Saturday, November 26, 2016

Week 42: Holy Spirit Superior [52 Whispers From The Muse]

Holy Spirit Superior
Overall Rating: 3.4
Appearance: 3.5
Louche: 3.5
Aroma: 3.5
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 3.0
Finish: 3.0
Overall: 3.5
Style: Verte
ABV: 68%
Country: Israel Distillery: Golan Heights Distillery
Appearance: Very pleasant medium peridot with no sediment. Louche: Slow to build ending with a very slightly translucent finish that retains much of its color. Aroma: Light and Wormwood forward. Anise takes a bit of a backseat behind the Fennel and maybe Hyssop? Flavor/Mouthfeel: Surprisingly mellow for the high ABV. Even though there was no burn on the nose I still expected a heavier bite or some burn at 68%. Much like the aroma the Holy Spirit Superior is Wormwood forward but with no unpleasant bitterness. A bit more complex with less dilution which brings out the reclusive Anise. Finish: A quick fade to a mild bitterness after all of the other flavors fade. I would have liked it to linger longer.
Overall: Not a bad Absinthe at all from the Holy Land that shows a lot of promise. I have no doubt that it will refine even more as the distillery grows. This is the first Absinthe I think I've ever tried that started with a Rum base.


It took a bit to get the dilution right as I expected this to have a heavier hand due to the relatively high ABV of 68%. I also must confess that the initial dilution I did was in the bubble glass pictured above which has such a small orifice between the reservoir and the rest of the glass that my initial louche was very weak. The slow louching nature of this particular Absinthe paired with the restricted orifice prevented a decent opacity. Luckily the sample that Golan Heights sent was more than enough for another go in a different glass.

This Verte definitely thrives with very cold water and a nice slow drip. Even the flavor was more pronounced the second time around at just around 1:2 parts Absinthe to water as opposed to the 1:3 or so the first time.