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Absente, Absinthe Refined: A legend, a work of art, an inspiration

The drink of artists, innovators and visionaries
  • Wormwood


    Also known as artemesia absinthium, wormwood is the most legendary and infamous botanical that goes into absinthe. Wormwood’s leaves contain thujone, the aromatic substance that gives absinthe its character and reputation. Wormwood also has medicinal uses. Without wormwood, absinthe simply isn’t absinthe.
    Star Anise

    Star Anise

    Named appropriately, star anise is a star-shaped pod with a flavor similar to anise. It is used mainly as a spice and adds that perfect spice kick to absinthe.


    This very fragrant herb is often used in desserts, beverages, candy and liqueurs as a sweet flavoring. Peppermint adds a nice finishing touch to Absente.
  • Anise


    This herb is well-known for its licorice flavor, which is used by the food and beverage industry to flavor drinks, foods and candy. When not being sipped or swallowed, anise has been used as an antiseptic, to treat lice and as a lure to attract fish.


    The fragrant leaves of a variety of plants without woody stems. They are used to flavor all types of food and drink.


    Pungent or aromatic seasonings obtained from the bark, buds, fruit, roots, seeds or stems of various plants and trees. Not only are they used to flavor food and drink, herbs and spices have been used throughout the centuries for many other uses, including making medicines and perfumes and as part of religious ceremonies.


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Absente FAQ's

When did absinthe become legal?

Absente was the first legal Absinthe in the U.S. market in 2000, well ahead of any other brand.  In 2007, the U.S. government lifted the ban on wormwood with the guideline we had already pioneered with Absente, with a thujone content no greater than 10 parts per million.  This allowed us to bring more traditional wormwood absinthe recipes back to the U.S. market (like Grande Absente and Absinthe Ordinaire).  All of our absinthes contain a full measure of the legendary botanical wormwood.

What type of absinthe is Absente?

Absente is technically classified as a Verte.  Verte ("green" in French) absinthe begins as a blanche (“white” in French). The distillate is altered by a coloring step whereby a mixture of herbs comes in contact with the clear distillate. This process intensifies the herbal flavor and imparts an emerald green hue from the chlorophyll in the herbs. This coloration step is a technique created and mastered by the French.

Is Absente, Absinthe Refined the real thing? Is it made with wormwood?

Absente is indeed the real deal!  Absente was the first legal Absinthe in the United States since 1915.  In fact, the same process that went into producing the original absinthes from 19th century France was strictly adhered to in creating Absente.  Absente is made with a full measure of the legendary botanical, wormwood, also known as artemisia absinthium.

On Absinthe...

  • Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it.
    Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
    American Author & Journalist (1899 - 1961)
  • Absinthe has a wonderful color, green. A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?
    Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
    Writer & Poet (1854 - 1900)
  • For me, my glory is but a humble ephemeral absinthe.
    Paul VerlainePaul Verlaine
    French Poet (1844 - 1896)
  • The first month of marriage is the honeymoon, the second is the absinthe-moon.
    Writer, Historian & Philosopher (1694 - 1778)

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