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Lachenmeier DW, Nathan-Maister D. 
“Systematic Misinformation about Thujone in Pre-ban Absinthe”. 
Deutsche Lebensmittel-Rundschau. 2007 jun;.
Abstract
The media coverage about absinthe, a bitter spirit containing wormwood (Artemisia absinthum L.), continues to repeat unsubstantiated myths and legends and the public is systematically misinformed. Especially, the theory about a significant thujone content in absinthe must be put into perspective as there are a number of different wormwood chemotypes with a large variance in thujone content (0- 70.6% in essential oil) from which a mean thujone content of about 20 mg/l in distilled absinthe with a large standard deviation of up to 20 mg/l may be calculated. However, a higher thujone amount of 260 mg/l derived from out-of-date calculations is generally presented as "historical content" in addition with reports about unsubstantiated psychoactive or aphrodisiac properties. Other studies used unauthentic recipes with unrealistically high amounts of wormwood that would produce undrinkable bitter products. In general, a previous overestimation of the thujone content of pre-ban absinthe was detected.
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earth
Apr 17, 2011 1:59
Dismissive of anything other than French Major Commercial Absinthes #

An interesting and important addition to the literature, but seems to dismiss absinthes that do not comport to the author's idea of what absinthe should be: expensive, French, not-very-bitter, and matching very specific recipes (not using A. absinthium in the final maceration). He dismisses Gimpel's findings by saying that Gimpel 'used unauthentic recipes with unrealistically high amounts of wormwood that would produce undrinkable bitter products.' Definitely on the Breaux side of the debate.
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