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 herbs such as grande wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Althought Absinthe is distilled at high proof and is quite strong, it is served diluted with iced water. Absinthe is twice as strong as other spirits such as vodka and whisky.
Absinthe contains the wormwood which gives the drink its bitter taste. Wormwood contains the chemical thujone which was one of the reasons why the drink was banned in the early 1900s. It was thought that thujone was psychoactive and harmful to health. Studies 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 prepartion method called The Ritual. A shot of Absinthe is diluted with water dripped over a cube of sugar on an Absinthe spoon. The water mixes into the alcohol causing the drink to louche becoming cloudy. Only top-quality Absinthe containing real herbs and essential oils with louche properly.
Where to find Absinthe online – real Absinthe
To enjoy Absinthe you need to order a quality Absinthe made by a reputable distillery. Absinthe that contains wormwood. Most websites will give details about abv (or proof) and thujone content. For example, Absinth24.net says that Absinthe La Clandestine from Claude-Alain Bugnon has an abv of 53% but less than 30mg of thujone. Thedrinkshop.com, which is a UK based company gives very good product descriptions of the Absinthe available to order on their web shop and also has product reviews.
Another good way of ensuring 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. However, AbsintheKit. sells real wormwood Absinthe essences which is distilled by CO2 distillation. 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.
The essences comes in 4 unique varieties:-
Absinthe Classic Essence – The essence which makes a classic Absinthe with thujone content of 35 mg.
Absinthe White Essence – Use this essence to make a clear Absinthe reminiscent of Swiss La Bleue style Absinthes. This essence produces an Absinthe with a 35 mg 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 – This essence should be used if you want a dark green Absinthe with a stronger wormwood flavor. The content of thujone will be 55mg.
The essences are available in 20 ml bottles or in 280 ml bottles. The AbsintheKits contain a 280 ml bottle of essence, a plastic measure and artistic bottle labels.
To buy Absinthe online it is important to get quality Absinthe that tastes right and that louches. Find reputable companies selling award winning brands or make your own from essences.