Absinthe Mata Hari Arrives for Review
We're big absinthe fans from way back, but some of the folks we know aren't huge anise fans. "Too much Good N Plenty taste," we hear. "It overpowers everything else with licorice." Fie on you, imaginary friends.
If you're looking to toy with absinthe but you're not ready for hot licorice action, Absinthe Mata Hari, of the Bohemian variety is on the scene. In the tradition of good websites, the Mata Hari site has anticipated your question of "What's a Bohemian absinthe?" Good on them.
Bohemian style absinthe however, does not hail from France. In the case of Mata Hari absinthe, this bohemian recipe comes from Austria and has been in the Fischer family since 1881. Mata Hari has the same natural green color, grande wormwood(the subject of the controversy that led to the banning of absinthe) and louche effect of French style absinthe, but that is where her deception ends. The much less anise heavy taste leaves a far more desirable flavor when enjoyed in the traditional ritual or in one of the many cocktails that can be created with Mata Hari.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at March 23, 2009 9:43 PM
Please note that any absinthe billing itself as "Bohemian" or "absinth" is strictly faux absinthe. It should not be considered absinthe, so it would be best to make note of this in your review.
I do think it is perfectly legitimate to review these "absinth" brands, however, if for no other reason than to warn others of how bad they are, which is what I do myself...
Hill's Absinthe is another Bohemian-style variety that's light on the anise flavor. It's bitter and packs a pretty powerful punch, but with sugar and water, it's pretty decent stuff.
"Her deception" indeed! "Bohemian absinthe" is a sham top to bottom (oh, and now with an "e" at the end)-- it bears no relation to the popular 19th Century drink, apart from its shameless attempt at a coattails ride. File under "foul" and "fake."