We can’t easily get to New York right now, but this is one of NY’s finest craft spirit’s that is made at 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11206.
This is not for the faint of heart. It is potent, in-your-face, and well, for the cocktail nerd, a fascinating insight into the true flavor of wormwood. Wormwood is probably best known as that mysterious, ‘possibly-hallucinogenic’ ingredient in absinthe, and likely few people are familiar with its flavour outside of that green drink.
Steering away from traditional herbal absinthe, they don’t use anise, licorice, or other herbs, just keeping the wormwood, so you get the feel of an absinthe and the taste of a rye.
Distilled from a high rye thin mash with local NY grains and wormwood before being stave aged with American and French oak. Different from a typical absinthe, this rye spirit was distilled and aged to drink straight like a whiskey.
Characteristic rye spiciness and smoky oak flavorings without many of the traditionally bitter absinthe herbs.
Substitute for whiskey in cocktails and embrace the wormwood. A Manhattan is a must!
Let’s start with a few things that absinthe is not.
- Absinthe is not hallucinogenic.
- Absinthe won’t make you go crazy.
- Absinthe isn’t illegal.
If you’re like most people, those three statements have utterly obliterated all knowledge you thought you had about absinthe. Into this empty void, we now fill: What is absinthe?
Absinthe is essentially just brandy – a base spirit distilled from any fruit – macerated with herbs, the most common of which are wormwood, fennel and star anise.