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Jade 1901 Absinthe (700ml)
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- ABV 68%
Those already in the know will be familiar with Ted Breaux, a biochemist and researcher who grew up in New Orleans. Ted rose to fame when he cracked the “Absinth code” in the late 1990s, employing gas chromatography to analyse an old sample of the now legendary Pernod “Tarragona” and "Edouard Pernod" liqueurs he’d scored in a dusty estate auction. Ted subsequently set up a business, ‘Jade Liqueurs’, with the aim of recreating several ‘rediscovered’ Absinthes.Jade 1901 Absinthe Supérieure represents the second release from Ted that was carefully reverse engineered from sealed antique bottles. It should be noted that when a large cache of the pre-ban original was discovered in recent times, a few bottles were found to be in a remarkable state of preservation, retaining much of their original color and freshness. Those who have been fortunate enough to taste these were unanimous in their remarks as to the striking similarities between the vintage bottles and the Jade 1901 Absinthe Supérieure pre-ban clone.
Breaux employs a special copper pot still at the Combier Distillery and infuses the resulting eaux de vie with whole botanicals. The spirit is then rested for an average of 3 years before bottling.Tasting note: Pretty bright jade green. Opening bouquet includes tarragon, bay leaf and black jelly bean followed by hints of peppermint tea, lemon merringue, anise and lanolin in the second pass. Outstanding aromatic complexity. A soft creamy entry leads into a concentrated gently bittersweet anise burst finishing with a lengthy black jellybean fade. Great stuff. 68% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Jade 1901 is the second absinthe created by American absinthe expert, Ted Breaux and Combier to replicate a sample of 19th century. Combier uses two 1,100 litre copper alembics dating from 1870 and purchased from an absinthe distiller in Pontarlier in the early 1900s. Appearance: Clear, pale golden with green tinge. With water louches milky very pale dirty green. Aroma: Delicate green earthy herbal notes with angelica, sage, tarragon and faint citrussy lime blossom. Anise aromas are well integrated with cassia warming spice. Taste: Slight woodiness to a punchy anise tong numbing palate with nutmeg spice. Aftertaste:Long, wormwood and woody green anise finish. 4.5 stars. Recommended. - www.diffordsguide.com