You’re desperate for your first taste of the mythical Green Fairy, the famous drink Absinthe, but you just don’t know where to begin and are asking “Where can I buy Absinthe?”.
There are just so many websites! The Internet is a great resource for finding quality Absinthe but it can confuse rather than help. Here are some buying tips for finding a genuine vintage tasting Absinthe:-
- An economic way of getting the original vintage taste is to make your own Absinthe from top-quality Absinthe essences. The Absinthe Classics Essence kit from AbsintheKit.com only cost $29 and allows you to make 14 bottles of Absinthe (750ml each). The kit also contains a handy measure and 14 bottle labels. The essence is distilled from traditional Absinthe herbs such as wormwood, aniseed and fennel and makes an Absinthe with a thujone content of 35mg per bottle. AbsintheKit also sell 3 other Absinthekits and replicas of antique Absinthe glasses and spoons.
- Learn as much as you can about Absinthe so you know what to look for. Websites like lafeeverte.net, realabsintheonline.com and absinthebuyersguide.com have got lots of information about Absinthe as well as product reviews.
- Make sure that you buy an Absinthe which contains both wormwood and anise. Some Czech Absinth is anise free and so does not have the distinctive anise flavor. There are also lots of fake or substitute Absinthes on sale which do not contain wormwood and you want to avoid those if you want to try real Absinthe.
- Shop around and compare prices of Absinthe. Suppliers who stock a variety of Absinthes include the UK company Thedrinkshop.com, absintheclassics.com and absinth24.net.
- Buy known brands from reputable distillers who have won awards for their Absinthes and then compare prices between suppliers. See below for well known brands.
Where Can I Buy Absinthe Classics?
Brands that you may want to consider are:-
- Sebor – Sebor Absinth is a Czech Absinth. Real Sebor Absinth with 55% worwmood content is only available from seborabsinth.com. It is a well-known Czech brand with a good reputation.
- The Jade Collection by Ted breaux. These Absinthes have won many awards and were created by Ted Breaux who tested and researched vintage Absinthe and geuine recipes to enable him to create his own vintage style Absinthe. The Jade Collection includes Swiss style Absinthes and French Pernod style Absinthes. A wonderful collection. These Absinthes are available from websites like absintheonline.com.
- La Boheme Absinthe Original – Another Czech Absinthe. This Absinthe is based on a 200 year old Swiss recipe and is described as the finest Absinthe. It is available to order from originalabsinthe.com.
- La Ptite Absinthe du Val de Travers – A Swiss Absinthe distilled in Couvet, home of Absinthe, from an 1898 recipe. It is a clear La Bleue style Absinthe which is handmade and can therefore be hard to get hold of. Stock can sometimes be found on absintheclassics.com.
- Absinthe Clandestine – Another Swiss La Bleue style Absinthe. This Absinthe is also distilled in Couvet but by Claude-Alain Bugnon, a former bootleg distiller. It is based on traditional La Bleue recipes and uses traditional Absinthe herbs with alpine plants. This is available from absintheclassics.com.
Absinthe Roquette 1797 – This Absinthe is named after the horse of the legendary creator of Absinthe, Dr Pierre Ordinaire, and is based on an 18th century recipe. It is distilled in Pontarlier, France, in original 19th century alambics. This is available on many websites including absintheclassics.com.
Other noteworthy Absinthes are Doubs Mystique Carte d’Or, Absinthe Duplais, Lucid (created for the USA) and the Spanish Absenta Mari Mayans 70.
Remember to serve your Absinthe in the traditional manner, using The Ritual. To do this you need to:-
- Pour a shot of Absinthe into an Absinthe glass.
- Drip iced water over a lump of sugar on a slotted Absinthe spoon so that it dissolves into the alcohol. Be careful pouring, do it slowly so you get chance to see the liquor louche.
- Stir and serve – delicious.
Enjoy your quest to find the perfect Absinthe and have fun trying different brands or by making your own. I hope this information has answered “Where can I buy Absinthe?”.