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Duplais Balance Verte Absinthe (700ml)
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"Duplais" is another of Oliver Matter's brands, and this particular expression is based on a recipe from an 1871 book by P.Duplais. Matter dedicated it to the late musician, Jhonn Balance. A subsequent label was designed by his band mate, Peter Christopherson. This is the original label. Extremely limited stocks.Other reviews... This is very, very pleasant. Like its name, balanced, clean, traditional, and well executed. It's a really good example of what absinthe should look like with no twists or quirks. My favorite dilutions with this are from about 3.8:1 to 4.2:1 depending on my mood. Really the only thing keeping this from 5s in the categories of “Aroma” through “Overall” is the lack of that ethereal immediacy and freshness that are the hallmark of the very best. Like its Duplais siblings by Matter (the Verte and the Blanche), Balance is just very solid and well done. This is one of those reviews where I'm not sure the scoring tells the whole story. Is Balance the world's best absinthe? Well, certainly not. However, it is IMO at the top of the range we define as “Very Good” before we move into the offerings categorized as “Outstanding”, and “Exemplary”. And I'll tell you, the world wouldn't be a bad place if this were all that was available. On balance, it only occasionally gets better. - wormwoodsociety.org ...Old green with golden reflections. Initial aromas of alpine herbs with anise and fennel more obvious. Slow forming louche produced thick, greenish, milky fluid with tints of blue and amber. Addition of the cold water released. Fine, well made.
International Wine & Spirits Competition 2007: Silver / Best in Class