Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 38: Magie Verte [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Magie Verte
Overall Rating: 3.7
Appearance: 4.0
Louche: 4.0
Aroma: 4.0
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 3.5
Finish: 3.0
Overall: 3.5
Style: Verte
ABV: 56%
Country: France Distillery: Distillerie Pierre Guy
Appearance: Very bright and jade-like green, clear and bright. Louche: Fast building with rolling clouds building to a thick opaque that retains much of its green color. Aroma: Florally fragrant as the bottle is opened. Unlouched in the glass it spreads a botanical aroma quite pleasantly. After louche it seems to be suppressed a bit though not losing any of it's pleasance. Flavor/Mouthfeel: Very dry and vegetal, but certainly not in a bad way. There is a significant burn that I wouldn't expect from such a low proof absinthe but I did only dilute to 1:1.5 at first. Finish: The herbaceous flavor ends abruptly with a numbing, wormwood bitterness that may be enhanced by the barrel aging. Overall: Overall quite pleasant and much more satisfying than the only other Guy Absinthe I've tried. Despite the low ABV it did benefit from a regular dilution of at least 1:2 Absinthe to water which surprised me. This could be why the finish seemed so weak.

According to my friends at Absinthes.com "As every year, the Guy distillery created a special absinthe to celebrate the Absinthiades. The Magie Verte was developed for the Absinthiades 2016, in cooperation with the friends of the museum in Pontarlier (Les Amis du Musée de Pontarlier). Absinthe Magie Verte is an almost magical green absinthe as the name already suggests. The label of the bottle was designed by the artist Marcel Mille. This absinthe was aged for one year in oak barrels made from French Troncais wood, usually used for ageing Cognac. This gave the absinthe a slightly spicy taste and a subtle aroma of vanilla. The herbs used for the production of Magie Verte were some of the favorite plants from Armand Guy (founder of the Guy distillery). They enhance the taste of the absinthe without masking the minty and peppery aroma. Limited edition – only available while stocks last."

It's a well know fact that I'm a damned sucker for anything "Limited Edition" or "Short Run". Back when I collected comics I was the mark who bout every cover variation and second copies of my favorite books so I had one to read and one to pristinely save. It seems that as I got older my collectionables just got more expensive. I had to get 2 bottles.