The Berthe de Joux absinthe is the latest offering from the Emile Pernot distillery, and the first original absinthe crafted entirely by our newly appointed master distiller, with very rich mountainous fragrances combined with a refinement reminding the greatest absinthes from the 19th century, a BIG surprise!
The Berthe de Joux absinthe is carefully distilled in our centennials alembics using a wine alcohol base because of its silky and fruity notes, green anise because of its gourmands and spicy notes, fennel because of its rich mouth feel, grande Pontarlier wormwood because of its aromatic puissance and its herbaceous notes from our mountains, and other natural herbs kept secretive. The result is at the same time spicy, herbaceous, fresh, peppery and extremely complex.
The Berthe de Joux
absinthe is offering you a unique trip not only back in the days where majestic flavours from the Belle Epoque absinthes can be rediscovered, but also a trip through our beautiful region with a rich aromatic bouquet full of fragrances from the Jura mountains.
Regarding the name “Berthe de Joux”, here are the explanations about its origin:
The name Berthe de Joux pays hommage to the magnificent medieval Chateau de Joux which directly overlooks the distillery, but more specifically to Berthe, the young - and if the medieval chroniclers are to be believed - smokin' hot wife of Amauri III de Joux, who ruled in the late 12 century. While trusting Amauri was away on the Crusades, lonely Berthe fell for the chiselled good looks of Amey de Montfaucon, a young knight who oh-so-conveniently arrived at the Chateau to have some trifling wounds tended. Let's just say that within a short time, he was feeling much, MUCH better. As you've no doubt already guessed, this ended badly for all concerned: Amauri arrived home early from an exhausting day slaughtering unbelievers, found his wife in bed with Amey, and rather than, as one might have hoped, sitting down and having a meaningful talk about the future of their relationship, instead impaled Amey three times with his sword, and hung his body from a gibbet over the castle walls. Poor Berthe was imprisoned, naked and in chains, in a tiny dungeon, accessed only by a small peephole, presumably so that Amauri could periodically drop by and hiss "that'll teach you". When Amauri eventually died, their son, Henri de Joux, in a "the very least you could do" gesture, had his mother freed and transferred to the neary Abbey of Montbenoît, where she lived out her days in prayer and repentence, with, one hopes, still a faint twinkle in her eye.
- The Berthe de Joux
is the first absinthe entirely produced by the Emile Pernot Master distiller: Dominique Rousselet.
- The Berthe de Joux
has already gathered amazing feedbacks as one can see from the exceptional scores given by the famous and unavoidable Wormwood Society website (highest scores ever).
“Les fils d’Emile Pernot” distillery was founded in 1890 in Pontarlier, France, by Emile Pernot. In 1910, the distillery produced approximately 450 hectolitres; that is not surprising, because in those days, the consumption of absinthe was making good progress.
When “Fee Verte” was banned in 1915, the distillery turned its production to other products such as those made from aniseed, fruit brandies or alcohol made from gentian.
In 2001 the small distillery started to reproduce absinthe with “Un Emile” from an old family recipe.
In 2005, the distillery was sold to François Thevenin, who has since developed the firm to add a touch of modernity.
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, savour Berthe de Joux
with half a piece of sugar. Then add more or less according to your taste.
- For one measure of absinthe (3cl), add 2 to 5 measure of fresh water.
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- 70 cl
- Emile Pernot
By elemile. Posted 21/12/2014
Nice peridot color, though noticeably pale and cool compared to other Pernod absinthes.
Frankly weak louche, barely over Un Émile 68 and nowhere near to Authentique.
Unsettling aroma; wormwood present but fully soaked in the wine alcohol base and fruity perfumes.
Spicy but milder taste than expected; same weird wormwood-wine-pefume mix that kills the anise.
No numbing or finish at all, just the licorice wine taste remaining in the tongue for a moment.
Produced a wine-familiar buzz feel, far from the serenity I usually get from higher proof absinthes.
CONCLUSION: quite an oddball. I tried it because of all the the positive reviews; it's a craftsmanship product alright and I figure it might be a treat for white wine enthusiasts, but definitely not what I look for in absinthe. No sugar added, as usual.
By Kristian Bruun. Posted 15/05/2014
Great stuff with a lot of personality. Took me a while to get used to, though, I think it needed some time in the bottle. Reminds me a little bit of Perroquet but I now prefer Berthe. Much more aggressive on mint and other fresh, peppery herbs, where Perroquet is less aromatic, more full-bodied. So much flavour for 56%. For some reason it reminds me of (very) old Calvados - cooked apples and vanilla - there is something barrel-aged about it.