Since there has been an Absinthe revival in many countries over the past few years, many people are seeking Absinthe info.
The nickname of Absinthe is kept as “La Fee Verte” or “The Green Fairy” due to its characteristic green color. It is not fermented like the alcoholic beverages, beer and cider.
The common wormwood, artemisia absinthium gives Absinthe it’s name and it’s distinctive bitter taste. Fake Absinthes were prepared in the countries where use of thujone was banned.
Absinthe is also prepared with the other herbs and essential oils like Fennel, green aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, juniper, angelica, licorice, dittany, coriander, nutmeg and sweet flag. It is the essential oils in Absinthe that causes it to louche when mixed with water. As the oils mix in alcohol but not in water so the drink goes 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. It was assumed that Absinthe was very toxic and harmful due to a high quantity of thujone in it. Most of the countries banned Absinthe in the early 1900s.
The facts about Absinthe is entirely different from the statements given about it. High dose of thujone can be harmful. According to the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries Absinthe was thought to contain 350mg of thujone per kg which was proved to be 6mg per kg from the recent studies. A person can die because of Alcohol poisoning before experiencing the dangerous effects of thujone if drunk an impossible amount of Absinthe!
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.
– Absenta – Spanish Absinthe which tends to be sweeter than normal French or Swiss Absinthe because it is made with Spanish Alicante Anise.
– An Absinthe that lacks herbs like aniseed or fennel is not wormwood bitter in comparison to Bohemian or Czech style Absinthe.
All of the above Absinthes contain wormwood but some Absinthes which were developed during the ban are not real as they do not contain thujone or wormwood.
You can also make your own Absintheby using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are distilled using modern carbon dioxide distillation and contain the classic Absinthe herbs – aniseed, wormwood and fennel. By mixing with a neutral alcohol like vodka or Everclear one can make his own Absinthe with real wormwood.
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