I sit at my door, smoking a cigarette and sipping my absinthe, and I enjoy every day without a care in the world.
- Paul Gaugin, 1897
In the east of France, in the Jura region you find the small town of Pontarlier. That was where the Ffrench absinthe production started way back in the early 1800's. The Pernod Fils distillery opened their plant there in 1805, which grew to become one of the regions most important companies, providing many jobs. It also became one of the most successful companies in the history of France. Many other towns became known for their absinthe distilleries and some yet again have production of absinthe going. In the town of Pontarlier there is also the annual absinthe festival - the Absinthiades.
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From the Pontarlier based distillery Les Fils d'Emile Pernot and Archive Spirits come this creation. The first batch of Roquette 1797, based on a recipe from that year - 1797. Its powerful herbal profile and the prominent Pontarlier Wormwood gives this absinthe a very unique touch.
The US version of the Absente 55%. European version differs only slightly and since this was reviewed a new product, Grande Absente, have entered the market.
Made by French distillery Paul Devoille for German liqour company Vom Fass.
An absinthe blanche from Combier. In cooperation with Jade Liqueurs they made this based on an old Combier absinthe recipe. It was awarded a gold medal in the 2006 Absinthiades.
Les Fils d'Emile Pernot in Pontarlier France did it again. All cats aside, this is one kitty I'm not allergic to. A long lasting meeeoow is what I say.
The third absinthe from Jade Liqueurs was another reproduction of a pre-ban absinthe. This time it was the Edouard Pernod and actually it was a good enough attempt.
Distilled by Francois Guy in Pontarlier for absinthe merchant Alandia. Interesting to see this coming from Francois Guy as it goes against many of his own beliefs about absinthe.
After the trial batches of the 1797, this is the end result. The Absinthe Roquette 1797.
The French word Sauvage translates to "wild". The Absinthe Sauvage is anything but wild - it's a very sophisticated drink. Distilled in extremely small batches using wild-growing absinthe from the Pontarlier region.
Another absinthe verte from the prominent distillery Les Fils d'Emile Pernot in La Cluse-et-Mijoux, Pontarlier, France. Authentique is its name and yes - Authentique is its game.
Parisian Absinthe-shop Vert d'Absinthe owner Luc Santiago had this traditional absinthe, based on a 1899 recipe made by the Pontarlier based distillery, Les Fils d'Emile Pernot.
The white cousin of Verte de Fougerolles. It is based on a traditional absinthe blanche recipe. At the time of its release this was one of the finest blanches. It holds a super creamy milky louche.
Distilled by Emile Pernot distillery in Pontarlier, based on the protocols by David Nathan-Maister for a South African distributor. All that doesn't matter. What matters is that this is a really nice drink.
A distilled absinthe from France, early on the market but it made little impression and it's not very common in stores. I believe it has been discontinued.
Also one of the first distilled absinthes to be released from france after the ban. It lacks fennel though, since the maker decided that fennel was evil and should not be used in absinthe. Weird? Yes, but that's the story.
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Many writers "of old" wrote poems or passages about absinthe. Some drank it, some didn't. Find some of them here as well as reviews and notes on modern books about absinthe.
The Absinthe Poetry section has seen several updates the past days. Poems and information about more authors; Antonin Artaud, Arthur Symons, Francis Saltus Saltus, Florence Folsom and Robert Loveman. Open your mind and have a drink while you enjoy their lyrics.
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