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”
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”
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”
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”
Carnivale is an American TV series. It plays in the United States during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its storyline is primarily about the battle between good and evil and the fight between free will and destiny. In some sequences Absinthe is consumed.
This movie is from 1913. Its title was “Absinthe”. It is the only surviving U.S.-made Absinthe related motion picture from the pre-ban era. You can see in the movie how Absinthe is prepared and consumed.
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”