Made especially for the christmas holidays this absinthe indeed does carry a sort of christmassy character. With ingredients not very common to regular absinthes, contributing to it's special character it's with great anticipation that I give it a try.
I first got this in december 2006, when it was just new and not aged at all. Even then it was a very nice absinthe but I waited to review it until I had given it the chance to age for at least 2-3 months. So, here it is.
A perfectly clear transparent liquid greets you out of the bottle along with a very nice scent. It is easy to detect the wormwood, fennel and anise up front but if you keep it under your nose for just a bit longer you'll soon notice the wonderful smell of coriander. Something I normally detect quite easily immediately but here, it slowly moves up. Just behind that a very slight hint of oranges lingers in the back.
The nice part here is that this and the rest of the ingredients, even though they could surely create a very strange aroma, they are perfectly balanced here and simply leaves you wanting more.
Slowly pouring ice cold water into it presents a steady and thick louche and enhances the aroma of the drink at the same time as it sort of flattens out the otherwise very outstanding presence of each ingredient but leaves more room to the less common ingredients this time. The scent of orange peels for instance and also the star anise is more upfront now.
The mouth-feel is very rich and smooth and presents a sort of strange numbing feeling to the tongue. Not the ordinary too-much-star-anise numbing, but just on the right side of the edge and not too much. This turns into a taste that is a very nice step away from the average line of blanches. It does actually have a christmas-spirit to its taste and the coriander, cardamum and oranges really does add to a unique and very interesting taste. I bet it would be even nicer if aged for a bit longer but I have no more...
That said, I think it's a shame it's not a regular. I would really like another bottle...