Like 19th century artists and "damned poets", do you like strong emotions? Revisit the legend of the green fairy through Absente!
GRAND ABSENTE 69° is a very aromatic, intense and complex absinthe, with dominant plants, spices and bitterness at the end.
The most authentic of absinthes, Grande Absente 69º is a bitter liqueur that contains more absinthe plants and less sugar.
In 1830, in Algeria, officers used to advise their soldiers who were not feeling well to add a few drops of absinthe liqueur to the more or less pure water they were given to drink. But the soldiers and their officers preferred to increase the dose, and this beneficial liquor also cured homesickness.
And so absinthism was born, on African soil, and the medicine became a source of intoxication.
But campaigns against alcohol sprang up across most of Europe, and the main target was absinthe.
Belgium banned absinthe in 1906 and Switzerland followed suit in 1910. France simply levied a tax on it. But on January 7, 1915, Poincaré confirmed these various measures; on March 4, he extended the measures to several limitations that applied to bars, and eventually there was an outright ban on absinthe.
This liqueur is prepared from an infusion and essence of absinthe herbs (1.5%), lemon balm and mint brandy, cane sugar and alcohol.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), with its fragrant gray leaves, was once used to flavor sauces and to make the famous liqueur known as “The Green Fairy”.
It was banned in 1915 because of the toxicity caused by absinthe. However, while only part of the herb was toxic, it was extremely bitter. At the time, the toxicity was attributed to a substance known as thujone. Today, Absente, a liqueur made with the herb wormwood, differs from its older sister in one important respect: some active ingredients from the herbs (thujone, fenchone pinocamphone) are included today, but in minuscule doses, according to regulations.
This liqueur is composed of alcohol, sugar, artemisia essence and infusion, green anise brandy, star anise essence (anethole), lemon balm and mint brandy and absinthe essence.
The infusion of mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) gives Absente its structure.
The subtle flavors of fennel, mint and spices in the spirits and essences give Absente its balance, finesse, freshness and its surprising ability to linger on the palate.
When drinking Absente, anything is allowed (well, almost anything): Absente can be poured over shaved ice or ice cubes. Those who like strong sensations will drink in a shot.
Those who prefer an unsweetened, bitter taste can simply add cold water to Absente.
Fans of the tradition carefully perform the time-honored practice of placing a sugar cube on the slotted absinthe spoon and balancing it over the glass.
Then they pour water slowly. This dissolves the sugar and the Absente turns opalescent green.
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