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.
Along my way with the "fairy" I have sampled several brands, contemporary as well as vintage absinthes from around the 1900's. And I can sincerely tell that there is a huge variety in quality and authenticity.
Browse the categories below to read reviews, high and low, on both modern reproductions as well as century old absinthes that take you back in time.
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Another of the Un Emile variations. With the added flavour of Sapin this works very well in the christmas bar...
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...
The new Swiss La Bleue from Kübler. The old 57% version has since been discontinued.
The Kübler 53 was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
A distilled absinthe blanche with so much anise in it that it's hard to rinse your glass once you've finished your drink. That is, if you manage to go all the way thru a full glass. Toungue numbing is the word.
Another creation initiated by Liqueurs de France around 2003. Each ingredient is distilled separately and then it's all mixed together. It is still made exactly the same today, with no major changes.
The second absinthe to come out of Jade Liqueurs was the Verte Suisse 65. Aimed to be a reproduction of the pre-ban C.F Berger absinthe.
From the well known distillery Les Fils d'Emile Pernot just outside Pontarlier we are used to get high quality absinthes - this is no different.
Not only the Swiss make blanches worth the name. Swedish distillery Svensk Absint AB released this, Vit Opal, at the same time as their verte. Honestly - it beats many of the top shelf Swiss blanches, by far.
The Christmas absinthes from Matter-Luginbühl are made in small limited batches just in time for the holidays each year.
A variation of the original Un Emile Blanche. My own favorite of the two and again, made in cooperation with Liqueurs de France. This is no longer in production.
The third offering from the small Swedish distillery Sankta Annas Bränneri in Linderberg. Made in a former church for a Swedish Metal band. Oh, and there's a zombie on the label...
From the famed Swedish distillery, which was actually the first Swedish absinthe distillery in modern times, Valkyria Distillery (formerly Sankta Anna Bränneri) comes this intriguing creation. Following the success of the Wolf absinthe, this spiced up red absinthe is sure to bring the heat on. But is it hot enough?
A small limited batch of a blanche absinthe with a very dominant Wormwood profile.
Very few Swiss distillers seem to know how to produce a fine absinthe verte. This certainly isn't one of them.
The Zürcher Fée Absinth apparently exist in different variants. One that louches perfectly and is really tasty and then one which is the exact opposite. Problem is that the labels are identical... Why?!
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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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