The legalization of Absinthe in the USA and other countries has made it famous once again in the world. Several young people are tasting it for the first time and knocking it back without caring for it’s alcohol content. Learning about Absinthe proof?
Along with blend of herbs wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel is used in the making of Absinthe. The characteristic emerald green coloring of classic verte styles of Absinthe gave it the name of the Green Fairy, La Fee Verte.
According to the Ritual one has to dilute Absinthe with iced water before consuming it. One can see the louche effect after dripping the water over a sugar lump on a slotted spoon and into the Absinthe.
There were restrictions on Absinthe due to the wormwood content in it. Dr Valentin Magnan tested worwmood on guinea pigs in 1845 and found that a guinea pig given wormwood oilhad convulsions, whereas, a guinea pig given alcohol just got drunk. According to Magnan Absinthe was much more harmful than other types of spirits because of thujone content in it. Thujone was thought to a psychoactive element. Absinthe was unauthorized because of this.
Even in 1975, a nature magazine claimed that a thujone molecule was similar in structure to THC from the drug cannabis and that they therefore acted in a similar manner.
People have now understood that all these claims are inaccurate and false. However thujone acts on the GABA receptors of the brain when taken in large amounts but it is different from THC. Research prove that Absinthe contains very small amounts of thujone which is not harmful. Before being affected by thujone one will die due to alcohol poisoning when taking Absinthe in large amount!
One should drink Absinthe in balanced amount as it will get him drunk quite quickly.
What is Absinthe proof?
Let’s see what the proof of well-known brands of Absinthe is:-
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% abv (136 proof)
There is 65% abv in Jade Verte Suisse
There is 72% abv (144 proof) in Jade Edouard
Jade PF 1901 contains 68% abv (136 proof)
The abv of Roquette 1797 is 75% (150 proof)
There is 65% abv (130 proof) in Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or
Kubler 53 is available with 53% abv (106 proof)
The abv in La Fee Parisian is 68% abv (136 proof)
La Fee Bohemian 70% abv (140 proof)
There is 68% abv (136 proof) in La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise
La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse is available with 53% abv or 106 proof
One can get 70% abv (140 proof) in Mari Mayans Collectors 70
Pernod Absinthe is available with 68% abv (136 proof)
Pere Kermanns is available with 60% abv (120 proof)
The abv in Sebor is 55%
La Clandestine Absinthe contains 53% abv (106 proof)
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
If we compare that to other alcoholic beverages we can see that Absinthe is very strong:-
Everclear 95% abv (190 proof)
Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky is available with 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof)
People can find 9-12% alcohol by volume (18-24 proof) in Table Wine
Beer contains 4 or 5% alcohol by volume (8-10 proof)
38% abv (76 proof) is found in Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila
Absolut Blue Vodka 40% abv (80 proof)
If you make homemade Absintheusing essences from AbsintheKit.The homemade Absinthe’s proof is according to the type of neutral alcohol that is being used.
What is Absinthe proof? The answer is very high!