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Finally Legal

Absinthe can now be legally sold in this country, as long as it stays inside some rules, which is how we now have our first legal brand in this country: Lucid. It’s decent stuff—not the best I've had, which happens to be in a few bottles that I’ve smuggled back from France over the years—but we’ll soon have more brands on the market.

Great Absinthe is a wonderful thing. No, it doesn’t make you crazy or hallucinate. It’s restricted legality is due to the fact that some die-hards finally were able to prove to the TTB that authentic absinthe doesn’t contain significant amounts of dangerous chemicals.

I’ll have much more on this in a forthcoming issue of 7x7. In the meantime, I thought I’d print the recently issued ruling from the TTB, so you can get a handle on what I’m talking about, as well as a link to an excellent article explaining more on the subject.