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An Absinthe Education: Answers to Your Most Common Questions

Is this real absinthe?

 

What makes Trinity Absinthe genuine is its "Holy Trinity" of meticulously grown herbs: grande wormwood, anise, and fennel.  Overland Distillery distills artisan absinthe using traditional methods to preserve the integrity of our Colorado terroir.

 

Isn't this stuff illegal?

 

Though absinthe was indeed banned in multiple countries, including the U.S., that ban has since been overturned.  Absinthe, with some restriction, is now legal in the U.S., and it does contain "real wormwood".  The controversial element of absinthe, thujone, is found in wormwood, one of the required "Holy Trinity" of absinthe herbs. Though thujone as a chemical compound does have the ability to produce hallucinogenic effects, modern science has shown that traditional absinthes did not actually contain enough thujone to create hallucinations or other psychedelic reactions.  In fact, those traditional absinthes contained less than 10 ppm of thujone, which is the top cut-off level for absinthe produced in the U.S.

 

What's the deal with the fire?

 

The process of carmelizing an absinthe soaked sugar cube over an awaiting glass of absinthe was not part of the absinthe ritual until the 1990s.  This so-called "Czech Method" of absinthe preparation is flashy and draws quite a spectacle.  However, it also ruins the subtle and diverse tastes of properly and carefully crafted absinthes by masking all delicacies with an overwhelming and unappealing flavor of burnt sugar.  Overland Distillery never recommends the use of this method.

Why isn't this absinthe green?

 

Yes, verte absinthes are green, but that green should never be reminiscent of neon bar signs or melted crayons.  Sure, artificial coloring will give you a very green appearance, but it comes at the expense of craftsmanship and quality.  Trinity Absinthe, like other quality absinthes, is as green as its all-natural coloring process allows it to be.  Trinity's dark glass bottle was specifically chosen to block out light, which will turn the absinthe a yellowish-brown color, in a process identical to that of leaves changing with the seasons. You know that Trinity is made with only organically grown, all-natural ingredients because of its close relationship with these natural processes.  Trinity is a light natural green like fresh spring grass in an open meadow.  

 

**To see Joe Pawelski color Trinity Absinthe along with other great videos, please check out Overland Distillery on YouTube.

 

How can I prepare my absinthe at home?

 

There are many ways to prepare Trinity Absinthe.  Trinity is recognized as a leading absinthe for cocktails, martinis, and even dinner pairings.  Please don't hesitate to experiment, but if you would like a few suggestions, check out our cocktails page.  You can also watch our Bartender Films series in which some of our favorite mixologists will talk you through a few amazing drinks!

 

Wait! I still have more questions!

 

If you have any other questions about absinthe or absinthe history, please feel free to send us a question.