Feeverte Forum – Donnie Darko – 78/100
COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10 Clear green with a slight blue-ish tinge. Very similar to Duplais Balance, and I suspect the chlorophyll of the natural herbs used has been enhanced with some sort of additive, as it just doesn’t look quite like the colour of any absinthe I’ve seen that was only coloured with plants.
LOUCHE ACTION 8/10 Not turbulent or concentrated enough, but certainly good, and the swirling oil trails as water is dripped are pretty.
COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10 While it is green, it lacks the yellow tinge that other naturally coloured absinthes have which make the post-louche colour pearlescent and milky.
AROMA 23/30 Not a whole lot there, but there’s not any sharp alcohol heat either. The aroma that is there seems to be Coriander and Wormwood, and the Coriander/Wormwood combo becomes fairly assertive when louched. It’s just shy of being clean, there is a subtle toasty aroma reminiscent of tails that was left behind in my measuring cylinder after the absinthe was poured out of it, but it isn’t enough to translate to the louched aroma.
MOUTH-FEEL 8/10 Not thick and creamy, a little thin, but still relatively smooth, with little alcohol bite. There is a moderate spicy kick from the coriander which keeps it interesting.
TASTE 15/20 This Absinthe is VERY similar to Duplais Balance in just about every respect, except the wormwood is more prominent and the anise is a tad weaker. The coriander and wormwood combine to create an interesting woody/pepper/minty taste. The wormwood used is of good quality, though not of the very distinct Pontarlier Wormwood caliber found in L’Artisinale and the Jades. There’s a little fennel in the aftertaste, though it’s a tad camphorous and not gorgeously rich like the fennel in Jade Edouard and L’Artisinale. The wormwood in the aftertaste carries on for quite some time, and is the strong point of this Absinthe. The weak point is that, with the exception of the Wormwood and Coriander, the other flavours are more suggested than concentrated.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10 This is a good absinthe. The drawbacks are the blue-ish tinged colour which looks slightly artificial, not being 100% clean, and the flavour not being as saturated into the drink as the best absinthes. I’d rank it just slightly above Lucid, as the wormwood is more obvious, though in terms of overall quality they’re fairly similar, with Lucid having the edge in the Fennel and Anise departments. It’s not a top shelf product that a dedicated absinthe drinker would spend a lot of time enjoying, but will likely satisfy most drinkers. Obviously the goofiness of the 66.6% alcohol content and the Manson association have a lot to do with the origins of this absinthe, but thankfully what’s in the bottle has good wormwood and is drinkable.
L’Heute Verte (internationally well known Absintheur Luc Santiago from Paris)
Après deux ans de développement, l’absinthe “de Marilyn Manson” sort enfin. La rock-star s’est bien entourée pour la production puisqu’elle a fait appel à Markus Lion et à la distillerie suisse Matter-Luginbuhl (une équipe qui a fait ses preuves avec la gamme Duplais). Du coup, là où les absintheurs méfiants attendaient une absinthe commerciale et tapageuse nous attend en réalité une belle verte produite dans les règles de l’art au profil aromatique suave… Qui tranche avec la personnalité délétère et méphitique de Marilyn Manson : la Mansinthe est une absinthe… d’une grande douceur ! Très belle coloration vert clair exclusivement végétale
NEZ Un nez doux, savoureux, poudreux (probablement l’hysope), fruité et légèrement anisé.
TROUBLE Le beau vert naturel se trouble très lentement et très progressivement en nuages vaporeux pour finir vraiment opaque. Comme toutes les Duplais, c’est un trouble que l’on peut rater si l’eau n’est pas assez fraîche ou si elle est versée trop vite. Un trouble progressif en strates vaporeuses
BOUCHE Là où l’on attendait un tapage de grande absinthe et des attaques herbacées brutes (style 1797 ou Edouard), c’est une douceur poudrée (encore l’hysope !) qui constitue l’attaque. Des arômes voluptueux et fruités qui rappellent un peu la vanille et le colza caressent les papilles tandis que l’anis vert tempère quelques touches menthôlées que l’on ne repère pas immédiatement. La grande absinthe n’est pas dominante mais apporte juste une touche finale herbacée sans trop d’amertume. Les plus connaisseurs sentiront peut-être un soupçon d’anis étoilé, quasiment indétectable.
FINALE Une arrière bouche fruitée, un peu de plantes et des arômes poudrés : tout cela reste bien ! L’absinthe reste bien verte une fois troublée
EN BREF Au final, une belle absinthe assez équilibrée aux arômes joueurs qui étonnent la dégustation en allant et venant. Pas si simple qu’elle en a l’air, cette Mansinthe cache une certaine complexité qui étonnera les connaisseurs et comblera certainement les amateurs et les novices. Une surprise donc pour cette absinthe douce et poudreuse, cousine éloignée de la Duplais Balance mais bien plus longue en bouche.
Conseillé aux : Novices Amateurs Connaisseurs
Note : Il n’y a qu’une seule version de cette absinthe, contrairement à ce que certaines rumeurs affirment.
———– The Absinthe Review Network DISCLAIMER: Die-hard Manson fans, forgive me for the numerous innuendos and light jabs at your messiah. It’s all in good fun, so please don’t kill me. Thanks in advance!
**Fun Little Pre-Review Story!: Months and months I’ve been getting e-mails asking when in the hell we were finally going to review Mansinthe. Well, here’s the story. When the package arrived on my 3×3 foot piss-poor excuse for a porch some months ago, I could hardly believe it. I was holding a bottle of Mansinthe. No, no, this can’t be real, I thought. Any moment I’m going to wake up on the bathroom floor of a stranger’s house like always, I told myself. But the cold tile floor never came…this was actually happening. Enraptured in sheer giddiness, I ended-up drinking the entire bottle in 6 minutes, and unfortunately couldn’t afford another until a few weeks ago, which explains the several month delay,-sorry! Yes, that’s my official excuse! Cheers!**
Long considered vapourware, Marilyn Manson showed-up unbelievers last year by finally unveiling and releasing Mansinthe, a genuine absinthe produced by the renowned Markus Lion and Matter-Luginbühl AG distillery. In retrospect, while Mansinthe and his new album went on a sale only a few weeks apart, Manson really should’ve held off on his “Eat Me, Drink Me” album. If the release of Mansinthe would’ve coincided with the release of the new record, he could’ve have people take him literally. Look for Manson Anise Biscuits and Manson Fruit Snacks to debut next summer alongside his next album “On Second Thought, Just Eat Me”. So, was it worth the eternal wait? If nothing else, it is the first celeb/novelty/gimmicky absinthe that, by jove, is,-is actually GOOD.
The former La Fee guzzling absintheur decided to go with his “When I get Old” painting for the label, showing him looking, well…old as hell, whilst clinging to a glass of absinthe, probably the last before he keels over at the age of 57. Upon uncorking, I discover a bright emerald colour, lacking just slightly, but satisfactory.
It has a spicy nose of coriander and hyssop with a fair smidgen of heat,…man heat. Oh yes, very masculine, to be sure. I’d expect nothing less from an absinthe called Mansinthe. The louche builds slowly and smoothly, even if it is not quite as thick as the slow transition suggests. That’s really too bad, because I was really looking forward to some nice, thick, milky white Mansinthe with a creamy consistency to enter my mouth. Even so, I suppose it is more than acceptable, and the bright emerald became more of a gray-green once the louche had concluded. The aroma remains largely unchanged but really becomes intensified.
Coriander takes the title of the dominant role with hyssop and pontica in good measure. A little more anise presence could have balanced things out a little better, in my opinion. As it stands, it is very subdued. Overall, it is a somewhat spicy, sweet and straightforward drink with some great earthiness. But what it lacks in complexity it makes up for with intensity; this is really quite a full flavoured, assertive drink! It is rounded out with a long, soft, sweet fennel finish and some short-lived numbness from the anise. Very pleasant! The presence of alcohol at the 3:1 dilution is just noticeable, making for a warm, sensual ride down the deep throat express. Just do yourself a favour and refrain from adding sugar, lest an already simple drink become 1 dimensional. But the bottom line here is that there’s no denying the tastiness of Mansinthe. And how could it not be after Manson poured his very soul (and perhaps something else) into this creation?
Granted newcomers can put up with the grin-inducing name and gimmicky 66.6% alcohol content, the simpler composition, lower anise content, and modest price make it an attractive choice. Absinthe virgins, add a bottle to your first order post-haste.
Anyway, I’m off to take a shower. I’m feeling pretty filthy from dropping a record number of innuendos.
Other notes: I enjoyed this absinthe best at a 3-3.25:1 dilution with no sugar. Please note also that aging is Mansinthe’s friend; I bought my bottle the first week it was available and initially thought it was a little bland. And here I was going on and on in the TARN forums about how I thought Mansinthe was rather mediocre! What a difference a few months can make! Another side note: there was so much potential sleaze (I cut about 80%), it took me literally 3 days to edit everything, which is about quadruple the time it normally takes.
Presentation: 8.0 Louche: 7.5 Value: 8.0 Taste: 7.5 Overall: 7.5