Week 29: Valkyria [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Valkyria

Overall Rating: 3.5
Appearance: 3.5
Louche: 3.0
Aroma: 3.5
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 3.5
Finish: 3.5
Overall: 4.0

Style: Verte    
ABV: 68%
Country: Sweden          
Distillery: Sankta Annas Bränneri

Appearance: A natural, clear and light olive green.
Louche: Quick and heavy. Thickly formed and near opaque when completed ending in an unambiguous light green.
Aroma: Very Anise forward with a distinct following of Wormwood and Mint. Not overly complex but very nice with candy-like tones.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: Heavy flavor, sweet and floral with that still forward Anise. Minty Wormwood follows behind as the drink passes over the tongue like silk. I’d probably have given it a solid 4.0 if it were a little more revealing.
Finish: A sweetness lingers with a lingering Anise and Wormwood. A significant numbing prickles the tastebuds.

Overall: This is a really good Absinthe. Maybe not as complex as some but more pleasant to drink than many others. A solid offering from Sweden. I also have their Barrel Aged Valkyria, Valkyria Midvinterblot, and their Ratatosk Apple and Cinnamon Liqueur. All of them are lovely.

Sankta Annas Bränneri is listed as the first legal Absinthe distillery in Sweden and their addition to the world of Absinthe is outstanding. While not traditionally associated with The Green Fairy, both Sankta Annas Bränneri and Svensk Absint (Grön and Vit Opal Absinthes) have hit the ground running with their offerings.

Valkyria is named of course after the Valkyries of Norse legend with the Swedish spelling. On a couple of personal levels it hits me in the feels with some pride and, especially with this spelling, some melancholy.

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