Week 41: Grön Opal [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Grön Opal

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

Style: Verte  
ABV: 72%
Country: Sweden          
Distillery: Svensk Absint

Appearance: Vibrantly green and crystal clear. Richly colored while still looking quite natural.
Louche: Thick trails that build to opaque clouds ending in a heavy looking milky jade.
Aroma: Strong wormwood and perfumy herbs with an immediate follow of the rest of the trinity. Very bold and room filling.
Flavor/Mouthfeel: There is a bit of sweetness that comes in below the very well balanced Wormwood, Anise and Fennel. Floral and as strong as the aroma. The texture matches the louche in its milky mouthfeel.
Finish: A bit of mintiness remains behind with a significant tongue numbing similar to its Blanche sister if I remember correctly. The after flavors hang for a very long time and bend increasingly toward the bitter.

Overall: Stunningly complex while still remaining very well balanced. This does well with a  slightly heavier dilution than I’m used to just for the very bold flavors and the high ABV. This is one that will stay in the collection.

Would I recommend this to someone just getting into Absinthe? Sure, with the understanding that this one is a powderkeg of an Absinthe in both proof and flavor. As mentioned above, this is one of the few Absinthes I’d actually take a bit more diluted than usual and I like mine heavy and strong.

This is another example of a time I should have done this review back to back with its aforementioned Blanche sister Vit Opal to do a better comparison. Grön Opal is much bolder and a much more aggressive Absinthe than the 56% Vit Opal. Both, however, are richly dynamic and pure Swedish gold.

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