You seem to loose your feet, and you mount a boundless realm without horizon. You probably imagine that you are going in the direction of the infinite, whereas you are simply drifting into the incoherent.
- American Journal of Pharmacy, 1868
Vintage Absinthes - the answer to how absinthe really did taste back in the days, and also the answer to how absinthe evolved and changed through time and depending on what country it was produced in. The most sought after vintage absinthes are of course the ones from before the ban in Switzerland and France. Often hard to find, and at prices unimaginable to most it's an honor and a pleasure to actually have some and to drink it. Find out more of what they were like, right here.
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It's not very common to find old bottles from before 1900 which is why this is even more interesting than these vintage absinthes usually are. Of course it doesn't hurt that it's actually really really tasty as well.
A true gem among the vintage absinthes I've had the pleasure of tasting. The C.F Berger was also one of the first pre-ban absinthes I ever tasted. It certainly made that trip to Paris extra special.
From one of the very prestigious Pontarlier distilleries come this very fine absinthe. Made around 1910 and it has been waiting to seduce me ever since. The Dornier Tuller absinthe is without a doubt one of the finest I have tasted.
One of the major absinthe producers during the Belle Epoque was Edouard Pernod. They continously manufactured top quality absinthe all the way up to the 1930's. After the ban they eventually merged their Spanish production and companies with Pernod Fils.
Jules Pernod started out as a small distillery in Avignon which grew into a successful large producer. In the early 1900's a legal battle between Jules Pernod and Maison Pernod Fils ruled in favor of Jules Pernod who could keep using the name "Pernod" on their products.
Legler Pernod is another one of those slightly smaller producers coming out of the Pernod family. It seems as the quality of anything coming from any of the Pernod-related manufacturers is quite high. Legler Pernod is no exception.
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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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