An ingenious approach to this absinthe results in a revitalizing experience in a category that is often divided strictly amongst the good and the bad. Unaged spirit is mixed with some aged in new and first fill Missouri Oak. Everything is macerated with ground herbs and botanicals and re-distilled. As a result, delicate flavors are preserved alongside bolder ones.
Letherbee is doing things with authenticity and swagger. This absinthe starts off with a standard recipe that includes wormwood, anise and fennel, then aging in new, charred American oak barrels for six months. The barrel age mellows its upfront anise flavor and presents more floral and spice driven notes. Meanwhile, the barrel age also incorporates vanilla and caramel flavors that coalesce into a mint chocolate chip profile. You could sip this very slowly as a neat spirit, but louching (adding water) creates a refreshing aperitif fit for the hot summer nights in Chicago.