April 27, 2006

Nouvelle Orleans Absinthe Review

Nouvelle Orleans Absinthe
Imported Swiss Absinthe
136 Proof (68% ABV)
Typical Price: 55 UK Pounds (About $96) at AbsintheOnline

Nouvelle Orleans AbsintheJust a couple weeks after our review of Verte Suisse 65, it's time for Project Absinthe Review: Phase 2 to kick in, and we're happy to say we no longer get the shakes when we think about that night. We had an amazing time drinking the Nouvelle Orleans, which is more than we can say for the unfortunate owner of the unfortunate house where we did our testing.

Sorry Liz - there will be a special area set up in heaven for you, after what you put up with.

Note: Once again, we used the Fee Verte Absinthe Evaluation System, for this tasting.

Color Before Water: Still Not Easy Being Green
The Nouvelle Orleans was very clear and extraordinarily bright, a lighter green but with less of the fine sediment we saw in our bottle of Verte Suisse.

Louche Action: We Love Louche-y
The Nouvelle Orleans presented an absolutely beautiful louche, very slow and mesmerizing as we watched the water and the absinthe duke it out and release the essential oils. The two didn't separate, but just roiled around in the glass in a way that was noted by one reviewer as "real purty."

(If you're curious about the louche, learn more at Fee Verte FAQ).

Color After Water: Great Blue Balls of Fire!
During the louche, we added two to three parts water to one part absinthe, and we did not add any sugar or light anything on fire, as some people think you're supposed to do. Nope, just good old ice water, and we were very surprised to see the color turn from bright green to a milky bluish-green. It was a nice little surprise.

Aroma: Licorice 'n Herbs
Once again, we smelled the enticing herbs-and-licorice aroma that reminded us of Jagermeister, but a Jager much higher on the food chain. the smell was complex and light, with different reviewers reporting a floral tinge, a whiff of anise, sweetness, woodiness. Everyone reported a strong smell of licorice, and everyone noted it smelled more alcoholic than did the Verte Suisse at first sniff.

Mouth-Feel: Tingly Goodness
One reviewer summed up the mouth-feel with a single word - tingly. The others reported it had a full feel, a smooth roundness, an astringent quality and a stunning complexity.

Taste: Show Me the Money!
And that's what this stuff was - money. We loved the taste, which was complex and herbal with slightly less of a licorice taste than the other absinthe we tried. It offered a very smooth drink with only a slight bit of bitterness at the back of the tongue, and overall it was less sweet.

Overall Impression: Pretty Damned Good
By the time we were done with our multiple reviewing glasses, no one on our staff seemed inclined to fill out their reviewing sheets. We did find one sheet with a smudged scrawl that said "Pretty Damned Good," and we think that sums it up.

Once again, we recommend the highly that you give absinthe a try if you're curious about it, and we know 100 bucks is a lot to spend. But hey, what the Hell? You'll be paying that much for a gallon of gas soon, so why not enjoy yourself with the money instead?

Learn more about Nouvelle Orleans at BestAbsinthe.com, and chip in to buy a bottle at Absinthe Online.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at April 27, 2006 7:03 AM
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