Friday, March 26, 2010

Aucun merci

An article in the March 3 Metromix Nashville tells us 'bout absinthe ...

Just mention the word "absinthe" and peoples' minds turn immediately to the urban legends they've heard about the spirit described as "the green fairy." It'll make you hallucinate. It'll send you into a murderous rage. It's illegal in the United States.

To which we say: false, false and, as of three years ago March 5, false.

The history of absinthe is as complex as the spirit itself. Originating in Switzerland as a distilled product of anise, fennel and absinthium wormwood, absinthe became extremely popular in France in the latter 19th/early 20th century, thanks to its popularity with the bohemian culture of the day.

Read the rest here.

After watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations program recently, in which he tried absinthe during a visit to France, I purchased a small bottle of Absente absinthe at my favorite local liquor store. I can say without equivocation that it was the last bottle of absinthe I'll ever buy.

Absinthe smells like prescription cough medicine; and straight-up it tastes like prescription cough medicine with wee bit o' liquorice thrown in for "flavor." I prepared my absinthe just like it said on the bottle, i.e., pouring it over sugar and adding cold water, but it didn't improve the flavor, at all.

Honestly, I don't know how in God's name Van Gogh et al. drank the stuff back in the day, let alone drinking it to excess. To borrow a line from Bart Simpson, absinthe is one craptacular concoction.

1 comment:

Tenn Irish said...

Some years back i read a magazine article on the stuff and the method the author used to "cook" it. All the bad stuff was true according to him, but not from drinking it out of the bottle.