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. Generally it is distilled with a wine base and different types of herbal ingredients.
Absinthe got it’s name and it’s distinctive bitter taste from the wormwood, artemisia absinthium. Some “fake” Absinthes do not contain wormwood because thujone, from wormwood, was strictly regulated in countries like the USA and proper wormwood Absinthe was banned.
Fennel, green aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, juniper, angelica, licorice, dittany, coriander, nutmeg and sweet flag are the other herbs and essential oils used in the preparation of Absinthe. Due to the essential oils Absinthe louches when coming in contact with water. The oils dissolve in alcohol but not in water which causes the drink to go 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. Thujone, the chemical found in wormwood, was claimed to cause psychedelic effects and to be dangerous. People believed that Absinthe contained a high quantity of thujone and was extremely toxic and dangerous. Most of the countries banned Absinthe in the early 1900s.
Everyone is familiar that these statements and claims are far from the truths related to Absinthe. High dose of thujone can be harmful. Recent studies prove that the thujone content in Absinthe is about 6mg per kg. You would have to drink an impossible amount of Absinthe for thujone to be of any danger to you – you would die of Alcohol poisoning first!
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.
Due to the use of Spanish Alicante Anise Spanish Absinthe becomes sweeter than normal French or Swiss Absinthe.
– An Absinthe that lacks herbs like aniseed or fennel is not wormwood bitter in comparison to Bohemian or Czech style Absinthe.
Thujone or wormwood is the important content of real Absinthe.
You can also make your own Absintheby using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences contain the classic Absinthe herbs and are distilled by modern carbon dioxide distillation. Absinthe with real wormwood can be prepared by making a solution with a neutral alcohol.
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