Upsynth Original Absinthe (500ml)


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Upsynth Original Absinthe (500ml)

Vorarlberg, AUSTRIA
$99.99 Bottle
  • ABV 55%
  • Closure: Cork

Absinthe reached a peak of popularity in the ‘fin du siècle’ era in France. Artistic figures including Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Maupassant, Picasso and van Gogh regularly enjoyed it. Reactionary opponents of absinthe succeeded in making the product illegal in many countries, although, interestingly, it has always been legal in the United Kingdom. Belgium was the first country to abolish absinthe in 1906, followed by the Netherlands, Switzerland and France. In 1923, Austria also imposed a ban. The ban was ignored by the traditional schnapps distillers including the Greber family. As a result, the ‘green fairy’ went underground and absinthe became a black market product. It was clandestinely distilled in the mountains and for almost 80 years any available product was illegal. In the 1970’s, Christian Greber was given the recipe as had been the family tradition. The 21st century saw absinthe regain legal status in most countries where it had been banned. Upsynth Pty Limited now brings Upsynth Original and Upsynth Euphorizer exclusively to Australia and New Zealand for the first time outside Europe.

The secret of the Upsynth brand is that it is distilled from 20 different herbs, including wormwood, fennel, anise and gentian. Some of the herbs grow high in the mountains, at heights of up to 2000 metres above sea level. They are still harvested there and used for the production of Upsynth. The dried herbs are macerated in a neutral spirit and then carefully distilled a second time. This secondary distillation is necessary to make an authentic absinthe. This, and the quality of ingredients, gives Upsynth Original its characteristically smooth finish which is ideal for use in cocktail recipes. The distillate is produced under the most strict and rigorous quality conditions. The unique Upsynth taste is absolutely natural and derived only from alpine herbs. People in Vorarlberg used to drink Upsynth Original like schnapps, either as a shot or just mixed with cold water. Upsynth Original can also be enjoyed with mixers or in cocktails. No tasting notes available.
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