Re: Hookah and Arak
While your comments about thujone content are correct it is also true that a lot more goes into making Absinthe then thujone content. Simply infusing a blend of the proper spices into a neutral spirit does not make Absinthe. I will also point out that Wormwood contributes a lot more then just thujone. The production of Absinthe is like making any liquor or ale in that it is as much a mater of ingredients as it is about production methods. Still, we are not talking about alcamey here so there is no reason why America can't produce a good Absinthe but doing so is tough. In theory on can make labic ales anywhere in the world but as a practical matter getting the right water chemistry and production methods down is a real bear.