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.
Since about 1997-1998 several hundred various brands of absinthe is available all over the world. Some bare almost no resemblance to vintage absinthes what so ever, and some are excellent reproductions.
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Made by former clandestine distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, this is probably the most well known Swiss La Bleue on the market.
The famous La Clandestine absinthe with a wine base alcohol. Made in the heart of Couvet by Claude-Alain Bugnon.
This was first named La Fée Absinthe. With the claim of being the only absinthe approved by the Absinthe Museum in Auvers-sur-Oise one would hope it would be decent. I guess money talks.
It comes as no surprise that this is another one of those Swiss La Bleues. Bought at the annual absinthe festival, Fête d'Absinthe in Boveresse.
There are Swiss La Bleue and there are Swiss La Bleues. This is definitely a Swiss La Bleue. Ok?
In Val-de-Travers most distillers make the classic La Bleue style absinthes. But that's not the only thing that is recurring there. The erotic - or perverted - labels is a common theme.
Another La Bleue... This one made by Gaudentia Persoz, likely the only female distiller in Val-de-Travers.
The name is a play of words on the Val-de-Travers. But this attempt at making a verte should have been called Val-de-Travesty.
One of several traditional Swiss La Bleues from La Valote, Môtiers.
The last of the three signature absinthes from La Valote.
Another La Bleue from the La Valote distillery.
An attempt at turning a La Bleue into a verte. A few of the Val-de-Travers distillers have tried it but not many have pulled it off.
From Lemercier, who makes several absinthes and also other liqueurs, this is the lower strength absinthe. At only 45% but with a taste close enough to the stronger ones they make.
One of several absinthes from the Lemercier distillery. This is also the most decent one of them but given the many better options available today, it's more a novelty item these days.
Take the original Abisinthe 72 and add wormwood oil or add wormwood to the coloring step and this is what you get. It's bitter but not better.
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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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