Taste of Absinthe


Pages 11 – 12

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 Let us study each raw material used in this process.Wormwood – “the wormwood or bitter armoise”, we read in the work of Dr. Lehameau entitled Plants, Remedies and Diseases, ³grows in almost all countries; the dry, arid, rocky terrain, the higher elevations, mountainous and cold, are the places where it is normally found. A herbaceous and vigorous plant, wormwood has a rather strong stem, erect, hard, stiff, and grooved, of ashy gray, filled with white marrow, reaching 70 to 80 centimeters and even a meter in height. (In 1894 a grand wormwood plant harvested on the Pernod factory property measured 1.8 meters in height.) The alternate leaves, heavily indented, are rather large, gray-green and silvery on top, whiter and silkier underneath. The flowers are numerous, resembling small globes, yellow, and arranged in small bunches; the root is woody, vibrant, and twirling. The smell of wormwood is very strong and is not lost in drying, especially when drying is done carefully; its flavor is excessively bitter and penetrating. The tonic virtues, stimulative, vermifugal and diuretic, of wormwood have been known for a very long time and have rendered it of great use in medicine and the veterinary arts. It can perhaps be classified as one of our most valuable indigenous plants, capable in many cases of replacing quinine. To supplement this information let us add that the grand and the petite wormwood are the varieties most usually cultivated.