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MARI MAYANS - Collectors 70

Spanish Absinthe
MARI MAYANS - Collectors 70

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Spain

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  • RegionIbiza

Mari Mayans Absinthe has been awarded a silver medal at the prestigious International Wines & Spirits Competition in June 2000. They were the only absinthe to be given a prize and this shows dedication to producing a product of extreme high quality, reflected in its immense popularity with absintheurs all over the world. Voted best Absinthe in a blind tasting for Class magazine with a 5 star rating, notes on the tasting below.

Mari Mayans Absinthe (Absenta) has been produced in Ibiza since the founding of the distillery in 1880 by Juan Mari Mayans, a herbalist known all over the region for his expertise in high quality distillation and knowledge of fine herbs. It is made from distilling the leaves of hand-picked Artemisia Absinthium (Wormwood) and is then macerated in herbs. The resulting spirit is a mesmerizing green that clouds when water is added (known as Opaline). It is 100% natural and is created to this day using the same formula that made the distillery famous in the last century with exports to France and the rest of Europe. Ernest Hemmingway referred to Absinthe as "idea changing liquid alchemy" and Absinthe's artistic properties have formed the basis for its mysterious and sometimes controversial history.

With its translucent lime/apple green colour, the nose has a rich, clean blast of aniseed balls. A full, rich mouthfull blended aniseed with fresh citrus notes, extended by a ripe orange sweetness, before finishing with a clean burst of aniseed. Water not only clouded it but prompted an impressive "Disprin" foaming action, while the attractive aniseed nose led onto equally forthright aniseed notes rounded by orangey hints.

3 Comments found

Mark Boam 2009-04-14 19:54:06

This **** is ******* awesomeeeeeeeeeeee...... It made me burn :) Wooooooooo yeah.

sidney turner 2009-02-06 22:32:34

Sorry, this is not a review of the drink, it rather setting the facts straight. Thujone is NOT an hallucinogenic! In large quantities it is a convolcent which just makes you twitch. The only reasons this myth came about was due to bad absinthes in the early years of its life. Some bad brands put copper sulphite into the mix to make it greener which is a poison! That's also why they started putting sugar into the drink, because some absinthes were of bad quality and tasted sour. All the story's about 'this drink makes you kill your wife and hallucinate' are rubbish. That stuff was due to the bad chemicals some brands put in their drinks. Obviously now, putting poison into the drink is illegal so you will NOT get any weird effects from today's absinthe!

Simon Roberts 2006-08-13 23:24:02

This drink is the best Absinthe I have tried - and I consider myself a connoisseur, having tried over twenty kinds. Mixed with water, it has the best flavour, with a well-rounded and palatable aniseed flavour. I however prefer my Absinthe mixed with Red Bull - I may sound like a philistine, but the Red Bull takes the "sting" out of the high alcohol content, and produces a delicious drink that you can still taste the Absinthe "through". Another reason for this mode of consuption, I must admit, is that mixing with Red Bull enables you to drink more Absinthe than might be possible drinking the traditional way with water and caramalised sugar. Every time I have drunk this Absinthe in large quantities, the effects have been amazing. On sleeping, I have had lucid, very psychedelic dreams and have woken up the next day in a very relaxed state, with amazing creative ideas. This is the Thujone, the hallucinogenic component of Absinthe, doing it's job. My last Absinthe dream after a night of Mari Mayans, I was wandering round a massive Indian tent, full of amazing colours, Indian music and loads of cushions and elephants everywhere! Truly an amazing vision - I couldn't believe it wasn't real when I woke up! I would recommend this Absinthe above all others for anyone new to the drink, and to those who have tried other brands. Just don't drink too much!