Faux Absinthe

These are products which are labeled as absinthe but, for one or more reasons, do not qualify as such according to the Wormwood Society's criteria.  These criteria are based on the characteristics of properly-distilled absinthes made at the height of absinthe's popularity in the late 19th century. Briefly, the criteria are:

• Minimum 90 proof.
• May not contain sugar or other sweeteners.
• Must contain Artemisia absinthium wormwood as a main ingredient.
• Must have a main characteristic flavor of anise and wormwood.

Literally every genuine pre-ban brand of absinthe of which we have knowledge fits these criteria, and any evidence that any differing expression of absinthe ever existed is completely absent. Unfortunately, just as there were impostors and inferior products in the pre-ban era, so there are opportunistic and deceptive brand-creators today.

Deception: Some of the brands in this section do not contain wormwood of any kind.  Some may contain some species of Artemisia, but not absinthium. Most are made by simply blending neutral spirits, flavorings, and artificial colors. Most also contain very little or no aniseed, and some achieve a louche effect with additives such as resins and gums, just as imitations did in the 19th century. Some may approximate absinthe technically, but their flavor profile is idiosyncratic and uncharacteristic of absinthe

Sensationalism: We strongly advise consumers to avoid brands making claims about alleged psychedelic, hallucinogenic or aphrodisiac properties of absinthe.  These claims are false, and the hallmark of inferior and spurious brands. There are no known authentic brands which employ these questionable tactics.

If you would like to add a review, please use the criteria in the Wormwood Society Absinthe Scoring Guide to determine your score.

 
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From the L'Or web site:

Strong alcoholic liqueur made with herbal extracts, the main herb being wormwood. An emerald green drink with a distinctive taste. Manufactured according to the original French recipe with 70% alc. vol. and a production method that has been improved in excess of today's required standards. All the essential ingredients are carefully selected and processed to ensure the unique taste of Absinthe. Expressive taste and characteristic cloudy effect make this drink one of the best Absinthes on today's market. Contains 10 mg/kg of thujone. A genuine product with the original Czech label.

 
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Comments by the maker:

Absinthe 35 is the newest addition to our Absinthe collection and bridges the gap between our King of Spirits GOLD and other Absinthe brands. This Czech Absinthe contains an excellent mixture of selected herbs, 70% alcohol and 35 mg of thujone it also offers a distinct bitter herbal flavor. It’s an Absinthe without aniseed and contains no artificial flavor.

If you are ready for something stronger, but not quite ready for the King of Spirits Gold, then Absinthe 35 is a perfect choice for you.

 
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