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  Comments (1)  

Absinto Camargo – Absinthe from Brazil


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!

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.

By John Mautone – Dylan Prime, NY
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.

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.

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.

2 oz Absinto Camargo
4 oz Vita-coco coconut water

Shake ingredients with ice and serve on the

Jacques Bezuidenhout, San Francisco,
1 1/2 oz Beleza Pura Super Premium
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  Comments (1)  

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  Comments (2)