Century Absinthe 100mg Thujone

100mg Thujone

This one is rare, very rare. It’s a handcrafted artisanal verte (green) absinthe with a difference – 100mg thujone.

Most modern day versions of the Green Fairy (la fee verte) offer nothing by comparison. The talent that is required to transform the noble herb – artemisia absinthium or wormwood – into this kind of sublime green power is largely lost.

Thankfully the talent still exists in some places, and I was lucky enough to be given a glass or two by an serious absinthe collector over the weekend.

I am sorry to say that Century Absinth is no longer available, and the limited numer of bottles that do still exist are highly prized.

One glass was not enough – an amazing wormwood bite without any teasing – this absinth is about wormwood, and there is no mistake. If you want to add sugar, via an absinthe spoon, you can – but for me this was an epiphany, a revelation as to why the great poets and painters praised wormwood:

Come, the Wines go to the beaches,
And the waves by the millions!
See the wild Bitter
Rolling from the top of the mountains!
Let us, wise pilgrims, reach
The Absinthe with the green pillars.

Arthur Rimbaud

If you want the real deal, and you are lucky enough to be able to get hold of a glass, drink deep, this is the purest and most sublime form of absinth wormwood that you’ll ever find.

Marks out of 10? 100..as in 100mg thujone 🙂

Update: Thanks to pressure from a group of absinthe drinkers who like their abinth green (verte) with an icey louche…and of course real thujone, the Green Fairy (La Fee Verte) has wings again 🙂 http://www.centuryabsinthe.com/ Complex rounded wormwood with a backnote of anise and other floral songs dancing in the glass. Louche with iced water (or crushed ice is better) to release the natural herbal flavours and power of this absinthe. As the ice melts you’ll see a ghostly dance in the glass, known as a louche. Comments and opinions please below.

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Absinthe Caselli

Caselli Absinthe

Via S. Bernardo 6 , Sassuolo, Itally is the address of Distilleria Caselli, owned by Galdino Caselli. This absinthe is based upon the original receipe of 1887, the year in which is founder, Francesco Caselli, created a bright blue colour Absinthe, by distilling more than 10 different kinds of herbs, among which Artemisia Absinthium, Artemisia Valesiana, Star Anice and Green Anise.

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Moulin Rooz: Absinthe from Australia

Absinthe Australia

Congratulations to Michael and Alla Ward who won a gold medal at the World Spirits Competition with their Moulin Rooz Absinthe! 94 out of a 100!

Five-times distilled from the finest grapes, with a perfect balance of Elderflower, Gentian, Fennelseed, Hyssop and Wormwood.
A perfect expression of bitter and aromatic herbs, with hints of the Australian Bush
.

http://www.tamborinemountaindistillery.com/products/product_absinthe.htm

‘Historically, Absinthe has been enshrouded in mystery because of the wormwood component and for years has been banned in many countries. But in recent years, it has been allowed to come back. Distiller, Alla Ward has distilled individually botanicals (Including the bitter wormwood) to make up the complex and aromatic pastis style bitters to create this high 60% ALC.VOL of liquid gold”

Neighbourhood News.

Published in: on May 8, 2007 at 11:04 am  Leave a Comment  

Coffee Absinthe from Spain

Coffee Absinthe

Coffee absinthe is made in Spain by Teichenne, a famous Spanish absinthe manufacturer. Black Cat absinthe contains 4 mg/l of thujone and 200 mg/l of sugar, and the only herb from the “holy trinity” of absinthe herbs is wormwood.

http://www.blackcatliqueur.com/

Published in: on May 7, 2007 at 8:56 am  Comments (1)  

Lucid Absinthe

Lucid

A new absinthe called Lucid has been produced by a corporation based in New York. Details are sketchy, but here is what we know so far:

Called Lucid Absinthe Superieure, it’s made from a recipe including Artemisia absinthium, but tests thujone free.

Release date is late May, initially in New York and LA. I spoke to Ted earlier today, and he’s very confident both in the quality of the product, and in his ability to continue producing it with no measurable level of thujone (Source: Oxygenee Blog)

Whether Lucid absinthe has any thujone content is a major issue in the absinthe community. According to Dr Niels Arnold of the University of Kansas pre-ban absinthe had about 260mg/l of thujone.

Thesedays the highest you can find is about 100mg in a natural verte called Century Absinthe – although many mass market modern copies have none at all 😦 Seems that many absinthe drinkers are not hearing the symphony that absinthe drinkers enjoyed in the 19th century, but are just looking at the record label! The debate rages on the web forums and amongst absintheurs.

The issue of thujone in Lucid is also discussed here:

http://czechabsinthe.wordpress.com/2007/07/19/thujone-booster-for-lucid-absinthe/

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Apsinthion – Polish Absinthe


Polish Absinthe

Apsinthion Grand De Luxe is a handmade absinthe produced by the Toorank Distillery at Jasienica, in Poland. This absinthe uses a combination of “wormwood, coriander and peppermint herb distillate“. The herbs are collected from the Wisla mountain and the factors of altitude, air and abundant water make the herbs of excellent quality. It is also said that the formula for this absinthe is based upon a recipe from a captured French soldier taken to Poland in the early part of the 19th century.

The thujone content is noted at a rather high 30mg. This is one of the highest levels of thujone – apart from the Czech absinth brands like Absinth 35 (35mg) and King of Spirits Gold (100mg – and not for sale in the European Union). Apsonthion Grand De Luxe delivers a quality louche.

Polish Absinthe

Absynt Bar at Ul. Miodowa 26, Krakow, Poland

Published in: on April 11, 2007 at 10:02 am  Comments (2)  

Huguet : Andorra’s Absinthe

Absinth Huguet

Andorra is a tiny country perched high in the Pyrenees; it is a popular tourist destination and a tax haven. When absinthe was banned in France in the early part of the 20th century, production started in both Spain and also in Andorra. The Huguet family actually started production of their 68% alcohol absinthe in 1937. As Andorra was neutral during WWII, we understand that production was not interrupted.

This seems to be a macerate, but it is an excellent one, with delicate minty undertones and a well rounded satisfying flavour. The louche is not spectacular, but then the lack of visual display is often sacrificed with these quality herbal macerates.

Thujone is reported to be 5.4mg, which is well within current European Union regulations. Mr Huguet’s distillery is based in Encamp.

An interesting constitutional note is that Andorra is a co-principality with sovereignty shared by The President of France and Spanish Bishops – although a Russian once declared himself Andorran king and was duly arrested in the 1930s!

A aquesta ronda convido jo…Què vols beure ? Absinthe 🙂

Published in: on April 10, 2007 at 2:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Absinto Camargo – Absinthe from Brazil

Absinto

Absinto Camargo is a Brazilian absinthe with 54% (108 proof) alcohol and uses the following ingredients: artemisia absinthium, artemisia pontica, star anise, green anise, fennel, hyssop, coriander, angelica, melissa and mint.

This absinthe is distilled in São Roque, near Sao Paulo, by Remo Lovisolo. If you are after a great louche then Canargo absinthe isn’t going to deliver: you do get a louche, but only a faint one as far as I can see, and thus it is no surprise that there isn’t a strong anise note with this absinthe. I imagine that Brazilians enjoy this drink in a cocktail 🙂 Yes please!

BLUE ABSINTO
1 oz Absinto Camargo
2 1/2 oz pineapple juice
1/3 oz blue curacao
1/3 oz peach liqueur

Shake all ingredients well and strain into a
martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

THE GREEN FAIRY
By John Mautone – Dylan Prime, NY
http://www.dylanprime.com
1 1/2 oz Absinto Camargo
2 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 pineapple juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 oz Johnny Walker Black

Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake well and
strain into a chilled martini glass.

GREEN TANGERINE DREAM
1 1/2 oz Absinto Camargo
1/2 oz peach liqueur
2 oz tangerine juice
1 tbsp sugar

Shake with ice, strain, and serve in a martini
glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

ABSINTHE SPRING
1 oz Absinto Camargo
1 oz Limoncello
3 oz soda
4 mint leaves
2 tbsp sugar

Muddle the mint leaves and sugar in a sturdy,
non-breakable mixing glass. Add absinthe and
lemon soda. Shake with a ice, serve in a tall
glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
2 oz Absinto Camargo
4 oz Vita-coco coconut water

Shake ingredients with ice and serve on the
rocks.

GREEN FAIRY MOJITO
Jacques Bezuidenhout, San Francisco,
California
1 1/2 oz Beleza Pura Super Premium
Cachaça
1 oz Absinto Camargo
8-10 mint leaves
Juice of a whole lime.
simple syrup
Splash of soda

Muddle mint, lime juice and simple syrup. Add
Beleza Pura and Absinto. Add a rocks glass full
of crushed ice. Stir and add soda. Serve in a tall
glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Published in: on April 9, 2007 at 5:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kruts Karport Absinthe

Kruts Karport Absinthe

If you are looking to buy an unusual absinthe, how about Kruts Karport from Copenhagen? It’s a 70% alcohol absinthe, with a powerful green colour, and upon the addition of chilled water provides a very decent louche. The tatse has a strong note of anise, which is how it should be. Enjoyable, drinkable and very green!

Krut’s Karport is also the name of a bar in Copenhagen, once the only place that could sell absinthe in Denmark. You can find it at v. Erik Andersen, Øster Farimagsgade 12. It was the case that they only allowed you to drink a maximum of two absinthes; whether that rule still holds is unknown.

Bunden i vejret eller resten i håret! Cheers!

Published in: on April 7, 2007 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment