GSN Review: Pernod Absinthe

The vast array of absinthes currently available have tended to be micro-distillery products which vary in flavor profile from licorice to anise heavy.  Pernod Absinthe has some history to it, dating back to 1805 and is strongly in the anise category.  This is also one of the highest proof spirits on the market today, coming in at 68% alcohol.

Not having tasted the original pre-ban Pernod absinthe, I do not know whether the current product is made as authentically today.  However, I can say that this is a hearty absinthe, best used in cocktails such as the Sazerac or in a plate of Oysters Rockefeller.  I tried an absinthe drip with it, and found the mouth-numbing intensity too much.  I did enjoy the beautiful green color of the spirit, and the louche effect worked well, but took longer than some other absinthes I’ve tried.  This is probably due to the higher alcohol content.

Overall, this is a very nice product and one I would not hesitate to recommend.  That being said however, this is not an absinthe for beginners or for those experienced drinkers who have tried authentic turn of the century absinthe.  Pernod Absinthe finds the middle ground with this re-released product for the 21st century drinker.

GSN Rating: *** (VSOP)

Pernod debuted their new website this month.  As well, they are running a contest.  Details are below.

“Pernod® Absinthe
was founded
in France, at the beginning of the Belle Epoque, in 1805. During the 19th
Century the brand became a familiar feature of storied Bohemian cafés
and
artist salons. To underscore its heritage, the Creator Of art
contest
will award its First Place winner a cash prize of $1,805; second place
$500;
and third place $250. These creators will also receive valuable PR in
March
2010 when winners are announced. (A celebratory event is being planned
concurrent with The Armory Show, the annual international art fair, in
New York
City.)

There are two main
requirements for
submissions: All pieces must be original works, and all works must
include the
date 1805.”

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