Musset didn't write the way he did because he drank absinthe, instead he drank for the same reason for which he wrote just like that: namely out of despair.
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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The fourth absinthe in the line of pre-ban reproductions to come out from Jade Liqueurs. This mimics a pre-ban Pernod Fils and though it's not an exact replica it's definitely a good absinthe and much closer to the original than the new Pernod Fils absinthe itself.
A distilled absinthe at a really attractive price. Only one flaw in the production ruins the concept of this being an affordable decent absinthe... It's far to bitter on the finish.
The Harlequin Absinthe is the circus child sprung out of a love affair between French distillery Emile Pernot and Swedish enthusiast and distributor Georg Strömfelt - and it's one pretty baby with a disturbingly grown up face...
I don't know where they got the idea to include "Premium" on the label, but it certainly has nothing to do with the quality. This is one of the many oil mixes that hit the market around 1998-2000.
This was one of the first distilled absinthes to be comercially released after the ban. Made by Emile Pernot distillery in cooperation with Liqueurs de France, this certainly raised the bar and since then, several high end absinthes have become available.
The first version of the Un Emile Blanche. The recipe have been tweaked and improved since this but it was one of the first high quality blanches on the market after the ban.
A couple of very interesting variations on the Un Emile recipe came out during the early 2000's. The Gentian version is simply a Gentian distillate added to the regular Un Emile 68. Definitely a new twist to absinthe and bitters.
Another variation on the Un Emile absinthe. This time it was an experiment to make a naturally colored red absinthe.
Another of the Un Emile variations. With the added flavour of Sapin this works very well in the christmas bar...
A distilled absinthe blanche with so much anise in it that it's hard to rinse your glass once you've finished your drink. That is, if you manage to go all the way thru a full glass. Toungue numbing is the word.
Another creation initiated by Liqueurs de France around 2003. Each ingredient is distilled separately and then it's all mixed together. It is still made exactly the same today, with no major changes.
The second absinthe to come out of Jade Liqueurs was the Verte Suisse 65. Aimed to be a reproduction of the pre-ban C.F Berger absinthe.
From the well known distillery Les Fils d'Emile Pernot just outside Pontarlier we are used to get high quality absinthes - this is no different.
A variation of the original Un Emile Blanche. My own favorite of the two and again, made in cooperation with Liqueurs de France. This is no longer in production.
A small limited batch of a blanche absinthe with a very dominant Wormwood profile.
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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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