That was the history Brian Robinson of the Wormwood Society related to a group at Libertine in Adams Morgan in June. The Wormwood Society works to debunk the tangle of misinformation about absinthe, which has been legally available in the United States since 2007, and Robinson provided some historical context for the new absinthe from Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery in Middleburg, Va.
Peter Ahlf, Mt. Defiance’s distiller, had a similar story when I later visited the distillery. “I have a hard time imagining how someone could screw up the distillation process badly enough” to even come close to the legal thujone limit, he said.