Anyone else try an Antique Absinthe?

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Anyone else try an Antique Absinthe?

Post by kiwi Bruce » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:37 pm

Anyone else try an Antique Absinthe ?
Several seasons ago there was an offering of Spanish " Pernod Fils Tarragona " from the late 50's, early 60's...10cc for $40 so I went for it. I was given a whole bottle of a Romanian from the 80's...don't have the empty bottle in front of me, so I can't tell you the brand...
Anyone else have any old absinthe joy ?
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Re: Anyone else try an Antique Absinthe?

Post by Corsaire » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:07 pm

Probably that same Tarragona. Haven't opened it yet!

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Re: Anyone else try an Antique Absinthe?

Post by sweeps » Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:20 pm

The only vintage absinthe that I've tried since I started making my own was, surprise, a sample of Tarragona. I felt it was rather underwhelming, to be honest.

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Re: Anyone else try an Antique Absinthe?

Post by kiwi Bruce » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:23 pm

sweeps wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:20 pm
The only vintage absinthe that I've tried since I started making my own was, surprise, a sample of Tarragona. I felt it was rather underwhelming, to be honest.
I thought that "honey note" that lingers in your mouth after the trinity tastes fade was coriander...so I did a couple of small batches to try to imitate it, doubled and then tripled the coriander...I never came close and I can't figure out what that herb, if that's what it is, could be.
Any ideas ?
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Re: Anyone else try an Antique Absinthe?

Post by sweeps » Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:03 pm

I don't recall noting any honey flavors, but I did think there was a pronounced sweetness to it. I assumed that was due to the Florence fennel. I don't really associate coriander with honey flavors, more with a lemony spicy sort of thing, but it's one of those things that tends to taste very different to different people.

Did Pernod use calamus in their recipe?

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Re: Anyone else try an Antique Absinthe?

Post by jimsgins » Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:25 am

kiwi Bruce wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:23 pm
I thought that "honey note" that lingers in your mouth after the trinity tastes fade was coriander...so I did a couple of small batches to try to imitate it, doubled and then tripled the coriander...I never came close and I can't figure out what that herb, if that's what it is, could be.
Any ideas ?
I had this in an absinthe once in Prague. I forget which brand it was also. Like you I tried adding huge amounts of coriander without any joy. One possibility I read was that carraway could impart some of that flavour but I've not had a chance to test it yet. If anyone has any thoughts I'd love to hear them.

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Re: Anyone else try an Antique Absinthe?

Post by kiwi Bruce » Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:21 am

I've been doing a lot of research on this...I'll start a new thread on the topic...but I think the answer is blossoms and flowers, just trying to find how they were used in an absinthe.
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Re: Anyone else try an Antique Absinthe?

Post by Prole » Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:00 am

I have been fortunate to have tasted vintage, pre-ban Pernod Fils and Pernod Tarragonna -- the preban would make you weep with its complex fruitiness. The primary flavor, anise and fennel aside is the Absinthe (Wormwood) itself Not all Wormwoods share that flavor and many are sharp and astringent but some of the most accurate come from Montana.

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