I think that without the wormwood, its not really absinthe, just a fascimile. In fact one of the definitions of absinthe is common wormwood. I would imagine some clandestine version of real absinthe is still available somewhere. abÂ·sinthe also abÂ·sinth Â Â Â PÂ Â Â Pronunciation KeyÂ Â (bsnth) A perennial aromatic European herb (Artemisia absinthium), naturalized in eastern North America and having pinnatifid, silvery silky leaves and numerous nodding flower heads. Also called common wormwood. A green liqueur having a bitter anise or licorice flavor and a high alcohol content, prepared from absinthe and other herbs, and now prohibited in many countries because of its toxicity.
I've had the Parisian, Bulgarian and Czech stuff. I took it through US Customs, be it legal or not. In fact, they searched everything in my bags with the exception of the sweater into which I had rolled the bottle. I know it's available, by name, in London. Can anyone let us know if in fact any absinthe still contains wormwood.