Pacifique Absinthe Verte 750ml

SKU #1065359 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Yellow-green color and a pronounced citrus/lime and vegetal fennel aroma. Viscous, thick mouthfeel and strong alcohol sting prior to louching. Initially, this absinthe has a tart flavor, although ice water coaxes out more herbal and grassy notes and the lingering finish is smoothed with a touch of anise sweetness.  (12/ 2010)

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Pacifique Absinthe Verte Supérieure is a super-premium absinthe, hand-crafted in the historic Franco-Swiss style. Pacifique is a made in exact accordance to a classic 1855 French recipe, and faithfully represents a recreation of the kind of absinthe one would drink in 19th century France. Pacifique is artisan distilled using historic distilling techniques in a hand-hammered copper alembic pot still. By using only the finest grain spirits and selected botanicals chosen from around the globe, Pacific Distillery insures a truly world class product that reflects the undeniable qualities of the art of traditional distilling. Pacifique Absinthe Verte Supérieur is perfectly served performing the classic French Drip Ritual but also blends beautifully with other spirits and mixers. From the classic Sazerac to a refreshing Clipper Ship - use in the many historic cocktail recipes of the past or a creation of your own, Pacifique epitomizes the true taste of the Belle Époque. Pacific Distillery LLC is a family operated micro-distillery located in Woodinville, in Washington state wine-country. All of their spirits are hand-crafted in small batches to insure uncompromising quality. They specialize in creating world-class liquors in the style and tradition of the great 19th century distilling houses.

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By: Mahon McGrath |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/31/2012  | Send Email
Pacifique has a moderately strong louche, turning quite milky. The flavors lead with licorice, in a sort of “Good ‘n’ Plenty” vein, and then shifts into a fennel dominant mode, covering the spectrum of flavors from the oily intensity of the seed to the crunchy green-ness of the bulb. This is all set against a vegetal-herbaceous background, which comes to the fore in the finish, where a slight bitterness and mild numbing sensation makes itself known. Overall, this has a cool, easy going personality, with insistent but well balanced flavors, and nothing in excess. While it is more a matter of personal preference than anything else, I should note this does not require the addition of sugar to complete it.

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Other Distilled Spirits

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United States

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Oregon

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Alcohol Content (%): 62