You seem to loose your feet, and you mount a boundless realm without horizon. You probably imagine that you are going in the direction of the infinite, whereas you are simply drifting into the incoherent.
- American Journal of Pharmacy, 1868
Along my way with the "fairy" I have sampled several brands, contemporary as well as vintage absinthes from around the 1900's. And I can sincerely tell that there is a huge variety in quality and authenticity.
Browse the categories below to read reviews, high and low, on both modern reproductions as well as century old absinthes that take you back in time.
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Another Italian attempt at making absinthe. Candy and liqueur manufacturer Pastiglie Leone makes this citrus-laden absinthe. Compared to the early Italian Dedo it's certainly a step in the right direction. But...
Another one of those first essence mixes to hit the market in late 1990's. Also the only one to be found in stores in Sweden for many years. A shame - that's all I can say.
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.
Pernod Fils' first absinthe with the Pernod name on the label since the French ban in 1915. They claim it's based on the original recipe and maybe the looked at it quickly and then decided to do something completely different. This is not even close to vintage Pernod absinthe.
After the absinthe ban in France in 1915, Pernod moved their absinthe production to Spain. In France, they turned to increase their production of absinthe substitutes. That led to this... Not much like absinthe.
Pernod manufactured absinthe in Spain all the way up to the mid 1960's and these vintage absinthes are some of the more common ones still found unopened today.
The fourth absinthe in the line of pre-ban reproductions to come out from Jade Liqueurs. This mimics a pre-ban Pernod Fils and though it's not an exact replica it's definitely a good absinthe and much closer to the original than the new Pernod Fils absinthe itself.
One of many Spanish oil mixes. This brand has been available for a really long time and has that typical citrusy Spanish touch.
This represents the urtyp of Czech absinth. Bitter.
This essence based absinthe come from a small company, based in Malmö - southern Sweden, known for their liqueurs and aquavits manufactured by mixing essences. The name may be recognized from "Prestige Absinthe Essence"...
Sebor was also a pioneer in Czech absinth. Even though the Sebor isn't distilled it was still one of the better Czech absinths back in late 1990's. But that was back then...
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.
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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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