That’s it! You’re done with the Crash Course. You know enough now to have a basic grasp of what absinthe is, isn’t, and why. But, don’t let that fool you. This course hasn’t even done so much as touch the tip of the iceberg. There’s plenty more absinthe knowledge out there, and not nearly enough time to present even half of it on this blog. Thankfully, other people also love absinthe and have assembled websites full of information for those interested in delving deeper.
If you just wish to get your absinthe on with some good stuff, then I highly recommend checking out consumer based reviews. There are two sites, that I know of, that have such reviews and these are The Wormwood Society and Fee Verte. Checking out those reviews can help you navigate the green seas quite well. While you’re at it, check out my reviews over at The Wormwood Society. If you feel like becoming a reviewer, The Wormwood Society has a Review Guide that breaks down the categories into an easy to understand, yet detailed, description. I highly recommend their review system for it’s ability to take a subjective experience and make it as objective as possible. For further inquiry both sites feature forums, with some well educated and seasoned members.
For those interested in the science and history of absinthe, there’s a resource of peer-reviewed scientific papers that you may have seen me link to once or twice called Thujone.info. The information on that website is a treasure trove for those who like to dig through academic journal articles. The Wormwood Society also has a History and a Science section worth checking out with a few items unique to them as well.
While you are searching it might be worth your while to know some of the American distillers of absinthe that are around; Gnostalgic Spirits, Pacific Distillery, Ridge Distillery, Delaware Phoenix Distillery, Leopold Bros., Overland Distillery, North Shore Distillery, Old World Spirits, Great Lakes Distillery, St. George Spirits, Philadelphia Distilling, and Corsair Artisan. There are a few other American distilleries but I have yet to verify whether or not some products labeled absinthe, actually are. Plus, I may have completely missed one. Artisan distilling is experiencing a boom in America right now, so I’ll do my best to keep this list updated, but it is by no means complete.
There are also other blogs and websites worth checking out such as Alan Moss’s Real Absinthe Blog, The Absinthe Fiend, Confessions of an Absinthiste, The Slow Death in the Afternoon Podcast, and yours! If you promote real absinthe let me know and I will add you to this list!
At this point I would like to thank my wonderful editor and girlfriend, Amber. She has patiently helped me edit this Crash Course and without her help the Grammar Nazis would’ve crucified me by now.
Stay tuned to my blog for further posts of a more specific and detailed manner. Until next time, Sante!