Absinthe is an anise-flavoured spirit with a unique mystique. Absinthe's notoriety and cultural significance have led to the prevalent misconception that the drink can cause hallucinations due to the active ingredient, thujone-in reality the thujone level is so low that any effects experienced are entirely due to absinthe's high alcoholic strength.
A concentrated bitters made with the various herbs and plants used to flavour absinthe. L'Extreme d'Absente is high in alcohol and meant to be added a few drops at a time to other drinks - we really don't recommend drinking this on its own...
A 20cl bottle of artisanal La Clandestine absinthe. Produced to a 1935 recipe based on plants from the Val-de-Travers region of Switzerland. Serve 3cl to 3.5 parts of water to enjoy the subtle aromas and flavours.
A small bottle of Jade's 1901 absinthe. Formerly known as PF 1901, this is a recreation of a 1901 recipe spirit from one of the best known brands of aniseed liqueurs in the world. A great introduction to the world of absinthe, with a classic flavour profile.
A 20cl bottle of St. George Absinthe Verte. This was one of the first legal absinthes to be released in the USA after the famous ban was repealed in 2007. Whilst the ban prohibited the sale of Absinthe, it was still legal to distill it, so the distillery had been perfecting their recipe since the mid 1990s in preparation for being able to sell it.
An absinthe designed for cocktails from leading Italian producer Hapsburg. Hapsburg's red expression has a softer aniseed profile and less alcohol than the rest of the range, this will make a visually impressive drink.
Versinthe La Blanche Absinthe is produced at La Liquoristerie de Provence. White absinthe is the only alcohol in the world to be vacuum distilled at a low temperature (just 48 degrees Celsius). The same technique used in the perfume industry, this helps to keep some very delicate aromas. A blend of 20 plants, this can be served straight from the freezer or with sugar.
A verte absinthe from Versinthe, better known for their Blanche which has been on the market in various guises since before the repeal of the French absinthe ban. An intense and decently bitter absinthe.
A particularly interesting product from brewer Adnams, stretching their young distillery even further. Not only is this a traditionally made absinthe, distilled and macerated, it is also made in England. Oh, it's also red. The colour comes from a final maceration with hibiscus flowers, adding in floral and fruity notes.
The Van Gogh edition of Absente 55 from Distilleries et Domaines de Provence. The ingredients include wormwood, green anise, star anise essence and alcoholic lemon balm and mint extracts. Enjoy it just the great man did himself.
The absinthe from the company that opened the first absinthe distillery in 1805. Pernod was the most popular brand of absinthe until it was banned in 1915 and this post-ban release is inspired by that old recipe.
A very strong black absinthe from the popular Hapsburg stable. Black Amere contains the maximum amount of thujone permitted in alcoholic beverages by EU law - 35mg/kg. This is recommended to be drunk mixed with fruit juice, but still works with water in the traditional way.
La Fée Absinthe Parisienne is distilled in Paris based on a 19th Century recipe containing wormwood and is the only absinthe authenticated by Marie-Claude Delahaye, founder and curator of the absinthe museum.