Filed Under: It's possible you could find a more authentic absinthe. In France. France, circa 1807, that is.
Overview: Modern day, Swiss-style white absinthe using century-old European recipe distilled in century-old copper alembics
Appreciate: Tenneyson founder Graham Wasilition is in Austin, Texas, but his beautifully clear spirit (formulated together with absinthe historian and expert David Nathan-Maister) is distilled at the Distillerie les Fils d' Emile Pernot, in Pontarlier, France. Pontalier is the epicenter of the great abstinthe of years past, and Wasilition has connected Tenneyson Absinthe Royale to that heritage in the best possible way: by distilling it there. Tenneyson therefore gets the benefit of locally sourced herbs that would otherwise be difficult to replicate elsewhere. Did we mention it's authentic?
Know: Tenneyson Absinthe is of the "white" category of absinthe, and it's made in a process similar to that of making gin. The difference between a white absinthe and the often-seen green variety is simply a matter of when herbs common to both categories are added in the process; a later addition means more color.
Special Comments: No, it's not a hallucinogen; that's a myth of complicated origins, but mostly attributed to the thujone in wormwood (which is one of three primary absinthe ingredients; anise and fennel are the others). The Tenneyson website has some helpful recipes, in case you don't know what to do with your absinthe once you bring it home. Here's a simple one: add tonic water. Or, sip it straight (baby sips, though), like we do at The Diego Files
Cost: $50. A bargain for a trip back to 1807 France
See it: Here.