1998: First approval for absinthe in Europe

March 31, 2011 mark

In 1998 the first laboratory tests linking thujone to absinthe were performed.  Drafted by George Rowley, using the EEC Directive [88/388/EEC 442 & 443], the tests were carried out at the EU approved University of Prague VSCHT Chemical & Technical department.    Rowley had to import rare chemical compounds from the USA – including thujone itself, as the laboratories contacted in Europe were lacking these key compounds.  Signed and stamped by UK trading standards; this set the precedent for absinthe in Europe and beyond.  This document has been censored.

First approval of Absinthe in Europe document

Page 1:  Note EEC Council Directive 88/388/EEC (442 & 443)

First approval of Absinthe in Europe document

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First approval of Absinthe in Europe document

Page 3:  Note testing for quality of alcohol

First approval of Absinthe in Europe document

Page 4:  Note document signed and stampedby UK Trading Standards, Prague University & George Rowley (Bohemia Beer House T/A BBH Spirits Ltd.)

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