I sit at my door, smoking a cigarette and sipping my absinthe, and I enjoy every day without a care in the world.
- Paul Gaugin, 1897
Even after the ban of absinthe in the major absinthe producing countries there was still absinthe production elsewhere. Several French and Swiss producers turned to Spain to continue their production there. Spain have kept producing absinthe all the time up to today. This gives a good look into how absinthe evolved over time after the ban. Good or bad? You'll learn that here. These post-ban vintage absinthes are cheaper and easier to find than the older ones but also not always of the highest quality.
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Absenta Argenti was made for several decades but production ended in the early 1970's. The recipe changed over time and this here represents the very last version. It's easy to see that more and more producers resorted to mixing essences and taking shortcuts.
I was thrilled to find this as it gave me the possibility to compare it with the same brand, 30 years younger. Needless to say they should've kept to this older recipe.
Another nice absenta true to traditional absinthe with the typical Spanish touch.
A terrific absenta made in Barcelona with a long history and a long lingering taste. Where did all these great brands go...?
One of the first vintage Spanish absentas I ever tried. It made sure I kept hunting for more. Montana is still made today but nothing like this - sadly.
A Danish essence based absinthe made by wine merchant Arthur Fich's Vinhandel, Copenhagen around 1930-40.
Cuba isn't exactly the first country that comes to mind when thinking of absinthe makers. But considering Hemingway went there a lot and that he drank absinthe there, surely not all could have been imported...
This Japanese treasure comes from a time when people in the west knew little about absinthe's quiet existence in very few countries but the Japanese had full access to it, made by Suntory.
Pernod manufactured absinthe in Spain all the way up to the mid 1960's and these vintage absinthes are some of the more common ones still found unopened today.
Many many absentas where produced in Spain during the same time when several countries banned absinthe. This brand was made up to mid 1980's. It could've been cancelled long before...
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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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