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- ABV 50%
- Closure: Cork
Herbsaint first appeared in 1934, the creation of J.M. Legendre of New Orleans, who learned how to make absinthe while in France during World War I. It first went on sale following the repeal of Prohibition and was unique in its category as an absinthe substitute, as opposed to a pastis.
Although Herbsaint was originally produced under the name "Legendre Absinthe" it never contained wormwood. The alcohol control bureau at the time objected to the use of the word Absinthe so it was changed to Legendre Herbsaint. The Sazerac company bought the J.M. Legendre & Co. on January 1, 1948. The original recipe was used for many years, but was eventually changed in the 1970s, producing the modern Herbsaint available today.
Tasting note: Pours a striking neon yellow green with a slightly viscous appearance. Wonderfully lifted aroma includes a fresh fennel / anise top note over heavier scents of fresh liquorice strap. Entry is at first non-descript, building into an intense anise / liquorice burst that's refreshingly clean and dry and with fantastic poise at high strength. Gentle spices continue into the long liquoricey aftertaste. A coloured take on a super dry Pastis. 50% Alc./Vol.