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Does Absinthe Make The Heart Grow Fonder?

Please drink responsibly. If this
happens when you drink Absinthe,
you’ve probably had too much.

Absinthe. The Green Fairy. La Fée Verte. Probably no other drink has a more magical, mysterious, and myth-laden history. For many, the word conjures images of French cafes filled with tragically brilliant artists and poets like Toulouse Lautrec, Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul Verlaine. An excellent example of the mythology that has evolved around Absinthe is the devastating toll it took on Edgar Allan Poe. The reason that this is such a great example is that in spite of the fact that Poe is widely referenced in relation to the drink, according to the Virtual Absinthe Museum, he never touched the stuff, never once mentioned it in volumes of writing and personal letters, and may in fact not even have known what it was! Such is the stuff of Absinthe legend and Green Fairy tales. This kind of rumour and legend likely evolved from a combination of ignorance, intoxication, and prohibition. While many drug-like qualities are historically attributed to Absinthe, actual research reveals that most of its hallucinogenic and psychotropic effects are probably imagined, and some of the 19th century medical descriptions of visions, seizures, and emotional disturbances are typical of simple alcoholic withdrawal. The substance that is supposedly responsible for the secondary effects of Absinthe is Thujone, which is the principle active ingredient in Wormwood (Artemesia absinthium), the key herb that gives Absinthe its distinctive character. Interestingly, Chartreuse, Benedictine, Bitters, and Vermouth also contain small amounts of Thujone. In fact, Vermouth takes its name from the German “wermut” which means “wormwood”. The secondary effects of Absinthe remain contested by the subjective experience of many, but if you’re interested in exploring them yourself, there’s good news for you. In spite of strict controls on the amount of Thujone allowed in Absinthe since it was legalized in the US several years ago, research has shown that the Absinthe of a hundred years ago contained much less than was suspected, so you’re probably drinking a similar or perhaps even more potent concoction in that regard. Regardless of all this talk of secondary effects, a well-made Absinthe is a delight to drink, and a satisfying ritual as well, with the whole sugar cube and spoon routine. And regarding what makes a fine Absinthe? This is also hotly debated. We’ve learned that the only person more demanding than a wine enthusiast is a beer enthusiast, and the only person more demanding than a beer enthusiast is an Absinthe enthusiast! We’ll let you decide for yourself, we have  about a half-dozen Absinthe varieties  in stock, and would be happy to add more to our selection if there’s demand. Let us know in the comments if we’re missing any essentials.


Koruna Super Premium
Bohemian Absinth

Koruna absinth has been created from premium quality natural herbs grown in the Czech Republic including wormwood (artemisia absinthium) – some of which remain in the bottle. Czech connoisseurs have respected the superior quality of this traditional Bohemian recipe for more than 100 years. It is considered by most to be the best absinth available. Koruna is made from all natural ingredients, has the maximum legal amount of thujone, contains no artificial colors or flavors, and contains actual wormwood.
Pernod aux Extraits
de Plantes d’Absinthe
Pernod Fils was the most popular brand of absinthe throughout the 19th century until it was banned in 1915. After the ban of Absinthe in 1915, Pernod sought to continue to its quality production by offering a wormwood-free anise product. The result was Pernod Liqueur, an 80 proof anis liqueur, which should be familiar to the more experienced diner, as it is common in fine restaurants worldwide. Pernod calls itself the “original absinthe,” since its founder Henri-Louis Pernod helped create the first commercial absinthe distillery in 1798. After the absinthe ban was lifted in the US in 2007, Pernod re-introduced a contemporary version of absinthe, inspired by the original Swiss recipe.
Absinthe Mata Hari
Absinthe Mata Hari
Absinthe Mata Hari comes to America with a unique history and authenticity. It is produced by Fischer Schnaps of Austria, which boasts five continuous generations of master distillers going back to Friedrich Fischer who founded the company in 1875. The Fischers’ original Belle Époque absinthe recipe dates to 1881. Master distiller Gerald Fischer resurrected his Great Grandfather’s secret recipe, which consists of the finest Wormwood, Salvia, and other herbs, uses only natural ingredients (meaning it is not artificially colored like some Absinthe), and contains the highest level of Thujon & Absinthin allowed.
Kubler Absinthe
Kubler Absinthe
Kubler Absinthe is distilled from neutral grain spirits and herbs. The principal ingredients in Kubler are referred to as the Holy Trinity – Grand Wormwood, Star Anise and Fennel. These herbs provide a balance between bitter and sweet and make up the taste of this compelling spirit. Kubler uses a grain neutral base of Swiss wheat that also includes hyssop, lemon balm, coriander, star anise, fennel, artemisia pontica and mint, based on its original formula. Each of these ingredients is grown locally in the Val-de-Travers.
Vieux Carré

Vieux Carré
Absinthe Supérieure

Vieux Carré is batch distilled using a “double maceration” process featuring the mysterious Grande Wormwood and Petite Wormwood. Green and Star Anise, Fennel Doux Provence, Melissa, Genepi, Hyssop and Spearmint complete the complex flavor profile. Vieux Carré is an original artisan spirit that combines historic processes with a modern expertise. Vieux Carré’s flavor and color are derived exclusively from 100% natural herbs.
Absente Refined
Absente Absinthe Refined
Absente is technically labeled a Vert (green in French) absinthe and derives its unique color and flavor from botanicals. A method practiced and mastered by the French was to add regional herbs like sweet balm to the distilled liquor to introduce additional flavors, aromas as well as a green color to the finished liquid. In order to truly replicate this traditional Artisanal method, we incorporate this legendary technique when producing Absente.
Grande Absente
Grande Absente
Absinthe Originale
Grande Absente Absinthe Originale is one of the oldest traditional absinthe recipes from the south of France.  Hand crafted in Provence like it was from 1860-1912, Grande Absente is made exclusively with the highest quality spirits and select botanicals from the region, including a full measure of the legendary botanical Wormwood, also know as artemisia absinthium.
Grande Absente Gift Set

Grande Absente Gift Set
with Glass & Spoon

Includes a full size bottle of Grande Absente, a signature handcrafted and painted cocktail glass and a one-of-a kind absinthe spoon. The cocktail glass depiction treats you to the alluring green fairy nestled snuggly amid the enticing wormwood plant from which Grande Absente is created.
Posted By:Admin January 23, 2011

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