Delaware Phoenix Distillery
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Premium — $51–$100
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THL: What is it?
Meadow of Love is an absinthe distilled with dried grand wormwood, anise, fennel, roman wormwood, hyssp, lemon balm and violet.
THL: Why should you try it?
This absinthe is often described as one of the more "feminine" absinthes available, mainly for its floral aromas and flavors. It's a contemporary take on traditional absinthes as it blends together the standard absinthe herbs (anise, grand wormwood and fennel) and fresh ingredients like lemon balm and violet. Meadow of Love receives rave reviews for its complexity and elegance, and for its name — it wont transport you to a fictional meadow in your mind, but it might leave you singing its praises, even if sipping fresh flowers isn't exactly your cup of tea.
THL: Who makes it?
Cheryl Lins is the mastermind behind Delaware Phoenix's small batch spirits. She uses herbs from the United States, Italy and Spain for her absinthes and variety of whiskeys (she also makes rye whiskey, bourbon whiskey, corn whiskey and unaged whiskey). She gets all of the herbs from the United States from people she knows personally.
The distillery is located in Walton, New York, an area badly damaged by floods from the nearby Delaware River. Lins opened her distillery with the intent to help revitalize the surrounding community.
THL: What does it taste like?
This light and dry absinthe is particularly floral with a pronounced violet flavor.
THL: How should you drink it?
Drink this spirit by slowly adding 2-3 parts cool water to one part absinthe, allowing the water to dilute the spirit and open up its flavors.
At 136 proof, this absinthe also works perfectly as a wash. Infuse your cocktail with its floral notes by coating your glass with it before you pour in the rest of the ingredients.