I made a rather interesting decision tonight. I will – for the sake of your understanding of my drinking/writing process – attempt to lay out how I typically enter a liquor store. Following this, I will explain how that led me to this, followed by the logic which pushed me out the door with it. After this, I will tell you what this drink has done/is doing to me in the review portion of this article and then, I cannot say what I will write or how it will come out.
And to think, I still have two beers to review after this…
So as it goes, I typically don’t like to review the same liquor style or flavor twice in a row. Keeping things varied in this once-off weekly liquor and cocktail column that I have, on top of The Beer In Review, does tend to be both a point of focus and difficulty depending on how I write it. If I’d reviewed a bourbon the week before, even going near a scotch or whisky for a write up seemed thematic and dull. So, I’d try to spice it up a bit.
Now as you can imagine, eventually at a certain point this attempt to jump from one style to another without overlap will become difficult if not impossible. However from time to time oddities that range between cocktail suggestions, new products, old products and even wines do come to catch one’s eye as they peruse the shelves on offer. It was by this odd chance that I came across this – Absinthe Ordinaire.
It couldn’t be more authentic looking if it tried harder at being authentic looking. But that being the case, thereupon the rear label the singular word “wormwood” caught my eye enough to not only review this dram, but to actually suggest it as a New Year’s drink. This is the final liquor review of 2016.
That was the logic. For some this year was shit and for others, brilliant. I fall into the latter category there myself, but that’s another screed. However it is ending and as parties form and make merry, as drinks are consumed and especially, as resolutions and desires to shape the future with the behavior of the present give way, it may be worth stepping up to the plate and insisting that 2017 be the weirdest year yet. So then…why not absinthe?
Pouring bright green, as I have written of in the past, this shot before me looks like ecto-cooler. At a smell and a taste it presents like candy. Once the shot is taken, the overwhelming meet up of green licorice flavor and odd effect comes upon you. It isn’t quite the normal drunk.
Though I’ve written this before, I am one again impressed at the tenacious sort of intoxicant that wormwood absinthe can be. Akin to being straight out stoned, the softening of things is such that it is little wonder that this was the favored drink of Van Gogh. Though 92 proof, its punch and impact quite honestly present themselves as entirely different thing. Which I quite naturally encourage you to experience.
To Absinthe Ordinaire, to 2017, to happy fucking New Year and to you, I say as always…
While the brewery may have provided the product mentioned above for free, I was not required to write a positive review, I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the honest opinions I have expressed are my own.
Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at EveryJoe.com. Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.
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