Last night at Gemma, Viridian Spirits, the country's premier absinthe producer and import company, hosted a rather intimate tasting and dinner party for some esteemed guests. We're not going to get into all of nitty gritty, but we will tell you there was a whole bunch of absinthe going around, and the company is quite pumped to be pumping the U.S. full of wormwoody goodness. The star of the evening was Claude Alain-Bugnon, a Swiss absinthe expert who is a pioneer of the clear absinthe method. Claude has teamed with Viridian to create Clandestine, a clear absinthe made from his original recipe, to the U.S. market. In addition, Viridian has also launched Nouvelle' Orleans, another high end label that was created through the magic of reverse engineering. Amazing. We sampled numerous cocktails, including the refreshing Vincent Van Gogh, made new friends, and learned a hell loadabout absinthe. Not bad for a Wednesday night.
More pictures after the jump!