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Building on its know-how, in 2001 Pernod launched a new anise spirit: Pernod with absinthe plant extracts. Inspired by the original recipe that made a name for the House of Pernod in the 19th century, this sugar-free anise spirit with an alcohol content of 68° has a thuyone content in conformity with the legislation in force. A unique flavour, to relive the Paris of La Belle Epoque.
Starting as green-tinged gold, this louches to opal touched with pale green. The mild fragrance shows fennel and a hint of juniper. Although the alcohol level is comparable to other absinthes, it seems to require more dilution to tone down the alcohol heat and tease out a faint sweetness. Even so, it retains a relatively spicy profile, showing fennel, black pepper and hot cinnamon, plus a lingering licorice note at the back of the palate.