Jade Absinthe with Ted Breaux
An evening of Absinthe with historian and liqueur creator Ted Breaux at The Whisky Exchange Vinopolis
- The lineup for the evening:Jade Nouvelle Orleans AbsintheJade PF1901 AbsintheJade VS1898 AbsintheJade L'Esprit Edouard AbsintheLa Maison Fontaine AbsintheJade Perique Tobacco LiqueurDale DeGroff's Pimento Bitters
- Generally considered to be the most accessible absinthe of the night and a great starter. Designed by Ted as a 'what would I have made if I were producing absinthe at the beginning of the 20th century' spirit.
- Behind Ted is The Absinthe House on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, open since 1807. Although as absinthe wasn't produced until later in the century we think it changed its name at some point.
- PF1901, VS1898 and L'Esprit Edouard all are recreations of turn-of-the-century absinthes made with recipes reversed engineered from vintage bottles.
- Our one blanche absinthe of the night - made without the final infusion of plants that gives traditional absinthe its green colour and quite a different style to the vertes.
- The brown leafy lump beside the glass is some of the very rare Perique tobacco used to make the liqueur. It's wonderfully pungent and aromatic stuff.I describe the liqueur as 'safe' as many homemade tobacco infusions are full of rather dangerous stuff extracted out of the tobacco leaves - alcohol is a very efficient solvent and will pull everything it can out of the leaves. Ted has worked out a process that makes sure that doesn't happen. He's quite secretive about it.
- Made to the specifications of King Cocktail himself:
- Ted signed every bottle he could find down in the shop - if you get down there soon there should be some left.There are some more pictures over on flickr:
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