Review: Germain-Robin Absinthe Superieure

Review: Germain-Robin Absinthe Superieure

My, absinthe, what a long while it’s been!

Germain-Robin’s Absinthe Superieure (via Greenway Distillers) is a blanche (clear) spirit, distilled not up to a blazing 140 or so proof, but down to about 90 proof, making it perhaps the least alcoholic absinthe I’ve ever sampled. The spirit is infused with wormwood, rose geranium, lemon balm, fennel, hyssop, lemon verbena, star anise, and lemon peel.

The result is an absinthe that you can practically drink straight, if you’re so inclined: Quite sweet (despite no added sugar), and fragrant with straight-up licorice notes. It burns, but it’s not a killer. Add water and sugar (but not too much of either… less than a full cube and a 2:1 or even 1:1 ratio of water is fine) and this absinthe becomes quite easy-drinking, offering a really lightly sweet, Pastis-like experience, with a lingering licorice finish. I don’t get much in the way of additional character. Maybe a little touch of tart citrus on the mid-body from the lemon ingredients, but otherwise a clean, easy, and really pleasant absinthe. Like Pastis, but with just a bit more kick to it.

90.3 proof.

A- / $44 / germain-robin.com

Germain-Robin Absinthe Superieure

$44
9

Rating

9.0/10

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

2 Comments

  1. Edoc on November 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Cue the absinthe brigade in 3…2…1…

  2. Brian Robinson on November 12, 2011 at 8:25 am

    What’s there to complain about? Well crafted absinthe, good review. Crispin does good work. This absinthe won’t appeal to some traditionalists due to its heavy peppermint profile, but I enjoy it.

    Brian Robinson
    Review Editor
    The Wormwood Society

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