Absinthe has had its fair share of controversy throughout history and survived prohibition in many countries to return to the limelight in the 1990s. Any connoisseur of fine spirits that has not tasted the tantalizing and mysterious beverage has likely found themselves at least curious as to whether or not it can live up to the legend that proceeds it.
There are some areas of the world that still have not liberated the green fairy, but in most parts of Europe and the United States there seems to be a renaissance in the manufacturing and consumption of fine absinthe intent on returning the drink to its former glory. Here are five of our favorite brands for the experienced or uninitiated to check off their list:
- Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte
- Naturally colored and distilled following traditional 19th century standards, Leopold Bros. first released this small batch spirit in 2008 and it pays homage to the traditions and taste of classic pre-ban absinthe.
- Jade Liqueurs Fine Absinthes
- T.A. Breaux is a scientist that has been researching the mystery and lore surrounding absinthe and its supposed properties since the turn of the millennia. Many enthusiasts agree that the Jade Liqueurs family of absinthe birthed from his research are the most historically accurate recreations of traditional recipes and production techniques available today. This collection of spirits has collectively earned three silver and one gold medal at London’s annual International Wine & Spirits Competition.
- Pacifique Absinthe Verte Superieure
- The golden-green hue of this traditional French recipe absinthe is a unique beauty to behold and taste. Critics have recognized Pacifique with a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2011.
- Pernod Absinthe
- One of the only brands to be completely revived after a century of prohibition, Pernod spent two years recreating a new distillery on the backbones of its legacy. With access to the original 19th century manuscripts, the recipe is inspired by all of the history and experience of this pre-ban distiller to create an authentic spirit for your enjoyment.
- Lucid Absinthe Superieure
- Notable for being the first post-ban absinthe available in the United States, Lucid uses a formulation of T. A. Breaux’s and is distilled in the 19th century French Combier distillery in accordance with guidelines making it legal for U.S. distribution.