This is a review for Lucid Absitnhe Superieure I did back on August 21, 2007 for an absinthe website. I know it's old, but the review is still valid:
For the record this is a review from a person who doesn't have a sophisticated palate, and is completely new to drinking absinthe.
Last Saturday, 8/18/07, I drank some Lucid Absinthe that I purchased 8/9/07 from a liquor store down the street from my job. I figured I'd be drinking about 3-4 drinks for the night, and wanted to try it a few different ways.
The first way was the classic presentation that you hear about, the sugar-cube-and-slotted-spoon-with-a-fountain-water-drip method. What I used for a "fountain" was this, a Christmas gift that I thought I'd never use. The Lucid was pale/light green in color when poured into the glass. As I dripped the water over the sugar cube (slowly, ending in a 2-to-1 water-to-Lucid ratio), it did louche and like magic it transformed to a great milky green color. Awesome looking color. As I have no frame of reference to other absinthes, it did give me the "absinthe green" I was looking for. Now for taste. For my uneducated-palate-having-opinion, it smelled like green Nyquil and tasted like Good and Plenty. Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of black liquorice, so I didn't find the taste all that pleasing, but it wasn't offensive either. Like I said, it tasted like Good and Plenty or watered down green Nyquil.
The second way I had it was as a "Death in the Afternoon" cocktail. Poured one shot of Lucid Absinthe in a champagne flute, and filled the rest with Korbel "champagne". This drink I liked better. The flavor of the Korbel mellowed the "liquorice" flavor and allowed for me to enjoy the drink more. So much more that I had another one immediately afterward.
While I know there has been a lot of hype with Absinthe, I have to say that I really didn't feel drunk or buzzed at all, was quite "lucid" (pun intended) in my thoughts and conversations. I'll definitely try it again next weekend, with more being consumed to see if it is truly a "lucid" high/drunk or not.
September 18, 2007 follow up:
Just a followup. I had some more Lucid Absinthe this weekend. Drank about 4 Death in the Afternoon cocktails, and it's official, you get an amazing kind of clarity with this. I was definitely buzzed with a warm feeling in my body, but my thoughts and actions were completely sober. I'm drinking a 120 proof alcohol in a glass of champagne, but not slurring, tired, etc. It just doesn't make any sense at all. It's so hard to explain, but this is what I was always looking for. Maybe that's why people fell in love with absinthe in the past? Try it for yourself.