Eternal Absinthe

Eternal Absinthe Bottle.

Our Eternal Absinthe is a light amber colour, like you might expect of a delicate rosé wine. It gets this from the addition of rose petals.

The fresh mountain breeze
Through a sweet-scented meadow
Stirs wild woodland dreams.

When we told people we were going to make an absinthe they reacted in one of two ways "Urg! I don't like absinthe!" or "Awesome, I can’t wait!" and then they launched into a Hangover Part # style account of what happened to them after they'd danced with la fée verte. Few distilled spirits have achieved the same notoriety as Absinthe, which was illegal for almost a century in some parts of europe and America. The hysteria surrounding absinthe involves one of its ingredients, wormwood, which contains thujone. For years, thujone was considered a hallucinogenic (Van Gough is said to have cut off his ear while under the influence) however, this has never been proven. Nevertheless, we tested Eternal Absinthe against EU food safety standards in a mass spectrometer at surrey university. You can be assured that the effects you experience are only due to the high alcohol content, which at 69% our Eternal Absinthe is pretty potent, so please drink responsibly.

La Louche

Eternal Absinthe being prepared at the launch party.

The classic absinthe ritual involves placing a sugar cube on a flat perforated spoon that rests on the rim of the glass containing a (large) dose of absinthe. Iced water is then slowly dripped onto the sugar cube, which gradually dissolves and drips, along with the water, into the absinthe, causing the essential oils to “Louche!” out of the alcoholic solution. This carefully calibrated ceremony adds to the allure of drinking absinthe. Photograph by Simon Weller

If you're in a hurry, simply pour it over an ice cube (made from a good quality mineral water). We also recommend serving Eternal Absinthe with rose lemonade and a star anise garnish. However this is a historical travesty, and would have horrified any Belle Epoque absintheur!

A Rose Absinthe

Dried immortelle.

We wanted to create an absinthe that could be drunk neat and was actually moreish. We used the traditional combination of green anise, wormwood and fennel, but also experimented with other interesting botanicals (See Helen's Herbology Notes below). We came across a rare variation of absinthe from a Parisian distillery around 1900 that used rose petals instead of wormwood or hyssop for the second maceration. So we decided to revive it and produced a rose absinthe with the colour of a rosé wine instead of the bright green normally obtained from the chlorophyll of the green herbs. So when tasting our absinthe the first flavour is the anise, followed by a fragrant wild woodland meadow and the finish is delicate rose.

La Fée Rose

Ruth's artwork.

Our Absinthe fairy was incanted by Ruth, a talented artist who owns Eternal Tattoo Studio in Dorking. We fell in love with her beautiful tattoo designs and asked her to create the artwork for our bottle. Our Rose Fairy sits amongst the magical botanicals that we use in our absinthe. We loved her work so much that we named the absinthe after her studio.

Helen's Herbology Notes

Ruth's artwork.
  • Along with the Wormwood, Fennel and Anise in Eternal Absinthe we selected an enchanting mix of botanicals for their flavour and magical properties.
  • Wormwood is a powerful protective plant. It clears the psychic channels and can be used for astral travel and channelling and is said to protect against mischievous elves and evil spirits.
  • Anise is used in love magic to open the heart to finding new love and protects the soul during spirit journeys
  • Fennel is associated with longevity and fertility
  • Sage helps to dispel negativity and protects your astral body during spirit journeys.
  • Galangal nurtures our inner fire and promotes clarity of vision which is very useful on spiritual journeys.
  • Calmus is both an aphrodisiac and protection against evil spirits
  • Elecampane can be used to appease the fairies and elves and to win their favour, but also to break their spells
  • Melissa (Hyssop) keeps negative energies at bay and allows you to absorb knowledge more deeply and to remember what has been learnt, while refreshing the mind and keeping spirits up.
  • Nutmeg is used to ward off evil spirits and to help you to understand the meaning to your spiritual journey.
  • Peppermint is an aphrodisiac used in various love charms and potions. Peppermint clears the mind and helps you to focus.
  • Red Rose Petals. No ritual of love should be celebrated without Roses.

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