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Bairnsfather Bitter Bairnsfather Bitter

Bairnsfather Bitter

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Bairnsfather Distillery
Czech Republic
Mixed & Macerated

Kyle Bairnsfather, successor of Martin Sebor, continued the ways of Sebor and have created several similar absinths. To me they're more of a decent bitter schnaps than an absinthe.

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Bairnsfather Bitter 2011-12-06 20:54:36 Markus Hartsmar
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Reviewed by Markus Hartsmar    December 06, 2011

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From Kyle Bairnsfather, the successor of Martin Sebor, comes this absinth. I received a generous sample of this from Arthur Frayn. I don't know whether to thank him for that or not.

The Bairnsfather Bitter does to some extent remind a lot of the Sebor 55 which comes as no surprise, since Kyle was taught how to make this from Martin Sebor.

Sadly, the Bairnsfather Bitter tastes even worse than the Sebor.

It presents a natural, but dark medicinal green color, an aroma that is very heavy and doesn't exactly present anything wonderful at all. There's a heavy herbal thing about it which could actually have been good, had it not been for the overly intense bitter tones.

Adding water to the Bairnsfather Bitter does nothing but making it paler. There's no louche what so ever, which is rather funny since it's clearly stated on the Bairnsfather website that the louche is a type of quality indicator on an absinthe. That says it all. There's no louche here, and there's no quality either. This is a simple assemblage of herbs, steeped in alcohol filtered and bottled.

Bairnsfather himself has explained the process, and even though the process itself may be time consuming and expensive even, it doesn't produce a good absinthe.

I honestly can't recommend any one to get a bottle of this. Its taste is nothing but intense herbal medicinal and bitter. It is nothing that an absinthe really should be. It could be much better than it is, for starters it could be like the Sebor, and then work on it from there. Another good idea wold be to drop the method of manufacture entirely and learn the arts of distilling.
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