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

Absente Absinthe
88 points
Bright light green color. Aromas and flavors of black licorice, tarragon, and floral nuance with a supple, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of custard finish. Rich anise flavor builds on the palate; a warming and full-bodied absinthe.
Absinthe Ordinaire Reserve
87 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh melon rind, lemon supremes, aloe, dill, and spearmint with a silky, bright, dryish light body and an interesting, easy finish displaying notes of fennel and coriander seed. A contemporary and herbaceous Absinthe with a dry, garden-fresh style.
Poet’s Potion Classique Recipe No. 5 Absinthe
84 points
Clear color. Aromas of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, maple waffles, kouign amann, and coriander with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length fennel seeds finish. A delicate Absinthe with sweet, toasty aromatics and a lightly herbal finish.
Oregon Spirit Distillers Absinthe
84 points
Chartreuse color. Herbal aromas of anise, tropical fruit, tarragon, oregano, wintergreen, and violet with a silky, soft, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a warming, swift wormwood finish. A rustic, bitter absinthe with bold herbaceous notes; fun for creative cocktail play