In a couple of previous articles “From 50mm to 2150mm: A review of absinthe spoons” and “The origins of absinthe spoons“, we had already dived into the world of absinthe spoons, their origins, how they’re meant to be used, their classifications and a few key numbers, but we hadn’t really talked about the different kinds of spoons that existed back in the good old days.
An absinthe spoon is the most emblematic and unavoidable accessory of the true absinthe ritual from the Belle Époque.
In David Nathan-Maister’s book “The Absinthe Encyclopedia” and on the “Musée Virtuel de l’Absinthe”, absinthe spoons are classified in 6 different categories.
If we closer analyze the spoons which were used to hold the piece of sugar, we see 6 different kinds, to which we can add the Toulouse-Lautrec spoon, a very controversial spoon among French collectors. Was it really the spoon of Lautrec? Has the painter designed it himself? Does it really show his monogram? The doubt remains…
Here you will find a little summary of the main 6 categories of absinthe spoons. We won’t talk about the seventh one which is still a big mystery for us.