Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week 43: Snow Fairy [52 Whispers From The Muse]


Snow Fairy batch #1
Overall Rating: 3.5
Appearance: 3.5
Louche: 4.0
Aroma: 3.5
Flavor/Mouthfeel: 3.5
Finish: 3.0
Overall: 3.5
Style: Blanche
ABV: 53%
Country: Israel Distillery: Golan Heights Distillery
Appearance: Quite acceptably clear and clean. It has a very slight tint to it but not detrimentally so. Louche: Nice white and blue trails that build a nice layer from the bottom up. Quite pretty. Aroma: Bold and unique unlouched. The trinity is there but there is a whole lot more going on that I wish I could break down. Not floral or perfumy but more fruity without being sweet. Louching mellows it out and reveals the Holy 3 more prominently. Flavor/Mouthfeel: There is a rich undertone that mirrors the aroma but it balances well with the Wormwood and Fennel. Anise is there but I think it's been taken in by that fruity or sweet vegetable undertone. Quite unique. Finish: Like the Verte it doesn't stay with you long but you do keep a hint of it in the back of your palate for a bit.
Overall: Pleasant and different. Although it's a bit more complex than it's Vetre sister, they both show promise.


I didn't want to put too much comparison between the 2 sister Absinthes in the breakdown above so I figured I'd put a couple of notes here. The Snow Fairy has much more forgiving Louche than The Holy Spirit, starting much stronger right from the start and easily gaining it's opacity much quicker. It has a bolder aroma and flavor and seems to have a bit more experimenting going on.

According to a posts on their Facebook, the Verte is made with 6 herbs, 3 at maceration and 3 more for flavor, while this Blanche is made with 17 and it shows. While Snow Fairy's complexity doesn't present in a way that many do with various flavors trailing into others over the course of time, it does cast a unique, homogeneous flavor.

So far these have quite a bit of potential. I hope to be able to revisit Golan Heights' future batches.