Pacifique Absinthe Verte Superieure
I am down to the final bottle from my absinthe-buying binge last December. The first two I sampled were both blanches—my first blanches in fact. I have to say, colorless liquids do diminish the absinthe-drinking experience for me, although the Clandestine was still amazing. So imagine my joy when I pour out Pacifique Absinthe Verte Superieure and find this.
It has a beautiful tone of dominant thistle-yellow with a ring of turquoise green in the light. It smells of dried and crushed leaves, horehound, and moderate anise. I’m getting a root beer image from those scents. Don’t sniff too deep, though. I may have burned a few nose hairs from the alcohol vapors. Sipping it straight is a challenge—this absinthe is definitely strong at 124 proof. It’s grassier when sipping it versus smelling it, and it has a creamy aftertaste. Otherwise, it just burns my tongue, and so I’m moving on to the louche.by