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Botanicals

Absente is a dazzling emerald green spirit…

made from natural, traditional botanicals and a special century’s old recipe. Absente is distilled in the tradition of absinthe from a potion of fine herbs and spices. Following are the fine ingredients that combine to create the legendary absinthe:

Herbs

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

Spices

Spices
are 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.

Angelica

Angelica

Literally the “herb of the angels,” angelica is actually a member of the parsley family. With its green, celery-like stalks, its aromatic seeds have been used to flavor cordials and liqueurs.

Anise

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.

Wormwood

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.

Peppermint

Peppermint

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.

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.

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

A perennial herb in the mint family, native to Southern Europe, boats leaves with a gentle lemon sent. The lemon taste is as strong as the aroma. Lemon balm is also known as sweet melissa or sweet balm or just plain balm.

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