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wormwood harvesting

I was wondering if there was an industry standard for the stage of development to harvest wormwood for Absinthe. Is it just leaf before flowering, or full flower, or left on the stem? The company I work for makes an extract of wormwood and we harvest when in full flower and after dried we then seperate the herb from the stem. So back to my question, if the info i'm asking for is proprietary disregard the question. I just wondered if there was a standard or is it just a matter of personal preference? By the way the Wormwood harvest starts today (about an acre) which means a whole week tasting wormwood pollen and dust trapped in my sinuses.


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IN what area of the country are you making this report of harvest?.

We have some tiny bit growing here but are unaware of which (If any diversity in the Wormwood genestock is commercially available or preferred) variatials nor really how to utilize the product.

I have given thought to just doing an extract from stems on a hobbist basis. how do you give a number to your level of extraction? advice ?

My last adventure was with extract purchased from a herbalist. Unknown product and just too little info to feel confident.

danke TG


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Grain of salt, this is just from a quick lookup and not experience. Looking at a couple historic references with regards to grand wormwood in absinthe, one states "only the tops are distilled" "dryed and ground" and the other calls for only "flowering tops and leaves" "lightly pounded". Elsewhere they say "chopped fine".


Reply:IN what area of the country are you making this report of harvest?.

We have some tiny bit growing here but are unaware of which (If any diversity in the Wormwood genestock is commercially available or preferred) variatials nor really how to utilize the product.

I have given thought to just doing an extract from stems on a hobbist basis. how do you give a number to your level of extraction? advice ?

My last adventure was with extract purchased from a herbalist. Unknown product and just too little info to feel confident.

danke TG


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I've included detailed copies of the absinthe chapters of 19th distiller's manuals on the Wormwood Society website; I recommend becoming thoroughly familiar with them if you intend to make absinthe.

My last adventure was with extract purchased from a herbalist. Unknown product and just too little info to feel confident.