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”
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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”
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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”
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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”
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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!
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”
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”
Probably the most famous Absinthe company in history was Pernod Fils. The firm was established in 1805 in Pontarlier (France) by Henri-Louis Pernod. In the beginning, there were just two stills in the factory, producing not more than 16 litres of Absinthe per day. But this should change dramatically…. …Continue reading “Absinthe Study Session 5 — Pernod Fils Absinthe”
The first country, which banned Absinthe was Switzerland in the year 1910. The US followed in 1912 (for “protective” measures), France decided to give death to the Green Fairy in 1915 and Germany followed in 1923. The only countries, which never banned Absinthe were Spain and the UK. …Continue reading “Absinthe Study Session 4 – Absinthe and its legalization”
The Green Fairy is green. But how does the green color come into the Absinthe? The color of Absinthe results out of the maceration of various herbs, which are added to the colorless spirit after distillation. This means after distillation Absinthe is not green, it is a clear but flavorful distillate. When no herbs are added for maceration after this primary distillation you will have a “Blanche” or “Bleue” Absinthe.
A Verte – a green Absinthe – goes through a second process. Additional herbs are infused and the chlorophyll gives the Fairy it´s alluring green color. Besides the coloration, the herbs enhance the flavor profile.
…Continue reading “Absinthe Study Session 3 — Absinthe´s Green Color”