LE TOURMENT VERT translation: The Green Torment, in French.
Le Tourment Vert
Navigates your taste buds with cool sophistication and soft-spoken elegance. Dressed in pale blue with a mint stole, she delivers sweet anise in whispered tones coolly wrapped in wintergreen.
Color: pale sapphire
Louche: Slight opalescence, blue/white
Nose: Soft, cooling anise
Notes: Delicate flavors, sweet anise cools the mouth with a light mint finish. Light, refreshing, sophisticated, not bitter. The simplicity is balanced by the clear, bright flavor that rings through to a lasting finish.
Because there is very little anise flavor Tourment makes a great mixer for cocktails.
WHAT IS LE TOURMENT VERT? A spirit made from anise, fennel, wormwood and a blend of aromatic herbs including sage, rosemary and coriander. La Tourment Vert honors the tradition of absinthe while creating something new and different. Possibly the first truly American style absinthe and almost certainly the first real Cocktail Absinthe on the market today.
LE TOURMENT VERT IS MADE AT: Distillerie Vinet Ege, located near Cognac City in France. Distillerie Vinet Ege is a small family owned artisanal distillery in operation since 1934. It specializes in high quality, handcrafted limited quantity products including fine cognacs. The Distillerie is owned by Bruno Delannoy and his wife Annie.
INGREDIENTS (as found in all traditional absinthes) Although Le Tourment Vert contains the Holy Trinity: Anise, Fennel & Grand Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium) the anise content is lower than in most traditional absinthes. Although this makes for a non traditional absinthe it does make Le Tourment Vert more versatile when mixing with cocktails. Le Tourment Vert also contains aromatic herbs including Sage, Rosemary and Coriander.
HOW IS IT MADE? THREE STEP PROCESS:
- Cultivation and selection of Grand Wormwood and the herbal mix;
- Maceration and distillation – Herbs are soaked and steeped with alcohol then distilled in dual ergrat alembic copper stills dating back to late 1800’s;
- Add color – As with many traditional absinthes coloring is added.
HOW SHOULD IT BE SERVED?
- Traditional – Pour one ounce in a glass. Place a slotted spoon with a sugar cube over the glass. Pour 3 ounces of cold water over the sugar, stir and enjoy.
- Eastern European – Pour in a glass. Dip sugar cube in absinthe, place in spoon and light cube on fire. Extinguish, stir and enjoy.
- A Shot – like many of the artists and writers in Bohemian France, or try it over ice.
- In a cocktail - There are many recipes here at absintheology.com which use Le Tourment Vert.
WHY DOES IT CLOUD? Traditional absinthes cloud, or louche (French) when cold water mixes with the oils of anise, making them unique and mysterious.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES LE TOURMENT VERT FROM OTHER ABSINTHES?
- Quality – Handcrafted in limited batches with the traditional French distillation process, in original French distillery.
- Flavor – Unique combination of aromatic herbs and Grand Wormwood, from original Delannoy family recipe over 100 years old.
- Versatility – Le Tourment Vert is smooth enough to serve as a shot, but also elegant and complex enough to serve traditionally with water or over ice. Best of all Tourment is versatile enough to use in cocktails.