Absinthe: A very special alcohol
Absinthe is a high proof alcoholic spirit. Brands have an alcohol-level of 45% up to 90%. Some people are always shocked about the strength of an Absinthe, but actually as you blend the alcohol with cold water, a prepared glass of Absinthe contains approximately 14%, not more than a good red wine. Also vintage Absinthes like the legendary Pernod Fils had an alcohol-level of 65-68%. This high-proof is necessary, as only in such a high-proof spirit the natural green color of the Green Fairy is preserved.
How much alcohol has Absinthe?
The common alcohol level is 68% alc. vol / 136 proof. But there are stronger and weaker brands on the market. The alcohol level has as well an influence on the way how you prepare your Absinthe. If you want to prepare your Absinthe according to the Czech-Ritual, which means that you burn the sugar on your spoon, an alcohol-level of at least 60% is recommended. Otherwise the sugar will not catch fire. We have to mention that we actually do not recommend the fire ritual, as it pushes the drug-like image of Absinthe. We, like many other Absintheurs, think that Absinthe is a sophisticated drink with a lot of cuture and style. You should drink it like it was drank 100 years ago, without fire... Check out as well our Absinthe video section, and you will see another argument why you shouldn´t burn your Absinthe. We recommend to drink your glass of the Green Fairy the traditional way: This means only with ice cold water and sugar.
The amount of alcohol in an spirit is often regarded as something special and adventureous. And as Absinthe is a special drink, you also find Absinthes on the market which have a very special alcohol degree. Mansinthe for example, the brand from the artist Marilyn Manson has 66.6% alcohol. Guess why...? And Hapsburg, this is really the strongest spirit which we sell, has 89.9% alcohol. This is really a weapon and has to be drunk responsibly. Another pretty strong Absinthe with 80% / 160 proof is Hamlet Hardcore. Trust, us, that is enough!
Is the Absinthe effect caused by the alcohol?
Absinthe has a different effect in comparison to regular alcohol like beer, wine or even vodka. This is partly the case due to the the high-proof nature of the Green Fairy, but it is also the result of the distilled herbs which are used to make an Absinthe. All of these herbs have some qualities, remember that most of the herbs used for an Absinthe distillation are herbs that are also used as medicine (e.g. fennel, anise, chamomille etc.). Therefore the magic Absinthe effect you can say is a mixture of a buzz from alcohol and a buzz from the natural power of herbs. The famous herb that gave Absinthe its name is wormwood, lat. artemisia absinthium. And the essential oil of the wormwood plant contains thujon. An ingredient that is regarded as toxic. But, and that is why Absinthe is legal, only in very, very high doses. Nevertheless, part of the Absinthe effect is also a result of the contained thujon in this spirit. But, and this is important, Absinthe is not a drug that will make you hallucinate!
Where can I buy Absinthe online?
At ALANDIA: ALANDIA was founded in 2001 and is run by a group of devoted Absintheurs. ALANDIA is based in Germany, but serves Absintheurs worldwide. Back in 2001, when the company was founded, Absinthe was brandnew. And at the beginning there did not exist a real distribution for this special alcohol. It was hard to get decent Absinthe at all. As time went by and through the support of Absintheurs around the world, ALANDIA quickly developed to the leading Absinthe online shop. Nowadays ALANDIA sells more than 200 different alcoholic spirits, including the ALANDIA Spirit line with brands like Strong68, Moulin Vert, République Vintage, Maison, ALANDIA, Gothica, Hamlet and many more. Recently, ALANDIA has entered the Gin market with Six Ravens London Dry Gin. They even have an online store for Premium Gin, Gin-Kingdom. Check it out, they sell premium Gin and Tonic Water.