trinity with a pleasant balance. Finish: Eichelberger 68 leaves you with a lasting earthiness and lingering Wormwood. There is a mild Anise sweetness that holds in the aftertaste way at the back of the throat.
Overall: Definitely a unique and spicy Absinthe unlike most French or Swiss Absinthes while still being a good, true Absinthe. Eichelberger 68 has a strong and complex flavor, not sweet and not compromising. If there was ever an Absinthe I would consider using sugar with, it would be this one. I don't know if I'd recommend it for someone new to Absinthe unless their tastes already lean to the bitter.
Eichelberger has several other bottles available that I'm eventually going to have to try. Along with the 68 Limitée they have an 80 and an 83.2 Blanche (I have a bottle of the 83.2 I still have to crack open and taste), a 78 Verte, and a 60 Verte Bio which is apparently their first to be designated as organic. Luckily, even with the organic label, it doesn't seem to be any more expensive that the 68 Limitée, Of course, all of the number designations relate to their alcohol content but I honestly don't know how that relates to the individual recipies or flavor profiles of each bottle. I just may have to get them all to find out.

Eichelberger 68 Limitée is distilled in Bavaria which is best known for it's beer brewing and BMWs. This Absinthe started its life as a challenge on a Greman Absinthe forum from members who were unsatisfied with the state of German Absinthe at the time. According to online sources, about 15 home made Absinthes were entered and the winner was later scaled up and then made into commercial production to become Eichelberger 68 Limitée (1)