Absinthe FAQs

Is Absinthe Legal?

Absinthe was initially banned in the USA in 1912 following several other countries. This was caused by propaganda promoted by the struggling wine industry to regain its foothold after a drought. Ted Breaux and Yves Kübler, helped have the ban revisited and in 2007 the ban on absinthe was lifted and the USA.

Is It Real Absinthe?

Along with the chemical reverse engineering of Ted Breaux, original recipes and unopened pre-ban bottle of absinthe, it has been found that the current varieties of absinthe produced by the better distilleries are true to the original formulation.

Will You Hallucinate?

A 1864 experiment in which a guinea pig exposed to large doses of pure wormwood vapour experienced convulsive seizures. This was later blame the naturally occurring (in wormwood) chemical thujone for these effects. No absinthe has enough thujone to have any effect.

Latest blog posts

Please Don’t Tell (P.D.T.), Manhattan

The final stop on our absinthe tour, and the one that intreaged us the most was PDT. We called to a busy signal for 45 minutes the first night with no avail. The second night (Sunday) I got us a reservation. What makes PDT stand out isn’t it’s huge absinthe menu or cool fountains. It’s how you get in. You won’t find a sign to the bar on the street. What you do find is a quaint little gourmet hotdog joint called Crif Dogs. When you walk in you are greeted by a small little restaurant filled with people looking toward a vintage looking phone booth. Wait your turn, walk into the booth, pick up the phone and let the person who answers know your there. Someone will be with you when your reservation is ready. You walk in and have to remove your hat and jacket. We were seated and given a menu. Since we were there for the absinthe, that’s all we took notice of. It has a rather small selection. I ordered the Pernod aux extraits de plantes d’absinthe and Deeann ordered a glass of Emile Pernot “Vieux Pontarlier” Absinthe Francais Superieure. This is another restaurant that louches the absinthe for you. If you don’t want sugar, make sure you tell them up front. The Vieux Pontarlier was nice and Deeann enjoyed her glass. The Pernod was horrid. Nasty stuff. I had heard bad things about the Pernod but wanted to give it a go. When the waitress asked how everything was I told her. She quickly offered another absinthe. She said if your paying for something, you should enjoy it. I ordered up a glass of my favorite St. George Absinthe Verte and enjoyed it to the last drop. (more…)

Published: February 18, 2012 | Comments: 0

Maison Premiere, Brooklyn

Next we walked over to Maison Premiere. As soon as you walk through the doors you are welcomed by a unique fountain. It’s a replica of the fountains found in The Old Absinthe House in New Orleans. It’s unique because it’s the only one that is fully functional and in use. Once we were seated we are presented with the most amazing absinthe menu. (more…)

Published: February 18, 2012 | Comments: 0

Hotel Delmano, Brooklyn

First we visited the cozy Hotel Delmano in Brooklyn. It was very busy on a Saturday night so we sat at the bar and ordered up some absinthe. I ordered the Delaware Phoenix Distillery (DPD) Walton Waters and Deeann ordered the Delaware Phoenix Distillery Meadow Of Love. A beautiful fountain was placed between us at the bar along with glasses, spoons and sugar. I prepared my absinth san sugar and Deeann with a cube. Cudos to DPD for some fine absinthe. I will be adding several bottles to my list. (more…)

Published: February 18, 2012 | Comments: 0

Absinthe Tour 2012, New York, NY

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Just got back from my trip to NYC. I am not a city folk by any means but I would be lying to say I didn’t love the place. I have so many unique hobbies that finding local venues is usually difficult to impossible. My girlfriend Deeann and I made this trip about two of my interests and I can say I had my fill of both. Absinthe, which we both share a passion for, and Classic Wet Shaving.

Thanks to all of you guys on the Wormwood Society and Badger & Blade forums for pointing out some of the best places to visit in NYC on our tour.

In the next few posts I will share my experiences on our unique tour of New York, New York.

Published: February 18, 2012 | Comments: 0

Kudos to Tony at absintheonthenet.com

I received my first absinthe fountain for Christmas this year ordered from Tony Rodríguez over at absintheonthenet.com. It was the beautiful absinthe fountain lady with two spigots. Well when I took it out of the box the spigot was broken off. Looks like a little malfunction on the solder. We called Tony and he said he was out of this model because of the Christmas rush. He offered to pay shipping and I could pick another fountain or have it fixed. I opted to have it fixed. When it was being fixed there was a mishap and the glass got broken. Tony offered up an upgraded 4 spigot version at no cost to me.
Tony has communicated clearly and went out of his way on this. I am sure he lost money in this transaction but he laughed it off and thanked us for our purchase.

After a little looking around I found a thread with some little negatives comment about Tony. That was a while ago, I would home the gentlemen here would give him a second look. He’s serving our community and showing great customer service to boot. We need more like him.

Published: January 24, 2012 | Comments: 0