Once again Absinthe has become a popular alcoholic drink after it’s legalization in the USA and other nations. Without any consideration of alcohol content in Absinthe lots of young people are trying. Detail study of Absinthe proof?
A blend of herbs along with wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel is used in the manufacturing of Absinthe. It is commonly known as the Green Fairy, La Fee Verte, because of the characteristic emerald green coloring of classic verte styles of Absinthe.
According to the Ritual Absinthe is generally drunk diluted with iced water. When water is dripped over a sugar lump on a slotted spoon and into the Absinthe the louche effect is visible.
There was a ban on Absinthe in the early 1900s because of the wormwood in it. 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. According to the tests done by Magnan during 1872 thujone was declared to be far more dangerous than ethanol (alcohol). He and others in the medical profession were convinced that thujone was psychoactive and caused psychedelic effects. This was the cause for which Absinthe was banned.
According to the nature magazine there are similarities in the structure of a thujone molecule and THC so they acted in a similar manner.
There is no truths in all these claims. Thujone is not similar to THC though it acts 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. Due to intake of enough quantity of Absinthe one will die of alcohol poisoning before experiencing effects from thujone!
A person should be careful while consuming Absinthe because it is highly alcoholic drink.
What is Absinthe proof?
Let’s see what the proof of well-known brands of Absinthe is:-
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% abv (136 proof)
Jade Verte Suisse is available with 65% abv (130 proof)
Jade Edouard contains 72% abv (144 proof)
The abv is 68% (136 proof) in Jade PF 1901
Roquette 1797 is available with 75% abv (150 proof)
There is 65% abv (130 proof) in Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or
Kubler 53 is available with 53% abv (106 proof)
La Fee Parisian is available with 68% abv (136 proof)
One can get 70% abv (140 proof) in La Fee Bohemian
La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise is available with 68% abv (136 proof)
La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse contains 53% abv (106 proof)
One can get 70% abv (140 proof) in Mari Mayans Collectors 70
There is 68% abv (136 proof) in Pernod Absinthe
The abv in Pere Kermanns is 60% (120 proof)
One can get 55% abv (110 proof) in Sebor
La Clandestine Absinthe contains 53% abv (106 proof)
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)
Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky contains 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof)
People can find 9-12% alcohol by volume (18-24 proof) in Table Wine
There is 4 or 5% alcohol by volume (8-10 proof) in beer
Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila 38% abv (76 proof)
Absolut Blue Vodka 40% abv (80 proof)
If you make homemade Absintheusing essences from AbsintheKit.com then your homemade Absinthe’s proof will depend on what neutral alcohol you use.
What is Absinthe proof? One cannot give the answer!