Jade Nouvelle Orleans Absinthe (700ml)

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Jade Nouvelle Orleans Absinthe (700ml)

Saumur, Loire Valley, FRANCE
$199.00 Bottle
  • ABV 68%

As the popularity of absinthe swept through France during the mid 19th century, la fée verte began making her way over to the 'Paris' of the New World, La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans). French-speaking travelers and immigrants alike carried their taste for absinthe to this vibrant port city, and before long, French apothecary Antoine Peychaud was doling out 'healthy' absinthe-laced elixirs from his Royal St. shop. The popularity of absinthe surged in French-speaking Louisiana, and when Henri Degas and Oscar Wilde arrived in New Orleans in the latter part of the 1800s, they had no trouble finding imported French and Swiss absinthes among familiar comforts. By the advent of the 20th century, cafés like the famous Old Absinthe House were making a name for themselves by cooling the humid summers with sazeracs, absinthe frappés, and even the occasional absinthe crème de glace. Unfortunately, it all came to a halt with the U.S. ban on absinthe in 1912 ... or did it?

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 "Nouvelle Orleans" represents the inspired work of this native New Orleanian. The heritage of both the drink and its creator are rooted in the original absinthes that made the sazerac cocktail and absinthe frappé famous.

Tasting note: Pretty pale turqouise / emerald green. Intense and lifted fresh liquorice strap top note, becoming more herbaceous with hints of fennel, bay leaf, damp cedar wood and old tea leaves. Wonderful complexity. Unassuming entry leads into a concentrated, tingly anise and dried fennel, lemon grass profile crescendoing to conclude dry and fresh with a lenghty liquorice strap fade. 68% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... During the mid-19th century absinthes popularity travelled from France to French speaking Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans). Crescent city resident and absinthe expert, Ted Breaux worked with French distillers Combier to create this absinthe designed to mimic those of absinthe’s boom period. Appearance: Clear, pale lime green. With water louches cloudy milky white with faint bluish tint. Aroma: Green peppercorn and linseed oil putty influence green anise, fennel kaffir lime leaf, and barky liquorice. Taste: Animated palate with coriander seed, lime oil, fennel and cleansing anise. Hint of naturally sweet liquorice. Aftertaste: Long cleansing coriander seed and anise finish. Lingering liquorice sweetness. - www.diffordsguide.com