The Internet is a useful resource when it comes to trying to find out where to get Absinthe, especially if you do not know much about Absinthe and what to look for. Absinthe is a wonderful mythical drink which is typically served diluted with ice water which causes the Absinthe to louche.
Where to Get Absinthe Advice
There are many unbiased sites online offering advice about how to choose an Absinthe. Sites like La Fee Verte (lafeeverte.net) have got a Buyer's Guide giving valuable help to consumers who want to buy a quality Absinthe. The Buyer's Guide has got a FAQ section, a section on the history of the Green Fairy and a search facility for finding Absinthes by country or brand. It is a great resource for finding out all about modern and vintage Absinthe drinks and people can even post reviews on Absinthes they have tried. It's much better to know what real consumers have thought of an Absinthe rather than just reading what a distiller or supplier has to say about it.
In many countries around the world, you can buy Absinthe at your local Absinthe store. Look out for Absinthes which are clearly labeled Absinthe or Absenta(the name for Spanish Absinthe) and that have a thujone level or contain wormwood. Absinthe just isn't Absinthe without wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium) which gives it both its name and slight bitter taste. Real Absinthes also have a high alcohol by volume (high proof), typically between 50 and 75% abv so be suspicious of low abv Absinthes.
There are many noteworthy Absinthes which are new and modern Absinthes but which are based on historical recipes or on vintage Absinthe. Absinthes which may be worth a try are:-
- Any of the the Jade Collection by the Combier Distillery of Ted Breaux. Breaux tested vintage Absinthes to help him create vintage pre ban style Absinthes. He succeeded and his Absinthes have won many awards. Ted Breaux has even made an Absinthe with Viridian Spirits for the US market. This brand is called "Lucid" and was launched in the US in 2007.
- Doubs Mystique Carte d'Or – This Absinthe is distilled in original 19th century alambics, using traditional methods and techniques, at a distillery in Pontarlier, France. It is a very fine Absinthe.
- Absinthe Roquette 1797 – Also distilled in Pontarlier and named after the horse of the legendary Absinthe creator, Dr Pierre Ordinaire, this Absinthe is made from an original 18th century recipe.
- Absinthe Clandestine – A La Bleue bootleg or clandestine style Absinthe from renowned former bootlegger, Claude-Alain Bugnon. This Absinthe is distilled in Couvet, Switzerland, the home of Absinthe and is based on original La Bleue recipes incorporating classic Absinthe herbs, such as wormwood, fennel and aniseed, with local Alpine herbs.
There are many other award winning and noteworthy Absinthes but that gives you an idea of what is available. Be careful with Czech Absinthe or Absinth because some of it is not traditional Absinthe but more of a wormwood bitter with no anise flavor.
It is also possible to buy Absinthe essences online to make your very own homemade Absinthe. These are better than herbal steeping absinthekits because these are ready to use, already distilled, herbal essences which you just mix with a neutral alcohol such as Everclear or vodka. These essences are available from the web shop of AbsintheKit.com and can be purchased individually or as an AbsintheKit which contains enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, a handy plastic measure and artistic bottle labels to decorate your bottles of Absinthe.
I hope that this guide has helped in your search on where to get Absinthe.
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