GSN Review: Lucid Absinthe

Banned for 100 years, March 5th, 2017 marked the 10th Anniversary of the repeal of the Absinthe ban in the US.  Chemist and Master Distiller Ted Breaux was a leading force in disproving the myths which had plagued the storied spirit and helped convince the FDA to remove the ban and allow Absinthe back into the US on March 5, 2007.

Lucid was developed in France by Breaux and distilled in the historical Combier Distillery in Saumur, in France’s Loire Valley. It is created using original antique copper absinthe stills, many of which were designed by Gustav Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame) in the 1800’s.

Watch the 10th anniversary celebration which took place at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar in New Orleans on 03.05.17 here.

Lucid Absinthe (124 proof)
Visual: Pale yellow-green.
Nose: Deep and rich anise nose with lighter and more floral herbs rounding out the top notes.  It all smells amazingly fresh and verdant.  Hints or green pepper, wet grass, buttery toffee, shoe polish, and black licorice tea all blend together to create a heady experience.
Taste: Intense and powerful anise tamed by a rounded sweetness, this fades after a few moments leaving a dry and almost tannic bitterness.  With a generous splash of water to produce the desired louching effect, everything tames down to a soft and warming dessert-like wash.
Finish: Quite long with a back and forth battle for domination between the sweet and the bitter.  You won’t forget this one for several minutes.
Overall: We at the GSN offices were the first to buy a bottle of the original Lucid back in 2007 when the label was a bit more playful.  Now as then, we were impressed by the depth of character and perfect balance of botanicals.  This was and continues to be one of the industry standards for absinthe. Cheers, Ted!  We’ll toast you again in another ten years!
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Drink Lucid

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