About Absinthe

About Absinthe
Absinthe is a distilled beverage made from a number of seeds and herbs, especially that of the wormwood plant. It is high in alcohol (between 45%-74%) and has, in literature, been referred to as a hallucinatory beverage, known as "the green fairy."

In reality, absinthe is a anise-flavored spirit that can contain ingredients such as fennel or aniseed. While there are many different styles of anise-based spirits throughout the world, such as Ouzo from Greece or Sambuca from Italy, absinthe is generally higher in alcohol.

Absinthe is diluted with water to make it palatable, given is high alcohol and bitter qualities. For some time, it was banned in France, as a neurotoxin in wormwood caused drinkers to become ill. Today, however, improved distillation methods have created a more tame absinthe and the spirit has regained much of its popularity, as well as its mysterious legend.

Top Picks for Absinthe

Absinthia Organic Absinthe Superieure
93 points
$38
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of aniseed, sandalwood, coriander, lemon peel, wormwood, and black licorice with an oily, lively, sweet medium body and a long black pepper, orris root, and spearmint finish. A balanced, Swiss-style absinthe complete with complexities and a true wormwood note.
Awards: 2018 Best Absinthe
Mephisto Absinthe
90 points
$31.99
Brilliant chartreuse color. Aromas and flavors of black licorice, mint tea, tonka bean, and pepper and dill with a lightly tannic, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a hot, complex, long wormwood, praline, milk and honey, and ginseng finish. A tasty, spunky absinthe with good balance and drinkability.
90 points $31.99
La Fée Parisienne Absinthe
88 points
$74.95
Opaque creamy pale yellow chartreuse color. Herbal aromas of aniseed, fennel fronds, and spearmint with an oily, vibrant, sweet full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length carrot blossoms, sea spray, and thin mints finish. A full-bodied, quaffable absinthe with an all-natural character.
88 points $74.95
La Fée Absinthe Blanche
84 points
$69
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of good n’ plenty candies, quassia chips, goat’s milk, and wet tarragon with a light-to-medium body and a hot, short-to-medium finish. A dry, zesty take on traditional absinthe.
NV Absinthe Verte
82 points
$29.95
Brilliant neon green color. Aromas of licorice all-sorts, marshmallow, and tarragon with an oily, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long mint jellies and menthol rinse finish. A bold, fun-hued absinthe for novelty-seekers.
82 points $29.95