Absinthe Guide: Oahu

Aloha Absinthe Drinker!
This is a guide for those who are looking for quality, traditional Absinthe on Oahu, Hawaii; be it Honolulu, Waikiki, Pearl City or anywhere on the island!
My goal is to guide you away from the low quality and faux Absinthe and direct you to the quality brands. In this way you will not waste your time or money.
To be objective I will use independent ratings from the Wormwood Society, when available, rather than rate Absinthe myself. Absinthe is rated from 5 Stars (Best) to 1 Star (Hideous).
Faux or Fake absinthe is non-traditional. This is normally the stuff people light on fire rather than properly louche.

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**** SWAM – Shimora’s Wine and More ****
98-1277 Kaahumanu Street, Aiea, Hawaii 96701
First Impression: Wow, Sweet!
Good Absinthe (5 Stars – 3 Stars):
Vieux Carré Absinthe – 4.1 Stars
La Sorcière Absinthe Bleue – 4.0 Stars
La Sorcière Absinthe Vert – 3.5 Stars
Lucid – 3.4 Stars
Libertine Bleue – 2.3 Stars
Faux Absinthe (Fake Stuff):
Absinthe Mata Hari
Absinthe Ordinaire Liqueur
Le Tourment Vert
Tempest

**** Liquor Collection – Ward Warehouse ****
1050 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
First Impression: All Absinthe $5 – $15 over priced.
Good Absinthe (5 Stars – 3 Stars):
Lucid – 3.4 Stars
La Sorcière Absinthe Vert – 3.5 Stars
Bad Absinthe (2 Stars and Below):
Grande Absente – 2.1 Stars
Faux Absinthe (Fake Stuff):
Absinthe Mata Hari
Tempest
Le Tourment Vert

**** Tamura’s Fine Wines & Liquors Aiea ****
98-302 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea, Hawaii 96701
First Impression: 1976 Flashback
Good Absinthe (5 Stars – 3 Stars):
Vieux Carré Absinthe – 4.1 Stars
Lucid – 3.4 Stars
Bad Absinthe (2 Stars and Below):
Grande Absente – 2.1 Stars
Pernod Absinthe Supérieure – 2.1 Stars

**** Whole Foods Market ****
Kahala, Hawaii & Kailua, Hawaii
First Impression: Disappointing
Bad Absinthe (2 Stars and Below):
Grande Absente – 2.1 Stars

**** Waimalu Gourmet Liquor ****
98-1277 Kaahumanu St Ste 110, Aiea, Hawaii 96701
First Impression: Gang Violence
Bad Absinthe (2 Stars and Below):
Grande Absente – 2.1 Stars

**** Foodland Farms ****
820 Hind Drive #101, Honolulu, HI, 96821
First Impression: Nice beer selection though.
Bad Absinthe (2 Stars and Below):
Grande Absente – 2.1 Stars
Faux Absinthe (Fake Stuff):
Absente Refined

**** Salt Lake Wine & Spirits ****
848 Ala Lilikoi Street, Honolulu, HI 96818
First Impression: FauxLand
Faux Absinthe (Fake Stuff):
Absinthe Mata Hari
Tempest
Le Tourment Vert

The DEAD Zone – No Absinthe
Foodland, Times Market, Safeway (Honolulu, Kapolai, Mililani), Target, Walmart, Longs, ABC Stores in Honolulu & Waikiki, Paz Liquor Wahiawa, 7 Eleven

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