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Absinthe

Absinthe is the drink that needs little introduction, its reputation precedes it more than that of any other spirit in the world. La Fée Verte (The Green Fairy), as it is known, is distilled from the herb Grande Wormwood an ingredient used in many herbal drinks, including Bitters.

Absinthe is usually bottled at very high strength and it is made with neutral alcohol and various herbs. Traditional variants are made with white grape spirit, though absinthes are often made using alcohol distilled from grains and potatoes of beets. The three main ingredients, sometimes known as the “Holy Trinity”, are Florence fennel, Green Anise and Grande Wormwood. Other flavourings include star anise, angelica, coriander and nutmeg.

Absinthe comes in various styles, including Blanche (also known as la bleue) which is bottled immediately after distillation and is clear in colour. Verte absinthe is coloured with a mixture of herbs post distillation, and Verte absinthes are similar to the Spanish Absenta – which differs in slightly in flavour (the addition of Alicante anise brings added sweetness). Bohemian Absinthe, often known as Czech-style absinthe, is made with very little or no anise or fennel, relying on wormwood for its flavour – it also has a very high alcoholic content.

Absinthe has been portrayed as a dangerous intoxicant—even a narcotic—though its infamy has also been a blessing in disguise since the drink has gained an almost mythical reputation – with all sorts of suggestions of hallucinogenic effects and visions of green fairies and the like. The blame is usually centred on the chemical thujone which, if present, is only found in very small quantities.

It was also, incorrectly, purported to be a cannabinoid (a narcotic compound present in a drug with a similar sounding name). This is untrue, and thujone is allowed in certain foodstuffs in the EU. Studies have also shown that there are only minute quantities of it in absinthe.

Absinthe was paraded as the poster boy for the temperance movement (a shunning of alcoholic drinks). All sorts of woes and social immoralities were blamed on it. Vincent Van Gogh was famously said to be intoxicated with absinthe when cutting his own ear off and the drink was famously enjoyed by such eminent figures as Toulouse Lautrec, and even Oscar Wilde. Whilst much of the controversy surrounding absinthe is factually inaccurate, we would recommend that, due to its high alcoholic strength, it be drunk diluted and in moderation. It should be treated with respect!

The French Method of drinking absinthe involves the traditional slotted absinthe spoon. Absinthe is poured into the glass first. Then the slotted spoon is placed atop the glass with a sugar cube on it. Using a slow drip fountain, water is gradually dripped onto the sugar cube, and into the glass, until the cube is dissolved. The spoon is then used to stir the drink. Note, it will become cloudy thanks to the Louche Effect.

The Bohemian Method (We recommend you do not attempt this – it’s rather dangerous!) involves using a traditional heatproof absinthe glass, absinthe is poured into the glass, the slotted spoon is placed on top of the glass and an absinthe-soaked sugar cube is placed on the spoon. The sugar cube is then lit, and the cube is dropped into the drink and allowed to burn out. This removes some of the alcoholic content, as well as things like eyebrows and fringes (note – not a recommended grooming method).

Did you know? Thujone is not exclusive to absinthe; there is actually thujone present in many herbs, including sage.

Mr. Jekyll Absinth

70cl, 55%
Mr. Jekyll

Mr Jekyll is bottled at a relatively 'low' strength of 55%. Low, at least, for an absinthe. If you wanted a softer introduction to the green fairy, this is a good place to start.  More info

Mr. Jekyll Absinth

Combier Blanchette Absinthe (20cl)

20cl, 60%
Combier

French absinthe here from Combier, though it may not be green, Blanchette harnesses all the flavours of fennel, wormwood and anise! At 60% ABV, it's full of flavour and ought to be a great addition…  More info

Combier Blanchette Absinthe (20cl)

La Fée XS Absinthe Française

70cl, 68%
La Fée

This absinthe from La Fée is distilled in Pontarlier, France, and it's made in very small quantities to an old-fashioned French recipe, based on locally-grown Grand Wormwood.  More info

La Fée XS Absinthe Française
$96.60

Absinthe Tasting Set

15cl, 58.6%
Drinks by the Dram

A spirit steeped in infamy and history, Absinthe requires little introduction. Nicknamed La Fée Verte (The Green Fairy), Absinthe is distilled from the herb Grande Wormwood, and has a bittersweet,…  More info

Absinthe Tasting Set

La Pontissalienne

50cl, 56%
Distillerie Guy

A subtly relaxed absinthe from the Distillerie Guy, a name long associated with top quality absinthe. For the La Pontissalienne, they've created an expression that aims for a good balance between the…  More info

La Pontissalienne
$40.30

Ditch Twisted Ritual Absinthe

50cl, 68%
Jonas Åkerlund

A Swedish absinthe created in collaboration with heavy metal drummer and director, Jonas Åkerlund. This particularly dark absinthe is made using classic ingredients like wormwood, anise and fennel.…  More info

Ditch Twisted Ritual Absinthe
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Liquoristerie De Provence Versinthe La Blanche

50cl, 55%
Liquoristerie de Provence

A vacuum distilled absinthe from Liquoristerie De Provence, made using a blend of 20 plants. It's not as green as you might expect an absinthe to be - in fact, we could probably go so far as to say…  More info

Liquoristerie De Provence Versinthe La Blanche

Mansinthe

70cl, 66.6%
Mansinthe

Mansinthe is an aptly titled absinthe created by the one and only Marilyn Manson! Produced in Switzerland, this absinthe has been made using wormwood alongside a selection of other classic herbs and…  More info

Mansinthe
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Enigma Oak Aged Verte de Fougerolles Absinthe

70cl, 72%
Enigma

Ah, absinthe! Muse of poets and artists! Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Lord Byron, Edgar Allan Poe and that lad who cut his ear off. No other drink of modern times has inspired such mythology - except perhaps…  More info

Enigma Oak Aged Verte de Fougerolles Absinthe

La Pontissalienne 1l

100cl, 56%
Distillerie Guy

La Pontissalienne is a stylish, delicious Absinthe from Distillerie Guy, which gives us a well-balanced snapshot of herbaceous wormwood and vibrant anise, alongside a selection of other classic…  More info

La Pontissalienne 1l

Enigma Verte de Fougerolles Absinthe

70cl, 72%
Enigma

This superb unfiltered premium absinthe was crafted from a grape-base alcohol and a combination of aromatic herbs and plants, including grande and petite wormwood, anise, fennel and hyssop. Each…  More info

Enigma Verte de Fougerolles Absinthe

Redux Absinthe

75cl, 65%
Golden Moon

A well-made absinthe from Colorado's Golden Moon distillery, inspired by the distiller's years of research on the contentious spirit.  More info

Redux Absinthe
$63.04

Enigma Verte Suisse Absinthe

70cl, 65%
Enigma

A premium Swiss absinthe verte developed at the Matter-Luginbühl distillery, Enigma Verte Suisse Absinthe was created using an array of carefully selected plants including Artemisia absinthium, green…  More info

Enigma Verte Suisse Absinthe

Brut d’Alembic Absinthe Blanche

50cl, 81.6%
Liqueurs de France

This Absinthe Blanche from the Brut d’Alembic series is made to a recipe from a distiller's manual that dates back to 1815! It features botanicals including grand wormwood, fennel, hyssop, green…  More info

Brut d’Alembic Absinthe Blanche

Nemesinthe Absinthe

70cl, 60%
Nemesinthe

A collaboration between Liqueurs de France and an innovative Swiss company resulted in this modern absinthe,inspired by the romance of the Belle Époque, but for contemporary drinkers. The name comes…  More info

Nemesinthe Absinthe

Absinthe Pigalle

70cl, 70%
Pigalle

Unlike many example of absinthe, this particular expression is made predominantly using maceration techniques to get the botanicals to release their flavours rather than distillation. The result is…  More info

Absinthe Pigalle

Absinthe Un Émile Blanche

70cl, 68%
Les Fils d'Emile Pernot

A colourless absinthe, produced by Émile Pernot in Pontarlier. Presented at a full-on 68% ABV, you'll want to enjoy this well diluted in chilled water, with or without the classic sugar cube.  More info

Absinthe Un Émile Blanche

Berger Vert & Vif Absinthe

70cl, 55%
Berger

The Swiss Berger brand dates back to Charles Frédéric Berger in the 1830s, with the company having to switch to pastis production in 1915 as the infamous spirit was prohibited. It took almost a…  More info

Berger Vert & Vif Absinthe
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Absinthe de Pontarlier

50cl, 45%
Distillerie Guy

Wonderfully intense with herbal flavours, this is Absinthe de Pontarlier, produced by Distillerie Guy in France. Perfect for enjoying in the traditional way, so have your absinthe spoon and sugar…  More info

Absinthe de Pontarlier

Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure

70cl, 60%
Philadelphia Distilling

Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure is a very handsome American Absinthe produced by Philadelphia Distilling, using grain spirit as a base and a selection of traditional Absinthe botanicals. These…  More info

Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure
$61.14

Adnams Absinthe Verte

50cl, 66%
Adnams

This absinthe from Southwold brewers/distillers Adnams, is inspired by an old French recipe and is perfect in cocktails or by itself with a little water and sugar.  More info

Adnams Absinthe Verte

Pére Kermann's Absinthe

70cl, 60%
Pére Kermann

Pére Kermann is an absinthe made with wormwood extract. It's a bright blue shooter, so don't expect any louche folks!  More info

Pére Kermann's Absinthe

Adnams Absinthe Rouge

50cl, 66%
Adnams

Adnams' Head Distiller John McCarthy became fascinated with the dark and mysterious world of absinthe whilst touring the bars of the United Kingdom and as a result created this, his homage to the…  More info

Adnams Absinthe Rouge

Versinthe La Verte Absinthe 65

50cl, 65%
Liquoristerie de Provence

Verte Absinthe from the Versinthe range, presented at the full-on 65% ABV. Plenty of power and flavour behind this one with deft use of anise at its core. Great for enjoying in the traditional…  More info

Versinthe La Verte Absinthe 65

Louche Absinthe 50cl

50cl, 50%
Louche Abinsthe

A 50cl bottling of Louche French absinthe created by Alain Lemercier, a sixth generation Master Distiller. At 50% abv, this is not one of the stronger absinthes on the market, concentrating instead…  More info

Louche Absinthe 50cl

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