Murmichan Absinthe by Atticus Oldman
– Originally published in Steampunk 2020 Webzine
‘Murmichan’ from Lost Loch Spirits is the first Absinthe to be distilled in Scotland and uses many flavourings produced locally and naturally in Aberdeenshire. The 64% spirit is presented in a sturdy well designed 50cl dark bottle that seems to sit just nicely within the hand. A tasteful art deco style label with a wee hint of Rennie Mackintosh adorns the front whilst the rear facing features a brief outline of the mystical roots of the name alongside a detailed guide to both the ingredients and the uniquely Scottish influence Lost Loch Spirits has brought to this most traditional of continental flavours.
Upon opening, the first surprise is the delightfully subtle yet instantly more-ish aroma. One of the finest scented spirits I have yet encountered, both extremely pleasing upon initial discovery and something that soon becomes a special indulgence to savour when each new bottle is opened. The aroma is ideal for setting a decadent mood and alerting one’s tastebuds to the treats in-store.
Pouring the spirit into a traditional Absinthe glass, released an abundance of the delicious aroma and yet the effect remained gentle – as gentle as the soft green of the liquid filling the reservoir. The clear emerald colour of the Murmichan’s botanicals is more pale than pastel in tone but has echos of a deep golden hue reminiscent of a truly fine Malt Whisky. When you first come across this extraordinary elixir, you will surely be tempted to try it neat. Again, the smoothness will delight and surprise you. If there is such a thing as ‘Sipping Absinthe’ then this is it my friend, this is it.
Returning (eventually) back to the traditional format, I decided to start with my usual 1/2 sugar cube on the absinthe spoon. Ice water was drizzled slowly over the spoon, sugar and thereafter the Murmichan in the reservoir. This slow release brought out a fine louche which slowly unfurled into a nice milky luminescence. The gentle addition of water finally released the full power of the various ingredients in a joyous bouquet of splendid promise.
With first taste that promise was fully realised with sheer exuberance. It is said that the secret of a good Absinthe is the balance between bitter and sweet flavours and their release and engagement across the full spectrum of your taste receptors. This is something Lost Loch Spirits have achieved with confidence. The bitterness of the traditional ingredients such as wormwood, aniseed and fennel is charmed and teased magnificently by Deeside honey, bramble leaves, lemon thyme, mint and heather flowers to name but a few of the flavourings which makes this truly delightful and unique Absinthe something to treasure!