Today, Absente is distilled using the same artisanal methods and legendary techniques that were used from 1860-1912. At Distillers-Domaines de Provence located in Forcalquier, the capital of flavors and fragrance, Absente is made from very traditional absinthe botanicals, including the legendary wormwood as well as sweet anise, star anise, lemon balm and peppermint, with one of the oldest traditional recipes in the South of France. Absinthe isn’t absinthe without wormwood, with contains thujone, once believed to boost creativity, enhance clarity and create out-of-body experiences.
Absinthe graced the lips of bohemian artists from the Belle Époque era and ingrained itself in Parisian culture. Absinthe was the trademark drink of artists such as Degas, Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. To this day, absinthe continues to inspire artistic creativity and devotion.
Absente actually begins as a “blanche” or “white” in French; when the herbs come in contact with the distillate, Absente becomes a “verte” or “green” and the flavor is also intensified. These magic ingredients create the beautiful green color and one-of-a-kind flavor of Absente.
In 1999, Crillon ImportersChairman and CEO Michel Roux proudly proclaimed that the company was going to bring the notorious and legendary absinthe back to the U.S. market after a long-time ban. Nearly 100 years after its initial ban, Americans can now enjoy one of history’s most legendary spirits in all of its 19th century glory, thanks to the care and crafting of Absente.