Absinthe Mata Hari

Mata Hari is an Austrian Absinthe made in Vienna according to a 125 year old family recipe. Mata Hari is not a classic Absinthe, it has an unconventional taste of violet, clove and cinnamon. Mata Hari is also anise-free.
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SKU: 1033

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Delivery Time: 2-3 days to USA


This Austrian Absinthe is made in Vienna according to a 125 year old family recipe. But Mata Hari is not classic per se, it has an unconventional taste. Mata Hari does not contain anise, contrary to classic Absinthe. The taste is rather characterized by a sweetish, very interesting violet note (similar to the Absinthe "Green Fairy"). The recipe also contains some Christmassy spices like cinnamon and clove. Its green colour is natural, i.e. herbs and seeds are used for colouring. This Absinthe is something special. You just have to try it. Due to its anise-free recipe this Absinthe is also suitable as a mixer with Cola or Red Bull. You will see, these drinks are quite powerful, drink responsibly.


Mata Hari, who gave this Absinthe its name?

Margaretha Geertruida Zelle MacLeod (*1876; †1917) was a Dutch woman better know by her stage name Mata Hari. In 1903, Margaretha moved to Paris. By 1905, she named herself Mata Hari and began to win fame as an exotic dancer. Mata Hari brought a carefree provocative style to the stage. The most celebrated segment of her act was her progressive shedding of clothing until she wore just a jeweled bra and some ornaments upon her arms and head. During World War I, the Netherlands remained neutral. As a Dutch, Zelle was thus able to cross national borders freely. In January 1917, the German military attaché in Madrid transmitted radio messages to Berlin describing the helpful activities of a German spy code-named H-21. French intelligence agents intercepted the messages and, from the information it contained, identified H-21 as Mata Hari. On 13 February 1917, Mata Hari was arrested in her room at the Hotel Elysée Palace on the Champs Elysées in Paris. She was put on trial on 24 July, accused of spying for Germany, and consequently causing the deaths of at least 50,000 soldiers. She was executed by firing squad on 15 October 1917, at the age of 41...

Mandatory Information

Country of Origin: Austria
Alcohol: 60% vol.
Content (l): 0.5
Color: Dark-green
Contains Colorings: No
Sales Denomination: Spirit
Food Business Operator: Alt-Wiener Schnaps-Museum GmbH, Wilhelmstraße 19-21, 1120 Wien
Tasting Notes: Sweet, non-licorice taste with notes of violet


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Average Rating
Based on 8 Reviews

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I\'m not a big fan of the Austrian absinthes as a rule, and this one has a unique flavor, but this one is the only absinthe that caused me to completely lose a night...and not just me but everyone in our group...none of us could remember a thing. I mean, we couldn\'t begin to tell you what happened or what we did. Good thing we had a video camera rolling; there was no trail of mutilated bodies, no one turned violent or aggressive, nothing horrific, just a bunch of people clearly inebriated, laughing, and loving it.

Would I buy it again? No.
Am I glad I have a bottle of it in my supply? Yes.
How did we drink it? Death in the Afternoon.
I must admit, I was surprised when I opened the bottle and the aroma of anise was absent... But, being the optimist I am, I decided to give it a fair chance with an open mind. A nice emerald green greeted me as I poured the first of it. I prepared it traditionally in the French fashion and was happy with the louche, starting at the bottom and working its way up to the top, a nice milky green taking over. The aroma was different and I was quite excited. I took the first sip... Holy Mother of the Green Fairy Herself!!! It was awful!!! Never in my life have I ever had to suffer through such a nasty, disgusting taste in my life! Old leather, overwhelming mint, and harsh salvia greeted me with a kick in the face! I will not make this purchase again...
I must admit I am new to Absinthe, and Mata Hari new recipe was my first bottle. It is way better than Absente and any of the DIY kit Absinthes you can make from those kits you buy online both of which I tried afterwards, and also tastes better than Lucid in my humble opinion... which I am drinking at the moment ! It is also not hard to get in the USA and is also not insanely expensive, nor do you really need any sugar cubes. The 'effect' is quite pronounced and very pleasant. I drank my first bottle in a couple weeks, one or two drinks a day and had no ill effects whatsoever. It has no overwhelming flavor as it contains no Anise, but I found it pleasant with just cold spring water. I would buy it again. Good for beginners. Not too bitter either. Louches well.
The only absinthe to give me a hang over. This absinthe is terrible and I will never buy it again! This is saying a lot considering my choice of absinthes (buying from itrw stores) is limited.

The taste is horrible, like drinking dust with baby powder. The effect is minimal at best. And as I already stated, it gave me a hang over! YUK! Just YUK!
Mata Hari New Recipe is greatly improved over the older version. The flavors are wormwood, fresh mint, Salvia, fresh cilantro, spinach, and an almost spicy finish. The "Heady" feel is obvious (from wormwood, Salvia, and alcohol). I have not drank enough of this at one sitting to get the Salvia "experience" a previous reviewer mentioned. Smoking some 60X Salvia extract is a far more effective method to get that "out of body" experience. The flavors of the new Mata Hari are different and worth having stocked on your bar.

I would love to know which ingredient makes this louche?! The louche starts as an iridescent fiery green growing into a milky-green, deep red, refraction of any back lighting to finish as a lite spinach-green, deep, opaque milk cloud.

This isn't the best Absinthe I have had. It is definitely worth keeping around if even for a change of pace from your usual favorites.

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