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New York Times Rates Absinthe


Ever so quick to jump on the absinthe bandwagon, the New York Times has finally weighed in on the absinthe phenomenon, and has even gone so far as to rank its favorite absinthes, as determined by a tasting panel which went through 20 bottlings. (I shudder to think of the aftermath of that event.) Their results:

1. Kubler
2. Grande
3. Pernod
4. Emile Pernot
5. St. George
6. Jade Nouvelle-Orleans
7. Obsello
8. La Clandestine
9. Lucid
10. Mansinthe

I haven’t tried a few of these products but overall the rankings are fairly agreeable. I think Kubler is overrated here, and Obsello deserves a higher spot, but otherwise (not including the three I haven’t tried), this seems like a pretty fair list.

I’m sure many will find plenty of room for disagreement in the comments…

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  1. Brent May 15, 2009

    I’ve had the following and rate them as such:

    1. Jade Nouvelle-Orleans
    2. La Clandestine
    3. Kubler
    4. Lucid
    5. Pernod

  2. I’ve written HOURS worth of responses to this list at various places, so I’m not going to go into massive detail on this (for what it is worth, you can see my comments below the article). The main gripes people are going to have with this list:

    -A full list of the brands tasted was not disclosed.

    -Pernod and Grande Absente made the list when top-shelf stuff like Vieux Pontarlier, Marteau, and Meadow of Love are nowhere to be found.

    -A lot of absinthe enthusiasts do not consider St.George absinthe at all due to its lack of green anise and unorthodox herb bill…yet it made the list.

    At least they were right about LTV being bad. I also agree with you that Obsello should have been higher, Chris.

  3. vapeur June 1, 2009

    Perhaps the NYT should consider a similar review of red wines of varying quality, written by a few novices to red wine. That’s exactly what was done here.

    The results of such a red wine tasting among novices would be very different than the experts’ results. Which would one consider to be the review of greater value? The answer is obvious.


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