Absinthe Brands








Besides their country of origin you can categorize Absinthe brands according to their Alcohol-Level, their Wormwood-Level and their Anise-Level.

Absinthe Alcohol-Level:

Absinthe has an alcohol-level of 45% to 90% alc. vol. (90 -180 proof). As you blend an Absinthe with cold water, a prepared Absinthe contains approximately 14%. Vintage Absinthes like the legendary Pernod Fils had an alcohol-level of 68%. These numbers were necessary, as only such a high alcohol set free the chlorophyll of the macerated herbs, which gave the Green Fairy her green color.

Absinthe Thujon-Level:

Asides from alcohol Absinthe contains a number of different activating ingredients. Among these thujon is of importance, a substance released by the wormwood plant, known under the name artemisia absinthium. The effects of real Absinthe can be stimulating. Today in Germany and other European Countries the maximum thujon content permitted by law is 10mg per kilogram in spirits and 35mg in the so called "Bitter Spirits". Although the myth exists that vintage Absinthes had enormous thujon contents, modern chemical analyses of vintage Absinthes state, that the thujon level in fact wasn´t that high. Anyway, Absinthe is not a drug and thujon is just one facet of Absinthe. You should be fascinated by the whole Absinthe culture, not only the Absinthe effect, which is actually more of a myth.

Absinthe Anise-Level:

Classic Absinthes use the herb Anise as part of their traditional recipes. The only exception are the Czech brands. Because of cultural differences the Czechs prefer other herbs like melissa for the distillation of the Green Fairy. Nowadays you can find many anise-free Absinthes, as modern producers adapted to the taste preferences of the modern consumers.

Absinthe Origin:

Absinthe has its roots in the French part of Switzerland. There, Absinthe was produced in large quantity to satisfy the demand of Absintheurs worldwide. In the 19th century France and the French part of Switzerland became the epitome for the Green Fairy. Nowadays Absinthe is produced all over the world. For example in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Brazil and as well in the USA.

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