I sit at my door, smoking a cigarette and sipping my absinthe, and I enjoy every day without a care in the world.
- Paul Gaugin, 1897
When absinthe was banned in France in 1915, Pernod moved their production across the border into Tarragona in Spain. It was also in Tarragona that Hemingway stayed, and enjoyed his absinthes. Absinthe was never banned in Spain and production have kept on ever since.
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The name Montana dates back to when the Spanish made really good quality absinthes in the mid 1900's. Today, Montana is nothing but an oil mix. But still, one of the better ones.
If you ever find rainbow colored absinthes, you can be sure they're from Tunel - regardless of what the label says. It's simply one more oil mix.
From the island of Ibiza comes this party-laden neon green oil mix. The collectors bottle edition is probably the most common one, so I don't know about the whole "collectors" thing but still, nice packaging.
The Obsello is the first traditional distilled absinthe from Spain in decades. Made by American distiller Bryan Davis in Spain. It does present a little of the "Spanish" touch with citrus and mint.
A label that reads 68 but the drink contains only 50% alcohol... Well, that sets the standard for this brand. Not one of the better Spanish absinthes.
One of many Spanish oil mixes. This brand has been available for a really long time and has that typical citrusy Spanish touch.
One of the very few modern distilled Spanish absentas. The Segarra distillery usually makes excellent brandy and then there's this quite special absinthe.
It was a great pleasure to see a stronger version of the nice Segarra absenta. But that was quickly killed by the wrongful use of Wormwood for coloring. That gives you a nasty bitterness. Too bad.
The famous red Spanish absinthe. Around 2005 several Spanish brands started to make absinthe in all kinds of colors. But the Serpis Red Absinthe is still one of the first, in the modern era.
A slightly stronger version of the classic red Serpis absinthe. If you want to make a Slerpis the right way, this is what you need.
An anise free version of the red Serpis absinthe aimed at the German market which prefers the slightly more bitter taste. I would think that it might do well in cocktails, but other than that I'd stick to the regular Serpis.
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Many writers "of old" wrote poems or passages about absinthe. Some drank it, some didn't. Find some of them here as well as reviews and notes on modern books about absinthe.
The Absinthe Poetry section has seen several updates the past days. Poems and information about more authors; Antonin Artaud, Arthur Symons, Francis Saltus Saltus, Florence Folsom and Robert Loveman. Open your mind and have a drink while you enjoy their lyrics.
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