The variety in the Absinthe scene is getting bigger and bigger. So it becomes more and more important to get a complete overview and information about the different Absinthe varieties. With this table we hope to be able to give you a suitable help for the selection of your Absinthe.
We all know: Absinthe ratings are always subjective, even if you try to remain objective. In these absinthe ratings we have differentiated by country, as each country with a certain absinthe tradition also has its own absinthe making tradition. And so also its own typical taste picture. So it is very difficult to judge an Absinthe e.g. by the turbidity/opalisation, if it was the goal in one country not to let the Absinthe become turbid and in the other country already. Unforgivable mistakes in the production have to be artificial dyestuffs, which only want to replace a more complex production method with cheap and fast production. Traditional absinthe production simply takes time. Also a pre-sugaring is to be punished, since one can avoid an unintentional bitterness by appropriate herbs, roots and distillation/filter procedures, which represent also a more complex manufacturing method. In these Absinthe evaluations we judge purely according to taste and not according to the Absinthe effect. For most of our customers, however, the absinthe effect is decisive. This is discussed below on our website. All absinthes that are also available in free trade are evaluated here. Any products from black distillers or otherwise blocked brands that are not freely available will not be rated here, as it would be pointless for our customers to know what a non-available Absinthe would taste like.
In the table we rate with points from 1 - 10, whereby also within a point category is subdivided: above is better, below is worse.
The rating points have been awarded exclusively by the individual taste of the Absinthe Dealer employees. Only the overall impression (85% taste, 15% bottle, label, negative factors: artificial colouring, pre-sugar) was decisive. The Absinthe effect was not evaluated here!
Now to the absinthe effect: As we all know: Not only the thujone content is decisive for the absinthe effect. However, a high thujone content is a very good basis for the effect. You can find the Thujon rankings on our main page under "Absinthe Rankings". However, the overall deciding factor for the effect is the interaction of thujone with other important effective herbs/roots and alcohol. But also the effect of Absinthe is very different. Some people have the feeling to "fly" others have the feeling to be able to "concentrate" even better on certain problems (point directed). The Absinthe effect also has something to do with how receptive the respective Absinthe connoisseur is to the individual substances that are responsible for the effect. In general, we have also found that the effect of Czech Absinthe is greater than that of Absinthe from France, Spain or Germany. Exceptions confirm the rule, but the general overall impression has so far been the same. It may be that in France certain stricter conditions have to be fulfilled than in the rest of Europe. This is already shown by the fact that in France an Absinthe may not be called Absinthe, but fantasy names like Abisinthe, Versinthe, Absinthine, Extrait D `Absinthe etc. must be used. Perhaps this will change in the future.
Update: We are writing the year 2010 and the laws in France have changed in the meantime, so that the word we are talking about here can also be pronounced and written. So you can be curious, if there will be products from France, which will support the Absinthe effect and so the historical varieties will be able to offer the positive qualities for us again.
However, the new distilleries should initially lack the experience of how to achieve the effect that Czech products have already achieved.
Here now a small evaluation of the most important Absinthe sorts, if it concerns effect:
The rating points were awarded exclusively by the individual impression of the Absinthe Dealer employees. If you have made other experiences personally, we are naturally interested in your personal experiences.