Demoiselle Absinthe

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Our Absinthe

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A unique Australian Absinthe featuring the Australian natives: Aniseed Myrtle and Lemon Myrtle, yet still retaining the heart of a true absinthe: Grande wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and Roman/Petite wormwood (Artemisia pontica).

The use of Australian aniseed myrtle and lemon myrtle stay true to a genuine absinthe flavour profile yet impart an intangible hint of the Australian rainforest to Demoiselle Absinthe.

Important points about Demoiselle Absinthe:

- A genuine absinthe: macerated botanicals are distilled then coloured using other colouring botanicals, this is the only way a true verte(green) absinthe can be made.
- Demoiselle's colour is only from botanicals, no colours used.
- We grow all of our botanicals, very few Absinthe distillers in the world can say this.
- A proudly Australian made product, from raising and harvesting the botanicals, right through to the finished packaged product, every single step done by the same two hands, artisanal doesn't even start to explain the love and years of research that has gone and continues to go into Demoiselle Absinthe.

The use of Australian aniseed myrtle and lemon myrtle stay true to a genuine absinthe flavour profile yet impart an intangible hint of the Australian rainforest to Demoiselle Absinthe.

Our base spirit is pot distilled five times in our base spirit still before the final Absinthe is distilled, for a sixth time, in our dedicated Absinthe still.

General Absinthe Information

We hope to shed a little light on this enigmatic drink.

While there have been many styles of absinthe made over the years using many different herbs the one constant across most absithes is the 'trinity' of herbs:
- wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
- aniseed (Pimpinella anisum)
- fennel (Foeneculum vulgare)

Aniseed and fennel give Absinthe its trademark cloudiness after the addition of cold water (referred to as its "louche"). As mentioned above we use Aniseed Myrtle to replace both Aniseed and Fennel in our Absinthe. Aniseed Myrtle contains the same chemical responsible for Absinthe's louche: Anethole and is arguably a better source for it than either Aniseed or Fennel.

Is absinthe Always Green?
No, there are two styles of absinthe: green (verte) and white/clear (blanche) and both contain a similar amount of grande wormwood. Generally blanche styles are lighter and commonly drunk as an aperitif (before meals), verte styles usually have a more complex, herbal flavour. Both are also great as a digestif (after meal) drink.

The difference between the two is the verte absinthe goes through a further colouring step, this is not a distillation but a colouring by steeping various herbs in the distilled clear absinthe to draw out the colour and flavour from the herbs.

The colouring herbs used varies quite considerably in type and quantity, in Demoiselle Absinthe we use:

Good absinthe will only use herbs during the colouring stage, the result is continued exposure to sunlight will cause the colour to slowly change to an amber/gold, even without sun exposure given enough years all naturally coloured absinthe will slowly transition to a golden colour.

Does absinthe make you hallucinate?
No, although many people do feel the intoxication felt when drinking Absinthe is different to that from other alcoholic beverages.

How to drink (Demoiselle) Absinthe

Add water in a ratio of at least 1:1 absinthe:water, but we find the 'spot' for most people is around 1:3.

The absolute minimum we recommend is 1:1 which will yield a drink of approximately 33% alc/vol (quite a strong alcoholic beverage). Any stronger than this and you start to lose absinthe's complex herbal flavour to the overwhelming strength of the alcohol. Other than this basic guideline there is no right or wrong amount of water to add, different ratios of water will accentuate different herbal tones.

Consuming your Absinthe is something to be savored and enjoyed, remember to take your time add some water, taste, consider and repeat until it is just right. As with most things in life the trick is to stop before you've gone too far because there is no going back.

Absinthe Mixing Ratios

Addition of sugar:
While good absinthe should not be overly bitter many people do add sugar, this step is optional and purely to the preference of the drinker. For many the ritual of dissolving sugar using a special absinthe spoon and absinthe (water) fountain, or alternatively using a brouilles-absinthes or the more recently created (90's) Absinthe pipe, is a big part of their enjoyment of a quality absinthe.

Setting Absinthe on Fire:
I love fire as much as the next person but the last thing I will ever set alight is a glass of Absinthe.


Our online store is where you can purchase Demoiselle Absinthe. Click below to enter the store.

Please note: If you wish to purchase more than four bottles click on the single bottle in the store and enter the number you wish to purchase in the 'quantity' box (it will automatically apply the discount for purchasing multiple bottles).

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