With the range of Absinthes, fake Absinthes, colored Absinthes and Absinthe substitutes available, many people are on a quest to find an Absinthe that has an original, genuine, vintage pre ban flavor. So, let’s answer the question “Where can I buy the original Absinthe?” by looking at some Absinthes which are based on historical recipes and that use traditional distilling techniques:-
- La Boheme Absinthe Original – This Absinthe is distilled in the Czech Republic, a country known for its Absinthes, and is made from a 200 year old Swiss recipe. It claims to be the finest quality Absinthe available. More details can be found at laboheme.cz.
- The Jade Collection of Absinthes by Ted Breaux. Ted Breaux was committed to making vintage style Absinthes. He tested vintage bottles that he had collected for their ingredients and thujone levels and then used this knowledge to distill vintage style Absinthes at his distillery in Saumur, France, using 19th century alambics and traditional techniques. His collection includes a classic Pernod Fils style Absinthe, a Swiss green Absinthe, a clear La Bleue style Absinthe and an Edouard Pernod inspired Absinthe. The Jade collection Absinthes have won many awards.
- Absinthe Roquette 1797 – This Absinthe is named after the horse of Dr Pierre Ordinaire, legendary creator of Absinthe. It is based on an original 18th centruy Absinthe and is distilled in the French home of Absinthe, Pontarlier, in 19th century alambics.
Doubs Mystique “Carte d’Or Absinthe” – This is also instilled in 19th century alambics in Pontarlier and is made using traditional methods and ingredients.
La Ptite Absinthe – Produced by Guadentia Persoz in Couvet, Switzerland, the home of Absinthe, this traditional La Bleue is based on a 1898 real Absinthe recipe. Persoz found this recipe, along with an alambic, when she moved into her house in Couvet.
La Clandestine Absinthe – This Absinthe is a La Bleue Absinthe which is also distilled in Couvet. The distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is a former bootleg distiller and bases La Clandestine on traditional La Bleue recipes using classic Absinthe herbs and alpine plants.
Absinthe Duplais – A verte Absinthe which is based on 19th century Swiss Absinthe protocols from a manual written by P.Duplais. It is distilled in Switzerland.
Absinthe Brevans – Also distilled in Switzerland, this Absinthe is based on a recipe from 1897 and on a historical manual written by a distiller named Brevans.
Lucid – By Viridian Spirits and Ted Breaux. This Absinthe was created especially for the American market. The USA has strict rules regarding thujone, a chemical found in wormwood, but this Absinthe has been legalized in the USA. Breaux created this Absinthe by using traditional recipes and techniques.
Where Can I Buy the Original Absinthe Mentioned Above?
From online companies like TheDrinkShop.com or absintheclassics.com, your local liquor store may stock them or you may be able to order them.
In your search for quality Absinthe, you may also come across absinthekits to make your very own Absinthe at home. Some of these kits will just make an Absinthe flavored drink rather than a real Absinthe because they do not involve distilling. AbsintheKit.com sell Absinthe essences, through their web shop, which are already distilled and are made from the finest traditional Absinthe herbs. They make 4 different varieties, including a “strong” essence which contains a higher quantity of thujone. A 20ml essence makes one 750ml bottle of Absinthe or you can buy a kit which makes 14 bottles of Absinthe. A 20ml bottle is $3.95 and a kit, which also includes a measure and arty bottle labels, costs $29. This is a very economical way of enjoying an original tasting Absinthe.
I hope this information answers your question “where can I buy the original Absinthe” and that your quest is successful.