Francois Guy is often described as one of the very best brands available and has a very loyal following, despite a beinf finished to a lower ABV than many competitors.
Guy is one of the few distilleries left that produced Absinthe in the Belle Epoch. The recipes are nearly the same as then and they are using the old stills that have been in use since the late 19th century.
Its unique taste is absolutely fantastic: well balanced herbal notes, slight bitterness from the Wormwood that they grow themselves. The aroma of the liquor is pleasant, being somewhat aromatic and a bit woody, bearing a certain similarity to Pastis. The liquor itself is virtually clear, with just a slight tinge of olive.
Tasted neat, the flavor is predominantly of Anise, with the woody component being significant, yet not obtrusive. The liquor louches well upon the addition of water and the flavor remains simple and refreshing, being neither thin nor heavy, with that telltale woodiness making its presence known with every sip.
In America Absinthe this doesn’t contain Grande Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) but the European version does.
Don’t worry though, it won’t send you mad or make reduce your hearing capacity by 50%. You would have to mix it with laudanum for that which we don’t recommend.