By Georges Méliès. Posted 06/08/2014
I first encountered this small Pernod fountain in a couple of cafés and restaurants in Paris in 2013. I loved the elegant compact design but could not find anywhere to buy one. They were reserved for 'professional' locations only. Now that it is available to the public I was happy to order one of the first.
It's much smaller and lighter than my 'traditional' fountain, which is a very fine replica of a Belle Époque original. This is also much simpler, given its lightweight stainless construction and plastic globe. It definitely has a more modern look, but that was the designer's intention (Pierre Gonalons). The globe is ornately engraved with the Pernod Fils name, which is something of a vintage touch that counterbalances the otherwise contemporary design. The overall fit and finish are excellent. The base and lid have a lovely spiral-brushed satin finish that is very striking, and the spigots are pleasantly firm and adjust readily to any flow level desired.
The key advantage of this fountain is its ease of use. The small size and light weight mean that it takes up very little space and is very convenient to set up even for a solo glass. I'm enjoying going back to using a fountain to prepare my nightly apéritif; I rarely take my large fountain down unless we have guests so I normally use a brouilleur. The Pernod is perfect for one or two. Just as quick to set up and clean as a brouilleur.
Despite its basic construction it is much nicer than other inexpensive fountains I have seen. The spigots are brass and well-sealed, so there's no problem with leakage and little risk of breakage as with the common plastic spigots found on most small fountains.
For the price it delivers exactly what is promised: a well-made, attractive, and easy-to-use fountain for one or two people. Much better than similarly inexpensive fountains which are usually entirely plastic. It won't replace my full-size fountain but it definitely complements it.
It may not be the finest fountain around but I give it five stars because it is exactly what it aspires to be -- inexpensive, above-average construction quality, and very easy to use.