Friday, August 12, 2016

Week 30: Jade Espirit Edouard [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Jade Espirit Edouard

Overall Rating: 4.5
Appearance: 5.0
Louche: 4.5
Aroma: 4.0
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 4.5
Finish: 4.5
Overall: 4.5


Style: Verte        
ABV: 72%
Country: France       
Distillery: Jade Combier    

Appearance: A striking bright, lustrous gem green.
Louche: Thick with heavy oil trails that build to a full, opalescent green.
Aroma: There is a significant burn behind an otherwise well blended balance of the holy trinity. Less perfume than some other Jades but quite luxurious. After louche that burn goes away and  you're left with that luxurious blend of botanicals.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: Beautifully complex but perfectly balanced. At 3:1 with water you still get a bit of burn and numbing and considering its 144 proof, I find it perfectly acceptable. At 4:1 it completely mellows out and while I don't normally dilute so much, I do have to admit that the herbs open up considerably. Like the other Jades, it has an extremely silky texture and complex flavors that dance all over the tongue.
Finish: Significant numbing and an aftertaste that is just as complex as the flavor itself which lingers for a good long time.
Overall: Less sweet than Nouvelle Orleans which ends with a pleasantly bitterness. Again, as with other Jades it has that deep one murkiness that hints at images of drinking in R'lyeh, waiting to awaken.

Espirit Edouard is another grand example of the skill and mastery of the Jade brand. The Jade line can be a bit pricey but they are all quite gorgeous Absinthes and well worth the expense.

I'm way behind on the reviews but if I cover one per day over the weekend I'll catch up. Since I'd be doing 3, I figured I'd do the 3 Jades I had left to do all in a row. I've been meaning to contrast and compare them all at some point anyway. Every time I drink one I instantly sense that singularly recognizable Jade characteristic but I never really though much about their differences.