June 6, 2007

More Legal Absinthes Coming to the US?

A little while back we let you know about lucid, a newly-approved absinthe that has been stamped legal for sale in the United States. That's some pretty hot shit right there, but apparently that's not the end of things. According to the Real Absinthe Blog, there are more real absinthes that will be making their way to the states, so we won't have to worry about ordering those plain brown packages from across the pond.

Does this mean absintheurs can rejoice? Read on for what we could find on the regulations.

1. Absinthes with less than 10mg/l thujone are now potentially legal in the US. 2. Two others (apart from Lucid) have already been approved, and dozens will follow in due course. 3. There's no reason at all to assume that Lucid has signifcantly less than 10mg/l, and neither Ted nor the manufacturers have made any claims to this effect. 4. Effectively, the US regulations are being brought in line with the EU standards. This has been done by administrative fiat (based - to simplify - on an expanded definition of "margin of error" when it comes to thujone testing), not legislation, but the effect will be the same. 5. I'd expect something similar to happen with the 35mg/l "bitters" category at some stage in the future.
Read more at the Real Absinthe Blog, plus get some prognostication for what it means for the future. We'll see what really happens!

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at June 6, 2007 10:54 PM
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