Absinthe is a spirit made in a very similar way to Gin, where gin has Juniper as the star botanical
Absinthe has Aniseed, Fennel and Wormwood. Wormwood is a dry aromatic herb, aniseed and fennel are
somewhat like licorice is flavour aniseed being sweeter and fennel having a spicier intensity.
The wormwood is grown and hand harvested by the distiller, it is harvested at the end of summer when it
sends up 4 foot high flower stalks with tiny yellow flowers on it. These flower stalks picked right at their
prime are the only part of the wormwood used in Demoiselle Absinthe.
Traditionally absinthe is mixed in the ratio of 1 part absinthe to 3 parts iced water before being enjoyed.
Another way to enjoy absinthe is with sparkling wine, traditionally champagne was used, this is a cocktail
called “Death in the Afternoon” invented and made famous by Ernest Hemingway. A sparkling wine on
the dryer side will intensity the flavour of the herbs, one on the sweeter side such as a sparkling Rose will
soften the herbal intensity of the absinthe.
We make two broad styles of Absinthe at Demoiselle Distillery, the first being traditional French style
absinthe (our Verte Originale and Sunset absinthes) and ones featuring Australian Botanicals alongside
the aniseed, fennel and wormwood (our Matilda and Smoked Absinthes).
The first sip will transport you back to 1850's Paris. Our flagship traditional Verte Originale (green)
absinthe. Aniseed, fennel and wormwood in the distillation with its colour (and more flavour) coming
from lemonbalm, hyssop and petite wormwood. 66% alc/vol and best enjoyed mixed in a ration 1 part
absinthe to 3 parts iced water (do not add more ice).
Easy going and well rounded with 6 months of ageing in french oak before bottling.
Our second french style absinthe and our only absinthe that can be enjoyed straight over ice, more
herbally intense than our Verte Originale and 50% alc/vol it can be enjoyed as an aperitif or digestif.
Using the same traditional botanicals as our Verte Originale with more hyssop and petite wormwood all
grown and hand harvested at our distillery.
The first of our two Australian absinthes. Aniseed, fennel and wormwood distilled alongside the
Australian natives aniseed myrtle and lemon myrtle, it is then smoked creating the first and only smoked
absinthe in the world. The smoke rounds and mellows the absinthe while also adding to its complexity.
Leaving one of the best to last our Award winning Matilda Absinthe. Pepper berry and lemon myrtle
alongside Aniseed, Fennel and wormwood. Our most herbally intense absinthes both with wormwood and
other botanicals, coloured using lemon myrtle and pepper berry. An intense apricot colour in the bottle
from the pepper berry transitioning to subtle green from the lemon myrtle as it louches (water added).
Drake Besk Akvavit
An obscure Scandinavian cousin of absinthe our Besk (meaning bitter in Swedish) Akvavit (“water of
life”) has wormwood and caraway alongside orange rind, lemon rind and several other botanicals to create
a unique citric, savoury and slightly bitter spirit. Enjoy on its own as a bracing winter pick me up or use to
create unique cocktails.
The wormwood in akvavit, unlike absinthe, is added after the spirit is distilled which results in a much
more intense and bitter note being imparted by the wormwood. This bitterness is believed to stimulate and
strengthen the digestive system. We only use our own hand harvested wormwood to create the akvavit.
Being 46% alc/vol it has far more flavour than a Gin bottled at 37-40%, the higher percentage able to
support more flavour from the whole botanicals we use.
Distilled traditionally, all of the whole botanicals are loaded into the gin basket in the correct quantities
and distilled in a one-shot distillation, the only correct way to make a true London Dry Gin.
Enjoy on its own over ice with a twist of your choice of citrus rind, enjoy with tonic water or soda water,
we recommend a ratio of around 1 part Gin to 3 parts mixer.
A slightly more extravagant, and highly recommended, way to enjoy Afternoon Haze Gin is with a dash
of soda over ice, raspberries crushed through a sieve and a sprig of rosemary to garnish.