Absinthe Jade VS 1898 - 65%
The distillery of C. F. Berger was founded in Couvet, in the canton of Neufchâtel, Switzerland in 1823. The Berger distillery produced several Swiss style absinthes, the most famous of these being the C. F. Berger 65% absinthe verte, which earned its status as one of the premier absinthes of the 19th century. Through careful analysis of a rare surviving 19th century bottle, Jade Liqueurs has painstakingly resurrected the heritage of this fine absinthe from extinction. The most full bodied of the Jades, the Verte Suisse has a powerful herbal scent, a rich and creamy mouth-feel, and a long, lingering aftertaste.
2 Tasting notes from FeeVerte.net:
Review by Absinthesizer 21/03/2008
COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
An elegant emerald green, slightly tending to the yellow.
LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Highly entertaining, with fantastic thick oil trails that change dramatically as you view them from different angles. Louche is fairly slow and layers nicely from the bottom, with intermediate shades of green.
COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Relatively thick, just verging on opalescent. It’s a chameleon shade of yellowish-green that catches and reflects both warm and cool light equally beautifully.
Anise and fennel way out in front, followed by a sweet, rich halo of mint and citrus. “You can smell it all over the house,” said Mrs. Absinthesizer, who meant it as a compliment.
Not so much tingly as pleasantly prickly. Thick, sharp and dry in the back of the mouth. Sugar adds considerably to the sensation of creaminess.
This is a classic Belle Époque anise-bomb: balanced — if you like anise, that is — complex, but unfussy. There’s tremendous herbal intensity, and the bitter finish is long and minty.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10
Basic but excellent. Not revelatory like Jade Edouard, but I could enjoy it every day.
My initial impression was that this was a good, but not exceptional, absinthe. But the more I drink — I mean, the more times I drink it — the better it is.
Absinthesizer scores Jade VS 1898 87 out of 100
Review by Brunswick Green 18/12/2008
COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Amazing pale, transparent green. Totally natural.
LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
A slow, cloudy build-up with some oily swirls. Not quite up to the magic tricks of the other Jades.
COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Not totally opaque but complex: yellow center, then green, then blue at the edges.
Neat, there is a heavy hit of orange liquour that just gets more and more complex and confusing - in the best possible way. Intense. After water, I get lemon and ripe bananas or maybe someone is baking muffins with banana, chocolate and coconut next door? Both sweet and refreshing and very rounded.
Light and strong at the same time, coats your tongue gently but with a dry finish that does have a sting.
Lavender, babypowder, fresh wormwood, anise. Very similar to Nouvelle Orleans with that dry finish - only more full-bodied and centered. And less bergamot, I am happy to report. Somehow, I think of this as a very highly evolved pastis.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
If the Jade Nouvelle Orleans is a subtle Pinot, this one is a solid Syrah. That doesn't make it any better or any worse, but it's more easy-going and most people should enjoy this. Still not exactly entry-level stuff, though it also mixes superbly in drinks.
Brunswick Green scores Jade VS 1898 87 out of 100
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