The elusive 'green fairy' hath return. The once preferred drink of noted artists, scholars and intellectuals, absinthe was ousted in 1915 as a psychoactive drug, fueled by a fire of prohibitionists. In 2007, the U.S. ban was lifted and St. George Spirits, the folks behind Hangar One Vodka, began producing the first American distilled absinthe in almost 100 years. A true-to-form 'Verte' style, it captures a slightly golden-jade hue with aromas of black licorice, fennel seed, spearmint and verbena. The palate consists of a 'Good & Plenty' licorice (Yes, really) intensity with delicate flavors of basil, cocoa nib, and a mouth coating, silky finish. Note to the novice: this is meant to be prepared in the traditional fashion - poured over a sugar cube on a slotted absinthe spoon, ignited, and stirred with two ounces of mineral water. For the ultimate thrill ride, we recommend a Sazerac: add 3 oz. whiskey, two dashes of Peychaud's bitters to the recipe above. Pour into a large glass on the rocks with a twist of lemon and toast to the sensational return of sophisticated Bohemian culture.
In the 30 years since St. George Spirits was founded, we have grown from a dedicated eau de vie distillery into a diverse operation that makes a range of craft spirits. What was then a bare-bones production facility with tasting tables jerry-rigged on sawhorses, is now a 65,000-square-foot hangar with a spectacular tasting room, laboratory, and a lineup of the most beautiful pot stills in the industry. It's a lot to be proud of. But it didn't happen overnight. They've grown slowly over the years, hiring one person at a time, adding one copper still at a time. We don't have a marketing team, an advertising budget, or a blimp. What we do have are passion, ideas, and access to superlative raw materials. The craft distillation movement has grown with them over the last three decades, and they've been joined by hundreds of new distilleries across the country. As the landscape has changed, there's been a lot of talk about established spirits brands vs. newcomers. Big brands vs. small brands. The way we see it, it's not that small or big is better. It's not that new or old is better. Better is better. And with that in mind, they have dedicated themselves to making the best spirits they can. They pledge to craft quintessential spirits to delight hedonists and genius bartenders alike-and when you taste our spirits, we hope that the character and quality of what's in your glass will convey to you what we're all about.