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Absinthe Tasting at Mortons - 2/19

2/16/2009 12:01:00 AM
I get lots of emails about various tastings at Morton's that they're holding, and usually I'm not that interested in them, but this one is different. I've never had absinthe and would like to try it sometime. From the reading that I've done, I understand that this 'new' absinthe that they're bringing into the US nowadays doesn't have wormwood in it so it's safer and won't cause us to cut off an ear.

Aren't you supposed to pour it over a sugar cube and slotted spoon? And isn't there something about it changing colors? Clearly, I haven't done my absinthe background research.

The tasting is going to be held at the Morton's in Back Bay on Thursday, February 19, 2009 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Cost is $45 per guest.

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4 Response to "Absinthe Tasting at Mortons - 2/19"

  1. Brian Robinson Said,

    I tried posting this earlier, but it seems that I got a browser burp. I'll try again. :)

    The absinthe that you see being produced and sold in the US nowadays isn't any different from the high quality brands that were being served during the Belle Epoque. Unfortunately, the new Pernod Fils doesn't hold a candle to its original namesake, which was a gold standard of its time. The new offering is mediocre at best, and I was disappointed to see Morton's use it for their tastings instead of some of the better brands being offered in the US now.
    There is a huge amount of misinformation floating around out there about absinthe and thujone and hallucinations and such. This information was originally spread by prohibitionists and the French wine industry, which led to the original banning, and again during the 90's by unscrupulous marketers who were hoping to cash in on the mistique of absinthe.
    The pseudo science and misinformation has been disproven in recent scientific studies, which has opened the way for absinthe to again be produced and sold in the EU and the US.
    If you'd like more information about absinthe, thujone, or anything else surrounding the subject, feel free to stop by the Wormwood Society, an absinthe education association at


    Brian Robinson
    Review Editor
    The Wormwood Society

    Posted on 2/16/09, 11:01 AM

  2. Beantown Bloggery Said,

    Hi Brian,

    Thanks for all the great info. If you're disappointed with the new Pernod Fils, which US brands would you suggest as better alternatives?

    I think the last time I swung by the liquor store I saw a brand called Lucid and a brand that had a picture of Van Gogh on the bottle.


    Beantown Bloggery

    Posted on 2/16/09, 12:32 PM

  3. Brian Robinson Said,

    There are quite a few very good brands available in the US right now, I'll list a few. Pretty much all of them are or will be available on sites like DrinkUpNY or are available as special order from your local liquor store.

    Pacifique (very new, might not be available in most areas yet)
    Marteau Absinthe de la Belle Epoque
    Leopold Brothers Absinthe Verte
    La Clandestine
    Jade Nouvelle Orleans
    Duplais Verte
    Vieux Pontarlier
    View Carre

    Lucid is not bad. It's a good introductory absinthe. It's got all of the normal basic qualities of a well made absinthe without being too nuanced. I'd consider it a starter brand. The same fellow who makes it also makes the Jade brand listed above, which is truly top notch stuff.

    Glad to be of service. :)

    Posted on 2/16/09, 6:45 PM

  4. Brian Robinson Said,

    By the way, the Van Gogh stuff is pretty bad. It's another artificially colored bandwagonner. No offense to them, of course.

    I'd also recommend checking out the review section of the Wormwood Society to see what other people think of all the brands that are out there.

    Posted on 2/16/09, 6:47 PM


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