Finally, the long awaited fourth release from Jade Liquors. This time it's a reproduction of pre-ban Pernod Fils and, before I kick off the actual review - let's just say it's a much better job at keeping up the Pernod Fils heritage than the Pernod Absinthe of today...
So, first of all with a beautiful label, clearly inspired by an original Pernod label from the late 1800's the presentation is wonderful. The scent that rises from the bottle when uncorking it is truly wonderful and actually does remind of a well preserved pre-ban Pernod.
The color of the PF1901 is a really nice light peridot green which louches up really nice into a very light green - almost white.
The scent of anise and wonderful wormwood fills the room and calls out to be tasted. The very fruity anise along with the great wormwood are paired with a touch of mint and sweet fennel. The aroma opens up even more after the addition of water and goes into full bloom.
The taste is another nice part of this. Personally I think this is the best Jade absinthe yet and it is actually quite similar in character and taste as a pre-ban Pernod. sure enough there are qualities in a pre-ban that cannot be easily reproduced, especially the 90-100 years of ageing but it's a mighty impressive work.
The taste is really quite smooth with a nice lingering bitter finish. Not dry bitter but rather floral bitter. Something you only find in a well made product using high quality wormwood.
The anise is definitely there but not numbing or overwhelmig in any way. So, is there nothing at all wrong with it? Well, nothing really wrong no. There's a very characteristic smell from the wine-base that can be recognized in all the Jade absinthes which to some may seem odd or like a bit of a "funk" but personally I don't have any problem with it. In short, this is definitely one of my all time favorites.
Do I recommend it? Yes - whole heartedly.