a recent jaunt to Prague, I was determined to bring back some
decent absinthe rather than the radioactive gutrot that seems
to be foisted on most unsuspecting tourists. More to the point,
I wanted to grab a few bottles of Sebor Absinth, my favourite
brand, and one which I suspected would be rather cheaper over
there than over here.
Sebor turned out to be somewhat elusive, but instead I snapped
up Havel's, which - looking exactly like Sebor in colour and
bottle shape - seemed a safe bet. And indeed, upon examination
of the bottle, I discovered that it was, in fact, manufactured
by the same people. So what's the difference? Well, an extra
5% in strength, if that really matters, and possibly a slightly
more aniseedy taste - though not having any of the good stuff
left at home makes comparison difficult.
Otherwise, you can safely assume that everything I've said about
Sebor applies here too. It certainly seems to do the job: a
planned night out was effectively scuppered by two shots which
immediately put myself and young chum Lucy in the mood to watch
rubbish music videos and talk ENDLESSLY, and certainly resulted
in that unique 'out-of-body' sensation that only top rate absinthe
has. What’s more, a full night of consumption didn't result
in a hangover of any sort.
Seemingly unavailable outside the Czech Republic, Havel's is
worth (excuse the pun) checking out if you have the chance.