Absinthe (or Absinth) is an alcoholic drink made with the pounded leaves and flowering tops of one species of wormwood plant (Artemisia absinthium) together with other herbs such as angelica root, fennel, nettles, parsley, balm, sweet flag root and hyssop. Emerald green in colour and usually very bitter, Abisinthe is traditionally poured over a perforated spoonful of sugar into a glass of water – or vice versa. The drink then turns into an opaque white as the essential oils precipitate out of the alcoholic solution.
Colour: Pale turquoise colour with a water like hue.
Aroma: A flat, straightforward nose reveals mild aromas of spearmint confectionary and issues a tingling sensation within the nostrils. A trace of eucalypt is evident.
Palate: Very concentrated, hot and prickly mouth feel covers the tongue with flavours of semi-sweet spearmint confectionary. Simple and one dimensional, the palate drys the mouth quickly leaving a green peppercorn like flavour. Short, spicy, drying, mint aftertaste with the tingling sensation persisting longer than the flavours. A very basic Absinthe.