Unique among absinthes, Roquette 1797 absinthe gives us a glimpse of what absinthe was like starting its first steps on the road to becoming the most popular drink in France.
Roquette 1797 has been brought back to life from an unpublished, hand-written manuscript dating from the eighteenth century, when absinthe was more mysterious elixir than evening aperitif.
The Roquette 1797 owes its pretty, natural colour to the infusion of three plants ordinarily used during the colouring stage.
The three classic absinthe plants are all there - green anise, fennel and grand wormwood - along with some more uncommon additions, although that bit's a secret...
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- The quantities of spirit and herbs recorded in the manuscript of 1797 were described in quantities such as 'pots of eau-de-vie', 'buckets' and 'handfuls', which made interpreting the recipe an interesting challenge.
- Even if it's obvious what the number 1797
means, you can not say as much for the name Roquette
. In fact, it was the name of the horse ridden by the legendary father of absinthe, Doctor Ordinaire
- The Roquette 1797
absinthe is an Archive Spirits production, a joint venture between two fascinated absintheurs: David Nathan-Maister of Oxygenee; and Peter Schaf, renowned absinthe expert. They are planning on producing further releases of the Roquette 1797
absinthe: a 1731
and an 1804
edition, both also based on unpublished hand-written originals.
Les fils d’Emile Pernot
distillery was founded in 1890 in Pontarlier, France, by Emile Pernot. In 1910, the distillery produced approximately 450 hectolitres, which is not surprising: around the time, consumption of absinthe was reaching levels never heard of before.
In 1915, when La Fée Verte
(The Green Fairy) was banned, the distillery turned its hand to other spirits: aniseed aperitifs, fruit brandies and gentian liqueurs.
In 2001, the small distillery started to reproduce absinthe again, with Un Emile
, from an old family recipe.
In 2005, the distillery was sold to François Thevenin, who has since developed the firm with a touch of modernity alongside traditional methods.
A year later, at the end of 2006, François Thevenin bought the Klainguer distillery, also situated in Pontarlier, and formed the Pernot – Klainguer distillery.
- At first, enjoy a glass of Roquette 1797
with half a piece of sugar. For the next, add more or less according to taste.
- For one measure of absinthe (3cl), add 2 to 5 measures of fresh water.
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- 70 cl
- Light green
- Emile Pernot
By JosephL. Posted 18/10/2013
Color is a nice, clear peridot.
Earthy woody powdery... lovely bitter wormwood.
Big, thick louche!
Lots of wormwood the first few sips - but more balanced and sweet as the glass goes on. 75% - whoa.
By Fippy Populosa. Posted 18/10/2013
I am generally a tee-totaller but I will admit that I enjoyed this and will continue drinking Absinthe when I do drink.
I also must admit, as an oil painter, I love the ceremony of Absinthe drinking. I bought all the accouterments and that helps.