Couvet, Switzerland - where it all started in 1797. Located in the beautiful Val de Travers near the French border, and just across the French town of Pontarlier. Pernod had production in Couvet, as did many other distillers and many of the finest absinthes came from the Val de Travers region.
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Another blanche from Matter-Luginbühl, but this time in cooperation with Liqueurs de France. Bottled at still-strength this packs a hefty 81.3% alcohol.
Swiss absinthe verte produced in the heart of Val-de-Traves but inspired by an old American pre-ban absinthe from Boston.
Lusting for a La Bleue or just really curious about what a naked green cartoon woman looks like? Fata Absinthe might not quench your lust, but it does give you the naked green "lady". Another La Bleue with a tacky label...
From the family distillery Matter-Luginbühl in Kallnach. More known for their excellent absinthe vertes this blanche is a nice addition to their portfolio.
The first absinthe from Môtier based Blackmint Distillers.
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.
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.
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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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