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Distilled Absinthe

Distilled absinthe is made by distilling grande wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), anise, and other botanicals in a base spirit, and usually following that with a second distillation. Distilled absinthe becomes more complex during maceration, which occurs after the first distillation, and it takes on its bright emerald coloring during a secondary maceration, wherein hyssop and melissa are usually steeped in the spirit and impart chlorophyll to the spirit. This chlorophyll is responsible for the green coloring, and also considered a critical element in the aging of absinthe. Absinthe with this natural green coloring is called absinthe verte.



In French absinthe verte, the base alcohol is sometimes made from beets, while other makers such as Pernod Fils prefer to use grape-based alcohol. The base spirit, which is usually about 85% alcohol, is left with crushed herbs (wormwood, green anise and Florence fennel are the main ones, and called the "holy trinity") to macerate. The base spirit is infused with flavors and oils from the botanicals, but remains colorless. A percentage of this spirit is then put back into a pot or vat with other herbs, usually melissa, hyssop and petite absinthe. After a second maceration, this new spirit, which is usually green in color, is blended with the clear absinthe spirit and then is aged for up to several months. If the spirit is bottled before this secondary maceration, it remains clear and is called a "blanche absinthe."



Distilled absinthe is usually considered superior to mixed absinthe, and is being produced in France, the U.S. and other countries by craft distilleries. St. George Absinthe Verte, the first absinthe to be made in the U.S. since the ban on absinthe was repealed in the 1990's is made using the traditional distilling technique, as is Lucid, the first absinthe to be made in France after the lifting of the absinthe ban. Other brands which are classified as traditional, distilled absinthe include Nouvelle Orleans (France), Mansinthe (Switzerland), Duplais Verte (Switzerland) and Obsello Absinthe Vert (Spain).

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Distilled absinthe is made by distilling grande wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), anise, and other botanicals in a base spirit, and usually following that with a second distillation. Distilled absinthe becomes more complex during maceration, which occurs after the first distillation, and it takes on...

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