Saturday, August 13, 2016

Week 31: Jade PF 1901 [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Jade PF 1901

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

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

Appearance: Stunning jewel-like peridot, Bright and lustrous.
Louche: Full, thick rolling clouds build to a heavy opalescent green. Very dynamic.
Aroma: Fresh Anise up front with the rest of the trinity following nicely with a minty tail. Similar after louche but more subdued.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: That same luxurious herbal blend from the Edouard is here but without any burn. Sweeter but not quite as sweet as the Nouvelle Orleans if I remember correctly. Very well balanced with just a bit of Anise forward. This is really everything you could ever want in an Absinthe.
Finish: There is a bit of a minty aftertaste that hangs just behind the other lingering herbs. The pleasant but slight numbing is definitely the Anise as this is a smooth sip at any dilution.
Overall: This is as I imagine what would be traditionally considered a quality Absinthe by pre-ban standards. It has a level of beautiful complexity that puts it at the top of it's class.

I've seen quite a few different labels for the Jade 1901 and I know different regions have different
labels. I think I actually bought the black labeled bottle thinking it was a different Absinthe but as far as I know, it's the same recipe. Haven't cracked open the second bottle to do a side by side though.

Whenever I think of it I still feel that Nouvelle Orleans is my favorite Jade but I can't deny that PF 1901 is probably their best made Absinthe. That being said, I don't think this sequential tasting of each Jade will finally cure me of saying that the best Jade there is is whatever the last one I had. They're all the best of the best and they all have an underlying commonality that make them instantly recognizable as Jade. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.