Grande Absente Absinthe Originale in Absinthe Brand Discussion Posted May 28, 2010 · Report reply I hadn't seen discussion of this recently, but I could have missed it. Sometimes I'm out of the loop you know. I get (free) a magazine called "Bartender". Looks like they got my name from the NYSLA mailing list. The issue I got today has the center pages taken up with ads for Grande Absente. Claims to now be made according to the original 1860 recipe. 69% ABV Maybe it's always been like this. I'll take a pic of the ads and post them. That way you get to see how the big players spend their marketing dollars. Not many historical pre-bans have come down to us from the 1860's, so maybe this will be a real revelation, right? We can all learn, I know I can.