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Lucid Absinthe

Top 10 Spirits 2011

At 62 per cent alcohol by volume, Lucid Absinthe is one of the most potent spirits on the market


Has the Green Fairy finally received a US Visa? Absinthe made with wormwood was prohibited in the United States for nearly a century. Now that the ban is over, Lucid Absinthe claims to be the only genuine absinthe available in the country that is made from Grande Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). Some absinthe aficionados say it is still missing thujone, the chemical believed to cause the alleged hallucinogenic properties of the drink, but the makers insist otherwise. You be the judge, but keep in mind this potent anise- and fennel-flavored spirit is a whopping 124 proof. While some complain that the anise flavoring has been downgraded for the American palate, we found the French import enjoyable but not overbearing. Try the green goodness the old-fashioned way, with sugar cubes and slotted spoon, as the louching ritual allows you to enjoy the release of the oils both visually and olfactorily, taste the unadulterated flavor, as well as get a throwback thrill. Or try it in a cocktail.

Price: $60

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