Since there has been an Absinthe revival in many countries over the past few years, many people are seeking Absinthe info.
Absinthe is a strong herbal liquor which is nicknamed “La Fee Verte” or “The Green Fairy” because of its characteristic green color. A wine base and different type of herbail ingredients are used in it’s distillation process.
The name of Absinthe and it’s distinctive bitter taste both came from the common wormwood, artemisia absinthium. A few “fake” Absinthes lack wormwood because thujone was strictly banned in countries like the USA.
Fennel, green aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, juniper, angelica, licorice, dittany, coriander, nutmeg and sweet flag are the other herbs and essential oils used in the preparation of Absinthe. It is the essential oils in Absinthe that causes it to louche when mixed with water. The oils are soluble in alcohol but insoluble in water which causes the drink to go cloudy.
Absinthe Info about the Ban
The prohibition movement claimed that Absinthe was harmful and that drinking Absinthe led to “Absinthism” which was characterized by convulsions, fits, madness, brain damage and ultimately death. People believed that thujone causes psychedelic effects and can be dangerous. People believed that Absinthe contained a high quantity of thujone and was extremely toxic and dangerous. In the early 1900s Absinthe was restricted in several countries.
There is no truth in the statements and claims given about Absinthe. A person can be in risk with high amount of thujone. There is a great difference between the thought of 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries and recent studies about the thujone content in Absinthe. Thujone can be dangerous only if excess amount of Absinthe is taken by a person!
Absinthe has now been legalized in most countries and there are many types and styles available:-
– Clear Absinthe – This is known as La Bleue or Blanche Absinthe and is commonly distilled in Switzerland.
– La Verte – This is traditional green Absinthe, the Green Fairy.
Spanish Absinthe is more sweet than normal French or Swiss Absinthe because it is made with Spanish Alicante Anise.
– Bohemian or Czech style Absinthe is a wormwood bitter from an Absinthe that is free from herbs like aniseed or fennel.
All of the above Absinthes contain wormwood but some Absinthes are fake or substitutes which were developed during the ban If you want real Absinthe you need to look for an Absinthe which contains thujone or wormwood.
You can also make your own Absintheby using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. The distillation process of these essences are done by using modern carbon dioxide distillation. They are easy to use – just mix with a neutral alcohol such as vodka or Everclear to make your very own Absinthe with real wormwood.
The website AbsintheKit.com is available with all the informations related to Absinthe and Absinthe accessories.