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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Kyle Bairnsfather, successor of Martin Sebor, continued the ways of Sebor and have created several similar absinths. To me they're more of a decent bitter schnaps than an absinthe.
Parisian Absinthe-shop Vert d'Absinthe owner Luc Santiago had this traditional absinthe, based on a 1899 recipe made by the Pontarlier based distillery, Les Fils d'Emile Pernot.
The Swiss producer C.F Berger did as most others and started to make Pastis and other anis liqours. The Berger Pastis is still in production today but not nearly as interesting as this pre WWII representation.
The white cousin of Verte de Fougerolles. It is based on a traditional absinthe blanche recipe. At the time of its release this was one of the finest blanches. It holds a super creamy milky louche.
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.
American made small batch absinthe built on knowledge, heart, blues and a whole lot of soul stretching from down to earth southern backwood riverbanks to upstate classy.
Swiss absinthe verte produced in the heart of Val-de-Traves but inspired by an old American pre-ban absinthe from Boston.
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.
The once famous Oxygenée brand of absinthe was replaced by substitutes of various kinds. This is nowhere near absinthe as it's a simple anisé and very sweet.
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.
Distilled by Emile Pernot distillery in Pontarlier, based on the protocols by David Nathan-Maister for a South African distributor. All that doesn't matter. What matters is that this is a really nice drink.
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...
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.
This is also known as the "Absinth-Guide.de Sonderausgabe 2005" - the winner of the 2005 HG competition at Absinthe-guide.de. Made by Deep Forest, a member of that forum (and other international forums) and then realized in slightly larger scale at the Eichelberger distillery.
As most comercially available Italian absinthes up to 2009 just wasn't any good it was a great pleasure to try this. An artisanal absinthe blanche from the hands of an Italian absinthe enthusiast.
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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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