Due to the authorization of Absinthe in the USA and other countries it has gained it’s popularity back. A number of young people are trying it for the first time and knocking it back without bothering about it’s alcohol content. So, what is Absinthe proof?
Along with blend of herbs wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel is used in the making of Absinthe. People also know Absinthe as the Green Fairy, La Fee Verte, because of the characteristic emerald green coloring of classic verte styles of it.
Absinthe is usually consumed diluted with iced water according to the Ritual. One can see the louche effect after dripping the water over a sugar lump on a slotted spoon and into the Absinthe.
As Absinthe contained wormwood so it was restricted in the early 1900s. Dr Valentin Magnan tested worwmood on guinea pigs in 1845 and found that a guinea pig given wormwood oilhad convulsions, whereas, a guinea pig given alcohol just got drunk. By 1872 Magnan had isolated the chemical thujone from wormwood and, after tests on dogs, established that thujone was far more dangerous than ethanol (alcohol) and so Absinthe was much more harmful than other types of spirits. He and others in the medical profession believed thujone to be a psychoactive element. Therefore many countries illegalled Absinthe.
Even in 1975, a nature magazine claimed that a thujone molecule was similar in structure to THC from the drug cannabis and that they therefore acted in a similar manner.
All these claims have been proved to be unreal. Thujone is not like THC, although it does act on the GABA receptors of the brain, when taken in large amounts. After testing Absinthes it has been proved that Absinthe only contains very small amounts of thujone, nowhere near enough to be harmful. When anyone drinks heavy amount of Absinthe he dies of alcohol poisoning before getting affected from thujone!
Absinthe is a highly alcoholic drink and will get a person drunk quite quickly.
Knowledge of Absinthe proof?
Let’s see what the proof of well-known brands of Absinthe is:-
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% abv (136 proof)
The abv is 65% (130 proof) in Jade Verte Suisse
One can get 72% abv (144 proof) in Jade Edouard
Jade PF 1901 contains 68% abv (136 proof)
The abv of Roquette 1797 is 75% (150 proof)
There is 65% abv (130 proof) in Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or
Kubler 53 contains 53% abv (106 proof)
One can find 68% abv (136 proof) in La Fee Parisian
One can get 70% abv (140 proof) in La Fee Bohemian
One can find 68% abv (136 proof) in La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise
There is 53% abv (106 proof) in La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse
The abv is 70% in Mari Mayans Collectors 70
The abv in Pernod Absinthe is 68% (136 proof)
Pere Kermanns is available with 60% abv (120 proof)
One can get 55% abv (110 proof) in Sebor
There is 53% abv (106 proof) in La Clandestine Absinthe
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
If we compare that to other alcoholic beverages we can see that Absinthe is very strong:-
Everclear 95% abv (190 proof)
The alcohol by volume in Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky is 40% (80 proof)
The alcohol by volume is 9-12% (18-24 proof) in Table Wine
Beer contains 4 or 5% alcohol by volume (8-10 proof)
Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila 38% abv (76 proof)
Absolut Blue Vodka 40% abv (80 proof)
If you make homemade Absintheusing essences from AbsintheKit.A person’s homemade Absinthe’s proof is dependent on the category of neutral alcohol that he use.
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