Top 10 banned spirits

19th August, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

 

Absinthe

AbsintheThe most notorious banned spirit in drinks history, absinthe has long battled a tidal wave of myths and misconceptions which lead to its widespread ban across the US and Europe in the early 20th Century.

Said to cause hallucinations and bouts of madness, the spirit was targeted by social conservatives and blamed for social degeneration.

However absinthe, a traditional French and Swiss spirit distilled from grand wormwood, anise, sweet fennel and other herbs, is now produced in about 20 countries and exported all over the world.

One Response to “Top 10 banned spirits”

  1. lydia says:

    Ah, absinthe is still banned in Belarus. It is not prohibited to bring a bottle or two for yourself from abroad, however it is not soled neither on-trade or off-trade.

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