Curious About Absinthe? Get to Know the Green Fairy

Jun 26, 2014 08:56 PM

Absinthe is arguably the most misunderstood type of alcoholic drink. Disproved myths and legends persist to this day, so we set out to answer some common questions.


What is Absinthe?

Absinthe is a distilled, anise-flavored spirit with high alcohol content, somewhere between 45-74% ABV, or 90-148 proof. Absinthe's ingredients include the flowers and leaves of the "grand wormwood" plant, green anise, sweet fennel, and any assortment of other herbs used in cooking and medicine.

Absinthe as we know it originated in 18th century Switzerland (though some similar concoctions may have originated in the late 1700s) and was exported around the world, with peak consumption of 36 million liters per year in France by 1910.

Absinthe experienced bans across the world in the early 1900s, due to a temperance movement, hysterical associations between absinthe consumption and mental illness, criminal tendency, violence, murderous rage, and disease, as well as outside pressure from winemakers.

Absinthe was banned in the United States in 1912, 8 years before Prohibition.

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Topics: Digital Labels, Distillery, Flexo Labels, History, Spirits

Proofing A Problem For Distilled Spirits?

Mar 11, 2014 06:59 AM

Each year the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) tests a random sampling of alcoholic beverages available throughout the U.S.

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Topics: Digital Labels, Distillery, Flexo Labels, Liquor, Spirits

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