Absinthism and the comparison of Absinthe to Cannabis

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This week you are going to learn about Absinthism and we will deal with the question: Are Absinthe and Cannabis comparable? Enjoy!

Absinthism

Absinthe was the scapegoat at the beginning of the 20th century. It was said, that drinking Absinthe will make you crazy. Even an illness was ascribed, “Absinthism”. Now, as you already know from last weeks article about Absinthe Prohibition, Absinthe is not dangerous. So why does the term Absinthism exist?

The term first came up in the 1860’s when the debate about health issues concerning Absinthe consumption arose. It was claimed that chronic use of Absinthe causes addiction, hyperexcitability, epileptic fits and hallucinations. This was first described in a series of papers by Dr. Valentin Magnan.    …Continue reading “Absinthism and the comparison of Absinthe to Cannabis”

Some facts about Absinthe Prohibition

As probably most of you know Absinthe, the Green Fairy, had been banned most of the 20th century. In the following we have put together some information about Absinthe prohibition. There are so many rumors out there about Absinthe and its prohibition, therefore it is a good advice to check out these facts:

Countries that officially prohibited Absinthe:

Even though there had been a few places that had banned Absinthe already, one can say that the whole prohibition movement started around 1905 in Switzerland. Absinthe was increasingly blamed to be poisonous and got the scapegoat for all societal problems relating to alcohol consumption. The decision to officially ban the Green Fairy was made in 1908 and in 1910 the ban was implemented in the Swiss constitution. In the Netherlands (1909), United States (1912) and France (1914) Absinthe got as well prohibited. Germany followed in 1923 with Absinthe prohibition.    …Continue reading “Some facts about Absinthe Prohibition”

Vintage Absinthe Hermes from Japan

Absinthe Hermes was the one and only Japanese Absinthe. Fortunately this bottle has found its way to our collection. It is from the 1990s, soon after production was stopped. The Absinthe claims to be a liqueur, meaning that it contains sugar. It has 58% alcohol by volume.    …Continue reading “Vintage Absinthe Hermes from Japan”

Vintage Absinthe Suisse Couvet Promo Card

This is our recent addition to our Absinthiana collection: A vintage promo card for Absinthe Suisse from Couvet, Switzerland. It is issued for the general Spanish importer “P. Guibert from Barcelona”. On the card you can see the prices for the different types of Absinthe: Bonne, Superieure, Vielle. You could buy it in cases of 12 bottles (12 liter) or per barrel (100 liter). The price per barrel is significantly cheaper, 2 instead of 4 (Pesetas?). If you pay within 3 months you get a 2% discount on your Absinthe purchase. Cheap :-)!    …Continue reading “Vintage Absinthe Suisse Couvet Promo Card”

Absinthe Strong68 Review: Is it any good?

Dear Absintheurs, Strong68 is an all time favorite. It is the bestselling Absinthe of ALANDIA from the day it was launched (2002) until today (2015). People love this Absinthe for its strong Absinthe effect. Nevertheless you can find some harsh reviews in the net about Strong68. You can read that the Absinthe is “very bitter” and the Absinthe forum Wormwoodsociety even calls it “Another ‘Czechsinthe’ product with macerated Wormwood”. Why is this the case? How can a besteller have such a bad reputation…? Here is the Strong68 review.    …Continue reading “Absinthe Strong68 Review: Is it any good?”

The new Slipstream Absinthe Pipe Ritual

Dear Absintheur, this is our latest arrival, the Slipstream Absinthe Pipe! This unique pipe was invented to bring together a convenient modern day Absinthe experience that embraces the traditional roots of the Absinthe louche ritual. Sipping Absinthe with this pipe is a real experience! It creates the best louche ever! We especially like this absinthe accessory as it was inventend by a friend of us, Dimitri. 6 years ago we met at the “Fete de l´Absinthe” Absinthe festival in Boveresse (Switzerland). At this time Dimitri already had some ideas how one can optimize the louche experience. Nevertheless it took some years till the first prototype was available. Now, 6 years later fortunately the vague idea became a real product, the Slipstream Absinthe Pipe is now available for sale!    …Continue reading “The new Slipstream Absinthe Pipe Ritual”

Absinthe du Centenaire the Prohibition Absinthe

Absinthe du CentenaireA new Absinthe was recently launched. Its name is Absinthe du Centenaire. What is the story behing this new Absinthe..? Well, it is like the name says a “Century Absinthe” connected to Absinthe prohibition. January 7th, 1915 is the date when Absinthe got banned in France. Fortunately 100 years later Absinthe production and consumption is once again legal. Especially French distilleries that already produced Absinthe during the thimes of the Belle Epoque offer premium, authentic Absinthe. In reminiscence of this historical event the French Absinthe distillery Devoille has launched Absinthe du Centenaire. It is a limited edition, as its production and recipe focuses on authenticity and quality.    …Continue reading “Absinthe du Centenaire the Prohibition Absinthe”