Dear absinthe lovers,
We’re back from an eventful weekend.
For the 15th year, the Absinthiades were held in Pontarlier last weekend. And this year was quite special: it was the 100th anniversary of the absinthe ban in France. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, absinthe distillers, sellers, historians, authors, collectors and absinthe freaks (we include ourselves among them) were reunited in Pontarlier.
It was the best Absinthiades for a long time. A long and exciting weekend, I prefer to talk about each day separately.
We stopped working earlier than usual and around 1:00 pm we headed towards Pontarlier.
Rather than stay in our usual hotel, we thought it was high time for change. And we found the perfect place, absolutely appropriate for an absinthe-tinged weekend: A turn of the century apartment complete with beautiful wooden and glass panelling inside. A belle-epoque treat! After we arrived, we dropped our bags and rushed over to where the action happens: the ThĂ©Ăątre Bernard Blier. And inside awaiting us, the facade of the Grand CafĂ© Georges: re-erected to resurrect the green hour, for just one weekend each year.
All the absinthes competing during the Absinthiades 2015.
Dear Absinthe Lovers,
Once again, the weekend went by way too fast!
As in previous years, our team took part in the FĂȘte de l’Absinthe. This Absinthe Festival is held annually in June in Boveresse, aÂ small town in the idyllic Val-de-Travers.
We were very happy to meet up with old friends, and share our common passion with Absinthe lovers, distillers and retailers. Of course there were also some new absinthes to be discovered this year! You may soon be able to find them on our website.
View of theÂ Val-de-Travers
We’ve hidden 3 Easter eggs on Absinthes.com – Now it’s up to you to find them!
Note: The eggs in this blog post do not count! The real eggs are all on different pages of Absinthes.com
All the eggs are marked with numbers showing the prize you can win:
At the beginning of every new year we compile a list of our top selling absinthes from the year that has just finished.
It’s always fun to see how your taste in absinthe compares to everyone else. Where have your favourite absinthes placed?
Are there any in the top ten you are yet to try?
Let the coutdown begin (we’ll of course start with place 15)!
15.Â Absinthe Francois Guy
What makes this absinthe so interesting?
FranĂ§ois Guy is more aniseed than average and is produced in the pure traditional way, according to an ancient house recipe. This absinthe will enchant both novices and confirmed absinthe drinkers.
FranĂ§ois Guy is produced from old methods of distillation guaranteeing the character of the traditional taste of absinthe.
Learn more aboutÂ Absinthe Francois Guy.
If you want to receive your order before Christmas day, choose Express Delivery and make sure to order before the 19th December. (Express delivery outside Europe is for non-alcoholic products only).
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Our packing team is on holiday from the 24th December 2014 – 4th January 2015. You can place orders as usual during this time: orders received will be dispatched as soon as possible starting 5th January.
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From all the team here, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
After we spent quite a long time on planning and testing, we’re pleased to tell you that our very own absinthe, the Blanche Neige, is now available in a full-sized 500ml bottle.
Absinthe Blanche Neige 500ml
Blanche Neige is the name for our true, Swiss La Bleue from the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe. This absinthe is distilled by Gaudentia Persoz, one of the world’s most talented absinthe distillers, who has achieved great success with her own absinthes.
What makes Blanche Neige that extra bit different is a precious and priceless ingredient, GĂ©nĂ©pi. This Â aromatic herb, from the Wormwood family, grows wild in the Alps.Â What sets it aside from other blanche absinthe is the much larger variety of herbs.
An eventful weekend, which passed by so quickly.
As every year, we drove to Pontarlier, in France for one weekend in October. This year was 14th Absinthiades taking place from the 3rd to the 5th of the month.
Read Stefanie’s account of what we got up to, below, and find out which absinthe brands were awarded medals at the end of this article.
Today we’ll introduce a Czech distillery to you, specialized in the production of fine, artisanal spirits. The Zufanek distillery is a family business, best known outside the Czech Republic for their absinthe. The best kept secret however is their exceptional liqueurs and eau-de-vies. The family started their absinthe production in 2008, after a lot of trial distillations, research and input from experts. From then on, all the absinthe made by this distillery has been a wonderful success!
The history of the Zufanek Distillery
Josef and Maria Zufanek founded the distillery in 2000, together with their sons (Josef, Martin and Jan). The company’s mission is: to specialize in the production of all-natural spirits and liqueurs, especially Slivovitz, that is, plum brandy.
The Zufanek distillery is located in the village Borsice u Blatnice in Czech Republic. All fruits used for the production of spirits and liqueurs are cultivated in the family’s own fruit orchards. These orchards are both close to the distillery, and more importantly, in one of the best locations in the country for growing plums. The climate, as well as the local soil, rich in minerals, are very favorable for growing fruits in this area. All the fruit is certified organic quality.
The history of absinthe is full of sudden new developments, from its rapidly rising popularity and becoming France’s most popular drink, to its prohibition at the beginning of the twentieth century and then its unexpected comeback a few years ago. This history is deeply interwoven with that of the Val-de-Travers, Switzerland. It is precisely there in a small city named MĂŽtiers that the âMaison de l’Absintheâ, an absinthe museum, opened its doors for the first time in July 2014.
In this article, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about pastis. Discover what pastis is, how it is produced and how this spirit with a relatively young history has become a widespread aperitif. Thanks to this article you will also learn how to taste it and find multiple comparisons with other anise-flavoured beverages, from absinthe to anisettes. Finally, we prepared for you a few cocktail recipes with pastis â to get you started with this savoury classic drink!
What is Pastis?
To say pastis is very appreciated in Southern France would be somewhat of an understatement: the act of drinking pastis is very much interwoven with the culture and the lifestyle of the region. The main ingredients at the basis of every pastis recipe are anise and liquorice roots. Today, there are numerous different pastis recipes, more or less complex.