Review – Absintheplore
As someone who loves to try new products, I am always pleased to see businesses that offer consumers the opportunity to try things they otherwise might not. Given the relatively high price per bottle of Absinthe (no surprise given the high abv), this is one category where trying lots of different products is often not on the cards. That is until you discover Absinthexplore from absinthes.com who offer packs of 3 and 6 50cl tubes to consumers wishing to explore this spirit category. Each set comes very tastefully packaged with it’s own Absinthe spoon, branded sugar cubes and instructions on how to prepare your Abinthe drip.
Although my sample pack was sent complimentary for review purposes, and thus I have no direct experience of the ordering process, all seems very straightforward and there is the option of purchasing pre-selected combinations or making up your own bespoke tasting set. A good range of products means there is something for different budgets, and plenty to keep enthusiasts interested as well as those dipping their toe in the Absinthe world.
Eichelberger 68 Limitee (Germany)
Nose: Mint tea is prominent up front, with fennel dominating the anise but remaining a secondary aroma. A very unusual aroma, with a fantastic freshness to it, but underpinned by a complex earthiness thanks to the wormwood. Water opens up the aromas to reveal some interesting spice notes that dampen both the mint and fennel/anise.
Neat: The mint tea remains, but is less prominent as a musky edge comes to the fore and fills the mouth with an almost smoky element. Relatively dry, with a lingering peppery spice that tingles on the tongue more so than the typical anise finish of many absinthes. A touch of citrus and floral, powdery wormwood are pleasing and it is only a mildly flat mid-palate that prevent this from entering the realms of excellent. Very good it remains, and an interesting absinthe that is not too intense on the anise front, thus appealing to a wider audience.
St Antoine (Czech Republic)
Nose: A definite hint of chorine on the nose, but in an intriguing rather than unpleasant way. Warm woody notes underpin, with the anise/fennel seemingly playing a supporting role. Herbaceous and a hint of star anise.
Neat: Very herbal and moderately sweet, making it a reasonably approachable absinthe and rather enjoyable neat for the experienced palate. Rounded flavours with a touch of mint and pleasant woody undertones. A touch bitter on the finish, which complements the sweetness nicely and a flowery creaminess dances throughout.
La P’tite (Switzerland)
Nose: Sweet and fruity upfront, with a hint of marzipan backed by an unmistakable but delightfully subtle anise. Akin to crisp flowers on a spring morning, this is an Absinthe aroma for people who don’t like Absinthe as much as those who do.
Neat: The floral nature of this Absinthe carries through boldly onto the palate where it borders on the violet creme at stages. Soft, sweet and perfectly balanced, this is another characterful Absinthe and perhaps the most approachable of the three. An Alpine meadow in your glass.
Absinthexplore offer a varied and interesting range of high quality Absinthes packaged up in in bite-sized vials that are just perfect for exploring this fantastic spirit.
★: Terrible, only drink for a dare.
★★: Meh, not undrinkable but best left alone.
★★★: Reasonable, middle of the road.
★★★★: Tasty stuff, well worth seeking out.
★★★★★: Incredible, booze doesn’t get better than this. You need a bottle in your life.