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”

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”

Music To Drink Absinthe To

Last weekend my good friend, iconic artist and absintheur, Dave Sklar dropped by to join me for the Green Hour. He brought his nephew Ben, also an absintheur, here on vacation, along. Talking to Ben I came to find out he’s a vocalist and musician in a group with the interestingly unique, if somewhat hard to remember, name of  Aruvius Thud. I asked him what type of music they played and he stated that it was kind of classical/folk. Well,  last night I sat down with a very fine absinthe and gave them a listen. I must say that I was very impressed. Yes, there are elements of classical and folk music, but these guys have created a style and sound that is unique to themselves. I would describe their music as serenely beautiful, interestingly atmospheric, and at times a bit hauntingly melancholy. I can honestly say that I’ve never enjoyed three songs that I’ve never heard before as much as these. This is the  perfect music to enjoy while imbibing the Green Fairy. The Seattle Washington based trio is comprised of Ben Sklarfowler (harp, guitar, bozouki, vocals), Jeff Brown (guitar, vocals), and Ryan Bak (bass, vocals, brown notes). The next time you’re having an absinthe and want to hear some great, original music go to:

and give the three songs there a listen. Dim the lights, light a few candles, mix yourself an absinthe, and enjoy the ethereal sounds of Aruvius Thud.  I am confident you’ll love what you hear. And if you do, please go to their Facebook page and let them know. I’m sure they’d appreciate it. They will be releasing a CD in the future and I will post an update as to where and when you can get it. Cheers all 🙂

Absinthe Study Session 3 – Absinthe´s Green Color

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.

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Absinthe Party 2002 – Bringing the Green Fairy to Cologne

Check out the images of the first ALANDIA Absinthe Party 2002… Soon after establishing ALANDIA in 2001 we had the wish to spread the word of the Green Fairy! We did that in Cologne/Germany and looking at the lucky people you will agree that it was a success.  The Absinthe Party Vol. I took place on 26.07.2002.