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Absinthe Jade L'Esprit d'Edouard - 72%


  • Jade L'Esprit d'Edouard details:
  • Capacity: 70 cl
  • Alcohol Content: 72%
  • Production Method: Distillation
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Distillery: Combier
  • Color: Green
  • City / Region: Saumur
  • Stopper: Natural cork
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  • Reviews from
  • Color before louche: 9/10
  • Louche: 9.5/10
  • Color after louche: 9/10
  • Aroma: 26.5/30
  • Mouth-feel: 8.5/10
  • Taste: 18/20
  • Overall: 9/10
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In the late 19 century, the house of Edouard Pernod boasted a reputation for crafting some of the best absinthe the world has ever known.

First established at Couvet, Switzerland, then later Pontarlier, France, the Edouard Pernod distillery boasted eight alambics and produced almost 300,000 liters of absinthe annually. At the time of the ban, Edouard Pernod had become the 3rd largest absinthe distiller in France and was considered one of the very finest marques.

Based on careful analysis of samples drawn from one of the very few survivng pre-ban bottles, Jade Edouard seeks to duplicate all aspects of the original, from its delicate green colour to its refined texture and delightfully aromatic finish.

The Absinthe Jade L'Esprit d'Edouard is about to change to a new label.
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4 Customer Reviews:

By Sharpen59 the 09/01/2014absinthe rating

The cork in that format is not good. Another company has the cork attached to the lid,which is desirable for resealing as I'm not alcohol savvy. One shot and I'm away
Thank you.

By Alexander Arellano the 21/08/2013absinthe rating

As a first time buyer and consumer i really have nothing to base an opinion on. However I have enjoyed this bottle, the bitter sweet flavor and the aromas given off just opening the bottle is what truly sold me. I hope to have many more experiences with this and many other types of absinthe.

Thank you very much for providing the world.


By Giuseppe Fulco the 21/08/2013absinthe rating

Per quanto mi riguarda è un assenzio di ottima qualità paragonabile a La Roquette!!! Davvero contento di averlo comprato!!! Grazie

By CAC the 08/06/2013absinthe rating

Better than the non-aged Absinthe. Smooth and nice anise taste. I can sip w/o water or sugar, but best served cold....freezer cold.

2 Tasting notes from

Review by Brunswick Green 19/12/2008

Pale olive, clear.

A natural, dense and even build-up. Lovely swirling with all the thin trails and thick clouds you could ask for.

Quite opaque with yellow and blue hues.

AROMA 27/30
In the bottle it's mostly caramel and sweet babypowder, but also an underlying complexity that is already very promising. Neat in the glass, I got something like a peated single malt with candy on top. Lemon, perhaps. With water it gives way to the typical Jade sweetness and light and you are left with more pure wormwood, fennel, lavender and a slight funk. It holds a lot of alcohol, and you will be tempted to add more water to tame it - don't, as it might increase the funk to a full blown sewer - add a little sugar instead.

Well-balanced creamy anise power. With more water it just gets more light and fresh, not thin.

TASTE 18/20
As in the aroma, I get limoncella and whiskey barrels. Fennel, liquorice root. Deep and complex but still fresh.

It lifts my spirit like only the very best stuff can. Proof that the raw materials are of the highest caliber. Connoisseur stuff for sure, still it seems firmly rooted in tradition. It might take time finding the right amount of water and sugar to balance the cream versus alcohol versus funk. The funk does seem to fade a lot with age.

Brunswick Green scores Jade L'Esprit d'Edouard 90 out of 100

Review by Absinthesizer 21/03/2007

Fresh, radiant green. I am not making this up: We shared the Edouard with two artist friends, neither of whom knew anything about absinthe, and one said, “that’s peridot.”

Slow, with beautiful oil tracings, distinct layering, and with a slighly faster drip, an amazing transient pearlescent effect. As it louches, be sure and watch from the top as well as from the side, to catch the cloud-like swirls of color. The final layer of emerald green at the top is awe-inspiring.

Brilliant opalescent green. It almost glows.

AROMA 26/30
I am not making this up either: Artist friend #2 said, “it smells like a mountain meadow in the springtime.” This was clean, crisp, and bright, with mint in the foreground. Perhaps because the absinthe was reasonably well-aged — it was 14 months old — there was no trace of the notorious Jade funk, even straight out of the bottle. I’ve knocked off a few points only because the aroma could conceivably blossom into the room more impressively.

Very full and multi-layered, but it’s a little too sharp after the aroma — it could be rounder and softer.

TASTE 18/20
The color and aroma should have clued me in, but the taste surprised me. I was expecting a Wagnerian absinthe: Rich and dark-toned, along the lines of the Duplais verte. The richness is there, but there’s nothing dark about the taste of Edouard — it’s all fresh, light, and bright. Wormwood, anise, fennel and probably a half-dozen herbs are present and detectable, but nothing overwhelms the ensemble. The seemingly endless finish wonderfully balances anis and wormwood. I didn’t want to brush my teeth afterwards.

The balance is just about perfect: This absinthe smells like it looks, and — in a good way — tastes like it smells. Two days after having the Edouard for the first time, Mrs. Absinthesizer said, “I loved that verte.” It took her a lot longer to say she loved me.

PERSONAL NOTE: For nearly three decades, my gold standard for liquids has been an Armagnac that a friend paid $60 for in 1980 at a duty-free shop in Paris. The Edouard isn’t as refined in the mouth as that Armagnac — but I like its flavor even more.

Absinthesizer scores Jade Absinthe Edouard 89 out of 100

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