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Absinthe Original


Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 70 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.laboheme.uk.com/ Without doubt, this is simply the finest Absinthe available. In its elegant new bottle, it looks good, it tastes good, it is good. La Boheme Absinthe is distilled in the Czech Republic to our exclusive 200 year old Swiss recipe. And because of our intimate knowledge of the distilleries and herb growers we are able to ensure that only the very best ingredients are selected for use in its manufacture.This full - bodied hand made liqueur contains 10 mg of thujone at the time of bottling. Drink it with a little sugar and water or as a base for your favourite cocktail. Either way, La Boheme Absinthe is one of life's great pleasures. Absinthe Original at Absinthes.com

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Bairnsfather Bitter

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Average Score: 35
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 66 %

Description: According to http://www.bairnsfather.net/: "Bairnsfather Absinth and Bitter are essentially the same product, a 100% natural herbal composition with 55% alcohol by volume, natural green colour and a lovely “louche” when ice water is added. The main difference is in the chop.gif content. Our Absinth as a maximum of 10 mg/ltr chop.gif, which the actual level between 9 and 10 mg/ltr . Our Bitter, in accordance with Czech and EU law, has a maximum of 35 mg/ltr of chop.gif with the actual level between 33 and 35 mg/ltr."

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Cami Toulouse Lautrec

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Average Score: 64
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Alcohol Level: 66 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.1a-absinth.com: "This brand is made in a small czech destillery, according to an old family recipe from 1866. It is hard to find and has a good balanced, fruity taste that reminds a little of Segarra absinth."
Absinthe Cami Toulouse Lautrec at Absinthes.com

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Fruko Schulz Absinth 70

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Average Score: 18
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 70 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: From http://www.fruko.cz: Absinth is produced according to the traditional French distillation techniques that decend from the time of Napoleon. Absinth is a herbbased spirit with a slightly bitter taste. [...cut out well known history blurb...] In the Czech Republic, we have improved the old production technology and while still upholding the strict EU regulations concerning the components of Absinth and the control of (an extract of wormwood), FRUKO-SCHULZ 's ABSINTH complies fully with current legislation whilst allowing the drinker to taste the full Absinth effect. Absinthe Schulz 70 at Absinthes.com

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Hill's Absinth


Average Score: 11
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 70 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.laboheme.uk.com/: "Hills absinthe is made with herbal extracts, the main herb being wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). An emerald green absinthe drink with a distinctive bitter taste. Manufactured in the Czech Republic by Hills since 1920. Czech absinthe with the original Czech label.

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King of Spirits


Average Score: 10
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 60 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.laboheme.uk.com/ : "Developed from an original Swiss absinthe recipe this Czech absinthe is free of colorings and preservatives. All the essential ingredients and herbs are carefully selected and processed to ensure the unique taste of Absinthe. The delicate process of maceration continues with the presence of herbs (the main one being wormwood) in the bottle."

NOTE:
The following text was submitted to an online poll at the Fee Verte Forum, and then later at the Wormwood Society Forum as well. As of November 15, 2006, 84 members participated in the poll, of whom 93% agreed wholeheartedly, or with only minor reservations, that the text accurately reflected their view of KOS/KOSG. The actual numbers were: agreed wholeheartedly - 72 members or 85%, agreed with minor reservations 9 members or 8%. So it's fair to say this text represents the collective view of our online absinthe community.

King of Spirits (KOS) and King of Spirits Gold (KOSG)

These “absinthes” deserve a special entry, because they’re very aggressively marketed online as “the ultimate”, "the original as drunk by Toulouse Lautrec and Hemingway”, the “only authentic absinthes”. They’re none of these things – on the contrary, they are, in the near unanimous opinion of the hundreds of regular posters both here and in the other independent online absinthe forums, precisely two of the most notorious ersatz products in the entire industry.

To put this in plain language: these absinthes, amongst the most expensive on the market, and certainly the most heavily promoted online, are in reality almost undrinkable, and bear little if any relation to the taste of real absinthe.

KOS and KOSG give the appearance of being widely recommended - dozens of websites and countless blogs mention them, and even supply links to purchase them, giving the impression of a broad consensus as to their quality. It’s not usually clear to the casual viewer that these references are almost always linked to the affiliate programs run by the vendors of KOS and KOSG.

Neither at this, nor at any other well-known, independent absinthe discussion-and-review website are you likely to find even one positive review for these products (this includes sites in France, Sweden and Germany). There are arguments for and against many different brands, and people who strongly favor brands that are otherwise unpopular. But there are no positive reviews for KOS or KOSG on any of these sites. There are no stubborn fans who defend them there, yet many tasters of all stripes who revile them. Why is the consensus here at Fee Verte, and at the other leading absinthe forums that KOS and especially KOSG are to be avoided?

1. The contain little or no anise, which is the primary flavour in absinthe. Absinthe without anise isn’t absinthe, or at least not absinthe as it was ever understood in France or Switzerland.

2. KOS and KOSG are arguably even less authentic than most other Czech absinthes, almost all of which are totally inauthentic. At no time during the Belle Epoque did any absinthe, whether distilled or mixed from essences, naturally or artificially colored, cheap or expensive, contain wormwood leaves or other herbal matter floating in the bottle, as do KOS and KOSG. The best distillers of the time knew better than to refine a bitter plant into a soft, palatable drink, only to ruin the drink by dumping the unrefined plant back into the finished bottle. The less-reputable producers also knew better – gimmicks to sell a product were often seen, but vegetable debris in the bottle would have been so obvious a hallmark of low quality that not even the most disreputable dared attempt such a thing.

3. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. KOS and KOSG are not merely bland, or dull, or a little too bitter – they are frightfully bitter, weird-tasting stuff, to the point of being undrinkable. They’re much easier to spit out than to swallow.

4. King of Spirits Gold appears to be the same foul tasting stuff as KOS, but with the thujone boosted to levels that make it illegal to sell in the EU. It’s sold at nearly twice the price of the finest genuine absinthes. There is no historical precedent for the addition of extra thujone to absinthe, and the most scrupulous recent scientific research has confirmed that vintage absinthe had very little thujone, typically less than 10mg/l. thujone won’t, even in high doses, make you trip, hallucinate, or have any significant drug-like experience. In short, to buy an absinthe with expectation of getting high is to be sure of wasting your money. As the most aggressive online promoter of the bogus thujone myth, KOSG deserves special censure. Read our FAQ for lots more on thujone. See also “What’s wrong with Czech Absinthe” (http://www.wormwoodsociety.org/czech.html) by our friends at the Wormwood Society.

We’d have no problem with KOS and KOSG if they were truthfully marketed for what they are: rather eccentric Eastern European bitters. But to claim, as they do, that they are authentic absinthes, and indeed the ne plus ultra of their type, is a travesty. Avoid them.

Absinthe King of Spirits at Absinthes.com

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King of Spirits GOLD


Average Score: 16
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 70 %

Description: From the manufacturer: We are the only firm producing absinth with the contents of this neurotoxic drug 100 mg/l. However, such an absinth cannot be bought in every country, the reason consists above all in the legal limit of 10 mg of thujone per liter. It can be bought almost exclusively only with the helo of Internet.

NOTE:
The following text was submitted to an online poll at the Fee Verte Forum, and then later at the Wormwood Society Forum as well. As of November 15, 2006, 84 members participated in the poll, of whom 93% agreed wholeheartedly, or with only minor reservations, that the text accurately reflected their view of KOS/KOSG. The actual numbers were: agreed wholeheartedly - 72 members or 85%, agreed with minor reservations 9 members or 8%. So it's fair to say this text represents the collective view of our online absinthe community.

King of Spirits (KOS) and King of Spirits Gold (KOSG)

These “absinthes” deserve a special entry, because they’re very aggressively marketed online as “the ultimate”, "the original as drunk by Toulouse Lautrec and Hemingway”, the “only authentic absinthes”. They’re none of these things – on the contrary, they are, in the near unanimous opinion of the hundreds of regular posters both here and in the other independent online absinthe forums, precisely two of the most notorious ersatz products in the entire industry.

To put this in plain language: these absinthes, amongst the most expensive on the market, and certainly the most heavily promoted online, are in reality almost undrinkable, and bear little if any relation to the taste of real absinthe.

KOS and KOSG give the appearance of being widely recommended - dozens of websites and countless blogs mention them, and even supply links to purchase them, giving the impression of a broad consensus as to their quality. It’s not usually clear to the casual viewer that these references are almost always linked to the affiliate programs run by the vendors of KOS and KOSG.

Neither at this, nor at any other well-known, independent absinthe discussion-and-review website are you likely to find even one positive review for these products (this includes sites in France, Sweden and Germany). There are arguments for and against many different brands, and people who strongly favor brands that are otherwise unpopular. But there are no positive reviews for KOS or KOSG on any of these sites. There are no stubborn fans who defend them there, yet many tasters of all stripes who revile them. Why is the consensus here at Fee Verte, and at the other leading absinthe forums that KOS and especially KOSG are to be avoided?

1. The contain little or no anise, which is the primary flavour in absinthe. Absinthe without anise isn’t absinthe, or at least not absinthe as it was ever understood in France or Switzerland.

2. KOS and KOSG are arguably even less authentic than most other Czech absinthes, almost all of which are totally inauthentic. At no time during the Belle Epoque did any absinthe, whether distilled or mixed from essences, naturally or artificially colored, cheap or expensive, contain wormwood leaves or other herbal matter floating in the bottle, as do KOS and KOSG. The best distillers of the time knew better than to refine a bitter plant into a soft, palatable drink, only to ruin the drink by dumping the unrefined plant back into the finished bottle. The less-reputable producers also knew better – gimmicks to sell a product were often seen, but vegetable debris in the bottle would have been so obvious a hallmark of low quality that not even the most disreputable dared attempt such a thing.

3. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. KOS and KOSG are not merely bland, or dull, or a little too bitter – they are frightfully bitter, weird-tasting stuff, to the point of being undrinkable. They’re much easier to spit out than to swallow.

4. King of Spirits Gold appears to be the same foul tasting stuff as KOS, but with the thujone boosted to levels that make it illegal to sell in the EU. It’s sold at nearly twice the price of the finest genuine absinthes. There is no historical precedent for the addition of extra thujone to absinthe, and the most scrupulous recent scientific research has confirmed that vintage absinthe had very little thujone, typically less than 10mg/l. thujone won’t, even in high doses, make you trip, hallucinate, or have any significant drug-like experience. In short, to buy an absinthe with expectation of getting high is to be sure of wasting your money. As the most aggressive online promoter of the bogus thujone myth, KOSG deserves special censure. Read our FAQ for lots more on thujone. See also “What’s wrong with Czech Absinthe” (http://www.wormwoodsociety.org/czech.html) by our friends at the Wormwood Society.

We’d have no problem with KOS and KOSG if they were truthfully marketed for what they are: rather eccentric Eastern European bitters. But to claim, as they do, that they are authentic absinthes, and indeed the ne plus ultra of their type, is a travesty. Avoid them.

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La Grenouille


Average Score: 86
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com , ♣ Absinthe.de

Description: According to Absinthes.com: When Stefano Rossoni, the Italian distiller behind L'Italienne absinthe, started working on the La Grenouille recipe, his idea was to create an absinthe with a southern and Mediterranean connotation. La Grenouille has a classic backbone of wormwood, green anise, fennel, lemonbalm and hyssop, but is completed with other unique southern herbs to achieve a warm, velvety character. La Grenouille was born in a family-run distillery Zufanek, producers of the first genuine Czech absinthe St. Antoine. That is another proof that there are some good absinthes in the Czech Republic!

Absinthe La Grenouille at Absinthes.com

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Logan Fils

Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description: According to the manufacturer the Logan Fils product have undergone a major reformation and change in formula. The previous review which was two years old reflected the old product and has been removed. Reviews of the new product will be added shortly.

Prague Absinth


Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 70 %

Description: From the Distributor: PRAGUE ABSINTH IS 70% ABV AND COMES IN 3 SIZES. 700ML. 500ML. AND 50ML. BOTTLES. U.K.: Imported by Aristolend Ltd. Tel: 0181 944 0660

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Schulz Absinth


Alcohol Level: 70 %

Description: From the UK Distributor: Strong alcoholic liqueur made with herbal extracts, the main herb being wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). An emerald green drink with a distinctive bitter taste. Manufactured according to the original Swiss recipe with 60% alc. vol. and a production method that has been improved in excess of today's required standards. All the essential ingredients are carefully selected and processed to ensure the unique taste of Absinthe. Contains 2.7mg/kg of thujone. A genuine product with the original Czech label. Image Courtesy of La Boheme UK .

Sebor Absinth

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Average Score: 37
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Alandia

Description: According to http://www.seborabsinth.com/: "Sebor Absinth is a blend of 13 herbs and the purest alcohol lovingly produced to a 100 year old French/Swiss recipe. The flavour is rich and mellow and is complimented by the warmth given by the pure 55% alcohol, making Sebor the easiest drinking Absinth available. Produced in Czech Bohemian mountains by traditional brewing methods, this authentic handmade Absinth has the maximum permitted "wormwood" (artemisia absinthium) and absolutely NO artificial colours or flavours."

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St. Antoine


Average Score: 76
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 70 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: One of the very few Czech absinthes that aspire to be true to traditional absinthe. Made by the family owned Zufanek distillery, known for its excellent Slivovitz and liqueurs.
Absinthe St. Antoine at Absinthes.com

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Staroplzenecky Absinth - Red


Average Score: 7
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 60 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: [From Alandia] Staro Red is another blood red absinthe. His recipe is anise free, typical for a Czech product. Nice fresh taste and a beautiful Art Deco bottle.
Staroplzenecky Absinth – Red at Absinthes.com

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Staroplzenecky Absinth - green


Average Score: 8
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 70 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: From the UK Distributor: ALSO AVAILABLE IN NIFTY COLLECTORS BOTTLE! Strong alcoholic liqueur made with herbal extracts, the main herb being wormwood. An emerald green drink with a distinctive taste. Manufactured according to the original French recipe with 70% alc. vol. and a production method that has been improved in excess of today's required standards. All the essential ingredients are carefully selected and processed to ensure the unique taste of Absinthe. Expressive taste and characteristic cloudy effect make this drink one of the best Absinthes on today's market. Contains 9mg/kg of thujone. A genuine product with the original Czech label.
Staroplzenecky Absinth – Green at Absinthes.com

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Stromu Absinth


Average Score: 13
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 70 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: Absinth Stromu at Absinthes.com

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Trul Absinthium 1792


Average Score: 41
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Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 70 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: From a vendor: As czech absinthe usually contain less to no anise (licorice) the TRUL 1792 Absinthium is an exception as it contains a nice amount of anise which results in an beautifull louche when mixed with cold water. Even if the TRUL 1792 is not distilled its much better than other czech brands and due to its moderate price and good absinth for beginners and of course an cheap alternative to many other more expensive brands from france.
Absinthe Trul Absinthium 1792 at Absinthes.com

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