I got this absinthe from Absinthe.de. Not entirely surprising since much of this product is thanks to Markus Lion of Absinthe.de himself. In co-operation with the people at the Oliver Matter distillery (the people behind the Kallnache Blanche) they manufacture this - the first commercial Swiss verte in a very long time.
So, how is it then? Well, it's based on a historical recipe from the books of Duplais, hence the name. The label is actually a depiction of a painting made by David Tibet exclusively for the Absinthe Duplais!
Now on to tasting. It reveals a very strong nose with a rather intense herbal character. It is clear that it could probably need just a little more work, but it is definitely not bad. This is after all the first batch ever and there are small changes announced for the next batch, released soon. The changes to be made would probably fix the few things I lack in this one. There is a strong wormwood character to it which when dilluted blends nicely with the fennel, anise and detectable - the hyssop. There should be a bit more fennel and anise in it though, both to enhance the louche but also to level the flavor of the wormwood.
The color is a nice slightly dark green and it louches into a light pale green. It could be a bit thicker, as I said, but it's better than many others. All in all I do enjoy the Duplais and I think that the "second coming" of it will be very good.
Update: The second batch of the Duplais Verte has been out for a while and I have had several glasses of it. The second batch is certainly improved and is better balanced than before. It still presents a very nice punch which for some probably will lend them to add more water but this is entirely individual. The Duplais verte is a very good absinthe indeed.