absinthe itself smells pretty good in the bottle, very much like licorice. i was reminded of good’n plenties. after we poured it into the glass it smelled really herby and not as appetizing. we did the la louche ritual it smelled amazing.
the la louche ritual with the slotted spoon, sugar cube and pouring the cold water through the sugar til dissolved leaves you with a light green cloudy beverage with an herby licorice smell. the entire idea of louche (this article is a bit technical), which is where the essential oils that are alcohol soluble are not when you add water. it really what makes the absinthe experience considering this is how they had been drinking it for over a century.
it did have a nice end flavor of good’n plenties, but the first taste is a bit astringent or sour or maybe it’s just the 60% alcohol by volume. i’m not too sure. no one else was tasting what i thought i was, but they were making funny faces like i was. haha.
absinthe was banned from 1915 – 2007 in the US, due to shoddy “experiments” by several gentlemen and quite possibly due to some cheap additives that affected color but were bad for your health.
the bottle my friend purchased was $70.00, a bit on the expensive side for us unemployed people, and was the brand Lucid. which is apparently the first brand allowed to be imported to the US after the ban was lifted. i really got a kick out of how the “louche” style of drinking absinthe was written out on the bottle.
definitely not something i need to drink quickly. which i did anyways, cause i am a slow drinker and we needed to leave to meet up with some folks, so quickly downed it was. the rest of the night was fun, we just had a few drinks out and about.
i did enjoy the absinthe experience, one of the few licorice drinks i will have again. however rare that will be.