Nemesinthe Review – 11 July 2010

Fortune presents gifts not according to the book
When you expect whistles it’s flutes
When you expect flutes it’s whistles

‘Letrillas’ (1581) by the priest Luis de Gongora.

Thanks to the folk at Absinthesalon, we were supplied with a bottle of Nemesinthe, an absinthe produced by Liqueurs de France and distilled at the Timbermill Distillery in South West London.

As the product promotional speil goes, Nemesinthe Absinthe takes its inspiration from the ancient Greek Nemesis, although known as the Goddess of Vengeance and Retribution, Nemesis was also a distributor of fortune, in due proportion to each according to their deserts.

Well, my lotto numbers clearly did not come up tonight. And I obviously did something worthy of retribution to be presented with such disappointment.

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The product is not a premium production – a simple clear 700mL glass bottle with screwcap lid, that reveals a clear deep green that looks somewhat artificial.

Upon cracking the seal and inhaling, the nose reminds me very much of many Spanish oil-based absinthes I cut my teeth on in my early imbibing days. But there is something additional, and strange, something like a shoe store or a new pair of joggers.  It also seems very high on the alcohol scent and anise. A jagged smell in fact, not very integrated, no real bouquet to speak of.

Unfortunately in the glass, it smelled quite dead aside from that persistent spicy badiane.

Starting the drip of sugared water through a broullier, the louche builds from the bottom but disappointingly there is no real release of any additional subtleties in aroma.

The onset of louching is relatively quick given the slow drip, the broullier has not even raised the glass 1/4 way through the dilution before it forms a thick opaque curtain.  Now there is a wafting sweet-citrus herbal tone in the air, maybe some Lemon balm on the wing?

As I raise the glass to my mouth for a drink I am again assailed by the harsh funk of cheap rubber footwear.  To taste, there is an overt candy quality (maybe Angelica?), quite apart from the sugar used in the dilution. Mouth feel reveals a light to medium body, but again the flavour profile seems a little 2 dimensional – citrus – sweet to bitter to a slight back-of-throat burn.

The product has some length but the burn makes the finish an unpleasant experience.  As the absinthe warms a lingering black jelly bean joins the party, but more like a gate crasher rather than an invited guest of the other flavours.

I guess on the grand scale of things, this absinthe is acceptable in that it is better than something Czech, but not so acceptable in that I think I may have tasted nicer Spanish oil based mixed absinthes.

Regrettably I don’t think I got whistles or flutes. More like a tuba.

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