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Absinthe Duplais Blanche 72° Review

Absinthe Duplais Blanche 72°

Matter-Luginbühl Distillery

Reviewed 8 Dec 2008

sans sucre

Quite simply, Absinthe Duplais Blanche is beautiful. It is smooth, alpine, refreshing and altogether bloody good.

What, that’s not long enough? OK, it is also delicate and refined, and certainly not the sort of thing you’d splash about on newbies or reach for halfway through a well-lubricated party. This one of those absinthes you keep at the front of the cabinet, but only get out when you’re feeling reeeeally generous. Or want to show off. Or are flush this month. Or have a craving.

Actually, I’m having one now.

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Posted by Robert on Dec 8th 2008 | Filed in Absinthe brands,Absinthe Reviews,Distilleries,Events,History,News,Reviews | Comments (0)

Obsello Absenta 50° Review

Obsello Absenta 50°
Reviewed 15 Nov 2008
sans sucre


Note: This absinthe is sold internationally with two different labels, one which say ‘absinthe’ and the other which says ‘absenta’ (absinthe in Spanish). They are exactly the same product.

Aah, good old Spanish absenta… those were the days.

I remember a time, not that long ago, when Carfax and I would place an order to an online bottle shop in Spain, and sit in our respective living rooms for about two weeks clock-watching and praying that we would get a lazy customs person this time, or that they wouldn’t realise that the booze in their hand was illegal to import into Australia, or that they didn’t know what absinthe was. Just let it get through! Most of the time it did. Some of the time, however, it did not. It was the latter scenario which prompted us to investigate the prohibition on absinthe active in Australia at the time, and led to an interesting discovery… but that’s another story.

What I was getting at is that I have very fond memories of my first Spanish absinthe experiences, even though they were all oil mixes and of questionable connoisseurial value. Though I do still say that Serpis is one of my all-time favourites. It’s red, for f*cks sake.

Given the above, you can understand how excited I was when I found out that I was getting a bottle of Obsello, the first premium, distilled absinthe verte to be produced in Spain. If you are a crusty old fan of dodgy Spanish absinthe, and remember sitting by candlelight, listening to Bauhaus and waiting for the mailman to come – wait ’til you try this one.

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Posted by Robert on Dec 8th 2008 | Filed in Absinthe brands,Absinthe Reviews,News,Reviews,Uncategorized | Comments (0)