EMPEROR NORTON ABSINTHE
STYLEFrench / Swiss
taste profileWoody, Floral, Citrus, Spice
master distillerCarter Raff
notable cocktail useAbsinthe Ritual, Big Easy, Original Sazerac
botanicalsWormwood, Anise, Fennel Seed and 8 other proprietary botanicals
Base100% California grapes
water sourceHetch Hetchy (Yosemite)
distillation220 gallon hybrid still
alcohol136 Proof / 68%
THE STORY OF Emperor norton
"Emperor of the United States", "Protector of Mexico"
-Self-Proclaimed term 1859 to 1880, San Francisco, CA
Joshua Norton was a businessman that lived in San Francisco during the mid 19th century. After he lost all his fortune in the rice trade in the late 1800’s, he became a different man. Surfacing back around the city a few years later, he proclaimed himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.” He wore a pieced-together military uniform, printed his own money, and made governmental decrees. Regardless of his eccentricities, he was much beloved by the people of San Francisco.
Today, what rare bit of Emperor Norton currency that still exist has auctioned for well over $10,000 on a single note.