There are many websites selling Absinthe and Absinthekits that its hard to know where to buy Absinthe online, especially if you’re new to Absinthe. Absintheliquor.com is probably the best as they also supply the same absinthe essence to the liquor industry from their industrial site distillery-yeast.com.
Absinthe, known as La Fee Verte, is a strong alcoholic beverage with an anise taste. Henri-Louise Pernod’s original Absinthe was made with a base of wine alcohol and flavored with herbs such as grande wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Absinthe is distilled at high proof and is quite strong but it is served diluted with iced water. Absinthe is twice as strong as other spirits such as vodka and whisky.
Absinthe contains the herb wormwood that gives the drink its bitter taste. The chemical thujone is in wormwood which caused it to be banned in the early 1900s. It was thought that thujone was psychoactive and harmful to health. Studies and tests have now shown that Absinthe, even pre ban Absinthe from distilleries like Pernod, only contains trace amounts of thujone and is not harmful.
Absinthe is enjoyed after using a prepartion method called The Ritual. A shot of Absinthe in an Absinthe glass is diluted with water dripped over a cube of sugar in an Absinthe spoon. Water mixes into the alcohol causing the drink to louche and become cloudy. Only Absinthe containing real herbs and oils will louche so you need to make sure you use a top-quality Absinthe.
Where to find Absinthe online – real Absinthe
To enjoy Absinthe you need to order a quality Absinthe made by a reputable distillery. Absinthe which contains wormwood. Some websites will give details about alcohol by volume (or proof) and thujone content. For example there is Absinth24.net says that Absinthe La Clandestine from Claude-Alain Bugnon has an abv of 53% and has less than 30mg of thujone. Thedrinkshop.com, a UK based company gives very good product descriptions of the Absinthe available to order on their web shop and has product reviews.
Another good way of ensuring you use quality Absinthe is to make your own. Home distillation is illegal in many countries unless you have a license and Absinthe just is not real without the distillation process. However, AbsintheKit. has real wormwood Absinthe essences. They contain traditional herbs and are the same essences that AbsintheKit sell to the Absinthe industry. They are distilled so you only need to mix 20 ml of essence with 730 ml of vodka or Everclear. That’s it and it is very easy.
The essences come in 4 different and unique varieties:-
Absinthe Classic Essence – This essence makes a classic green Absinthe with a thujone content of 35mg.
Absinthe White Essence – This essense can be used to make a clear Absinthe reminiscent of Swiss La Bleue Absinthes. This essence produces an Absinthe with a 35 mg thujone content.
Absinthe Orange Essence – Flavored with orange oil with a thujone content of 35 mg.
Absinthe 55 Strong Essence – You should use this essence if you want a darker green Absinthe with a stronger wormwood flavor. Thujone content will be 55 mg.
The essences are available in 20ml bottles, to make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or in 280ml bottles to make 14 bottles of Absinthe. The AbsintheKits contain a 280 ml bottle of essence, a plastic measure and artistic bottle labels.
Where to buy Absinthe online is important so that you get quality Absinthe that tastes right and that louches. Look for companies selling award winning brands or make your own from essences.