About Glenrose Absinthe Verte
Absinthe, which is a spirit traditionally derived from grand wormwood, anise and fennel, has a long and colorful history. While its origins remain unclear, the use of medicinal wormwood dates back to ancient Egypt. In the 18th and 19th centuries, absinthe was distributed by the French Army to its troops as a cure for several digestive diseases, including dysentery and tropical fever. When the troops returned home, they brought their taste for absinthe with them. The popularity of absinthe grew, particularly among bohemian artists and writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Vincent van Gogh and Oscar Wilde, all known to be absinthe drinkers.
Spurred by the temperance movement and winemakers, absinthe became associated with hallucinogenic effects. One critic claimed that absinthe would "make you crazy and criminal,"and that it would "provoke epilepsy and tuberculosis." In 1905, Swiss farmer Jean Lanfray murdered his family after consuming considerable quantities of wine, brandy and two glasses of absinthe. While Lanfray had a history of alcoholism, teetotalers seized the moment and passed a referendum making absinthe illegal; it was not until 2007 that absinthe was allowed to be legally sold again.
Glenrose Spirits Absinthe Verte is made by Glenrose Spirits, a small distillery (even by craft standards) run by father-and-son team Jim and Matthew Sloboda. The distillery uses 100% New York farm ingredients in every spirit it produces, and its Absinthe Verte is no different. Crafted in the style of a 19th century recipe from Pontarlier, France, the six botanicals used are grand wormwood, anise seed, fennel seed, small wormwood, hyssop and lemon balm.
As a result, Glenrose Spirits Absinthe Verte has an earthy aroma of freshly-cut grass, lemon zest and fennel seed. The palate is a bit spicier, with plenty of licorice, black pepper and coffee notes, and leads to a subtle and refined finish.
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