Absinthe advertising poster.

Roderick sent me a link to this Reason article on Absinthe that claims:

the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers true absinthe “adulterated” because of the wormwood. Production, sale, and importation are banned, but mere possession is not, and customs agents typically ignore a bottle or two in your suitcase. It’s a legal situation that seems designed to keep absinthe cool.“

The Wikipedia article on absinthe pretty much confirms that point, so who’s going to test it?


  1. image from the Virtual Absinthe Museum
  2. Yes, I asked Roderick ”please tell me you don’t read Reason (the PR arm of the Libertarians, which is the PR arm of the Republicans to pull in “younger, hipper” voters) regularly.“ He had an entirely plausible answer for the negative.

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4 thoughts on “Absinthe

  1. You can still buy wormwood. It was used as a bittering agent in early beers I believe before hops took over. I’ve seen it in homebrew shops and know people that use it. Home distilling isn’t really legal so your choices are limited.

    Some countries are legalizing absinthe with lower levels of thujone then the older stuff I believe. I think britain was one.

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