We recently met up with Obsello Absinthe distiller Alex Davis to get the facts about modern absinthe.
The article will appear in the upcoming issue of Mutineer Magazine, but here is a taste to tide you over.
Myth 5. While the effects and experience of drinking absinthe is different than typical alcoholic beverages due to additional active ingredients, absinthe is NOT hallucinogenic, it will not make you “trip” or hack off your own ear.
Myth 4. Authentic absinthe does NOT come from Czechoslovakia, it traditionally comes from Switzerland, France, and Spain.
Myth 3. Price does NOT equal quality, and often the more expensive absinthe is of the poorest quality.
Myth 2. Absinthe is NOT supposed to be radioactive green. It should be a very natural green.
Myth 1. 70% of absinthe is little more than licorice flavored vodka.
Bonus: Never ever buy absinthe out of a clear bottle. Absinthe is highly sensitive to light, and will quickly be ruined without the protection of a darker bottle.