Friday, September 23, 2016

Week 35: Brevans Crowley [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Brevans Crowley

Overall Rating: 4.3
Appearance: 4.5
Louche: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 4.5
Finish: 4.0
Overall: 4.5


Style: Verte        
ABV: 68%   
Country: Switzerland      
Distillery: Matter-Luginbühl     

Appearance: A rich, clear green. Dark but natural.
Louche: Very quick to form with dynamic, rolling clouds. Finishes quite opaque.
Aroma: Bold, balanced and fragrant, very nice on the nose.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: Well balanced with the hint of the woody barrel aging coming through but not overwhelmingly so. The added Cognac brings a delicate uniqueness to a rather bold flavor profile which marks it as its own.
Finish: The woodiness is present in the finish as a slight Wormwood bitterness lingers. There is not much tongue numbing but the flavor that sits on the back of the mouth is still full and quite tasty.
Overall: I was initially concerned that this would taste like a slightly woody Brevans H.R. Giger but this has a flavor all its own. The barrel aging and addition of Cognac to the distillate really gives this a mellow complexity

This is unfortunately a very limited run which I don't know if they'll ever try to repeat in the future. part of me wants to cheer that they do and part of me wants very rare things to stay very rare. I was sure to grab myself an extra bottle for posterity. It's funny, when Brevans H.R. Giger came out I stockpiled it, I think I still have 3 unopened bottled from a year or 2 ago thinking it would be hard to find again. Luckily for the world it's still quite available but I should have gotten more of this. Maybe I can sqeeze out another order before it's all gone.

I've liked everything I've tried from Matter-Luginbühl (Mansinthe and the aforementioned Brevans H.R. Giger) and this makes it up to one of my overall favorite Absinthes mostly for it's subtle but distinct uniqueness. I can't say anything bad about their products and branding. I won't go into a misinformed rant on Mr. Crowley himself though...