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  • What is “Bohemian” Style?

    Traditionally, there are three basic styles of Absinthe:

    • Bohèmian: With a lower level of aniseed to reduce the dominant flavor of licorice. This style is ideal for mixing.

    • Parisian: Higher level of aniseed and stronger licorice taste

    • Blanche: A clear version of Absinthe

  • What is meant by “Real” Absinthe?

    Real Absinthe is defined as being made with Grand Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) which is the source of thujone, the component which led to the banning of Absinthe around the world in the early 1900’s. Other licorice-flavored products such as pastis were introduced to fill the void which were not made with Grand Wormwood. Additionally, real Absinthes creates the louche effect when mixed with ice cold water.

  • Where does the green color come from?

    The natural green color in Absinthe comes from the maceration of several of the herbs used in its formulation. In the case of Absinthe Mata Hari, Wormwood pontica is the principle source of color.

  • What is thujone and how much is in Mata Hari?

    Thujone is a neurotoxin that is produced by the Grand Wormwood plant and extracted through maceration and distillation. In Europe the maximum allowed is 35ppm and in the U.S. the maximum is 10 ppm. These levels are extremely low and, contrary to popular mythology, do not cause hallucinations.

  • What is the “louche” effect?

    When ice cold water is mixed into the Absinthe (preferable in little drops causing a “splash”) the components that are not soluble in water…the essential oils… of the herbs used, (especially anise) come out of solution and cloud the drink. This process is called the louche effect.

  • I thought Absinthe had to be from France?

    Actually, Absinthe was invented in Switzerland, and has been produced in a wide number of European countries over its colorful history. People associate Absinthe with France because it was made famous by the artists living in Paris in the Belle Époque era in the late 1880’s.
    Writers, artists and other creative geniuses such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec, Poe, Hemingway and Wilde all embraced the beverage.