Since there has been an Absinthe revival in many countries over the past few years, many people are seeking Absinthe info.
Absinthe is a strong herbal liquor which is nicknamed "La Fee Verte" or "The Green Fairy" because of its characteristic green color. Unlike the alcoholic beverages, beer and cider it is distilled usually with a wine base and lots of herbal ingredients.
The common wormwood, artemisia absinthium gives Absinthe it’s name and it’s distinctive bitter taste. A few "fake" Absinthes lack wormwood because thujone was strictly banned in countries like the USA.
Fennel, green aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, juniper, angelica, licorice, dittany, coriander, nutmeg and sweet flag are the other herbs and essential oils used in the preparation of Absinthe. Due to the essential oils Absinthe louches when coming in contact with water. 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, the chemical found in wormwood, was claimed to cause psychedelic effects and to be dangerous. It was thought that Absinthe contained a high quantity of thujone and was extremely toxic and dangerous. In various nations Absinthe was not legalized in the early 1900s.
Everyone is familiar that these statements and claims are far from the truths related to Absinthe. High dose of thujone can be harmful. Recent studies have shown that Absinthe contain a maximum of 6mg per kg of thujone. A person can die because of Alcohol poisoning before experiencing the dangerous effects of thujone if drunk an impossible amount of Absinthe!
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.
The normal French or Swiss Absinthe is less sweeter than the Spanish Absinthe.
– An Absinthe that lacks herbs like aniseed or fennel is not wormwood bitter in comparison to Bohemian or Czech style Absinthe.
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.
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