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The original absinthe is back: Taste Oscar Wilde, Baudelaire and Picasso's top tipple

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A POWERFUL alcoholic drink famed for its green colour and alleged hallucinatory properties, absinthe became famous as the tipple of Paris's 19th century bohemian set. 

Now nearly a century after the Green Fairy had her wings clipped, the iconic beverage is back and tastes exactly as it would when it was first formulated in 1805.

It will be the first time in more than a lifetime that the original absinthe, prepared and sipped by artists including Oscar Wilde, Vincent Van Gogh, Baudelaire and Toulouse Lautrec (who carried a cane around Montmartre full of the stuff), will be sold. 

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