Absinthe Ordinaire recalls one of the original and most commercially successful Absinthe recipes during the glittering era of La Belle Époque Paris. Absinthe Ordinaire is handcrafted in rural southern France using only the highest quality distillation methods and ingredients.
Absinthe Ordinaire is made from natural, traditional Absinthe botanicals, not oils or essences, including a full measure of the legendary botanical Wormwood or Artemisia Absinthium. Some of the other botanicals that give Absinthe Ordinaire its unique and flavorful taste profile include Sweet Anise, Star Anise, Sweet Balm, Mugwort (rumored to stir human passions, perhaps the French touch!) and peppermint.
Wormwood, or Artemisia Absinthium, is a perennial herb which contains the volatile oil thujone. Wormwood is a hardy perennial, almost shrubby, growing up to 4 feet tall, its spreading branches covered with white, silky hairs. The leaves are spread apart and have an intense, persistent bitter flavor. The leaves are very pungent. They produce a sharp, acrid smell. Wormwood grows best in poor, dry sandy soils in a sunny location.
Absinthe Ordinaire is technically classified as a Verte. Verte ("green" in French) absinthe begins as a Blanche (white in French). The distillate is altered by a coloring step whereby a mixture of herbs comes in contact with the clear distillate. This process intensifies the herbal flavor, as well as imparts an emerald green hue from the chlorophyll in the herbs. This coloration step is a technique created and mastered by the French. Among the herbs used in this step for Absinthe Ordinaire are Melissa, Wormwood, Mugwort and Peppermint. and fields.