Since there has been an Absinthe revival in many countries over the past few years, many people are seeking Absinthe info.
Absinthe is also famous as “La Fee Verte” or “The Green Fairy”. Generally it is distilled with a wine base and different types of herbal ingredients.
The main herb in Absinthe is common wormwood, artemisia absinthium, which gives Absinthe both its name and its distinctive bitter taste. Countries like the USA regulated the use of thujone so fake Absinthes were manufactured there which do not contain wormwood.
Absinthe production also includes other types of herbs and essential oils like fennel, green aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, juniper, angelica, licorice, dittany, coriander, nutmeg and sweet flag. When water is mixed with Absinthe it louches. 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 was thought to be the cause for psychedelic effects. People believed that Absinthe contained a high quantity of thujone and was extremely toxic and dangerous. In the beginning of 1900s lots of nations banned Absinthe.
There is no truth in the statements and claims given about Absinthe. Thujone can be harmful when taken in large quantities. Absinthe from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries was thought to contain as much as 350mg of thujone per kg, recent studies have shown that it contained a maximum of 6mg per kg – a huge difference. Thujone can be dangerous only if excess amount of Absinthe is taken by a person!
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 is a Spanish Absinthe which tends to be sweeter than normal French or Swiss Absinthe.
– An Absinthe that does not contain other herbs such as aniseed or fennel is not a wormwood bitter.
Thujone or wormwood is the important content of real Absinthe.
You can also make your own Absintheby using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. Modern carbon dioxide distillation is used to distill these essences. They are easy to use – just mix with a neutral alcohol such as vodka or Everclear to make your very own Absinthe with real wormwood.
AbsintheKit.com provides more Absinthe info and info about buying essences, replica spoons and Absinthe glasses.com.