Absente, Absinthe Refined: A legend, a work of art, an inspiration
The drink of artists, innovators and visionaries
Anise This herb is well-known for its licorice flavor, which is used by the food and beverage industry to flavor drinks, foods and candy. When not being sipped or swallowed, anise has been used as an antiseptic, to treat lice and as a lure to attract fish.
Herbs The fragrant leaves of a variety of plants without woody stems. They are used to flavor all types of food and drink.
Spices Pungent or aromatic seasonings obtained from the bark, buds, fruit, roots, seeds or stems of various plants and trees. Not only are they used to flavor food and drink, herbs and spices have been used throughout the centuries for many other uses, including making medicines and perfumes and as part of religious ceremonies.
Wormwood Also known as artemesia absinthium, wormwood is the most legendary and infamous botanical that goes into absinthe. Wormwood’s leaves contain thujone, the aromatic substance that gives absinthe its character and reputation. Wormwood also has medicinal uses. Without wormwood, absinthe simply isn’t absinthe.
Star Anise Named appropriately, star anise is a star-shaped pod with a flavor similar to anise. It is used mainly as a spice and adds that perfect spice kick to absinthe.
Peppermint This very fragrant herb is often used in desserts, beverages, candy and liqueurs as a sweet flavoring. Peppermint adds a nice finishing touch to Absente.
Distillers-Domaines de Provence
Today, Absente is distilled using the same artisanal methods and legendary techniques that were used from 1860-1912. At Distillers-Domaines de Provence located in Forcalquier, the capital of flavors and fragrance, Absente is made from very traditional absinthe botanicals, including the legendary wormwood as well as sweet anise, star anise, lemon balm and peppermint, with one of the oldest traditional recipes in the South of France. Absinthe isn’t absinthe without wormwood, with contains thujone, once believed to boost creativity, enhance clarity and create out-of-body experiences.
Absinthe graced the lips of bohemian artists from the Belle Époque era and ingrained itself in Parisian culture. Absinthe was the trademark drink of artists such as Degas, Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. To this day, absinthe continues to inspire artistic creativity and devotion. Absente actually begins as a “blanche” or “white” in French; when the herbs come in contact with the distillate, Absente becomes a “verte” or “green” and the flavor is also intensified. These magic ingredients create the beautiful green color and one-of-a-kind flavor of Absente.
In 1999, Crillon ImportersChairman and CEO Michel Roux proudly proclaimed that the company was going to bring the notorious and legendary absinthe back to the U.S. market after a long-time ban. Nearly 100 years after its initial ban, Americans can now enjoy one of history’s most legendary spirits in all of its 19th century glory, thanks to the care and crafting of Absente.www.absente.com