Different Expressions of Absinth
Swiss and French style is spelt ‘Absinthe’
Bohemian style is spelt ‘Abisnth’
- Named Blanche (white) or la Bleue Suisse (name given to bootleg absinthe from Switzerland).
- Although Swiss absinthe was commonly produced with the green tincture, the production was changed in order to keep exports alive to the other countries that had not placed a ban on absinth(e). This meant that they only did the one maceration and then distilled clear so it could travel under many guises.
- Generally produced through initial maceration, distilled and bottled clear.
- Now that the product is legal some Swiss absinthes have colouration.
- The traditional style known as the green muse, fée verte (green fairy) and the green goddess.
- Absinthe enjoyed its hey-day in the Belle Epoque of France.
- The colour is achieved through a secondary maceration after distillation and can is attributed to the chlorophyll within the herbs.
- Naturally coloured absinthe is more prone to colour change from sunlight. Just like leaves that turn brown as they dry.
- This is why many absinth(e)s produced today with natural colouring will almost always bottle in tinted glass to avoid the direct light affecting the chlorophyll’s gradual colour change.
- Relies on the ‘holy trinity’ of wormwood, green anise and fennel.
- The addition of fennel and star anise into some Swiss and French styles means that they have a more pronounced sweet anise flavour than their Czech counterparts.
- The use of fennel and star anise contribute to a louching affect in Absinthe when water is added.
Bohemian or Czech:
- Absinthe production was never banned in Bohemia.
- Green Fairy original Absinth is produced in a distillery that has been in operation since 1518.
- The Koruna recipe dates back over 100 years louching.
- Bohemian absinth uses star anise that is less sweet than green anise.
- Herbs in these traditional styles include hyssop, wormwood, juniper and coriander similar if not identical to the Swiss and French style.
- Koruna is the only compounded absinth where the herbs are constantly macerating.
- Green Fairy Superieur is made in the Czech Republic but it is produced in the French style – it contains green anise and fennel and it louches when water is added.