Mansinthe is the signature brand of absinthe developed by Marilyn Manson. Contrary to popular belief Mansinthe does in fact contain thujone / wormwood, there is no ‘sans wormwood’ version. It was in non-consecutive development for two years before it’s launch on August 25, 2007. It is a distilled, highly alcoholic, anise-flavored spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the medicinal plant Artemisia absinthium, also called grande wormwood. Like all traditional brands of absinthe, Mansinthe is not bottled with added sugar and is, therefore, classified as a liquor or spirit, and not a liqueur. A standard bottle contains a 66.6% alcohol volume, while the Prototype 35 bottle contains a 68% alcohol volume.
On August 25, 2007, Mansinthe was officially released, according to its official website Mansinthe.com. The drink can be purchased on several online shops throughout Europe.
Mansinthe is categorized as a “Verte Absinthe” characterized by the trademark green hue of the spirit, This colouring is the result of natural colors and without any artificial ingredients. It originates from Switzerland, and is like absinthe, an elixir or tincture.
Conventional absinthe is better known for its popularity in late 19th and early 20th century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers whose romantic associations with the drink still linger in popular culture. At the height of this popularity, absinthe was portrayed as a dangerously addictive, psychoactive drug; the chemical thujone was blamed for most of its deleterious effects. By 1915, it was banned in a number of European countries and the United States. Even though it was vilified, no evidence shows it to be any more dangerous or psychoactive than ordinary alcohol. A modern absinthe revival began in the 1990s, as countries in the European Union began to reauthorize its
manufacture and sale. Mansinthe is currently available for purchase in the US, after Absinthe was legalized on March 5th, 2007. The amount of wormwood is just low enough for Mansinthe to be legal in most other countries.
Marilyn Manson – “When I Get Old”
(Absinthe and Watercolor)