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  1. A romantic alcohol.
  2. A unique history.
  3. The ban and the underground century of absinthe.
  4. The revival.
  5. The world of absintheurs today.
  6. Bibliography.

Have you ever read Poe's, Maupassant's or Hemingway's works, examined Van Gogh's, Picasso's, Toulouse-Lautrec's or Manet's paintings, or even studied Baudelaire's, Rimbaud's or Wilde's pieces of art? Chances are you have, which means that you have also tasted the effects of la fée verte, the green fairy, i.e. absinthe. Absinthe is a mystical spirit in nearly every aspect, and it has been a muse for many artists in the second half of the 19th century and in the early 20th century. Absinthe is known for producing extreme creativity and hallucinations, the reason why many artists were fond of the beverage. It can be best described as a kind of heightened clarity of mind and vision warmed by the effect of alcohol. Doesn't inspector Frederick Abberline, aka Johnny Depp in the movie ?From Hell?, use absinthe as a visionary fluid to have a better understanding of the case he is covering?

[...] And so, one by one, many western European countries banned absinthe as a scapegoat, as the epitome of all the harms created by alcohols in general. First Congo Free State in 1898, came next Switzerland in 1907, the Netherlands in 1909, the USA in 1912, France in 1915, etc. After the ban, absinthe continued to live underground, through products like the ?clandestine? (bootleg) absinthe in Switzerland, or in some distilleries in Spain, but the scale of production faded every year. [...]


[...] Actually it is in the US illegal to produce, sell or buy absinthe but technically it is not illegal to possess or consume it. The revival The modern absinthe revival began in 1987 with the collapse of the Iron curtain and the Czechoslovakia's ?velvet revolution?. And also in 1988 when countries in the EU began to reconsider and harmonize the legal rate of thujone in food and drinks, and de facto reauthorized the manufacture and sale of absinthe. A Czech entrepreneur, Radomil Hill, having inherited from his father a small distillery dating from the 1920's, decided, with the return of a free market economy, to start producing absinth. [...]


[...] Absinthe is also often referred to as La Fée Verte, or The Green Fairy, because of its typically pale or emerald green colour, the history surrounding this mythical alcohol and its French-Swiss origins. is also ironic that the spirit took the name of absinthe whereas it contains a relatively small amount of the plant, compared to the total of other herbs and the predominance of anise? notices David Nathan-Maister, director of Oxygenee Ltd, a UK-based company operating in the field of absinthe (www.oxygenee.net). [...]

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