In general, it’s incredibly hard to get absinthe right, thanks to the spirit’s rocky history, complex flavor profile and long list of specialty ingredients. That’s why this particular Seattle-born liquor—which won gold in our Best of the Northwest 2015 after already having garnered an honorable mention in 2014—is such a pleasure to sip.
With a historian’s expertise, 19th century implements and a true absinthe enthusiast’s verve, Gnostalgic Spirits’ Gwydion Stone (who founded the Wormwood Society way back in 2004, three years before absinthe was re-legalized in the U.S.) crafts his elegant Marteau Belle Epoque Extrait d’Absinthe with a traditional botanical bill including grand wormwood, fennel and green anise. Coupled with a carefully selected mix of supporting flora, they yield a spirit with captivating aromatics and layer upon layer of intricately interlaced flavor. Add ice water a little at a time as you enjoy the distillate, which allows its flavors to open up… all the better to be savored.
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