The Louche Effect

  • The louche effect is a natural phenomenon of milky colouration that occurs when water is added to an alcohol containing anise (anethole) oil in solution.
  • This effect is also referred to as "spontaneous emulsification".
  • The water causes the oil to supersaturate and then nucleate into small droplets.
  • The milky colouration is due to the separation of the anethole oils in the emulsion causing the tiny droplets to attract water molecules and therefore scatter light.
  • Green Fairy Superieur is a French-styled Absinthe that gives off an attractive louche effect.  Green Fairy Original, Dabel and Koruna are Bohemian style Absinth's and do not louche. 


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