Absinthe Butterfly - 20cl

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Inspired by an American absinthe produced in Boston is the early 1900s, right before the US ban on absinthe in 1912.   Read the whole description

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Butterfly Absinthe is inspired by an American absinthe from the early 1900s, produced in Boston just before the US ban on absinthe in 1912.

Thanks to a partnership between a passionate American absintheur and the skilful Swiss distiller Claude-Alain Bugnon, the Butterfly brand has been brought back to life.

Butterfly Absinthe has a complex aroma, with notes of citrus (especially lemon and mandarin), spices, and mint. Alongside this rather exotic profile is the powerful and unmistakeable scent of the renowned wormwood from the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe. This delicious American-Swiss absinthe is easy to love.


Artemisia Bugnon, Swiss

Claude-Alain Bugnon was the first clandestine distiller granted legal status by the Swiss government in the spring of 2005.

For years he had been responsible for a certain quantity of bootlegged absinthe that brought so much attention and status to this small region. His ‘Clandestine' has been and is still considered by many to be the best Swiss La Bleue available today. Claude Alain's custom designed distilling apparatus is located at his premises in Couvet, a former butcher shop!

The alambics each have a capacity of 145 litres, and produce 95 litres of finished absinthe. They are single-walled, rather than duplicating the bain-marie system more commonly used in France. Claude-Alain feels that the fiercer heat gives better extraction of the herbs.

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By Daniel

Added on the : 25/11/2017

My wife and I are born and bred outside of Boston, so how could I not try this? We prepare with an auto see-saw dripper and 1 sugar. Initial color was a gorgeous emerald green. The louche was not too fast and beautiful to watch develop. The louche ends opalescent but a bit of the green color remains for a beautiful post-louche look. However mouthfeel was quite light. Nice and sweet up front however I found this to be a weaker tasting absinthe than those I have had from the Jade family. In the first few sips, I felt that there was limited aftertaste with everything hitting up front. Also, my wife and I both lean towards stronger anise flavored absinthes, but this one was anise light. Like my thoughts on the Jade Terminus, I began to enjoy it more and more as flavors developed over time while the glass sat. I also felt the aftertaste developed more fully after time, so going forward I'm going to let my glass sit a bit longer before diving in. Certainly an absinthe I enjoyed, especially as it sat a bit and opened up. 4 stars from me ONLY because of my personal preference for stronger anise flavor.

By Taste4Dark

Added on the : 17/11/2017

One of my favorites. I try to get this every order, but I'm a sucker for the Sade.

By G2

Added on the : 22/09/2017

Very good, according to the person I gave it to as a gift.

By Kalle

Added on the : 15/06/2017

A very nice absinthe from Claude-Alain Bugnon! Slightly better than Angelique verte. I'll definitely order more in the future.

By Mike

Added on the : 26/01/2017

My experience with Absinthe is still quite limited, however this one is great for my beginner's palate. Very flavorful with fairly intense anise.

By Rudi

Added on the : 17/11/2016

A really great and lovely absinthe. Very refreshing. I if this is what old American absinthe is like, then wow.

By Storandelli

Added on the : 02/11/2016

One of my favorites. Complex, smooth, lightly bitter (although I also like strong), I consider Butterfly to be an "XO" of absinthes.

By Very nice but not profound

Added on the : 28/10/2016

I sampled this absinthe in LA, and had a bottle sent to me in Canada. It is a lovely Swiss verte, perhaps not in the same league as Clandestine, but nonetheless very drinkable. Good for newbies.

By Georges Méliès

Added on the : 29/12/2013

Truly outstanding absinthe. Less intense than the top offerings from Jade, it is still a relatively full-bodied absinthe with gorgeous balance and a lovely lemony quality that balances superbly with the bitter wormwood. It is remarkably creamy and flavorful, by no means a lightweight. Everything you might want in great absinthe is there, in lovely harmony. It just doesn't get much better than this.

By Melliot The CS Long Beach Ambassador

Added on the : 07/11/2012

I've provided my background and experience at the end of this review, so you might weigh my comments to others on the site.

REVIEW:
Hands down this is in my top 3 Absinthes (the other two being Absinthe Abisinthe Amer and Jade's PF1901). Untouchable in uniqueness, visual & olfactory presentation, and mouth-feel & palette performance, with a bonus for the historical marketing making this a great story-telling bottle for a dinner party. Without question, by the end of the review you'll see this bottle is a must buy: For Beginners, For Experts, For your Collection, For Special Occasions, and as a Daily Drinker. Bold Words? Well, consider these observations:

Eyes: Beautiful Louche with a hint of a yellow glow in the right light. I don't mean to imply luminescence mind you, but an almost neon yellow highlighter seems to layer over the green as the bottle louches with a beautiful if not too-fast clouding.

Nose: Citric and Sweet with herbaceous late-bloom Fennel greens unquestionably dominating the expected anise. Flowery notes add to the complexity with a distinct honeysuckle note in the 'high range' of the bouquet.

Mouthfeel: Flawless performance. Heavy for the first sip which might seem burdensome in summer, but you can always serve it on ice or with more water (which I would argue is a shame). No-heat from the alcohol yet it does manage to add a lightness to the coating sensation the more you drink. The coat lingers but with such a fantastic palette, its a welcome and invited lingering you are in no rush to have end.

Palette: A bit more anise heavy than is to be expected from the nose, but the taste is this unique fluctuating anise, as if you were having several unknown varietals of anise performing interchangeably in your mouth. The citric notes then come up and the herbal flavors you expect from the nose give way to the honey suckle. You can easily do this Absinthe Sugar-free, though sweetening it may allow the palette to perform better. Among 90 tasters I've shared this with, the group was evenly split on 'to sugar or not to sugar', but this being among the best bottles we served was a unanimous agreement.


MY BACKGROUND:
2006 - Tasted my 1st Absinthe (All European)
2007 - Tasted 6 Absinthes new to me (All European)
2008 - Tasted 6 Absinthes new to me (All European)
2009 - Tasted 2 Absinthes new to me (US Only)
2010 - Tasted 5 Absinthes new to me (4 Euro, 1US)
2011 - Tasted 12 Absinthes new to me (All European)

I'm also a level-1 graduate from the Mastercourt of Sommeliers, worked in the wine industry from 2001-2008, and run an independent cellar-stocking business, where my palette is trusted by high-end clients to purchase wines matching their tastes and expectations of quality. Additionally, since 2010 I've hosted a semi-annual Absinthe Dinner for party sizes of 35-70 guests. Each course is paired with a dish developed uniquely to match the absinthe ordered for the event. Each event usually fills up more quickly with reservations than the previous one, due to the patrons enjoying the pairings and bottle choices to such a significant degree.

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