Gnostalgic Spirits Distillery
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Premium — $51–$100
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THL: What is it?
Marteau Absinthe de la Belle Époque is distilled from a grape spirit and infused with several botanicals, including anise, fennel, wormwood, angelica root, iris flower and melissa.
THL: Why should you try it?
This absinthe is made traditionally from the grape vines characteristic of the Pacific Northwest, an area of the world well-versed in the history of absinthe. Seattle is home to the Wormwood Society — a non-profit absinthe education association that began as a group of enthusiasts getting together for cocktail parties. The creation of Marteau is based on consumer research that Gnostalgic Spirits distiller Gwydion Stone for years before finally creating his product. He polled absinthe enthusiasts about the exact tastes and smells that they preferred in this spirit, and tasted a huge variety of vintage absinthes along the way.
THL: Who makes it?
Gnostalgic Spirits Distillery is owned and operated by absinthe specialist and distiller, Gwydion Stone, who is also the founder of the Wormwood Society.
THL: What does it taste like?
Mild licorice, mint
THL: How should you drink it?
Gnostalgic Spirits suggests trying this spirit in a Cinnabar cocktail.
1 ounce ginger liqueur
2 ounces sweet Vermouth
1⁄4 ounce fresh lime juice
2 or 3 dashes Marteau
1 or 2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Shake and strain into an iced-filled Collins glass, top with tonic.