If Absinthe flavored anything isn’t considered somewhat spooky, I don’t know what is.
I picked these up because I was intrigued. I had Leone’s Absinthe’s chocolate bar and really liked it, so I was interested to see how the flavor tasted in a pastille form. It comes in tis little box, about the size you get when you buy a case of mints. There’s a paper wrapping on the actual box, which I assume is there for both decorative and protective purposes.
The pastilles have no aroma and are very light pale green. They’re the size of pencil erasers and the surface texture is sort of uneven and wrinkled. These characteristics made them very difficult to photograph.
The flavor is, frankly, odd. It tastes more soapy than absinthe to me. I am missing those nice notes of anise and licorice. The texture is ok, they’re a little chalky and have a nice crunch to them. The pleasantries end there. After munching a few, I felt the desire to eat something else to get the odd flavor out of my mouth.
Stick to the chocolate bar if you want a nice absinthe candy for now. Even though these pastilles were disappointing, I am determined to find other sweet mediums that’ll deliver a nice absinthe flavor.
Rating: Not Worth It
“Cioccolato extra fondente 74% all-assenzio” reads the box of this chocolate bar. I don’t speak Italian, yet I knew immediately what this was when I saw it: absinthe dark chocolate. I’ve had liqueur flavors in chocolate before and I’ve had anise flavored chocolate before, but together? This is something I had to taste for myself.
This is made by Leone, a very well know Italian confectionery company. This bar is actually part of an absinthe line that they offer; including absinthe chocolate bonbons, pastilles and a bottle of the green stuff itself. As for this chocolate bar version, the packaging theme is very dark and mysterious with deep brown tones with copper accents and green detailing. It really delivers the odd mystique of absinthe, in a dark turn of the century like feel.
The back shows a very suggestive image of molten chocolate and some history on the chocolate (all in Italian). The ingredients list is simple: cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, absinthe infusion, extracts and essences of aromatic herbs and plants, natural vanilla. There’s no funny business here.
You immediately you smell the anise when the opaque foil protecting the bar is opened. It’s pretty strong smell. The chocolate is very dark and smooth, with no gloss at all. It feels glassy smooth to the touch. The break is very hard and clean, save for a few random air bubbles.
The flavor is quite complex. There’s a very bright sweetness that rests at the base of the whole flavor. The strong, herbal anise flavor of the absinthe shows up almost immediately. It’s varies between intense and mild, allowing hints of mint, grassiness and fennel to appear. There’s no burn at all, just a mix of very strong herbal notes. The chocolate lends a great deep roasted richness to it all, staying grounded and strong and keeping the whole bar from tasting too medicinal. There’s a coolness to this bar too, and overall, I think this is like a very intense mint chocolate, with those extra anise flavors included.
I enjoyed this. I wish I bought more of them.
Rating: Will Buy Again