With a recipe directly from the pages of late 19th century manuals, the Blanche de Fougerolles is made with a grape-alcohol base, and combines grand and petite wormwood, green anise, hyssop, veronica, camomile, génepi, fennel, coriander and angelica; all individually distilled into full 80° alcoholates, blended, and then reduced to 74% abv.
That sounds tempting, and challenging. Can it really be as good as it sounds? Yes it can. It is even better than I imagined. There are several blanches/bleues out there, but none of them can compete with this one. My all time favourite blanche, the White Fairy, have got some serious competition here, and it's been pushed down to a second place... This one here is a winner. Just as the Verte de Fougerolles this one is a Liqueurs de France exclusive product.
Even though it's at the high abv of 74% it smells very little of alcohol. Instead it reveals an amazingly smooth smell which literally fills the room after the nice wooden topped cork is squeeked out of the bottle. It is clear that the ingredients used hold very high quality and that they really do form the most perfect blend I've ever experienced in a "modern" absinthe. Upon diluting it with ice water it slowly presents a perfect, thick, milky white louche which further enhances the aromas of the drink and reveals even more for the nose to enjoy.
Apart from the very fine taste of quality Florence fennel and anise there is a little something that makes this drink so extraordinarily smooth that I haven't yet figured out. Some suggest it would be from high quality hyssop, and I believe it might. The veronica adds a little to the taste as well, just as in the Verte de Fougerolles, where veronica is also used. This here is one very complex, perfectly crafted absinthe. A complex recipe doesn't necessarily mean a well tasting complex drink, but in this case the result is astonishing. This is a must have for anyone even remotely interested in tasting top quality absinthes. This one is the best comercially available blanche this far. No doubt about it.