Absinthe Storage & Serving Inquiry
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Thanks Artemis, I knew someone else would explain it to them.
Now all I need to know is how to do some silver plating at home.
Yes, anise is the major contributer to louche. Wormwood helps too.
In fact wormwood extract alone will louche in water. Anis is just very good at it, and will do it in lower concentrations than the wormwood alone will.
"I almost explained why absinthe louches, but I'm about to conduct an important experiment, and I can't be bothered."
Fortunately, someone has already done it for you, in France, roughly a hundred years ago. Absinthe louches because the essential oils in the herbs used to make it, specifically anise, come out of solution when there is no longer sufficient alcohol (due to watering down) to keep them in solution. Absinthe with no anise doesn't louche at all.