Jade Nouvelle Orleans Absinthe Supérieure (750ml) (Previously $130)

SKU #1061431 95 points Wine Spectator

 Grab your corkscrew to open a bottle of this absinthe, a tribute to distiller T.A. Breaux's hometown, New Orleans. The light jade liquid louches to cloudy pale green, releasing gentle fennel, rosemary and fresh basil accented with lime zest and white pepper, plus a long, gentle anise finish. Although it's easy-sipping when louched, the undiluted spirit is ideal for prepping a glass to receive a sazerac. (KN)  (3/2015)

K&L Notes

As the popularity of absinthe swept through France during the mid-19th century, la fée verte began making her way over to the "Paris" of the New World, La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans). French-speaking travelers and immigrants alike carried their taste for absinthe to this vibrant port city, and before long, French apothecary Antoine Peychaud was doling out "healthy" absinthe-laced elixirs from his Royal St. shop. The popularity of absinthe surged in French-speaking Louisiana, and when Henri Degas and Oscar Wilde arrived in New Orleans in the latter part of the 1800s, they had no trouble finding imported French and Swiss absinthes among familiar comforts. By the advent of the 20th century, cafés like the famous Old Absinthe House were making a name for themselves by cooling the humid summers with sazeracs, absinthe frappés, and even the occasional absinthe crème de glace. This exquisite absinthe represents the inspired work of native New Orleanian T. A. Breaux, and its heritage is rooted in the original absinthes that made the sazerac cocktail and absinthe frappé famous. Its unique distillation of stimulating herbes toniques is just what the Belle Époque chimistes prescribed for various subtropical ailments.

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By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
It took me a long time to get around to this, but it was always in back of mind. I knew I wanted to check this out when I first heard about it, well before absinthe had even been declared once more legal on our shores. While I have never found anise to be a flavor I crave, I really did enjoy tasting my way through the absinthes that washed up on our shores after the ban was lifted, unlike, it seems, the vast majority of people in the US of A. The Nouvelle Orleans is a wonderful example of why I do find absinthe so much more appealing than anisette: it is like a cocktail in its mixture of a variety of flavors, albeit one that has been pre-mixed and bottled for you... in the nicest possible way, of course. In this particular example, no one flavor gains the upper hand, nor does it hit you fortissimo; it blends into a complex but seamless whole. Total elegance, no sugar needed. While I probably shouldn't have waited so long to sample this, I can at least take comfort in the fact that I haven't waited in vain.

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