Absinthe as a gift for Christmas

First of all we want to wish you happy holidays, we hope you already enjoyed the time! Here at ALANDIA we, as many other people, start preparing for Christmas, which is why we want to provide you with some great Absinthe gift ideas for Christmas.

Absinthe as a gift for Christmas: The Starter Set

From our experience we know that there are a lot of people out there wanting to try Absinthe, but they have not made the final step just yet. Now, when trying a new product, you often do not want to get a big size and optimally you want to have different kind of varieties to try. That is why we have put together the Absinthe Starter Set  – it is as well the perfect gift for Christmas!    …Continue reading “Absinthe as a gift for Christmas”

What is an Absinthe Glass?

To drink Absinthe the traditional way, you need to have an original Absinthe glass. But what exactly makes a glass an Absinthe glass? We will give you the answer and inform you this week about Absinthe Glasses.

Absinthe Glass: The historic evolution

In its early days Absinthe has been served in the same glasses as every other drink. Since Absinthe has a deeper cultural meaning and gained in popularity a specific design became popular. As you most certainly know a glass for Absinthe normally has a short thick stem, as well as a reservoir in order to measure how much Absinthe you need to pour for one serving. Such a glass is called ‘reservoir glass’. The Pontarlier design was the first specific Absinthe glass. It has as well another indicator, a faceting, to help adding the right amount of water. In the following picture you can see these design characteristics:    …Continue reading “What is an Absinthe Glass?”

Absinthe Ritual: How to drink Absinthe

You have already learned a lot about Absinthe and how to make Absinthe the right way. Today we want to tell you more about the fascinating Absinthe Ritual. We will give you advice how to drink Absinthe traditionally and we we will also explain the reason behind the ritual.

How to drink Absinthe: The original French Ritual

The original way of preparing Absinthe is called the French Absinthe Ritual, which describes as well the historical roots of the drink. The focus is set on the “Louche”, the change of Absinthe´s color when it is diluted with ice cold water.    …Continue reading “Absinthe Ritual: How to drink Absinthe”

Absinthe Reviews: How to find the best Absinthe

When it comes to Absinthe, quality is really important. That’s why we give you a deeper insight on how to find the Best Absinthe.

How to find the Best Absinthe: How to evaluate quality

In our previous article “How to make Absinthe the right way” we already mentioned, that quality Absinthe should be distilled and naturally colored. These are the objective quality measures. You can also say, it is the prerequisite for a good Absinthe. Other than that, as you can imagine, there is not one right method. But there are quality measures that have been developed by experienced Absintheurs to judge Absinthes. This is how the quality measures are split up in many forums and Absinthe tasting events:

Appearance (about 15%), Louche (about 15%), Aroma (about 20%), Flavor and Mouthfeel (20%), Finish (10%), and Overall Impression (20%).    …Continue reading “Absinthe Reviews: How to find the best Absinthe”

How to make Absinthe the right way

There are different methods of making an Absinthe, especially when it comes to quality and taste. That’s reason enough for us to give you a closer look at the different production methods. How to make Absinthe is this weeks topic!

How to make Absinthe: The recipe is important

Knowledge about different herbs and spices is key in producing a tasty Absinthe. That is why successful Absinthe recipes are kept secret by distillers. To be more precise, especially the amount of herbs used in the recipe is key to making Absinthe. Your general objective should be to achieve a balanced, but complex taste. Some herbs are very aromatic, if you take too much of them, the whole Absinthe is ruined.    …Continue reading “How to make Absinthe the right way”

Absinthe Spoons and their usage

Welcome back, glad to have you here! Absinthe Spoons are an important accessory of the Absinthe culture. This week we will give you some more information about this iconic accessory: The Absinthe Spoon. We will briefly explain how to use an Absinthe spoon, in case you are new to the world of Absinthe. Additionally, we present some historical facts about their usage. There are as well many different spoon designs available. Therefore we will give you as well an overview about the different styles.

Why do you need Absinthe Spoons?

Back in the 19th century, people had a sweet tongue. Bitter flavors did not meet the taste of many customers. Therefore it became apparent really quick, that sugar should be added to Absinthe. But, chemically spoken, sugar does not mix with alcohol, which Absinthe is mostly made of. This is why you have to add water, in order for the sugar to be dissolved due to a lower percentage of alcohol.    …Continue reading “Absinthe Spoons and their usage”

Absinthe and Medicine

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Welcome back, glad to have you here! Absinthe and Medicine is this weeks’ topic.
Absinthe and its relationship with medicine is a subject that is often discussed in old books about Absinthe. That’s why we are telling you a bit more about Absinthe and its relationship with medicine today. Enjoy!

Absinthe and medicine..? How about wormwood!

Absinthe and medicine are two words that one normally does not think of together. But as you know, Absinthe is made out of wormwood. So the relationship is rather between wormwood and medicine than between Absinthe and medicine.    …Continue reading “Absinthe and Medicine”

Absinthe and its image in countries

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Welcome back, glad to have you here! We already told you some facts about Absinthe and its prohibition in our recent posts. Now you will learn more about the perception of Absinthe in different countries. Therefore, Absinthe and its image in specific countries will be this week’s topic!

Absinthe and its image: negative perception

England was one of many countries, where Absinthe was perceived as something rather negative. “For the conservative English, however, absinthe symbolised the dissolute, sexually depraved world of the French.” (J. Adams, Hideous Absinthe). This quote does not only show the English perception of France, but rather its’ perception of Absinthe. Of course, this mindset has changed after the re-legalization of the liquor. But still, in many countries including the UK the fame of Absinthe is rather negative. In Holland, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, the US and even in France the drink remained to be associated with alcoholism and health issues.    …Continue reading “Absinthe and its image in countries”

Absinthe and famous personalities: Part 2

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Last week we told you about Absinthe and famous Absinthe personalities. Because there are so many persons we could talk about, we decided to make a second part. We’re happy to read your Feedback.

Disclaimer: This article may include information that reflects old thinking. We only present information that is historically given.

Famous Absinthe personalities: Ernest Hemmingway

He is most definitely the writer that was closest to Absinthe. He came in contact with Absinthe in Spain and Cuba, because of the Absinthe Prohibition in France.    …Continue reading “Absinthe and famous personalities: Part 2”

Absinthe and famous personalities: Part 1

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Absinthe and famous personalities is this weeks’ topic. Because there are many famous personalities that came in contact with Absinthe, this will be the first part of two.

Disclaimer: If you have not yet read the previous two posts, please make sure to read them before you read this one. The following may reflect old thinking and does not reflect the current finding of science or any knowledge.    …Continue reading “Absinthe and famous personalities: Part 1”