The Producer: The first legal American absinthe released after the U.S. ban was lifted in 2007, St. George Absinthe Verte remains one of the most acclaimed and respected spirits in this category. Made from a host of real botanical ingredients, it is a layered and evocative expression of this beguiling and highly spirituous herbal elixir.
The Why:A heady, herbaceous smack to the senses. It opens with spicy black licorice and then slowly evolves into citrus and grass profiles with a dose of sarsaparilla. Because of the abundance of essential oils, it’s rich and viscous on the palate—even at 120 proof.