So what is louching? Louching is the reaction of a liquid becoming “cloudy” as the water content increases. In Absinthe's case, it's due to the anise’s essential oil being hydrophobic (meaning when nonpolar molecules repel the water molecules). A good quality Absinthe becomes something between milky and silky looking, always opalescent, sometimes green (the French Green Fairy), and sometimes white with blue reflections (the Swiss Blue Fairy).
Anise, whether it is the seed or the star, is one of the main ingredients of Absinthe. Different plants are infused in the distillant. Amongst the most important ones we always find, is wormwood (Absinthe in French), anise, fennel, hyssop and lemon blam.
Wormwood has an exquisite, slightly astringent taste. If you are not an Absinthe drinker, it will take a few sips to identify it. Once accustomed, you can really start identifying tastes between different Absinthes from different countries. This is why we always have a strong selection of unique Absinthes, some of them even in limited editions that broaden our core year-round collection. We are proud to offer the historical French Muse Verte, the world famous awarded Swiss La Clandestine, the controversial Mansinthe or the more local and modern Dillon’s.
You want to know more? Come and ask our sommeliers. They will be happy to run you through its fascinating story as you are sipping some of the best Absinthe in the world.
La Muse Verte (France)
Thick colour, spicy, wormwood on the finish.
Good balance between wormwood, anise and fennel. Rye spirit base.
Bright and clean green, great anise, wormwood and fennel balance.
La Clandestine (Switzerland)
Crisp, clean, refreshing and subtle bitter finish.
Courailleuse (New Brunswick)
Clean louche. Clear green anise taste.
Lucid Supérieure (France)
Nice louche, well balanced.
absinthe, simple syrup, lemon, egg white
absinthe, orgeat, cream, egg white
gin, absinthe, mint syrup, cream, egg white, angelica bitters
chartreuse verte, absinthe, lime sherbert, Dillon's lime bitters, sparkling wine
cognac, simple syrup, Peychauds bitters, absinthe