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Oct 31, 2007 05:10 PM

Lucid Absinthe

Anyone tried this yet? It's one of the first absinthes appearing on the US market since it was made legal. It's only available in Illinois, NY and NJ. I've never had absinthe and would be interested to know what it's like.

Lucid Absinthe:

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  1. There is another more authentic absinthe from Switzerland now available called Kubler Absinthe which contains thujone (Lucid doesn't) and that is OK for US sale as it has below 10mg / thujone and doesn't register on the TTB scale

    I like the really high thujone and complex bitter edge of Century Absinthe which has 100mg. Strong and quite difficult to find as it is produced in very small batches only.

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    1. re: Bluebeard

      According to their website, Lucid does contain thujone.

      1. re: davebough

        no, it says lucid contains an acceptable level of thujone. the acceptable level in the usa is no detectable amount.

        1. re: warrenr

          Levels of thujone below 10 mg/kg are considered "no detectable amount," due to the testing methods being utilized by the TTB. Both Lucid and Kubler contain thujone, but fall within that narrow window.

    2. Another recent thread says "Absesnte can be bought in many stores if you want a non thujone pastis." Also Pernod, Granier, Ricard, Versinthe, etc. These pastis products replaced absinthes after the ban on the wormwood ingredient in some countries. But as I've mentioned here before, good science followed years after the early scapegoating of thujone in wormwood (most or all ill effects from absinthe were traced later to adulterants, contaminants, or alcoholic strength). By 1940, thujone was known to be in "many essential oils" of plants. It's a terpenoid, typical of constituents of volatile oils in aromatic leaves (more famous examples are menthol, camphor, thymol).

      I'd be surprised if any reader hasn't ingested significant thujone in food as follows. Mainstream scientific references show dried cooking sage (Salvia officinalis) with typically 1.3 - 2.5% volatile (distillable) oil which is roughly half thujone, or around 1% net thujone in dried sage by weight. Absinthe liquor with 100mg thujone per 750ml bottle has 6-7mg in a 50ml (1.5 fluid ounce) serving. You can get that much thujone in 600mg of dried sage -- a large pinch or small spoonful (varying with how it's ground) of the ground sage on spice shelves. That much can be in a few well-seasoned pork sausages, or a good Italian stew or pasta sauce (sage and sweet butter are said to make a superb pasta sauce, incidentally). Sage has the highest USFDA safety classification, Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). What I've summarized here is also typical of absinthe information available online 10 years ago, before new fashionability brought a wave of new hobbyists and manufacturers writing online tutorials and books that rehashed the old information less completely than existing sources.


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