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Tasting two Danish vintage absinthes

January 14, 2012 ,


We tasted two Danish vintage absinthes: The honey-colored absinthe is Bennoh from the era 1925-1930. The pale green absinthe is Arthur Fich Absinthe from 1950.

The amber-like color of the Bennoh absinthe is called feuille morte which means fallen leave. The Bennoh absinthe had a surprisingly strong, earthy and bitter aftertaste that is very similar to Gentiane and other gentian-based apéritifs. Also it reminded me a lot of ginseng-based spirits from Korea.

The Arthur Fich was sweet, flowery perfumed and smooth in the beginning and finished with a slightly bitter note of pine needles and eucalyptus.

In the same session we also tasted an Absenta Argenti 68% from Spain, produced around 1970. Both the taste and the color was relatively close to the Arthur Fich Absinthe, only the Spanish absinthe had a more intense taste than the Arthur Fich.

Thanks to Markus Hartsmar from www.absinthe.se, who gave us the Arthur Fich and Absenta Argenti samples! Check out his homepage, as he is THE expert in Scandinavian absinthe history.


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What a rare treat! I only recently became aware of the Danish absinthe glasses from the 1920s (which I believe you used for the photographs?). Thanks for sharing!


February 8, 2012

Glad you like the Danish absinthe glasses! It seems like there was once a vibrant absinthe culture in Copenhagen (probably not so much in the countryside) and the local glas-industry produced those glasses from the late 1880s to 1950s. Now they have became so rare that most antique dealers in the city never have heard of them.


February 8, 2012

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