July 6, 2007

Lucid Absinthe Reviews from Fee Verte

We haven't had a chance to try out Lucid yet, but we're definitely intrigued by the first absinthe being sold legally on US soil in a very long time. We're looking forward to checking it out ourselves, but we thought we'd take some time on this lazy Friday afternoon to check out what other people had to say.

Of course, the first place we looked was over at Fee Verte, which we hold to be the first and last stop for absinthe info - see what we dug up after the jump, or if you can't wait you can buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits.

The average review was in the high seventies, and some reviewers gave it marks in the 80s (on a scale of 1-100). Most reviewers found the convenience, relatively low price point, and lack of shipping charges and possible delivery woes to be the most attractive thing about the absinthe, but the drink itself got good marks too. See below for a representative wrapup from a taste tester, and link through to Fee Verte for more info.

I've gotta give this absinthe an 8. I'd rank as just a notch below Duplais Balance in terms of complexity and recipe finesse. The peppery thing is quizzical, and I suspect it's more likely due to something like a combination of Coriander and the absinthe being relatively young than something like empyreuma, as empyreuma is more strident when it is present in an absinthe. The main reason two points were deducted were for it not being as rich, intense or as floral as the best absinthes. Overall though, I'm impressed, not only because I expected the first absinthe legally sold in America to be mediocre, but because it's a good absinthe when one compares it to a lot of what is on the European market. Lucid is a good representation of what a decent absinthe should be, and while not perfect, it's a good absinthe to have around. For 750ml it's slightly less expensive than Duplais by volume, minus the shipping stab in the wallet one faces when ordering online. Can't complain about that.
Donnie Darko (Full score 80/100)

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at July 6, 2007 7:43 AM
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