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Herbsaint

Herbsaint is a brand name of anise-flavored liquor, originally made in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Herbsaint first appeared in 1934. It was the creation of J.M. Legendre and Reginald Parker of New Orleans, who learned how to make absinthe while in France during World War I. It first went on sale following the repeal of Prohibition, and was unique in its category as an absinthe substitute, as opposed to a pastis. Although Herbsaint was originally produced under the name "Legendre Absinthe" it never contained wormwood. The Federal Alcohol Control Administration at the time objected to the use of the word Absinthe so it was changed to Legendre Herbsaint.

The Sazerac Company bought the J.M. Legendre & Co. in June 1949. Herbsaint was bottled at 120 proof and 100 proof for many years, but was first modified in the late 1950s, when Herbsaint was bottled at 100 proof and 90 proof. By the early 1970s the proof was standardized at 90 proof, producing the modern Herbsaint available today.

The name Herbsaint has its origins as a French/Creole term for Wormwood, or Artemisia Absinthium, meaning "The Sacred Herb", or "Herbe Sainte".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbsaint
Last modified: 7 September 2009
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