We have only had one chance to try the green spirit Absinthe before the Obsello. Where the Pernod Absinthe was strong in its own right, I feel that the Obsello Absinthe is miles away from the Pernod, for reasons listed below. The spirit itself is weaker in alcohol content (100 Proof) than the Pernod (136), a decision made that is actually pretty smart. The strong flavoring of the Pernod Absinthe was pretty much the only problem with the spirit, and a great deal of that flavor came from the high alcohol presence in the spirit.
With a lower alcohol content, the traditional flavor of Absinthe is allowed to shine, and what was something that could not help knocking drinkers on their ass in the past is something that, while still bold, has a little bit of finesse present. The Bottle itself is a little on the ominous side, being cast in a dark enough glass to never truly show the color of the sprit. This ambiance is furthered through a wax coating that drips down the bottle, and continues when individuals actually open the spirit.
The weakly greenish color of the spirit belies a burn that is unsurpassed in any spirit that I have ever had. However, unlike a number of different spirits that can be said to have a strong urn (a number of whiskies fall into this category), the burn is replaced soon after with a smoothness that makes individuals want to stick with the spirit. I have to be honest: I had a sample shot of the Pernod Absinthe sit around the apartment for a good three months without having anything in the way of takers, but the first time we all tried the Obsello, the bottle was half drained by the end of the night.
The anise flavor associated with absinthe is muted with an allspice flavor, creating something truly unique in composition. The cost of a normal-sized (750 ml) bottle of the Obsello is a hair above $50 ($54 as a MSRP), which pegs it at a level considerably cheaper than any other absinthe that we have priced. Iâ€™m unsure what other spirits Esmeralda Liquors will import in the next few years, but I do know that I would love to give them a second chance based on this strong first effort.
Obsello Absinthe Verte (100 Proof) / Absinthe / Esmeralda Liquors / http://www.obsello.com