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Tabu Absinth

Brand information

0.5 liter
Felix Rauter
Mixed & Macerated

Most German absinthes coming out around 2000 are bitter, dry and marketed using the thujone levels and old myths. Tabu is different in one aspect. It's not bitter.

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Tabu Absinth 2011-12-06 20:42:10 Markus Hartsmar
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Reviewed by Markus Hartsmar    December 06, 2011

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Apart from a Czech absinth that a friend offered me in late 1996, this was the first absinthe I ever tasted. And ever since, I'm hooked on the green verdant fluid. Back when I first tasted the Tabu 55 I thought it was decent. Hey, there wasn't that much around and most certainly there weren't any good distilled absinthes to get hence you had to put up with what was available.

Today I compare the Tabu more to Pastis. It's overly sweetened and nothing a good absinthe should be. It does have a very vibrant green color which is rather nice and it louches heavily, probably from the essences of star anise or such. There are better oil mix and macerate products than this one around but then again, why settle for anything inferior at all when there's plenty of very good distilled absinthes to be found.

The taste of the Tabu is mainly sweet and anise, not much of anything else really. What is sad is that they along with so many others try to spin on the myths of how mad you will get. Just look at the label. So, if you're looking for a very sweet anise bomb you may like it. If you're looking for a very good absinthe - stay away.
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