GSN Review: Absente

Launched in 1998, Absente was the first legal absinthe liqueur containing thujone. Absinthe, nicknamed the “green fairy” and banned in 1915, was authorized for production again in 1988. But it was only in 2011 that the level of thujone (a molecule present in the plant which, in strong dose, was incorrectly identified as the chemical that drove people mad) is now fixed at a maximum of 35 mg/kg. Absente only contains 10 mg/kg of thujone.

Absinthe is made by macerating various herbs and plants (grand wormwood, petite wormwood, green anise, fennel, amongst others) in a mixture of alcohol and water, followed by distillation. Absente is brought down to 110 proof before bottling.

As for how to enjoy Absente? The famous tasting ritual is still practiced according to the tradition, by pouring chilled water into the absinthe, through a perforated spoon supporting a single cube of sugar. Please do not light anything on fire. This is dangerous and ruins the overall flavor of the drink.

GSN’s Remarks: A well made and tasty absinthe. The flavor is authentic and has a slightly bitter edge, but overall is very much sweet anise, fennel and licorice.  Perfect in a frappe, this also works wonders in a Sazerac. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Crillon Importers Limited


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