Portfolio: The American Still Life Collection
Bottle Size: 750ml
Bottles Per Case: 6
Seasonal DE FL MD DC WV
Jules and Joe Legate have a special connection to Montana, alpine herbs, the history of fine cocktails and bringing it all together in handcrafted artisan spirits. The husband & wife team landed in Northwest Montana 20 years ago when Joe's profession as a college teacher in theatre brought them to a small community college nestled in the Northern Rockies. "A couple of years ago, I watched my savings get slammed in the market. One day, I turned to Jules and reasoned that we could do a better job with our money than our brokers. Cash it in and roll the dice on something we love." They poured over rare manuscripts and recipes, tasting scores of the best absinthe Europe could offer and savoring the rare opportunity to drink absinthe made before the US ban in 1912 (lifted in 2007.) After hundreds of experiments, Joe and Jules offer classic French Extrait d'Absinthe Verte and Swiss Blanche absinthes, born in the Alps over 200 years ago, reborn in the Rocky Mountains.
Score: 4 stars
"Pretty olive green/yellow color; unblemished clarity. Initial whiffs detect plenty of assertive but not overpowering herbaceousness/ woodsiness; after another seven minutes of exposure to air, the bouquet settles in, featuring pleasing layers of marshmallow, anise/ licorice, dried sage, gum, and spring forest vegetation. Entry highlights a buttery oiliness that displays the herbs and botanicals very nicely, without the high abv getting in the way; midpalate is richly textured, intensely herbal (the dried sage is off-the-charts good), and properly spirity. Finish closes the circle well with a rush of black peppercorn spikiness that's fitting. Highly Recommended." -F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal