In Time Out
- Apr 28, 2004
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I will be going out to an Absinthe bar this week. Depending on price and ambiance, I might make this a semi-regular thing.
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Which one? Zig Zag? Polar Bar? Liberty Bar? Either way, I think you're in for a bit of a disappointment. The stuff isn't that special.
Really? I thought some local bars already had their bottles.
When you say 'legal', do you mean it can have thujone in it? Because if not, it's been legal forever.
Yes, real absinthe. Pacific Distillery is using two kinds of wormwood. Woo woo!
Wikipedia: United States The prevailing consensus of interpretation of United States law and regulations among American absinthe connoisseurs is that, with the revision of thujone levels by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), it is now legal to purchase such a product for personal use in the U.S. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food and beverages that contain Artemisia species must be thujone free. Thujone free is defined as containing less than 10ppm thujone. There is no corresponding US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulation. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is inconsistent in saying whether Absinthe may or may not be imported. The Know Before You Go booklet flatly states "The importation of Absinthe and any other liquors or liqueurs that contain Artemisia absinthium is prohibited." while the CBP's Prohibited and Restricted Items web page states that the importation of absinthe is not "prohibited" but subject to FDA and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approval like other distilled spirits. Absinthe can be and occasionally is seized by United States Customs if it appears to be for human consumption and can be seized inside the US with a warrant. A faux-absinthe liquor called Absente, made with southern wormwood (Artemisia abrotanum) instead of grande wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), is sold legally in the United States. This was the first US approval referring to "absinthe" on the front label; the front label says "Absinthe Refined" but the TTB classified the product as liqueur. In 2007, TTB relaxed the US absinthe ban, and approved several brands for sale. These brands must pass TTB testing, which is performed by the Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry method. The TTB considers a product to be thujone-free if the FDA’s test measures less than 10ppm (equal to 10mg/kg) thujone. A US distillery also began producing and selling absinthe, the first US company to do so since 1912. So, what's the thujone content of the stuff you're drinking vs. the European-made spirit?