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Segarra Absenta 68 Segarra Absenta 68

Segarra Absenta 68

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1.0 liter
Destilerias Julian Segarra

It was a great pleasure to see a stronger version of the nice Segarra absenta. But that was quickly killed by the wrongful use of Wormwood for coloring. That gives you a nasty bitterness. Too bad.

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Segarra Absenta 68 2011-12-07 20:03:05 Markus Hartsmar
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Reviewed by Markus Hartsmar    December 07, 2011

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Thanks to the good people at Spirits Corner in Barcelona I got the opportunity to taste this one. I've been meaning to get a bottle for a very long time, but never got around to it, until now.

I've had the Segarra 45 many times, and I've always liked it a lot for its simplicity. Wormwood and anise distilled in high proof spirits. Aged at old brandy casks and then bottled at 45%. So, how does the Segarra 68 compare to that? In my opinion, Julian Segarra should stick to his 45 version, or modify the 68 quite a bit. The Segarra 68 comes in a nice enough bottle, but with a tad tacky labelling.
Upon opening the bottle it doesn't smell all that much. Not at all like the 45. I tasted it neat and at first it was quite allright. A good heat from the 68% alcohol, a slight bit of anise, and then it hits you. A very tense bitterness. Clearly the man, Julian Segarra, has used wormwood in the coloring step of this one. That is not a good idea. The bitterness is in no way a good one. It just stays there, on your tongue reminding you of every sip you go through.

I sweetened it with both one and two sugar cubes, but it just wouldn't smoothen out that bitterness. On the whole, I think it's really sad that this one, was such a disappointment compared to the 45. My suggestion to Mr Segarra is to simply stick to the recipe of the 45, but raise the alcohol level to 68, and there's a much better product.
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