Scot­tish ab­sinthe to hit shelves

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - EXCLUSIVE -

A PAIR of North Sea oil work­ers are set to launch the first ab­sinthe made in Scot­land.

Peter Dig­nan and Richard Pierce’s drink is called Mur­michan af­ter the an­cient Scots word for “wicked fairy” and de­liv­ers a 64% ABV hit, well above even the most po­tent malt whisky.

Cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with He­riot-Watt Univer­sity, the bright green spirit is due to be launched on the Scot­tish mar­ket this month and then to China and Ja­pan.

Ab­sinthe, a bit­ter anise-flavoured spirit made prin­ci­pally from worm­wood, was orig­i­nally thought to have cu­ra­tive qual­i­ties and was used by French troops in Al­ge­ria to fight malaria.

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