I saw this often in American liquor stores, but always opted to bring back bourbon or rye. Well, finally, LCBO offers it - at a price - but I bit.
Glad I did. It has a definite absinthe-like taste, but the brown colour - and taste so to speak - is interesting. I haven't seen this in any absinthe or pastis I know. The liquor may be aged in wood for a time. Anyway, it's a smooth number, and finally I made a Sazerac Cocktail using the Herbsaint, straight rye and Peychaud bitters. Very good it is but I would advise to make sure you add enough bitters and sugar to balance the whiskey.
A classic and glad I caught up with it.
Is it the 100 proof Gary?
Made the same Sazerac using it with the rye and Peychaud's - that was the cocktail that got me started. There is a lower proof version (80 I think), but a bartender recommended the 100 proof as the one that was used when absinthe was removed from the market. Great stuff, and a cool retro label as well...
Indeed, great label. And yes, the one at LCBO is 100 proof.
Good taste! I'm coveting my last bottle of the 100 proof, haven't seen it around for quite some time.
I've generally got a bottle of the 80 proof around, makes a great pre-dinner grilling beverage by itself with lots of crushed ice, and a bit of simple syrup.
Refreshing on those killer hot days.