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    Herbsaint!

    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.

    Gary

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    Re: Herbsaint!

    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...
    Mark

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    Re: Herbsaint!

    Indeed, great label. And yes, the one at LCBO is 100 proof.

    Gary

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    Re: Herbsaint!

    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.

    B
    "Life is life and fun is fun, but it's all so quiet when the goldfish die."

 

 

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