Emile Pernot "Vieux Pontarlier 65" Absinthe (750ml)
Beneath the perky lime-green color and a clean, bright licorice and mentholated lemon scent, this absinthe has soul. Surprisingly deep and musky star anise, Dutch licorice and sarsaparilla flavors fade to a citrus finish. Lovely with sugar too. A first-rate choice for an absinthe Frappe.
A Double Gold winner at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, this also received five stars from critic F. Paul Pacult. This small-batch absinthe is crafted on 100-plus-year-old alembic stills using instructions, techniques, and equipment from the 19th century, as well as regionally grown wormwood, to create a historically accurate absinthe. Incredibly aromatic, with scents of Provençal fennel and Spanish anise seed leading the charge, with alpine herb, menthol, and spice notes coming through once you add just a little water. No sugar is added, making this a uniquely refreshing absinthe.