What is Helfrich absinthe?
Absinthe is a spirit based on wormwood, anise, fennel and a number of additional herbs. It is not a liqueur in the proper sense as no sugar has been added.
Helfrich absinthe is a distilled absinthe. It is not a filtered macerate and not an oil mix. De colour of the green variety is obtained by an after-treatment with herbs, a method known as "la coloration".
What does the date on the back of the bottle mean?
That is the bottle date. It has nothing to do with tenability or sell-by terms. The absinthe is probably more tenable than you are yourself.
How much thujone does Helfrich absinthe contain?
Helfrich absinthe is manufactured after nineteenth century recipes, rich in wormwood, and will contain about the same amount of thujone as distilled absinthe of yore. It largely complies to the European standard of today. You will not become disoriented and it will not make you trip.
Is Helfrich absinthe a traditional Dutch product?
No. The Franco-Swiss absinthe tradition and the Dutch liqueur tradition meet in Helfrich absinthe.
How is Helfrich absinthe brewed?
Absinthe is distilled, not brewed.
Why is the liquid in my bottle not green?
Helfrich absinthe has been released in two varieties: a 'blanche' (clear distillate) and 'verte' (after-treated distillate). A young verte has a pronounced green colour while a more mature verte is characterized by a more autumnal colour. We do not add minerals to stabilize the colour.
Why is some sediment formed?
Even when stored correctly (uncooled) some sediment can be formed. We could easily prevent this by thorough filtration but this would be at cost of the aromatic affluence. The sediment is not grubby nor harmful. It is just some extra herbal goodness included in the price.
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