Sunday, September 4, 2016

Week 34: Absinthe Bourgeois [52 Whispers from the Muse]

Absinthe Bourgeois
Overall Rating: 3.9
Appearance: 4.0
Louche: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 4.0
Finish: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Style: Verte
ABV: 55%
Country: France
Distillery: Emile Pernot
Appearance: A very nice, lustrous green, darker than most but natural and clean. Louche: Thick and full, not too fast, not too slow. Some nice colors in the clouds, especially in the sunlight ending in a thick light jade. Aroma: Surprising bloom as the Bourgeois is poured, Bright and fruity. Flavor/Mouthfeel: Very fresh and light with a smooth mouthfeel. A good balance of the trinity with a hint of pepper and citrus. Finish: A light and pleasant tongue numbing. A mild bitterness sneaks in under the sweet fruitiness that adds a nice bit of complexity to an otherwise mellow Absinthe. Overall: Delightfully pleasant. On a light side of the traditional tasting spectrum.

This is a really nice Absinthe for the end of the summer. Not overly complex but well balanced and easily drinkable. At only 55% ABV it served well to keep the dilution down. I kept this to under 2:1 Absinthe to water.

This is a small 50cl bottle from Emile Pernot that I don't dip into very often. It's availability here, size, and my uncertainty of current Emile Pernot Absinthes keeps me from ever drinking too much. It was purchased several years ago before their issues so I don't want to empty the bottle unless I know it can be replaced. I have this debilitating collector's disorder that puts me through a small death any time a rare piece of a collection is depleted.