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Absente FAQ’s

We are always working to dispel rumors and myths about our favorite verte drink. In doing so, we have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions:

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.

What botanicals are Absente made from?

Absente is made from very traditional absinthe botanicals, including the legendary wormwood, or artemisia absinthium. Some of the other botanicals include sweet anise, star anise, lemon balm and peppermint. Learn more about our botanicals.

Is Absente the same proof as the original Absinthe?

Absente is a slightly streamlined absinthe recipe but still maintains a potent 110 proof (55% alc/vol).

Where does Absente get its green color from?

A method practiced and mastered by the French was to add regional herbs like sweet balm to the distilled liquor to introduce additional flavors, aromas and a green color to the finished liquid.  In order to truly replicate this traditional absinthe recipe, we incorporate this legendary technique when producing Absinthe Ordinaire.

Why does Absente turn cloudy green?

It’s because the highly concentrated oils that give Absente its unique flavor are more soluble in alcohol than in water.  Although it pours emerald green from the bottle, Absente turns an opalescent green when combined with water.   This also opens up the flavors of the botanicals to create a surprisingly refreshing drink.

What is the connection between Absinthe and Art?

Drinking absinthe was a ubiquitous custom in 19th century Paris, highly favored by the artistic and literary elite.  Bohemian artists such as Picasso, van Gogh, Rimbaud, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Oscar Wilde immortalized absinthe; and writers such as Baudelaire and Hemingway gave absinthe credit for their inspiration.  That’s quite a drink!

Why was absinthe banned?

Absinthe was outlawed in the United States and throughout much of Europe in the early 1900s because it was believed to be destructive and highly addictive.  Absinthe was blamed for many of the political and social ills of the time, thus becoming – and remaining – a symbol of decadence.

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