If you are new to Absinthe, there are so many websites selling Absinthe and Absinthekits that its hard to know where to buy Absinthe online. Absintheliquor.com is probably the best as they also supply the same absinthe essence to the liquor industry from their industrial site distillery-yeast.com.
Absinthe, otherwise known as the Green Fairy, is a strong alcoholic beverage with an anise taste. Henri-Louise Pernod’s original Absinthe was made with a wine alcohol base and flavored with herbs such as grande wormwood, and aniseed. Absinthe which is distilled at hight proof and is very strong, it is served diluted with iced water. Absinthe is twice as strong as other spirits such as vodka and whisky.
Real Absinthe contains the herb wormwood which gives the drink its characteristic bitter taste. Wormwood contains thujone which was one of the reasons the drink was banned in the early 1900s. It was believed that thujone was harmful to health. Studies and tests have now shown that Absinthe, even pre ban Absinthe from distilleries like Pernod, only contains trace amounts of thujone and is not harmful.
Absinthe is enjoyed after using a preparation technique called The Ritual. A shot of Absinthe in an Absinthe glass is slowly diluted with water dripped over a cube of sugar on an Absinthe spoon. Water mixes into the alcohol causing the drink to louche and become cloudy. Only Absinthe containing real herbs and oils will louche properly.
Where to find real Absinthe online
To enjoy Absinthe properly you need to order quality Absinthe. Absinthe that contains wormwood. Most websites will give you details about alcohol by volume (or proof) and thujone content. A good example is Absinth24.net states that Absinthe La Clandestine from Claude-Alain Bugnon has an alcohol by volume of 53% and has less than 30 mg of thujone. Thedrinkshop.com, a UK based company gives great product descriptions of the Absinthe available to order on their web shop and also has product reviews.
A good way of making sure that you use quality Absinthe, is to make your own. Home distillation is illegal in many countries unless you have a license and Absinthe just is not real without the distillation process. But then again, AbsintheKit. has real wormwood Absinthe essences. They contain the same natural, traditional herbs and essences that AbsintheKit sell to the Absinthe industry. They are already distilled so you don’t have to do anything apart from mixing 20ml of essence with 730 ml of Everclear. So, that’s it – very easy.
There are essences in 4 different varieties:-
Absinthe Classic Essence – This essence produces a classic green Absinthe with thujone of 35 mg.
Absinthe White Essence – This essense can be used to make a clear Absinthe reminiscent of Swiss La Bleue Absinthes. This essence makes an Absinthe with a 35mg thujone content.
Absinthe Orange Essence – Natural flavored with orange oil, makes a yellowy orange Absinthe with a thujone content of 35 mg.
Absinthe 55 Strong Essence – You should use this essence if you want a darker green Absinthe with a stronger wormwood flavor. The content of thujone will be 55mg.
The essences are available in 20 ml bottles used to make one 750 ml bottle of Absinthe, or in 280 ml bottles used to make 14 bottles of Absinthe. The AbsintheKits contain a 280ml bottle of essence, a handy plastic measure and artistic bottle labels.
To buy Absinthe online it is important to get quality Absinthe that tastes right and that louches. Search for companies selling award winning brand or make your own from essences.