GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 23

With only two days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 23, we’re focusing on the 30 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A (93) during 2017.

  1. Amarula Cream Liqueur
  2. Corbin Cash Sweet Potato Liqueur
  3. Deadhead Dark Chocolate Rum
  4. Don Ciccio & Figli Nocino Walnut Liqueur
  5. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro delle Sirene
  6. Dunedin DoubleCask 16 Year Old
  7. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. A117
  8. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. B517
  9. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. C917
  10. El Tesoro 80th Anniversary Limited Edition
  11. Frisco Brandy
  12. Galliano L’Aperitivo
  13. Haikara Yuzu Sake
  14. Highland Park Valkyrie
  15. Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  16. Jura 10-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  17. Kavalan Pedro Ximénez Single Cask Whisky
  18. Laphroaig Cairdeas Quarter Cask 2017 Edition
  19. Lucid Absinthe
  20. The Macallan Edition No. 1
  21. The Macallan Edition No. 2
  22. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
  23. Marble Distilling Co. Vodka
  24. Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello
  25. McKenzie Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
  26. Montanya Exclusiva Rum
  27. Redemption Wheated Bourbon
  28. South Island 25 Year Old Single Malt
  29. Union Horse Rolling Standard Four Grain Whiskey
  30. Westland Distillery’s 2017 Peat Week Commemorative Bottling

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