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Absinthe Approved for Sale in the United States

 

In October 2007 regulations prohibiting the sale of absinthe in the US changed. New regulations allow absinthe to be
manufactured and distributed in the USA, as well as imported from other countries around the world. Consumers now have a wide
varity of absinthes to choose from. Below is information about different brands approved for sale in the U.S.

Category Descriptions

Premium Distilled Vert "Green" Absinthe - crafted through a direct distillation of macerated whole herbs and botanicals in alcohol and water. It must contain grand wormwood, anise and fennel, other whole herbs and botanicals are permitted but the primary flavour is anise. It is coloured green post distillation with whole herbs and botanicals. It louches (clouds) upon the addition of water.

Premium Distilled Blanche "White or clear" Absinthe - crafted through a direct distillation of macerated whole herbs and botanicals in alcohol and water. It must contain grand wormwood, anise and fennel, other whole herbs and botanicals are permitted but the primary flavour is anise. The colour is typically clear. It louches (clouds) upon the addition of water.

Basic Absinthe - made from alcohol and essences. It must contain grand wormwood. The alcohol does not have to be re-distilled. There is no restriction on the colouring of absinthe with an approved colouring. Absinthe should have a noticeable anise flavour. It louches (clouds) upon the addition of water. This section is for absinthe that does not meet our strict definition allowing it to be listed in a premium category.

Non-Standard Absinth - made from alcohol and essences. It must contain grand wormwood. The flavor does not have to be anise. The alcohol does not have to be re-distilled. There are no restriction on the colouring of absinth, it can be any color. Absinth does not have to louche (cloud) upon the addition of water. This category will also include novelty and faux spirits marketed as absinthe. Just because a product is listed in this category doesn't necessarly mean that it is bad; it is listed here because it does not meet our definition of an authentic absinthe.

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Label

Name & Country of Origin
Category Description
Duplais Absinthe Label
Duplais Verte

Product of Switzerland

Premium Distilled Vert (Green)
Heritage Absinthe Label
Heritage Verte

Product of France

Premium Distilled Vert (Green)
Lucid Absinthe Label
Lucid Absinthe Superieure

Product of France

Premium Distilled Vert (Green)
Mansinthe Absinthe Label
Mansinthe

Product of Switzerland

Premium Distilled Vert (Green)
Nouvelle Orleans Absinthe Label
Nouvelle Orleans

Product of France

Premium Distilled Vert (Green)
Obsello Absente Verte Label
Obsello Absinthe Verte

Product of Spain

Premium Distilled Vert (Green)
Pacifique Verte Label
Pacifique Verte

Product of USA

Premium Distilled Vert (Green)
St George Absinthe Label
St George Absinthe Verte

Product of USA

Premium Distilled Vert (Green)
Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe Label
Vieux Pontarlier

Product of France

Premium Distilled Vert (Green)
Edward III

Product of the USA

Premium Distilled Blanche (Clear)

Kubler Absinthe Label
Kubler

Product of Switzerland

Premium Distilled Blanche (Clear)
La Clandestine Absinthe Label
La Clandestine

Product of Switzerland

Premium Distilled Blanche (Clear)
La fee Absinthe Label
La Fee Absinthe Parisienne

Product of France

Basic Absinthe
mata Hari Absinthe Label
Mata Hari

Product of Austria

Basic Absinthe
Pernod Absinthe Label
Pernod

Product of France

Basic Absinthe
Le Tourment Vert Absinth Label
Le Tourment Vert

Product of France

Non-standard Absinth
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