Yes, another Swiss La Bleue. This time from the small distillery of Alain Rey. Distilled in Swiss artisanal tradition it is the third absinthe in his portfolio. Or rather second to be really honest. This is simply a 68% alcohol version of an identical product he makes at 53%. Alain Rey is also the maker of La Fee Vallonne.
Now, on to the important bits. The absinthe itself it crystal clear just as it should be and the presentation is in classic Swiss style with the silhouette of a fairy. A rather well shaped fairy...
The Absinthe 68 presents a very classic La Bleue style aroma with fennel, wormwood and anise up front with a touch of mint and also melissa. There is nothing that makes it stand out of the crowd of La Bleues available. But there is certainly nothing off putting about it.
Adding water to it generates a very nice louche. As a matter of fact not as overly quick as it often is in a Swiss La Bleue. And the reason is obvious and clearly noticable in the taste. It is not as anise and fennel-laden as many of its sisters are.
I must say that even though the Absinthe 68 isn't the best La Bleue I've had it is very refreshing in its own way. It's a lighter absinthe than many from Val-de-Travers and I think that is what actually helps it out a bit. If I want the overall taste profile of a La Bleue but something lighter on the palate and tongue - this is it.
So, the Swiss Absinthe 68 that really isn't anything all that special turns out to actually sort of fill a void out there anyway and I believe I will keep some in my cabinet at most times.