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May 19, 2010 09:27 AM

describe the taste

coming to nola june 15th and would like to try 2 drinks ive herd about absinthe and sezerac. can someone give me an idea of what these taste like. people talk about where to get them but not what they taste like

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  1. in basic terms, a sazerac tastes like a smooth whiskey that's slightly sweet with hints of other flavors (anise, citrus). absinthe, in the traditional sugar/water drip preparation, tastes like liquefied black licorice.

    that's how the two drinks strike me, but i'm no connoisseur. i'm sure others with more experienced, nuanced palates will chime in.

    1. A few more details about the flavor(s) of absinthe:

      If you're game, pick a bar with a good selection. I like Pravda! (1113 Decatur St., between Ursulines and Gov. Nicholls).

      Any of these absinthes would make a fine introduction: Obsello, Marteau, Pacifique, Nouvelle-Orléans, Eichelberger 68 — all "vertes" (green in color). The bar might also stock La Clandestine and Kübler — both "blanches" (clear).

      These absinthes don't require additional sweetening, but if you like a sweet drink, just remember to ask the bartender not to light your sugar cube:


      1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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      1. re: BrooksNYC

        P.S. If these absinthes aren't on the bar menu, the bar may stock them anyway, so ask. (Don't settle for a faux absinthes such as Absente or Tourment Vert.)