It is typically with a higher alcohol content than the blancheThis is because absinthe is made with large quantities of botanical oils which, if mixed with water, would separate, so to keep them intact they must be extracted and bottled with an ABV of approximately 68%.
Three processes are used to color an absinthe green:
1. Maceration is carried out after distillation of the white with plants rich in chlorophyll, such as wormwood, hyssop, lemon balm, nettle, etc.
2.The "wool sock" technique: very common in the cellars, it consists in filtering the clear distillate, which comes out of the alembic, in a wool sock filled with plants.
3.Finally, the mother tincture technique is based on the coloring of a single sample of the clear distillate, which will then be macerated with plants that will dye the extract. Everything will be added to the clear distillate.
These processes are still natural in Switzerland in the Val-de-Travers. Any other coloring is prohibited.
Did you know ? Don't expect the neon green that is sometimes seen in chemical colorations of Czech or Spanish absinthe.
Maceration can last from a few days to several months. Christophe's Green End Racine, for example, is macerated for three months. During this period, the chlorophyll contained in the plants will be slowly extracted and to color the product
The shades are always unique, from a very pale yellowish green to a more intense emerald green, depending on the plants used, the time and the chosen maceration process.
This maceration also explains why the Vertes have stronger vegetal notes than the white ones. They can also have a pronounced bitterness and a higher alcohol content.
Did you know ? Before Prohibition, Absinthe was usually green. It was to deceive the authorities that the illegal immigrants of La Bleue made it colorless. He then became imperceptible to the naked eye of the authorities, resembling all other spirits.
Green absinthe is by far the most popular in the world today. It's what people expect when they seek out absinthe. For this reason, some companies artificially color Absinthe Blanche green. So they claim it is verte, declaring it false, because inside it lacks the characteristic herbaceous aromas that result from macerating whole herbs during the coloring process. So be wary of colored products!
How to spot a fake: Typically a Verte with grades below the 55% is not genuine. Or if the color is electric green. A natural green will be somewhat of a dark green, if it is bright electric green, what is it? An imposter!????
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