Absinthe Gustave 72% - 70cl

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Rated 4.5/5 based on 25 customer reviews
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Absinthe Gustave harks back to absinthe's origins as a herbal elixir.

Resurrected from a late 18th century recipe, from around the time that absinthe was first commercialised and transformed from folk remedy to a beverage consumed for pleasure.

The recipe comes from our private archive. Naturally, the precise herb bill rests a secret, however it's difficult to resist sharing a few details with you:

- The recipe includes a generous quantity of wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), more than in the majority of modern absinthe.

- The other two essential absinthe ingredients are there too: fennel, and anise, contributing sweetness and roundness. The quality of these is essential for a successful absinthe.

- Many of the botanicals are somewhat unusual in modern absinthe: this includes calamus root, or sweet flag, which has been used throughout history in herbal medicine in cultures across the world. Calamus is even mentioned in the book of Exodus as an ingredient in holy anointing oil.

- Gustave is by no means a 'standard' modern absinthe. The sheer amount of botanicals used per litre of spirit make for an intense and concentrated flavour. Distinctive.

The result is herbal, earthy, and spicy; complex, yet smooth. Most importantly, Gustave pulls off this complexity without being overwhelming. It is an exceedingly enjoyable drink.

Natural colouring and ageing

The coloration is 100% natural, using four different herbs to give Gustave a green colour, from the chlorophyll found naturally in leaves. This bright green fades to what the French call a 'feuille morte' colour. That is, the colour of ‘dead leaves’, of toffee mixed with a vegetal green hue.

After colouring, we let Gustave rest for a minimum of three to six months before bottling. This is in line with what our absinthe-making forefathers were doing over a century ago, and is a step sadly missed by many modern absinthe makers. We believe in this case that the distillers of yore knew best: this prolonged aging period is indispensable, and lets the fresher, more harsh herbal notes from the colouring step mellow and merge with the other ingredients, giving a sublime smoothness to the final absinthe.

Gustave is bottled at 72% alcohol by volume, in line with the very finest vintage absinthe.

How to enjoy Gustave

Absinthe should always be mixed with water before drinking, to release the full bouquet of aromatic notes held within.

Pour a measure of Gustave (30ml or 1 fluid ounce) into an absinthe glass and add three to five parts chilled water, dripping slowly. If desired, to sweeten the absinthe, drip the water over a sugar cube placed on a slotted absinthe spoon.
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    72% vol
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    RUEVERTE GmbH, Herrgasse 3, 79294 Sölden, DE
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Paul Devoille, France


The distillery was founded by Xavier Devoille. His son, Paul Devoille, was very dedicated to developing the distillery, and worked hard on its growth. This is why up until this day, the distillery is named after him. Paul Devoille was a very important person in Fougerolles, he held the position of the major for many years.


Due to the bad financial position the distillery was in, Jaques Veillet, the new owner of the distillery, decided to sell it to an experienced business man, who already invested into a couple of other distilleries inside and outside on France. René Miscault bought the distillery, and made some rapid administrational changes. He also expanded their product range, and opened the distillery for visitors to the public. These measures may seem drastic, however, they saved the distillery in the end. Today, Hugues Miscault, the son of René Miscault, runs the distillery.

Paul Devoille's Absinthe:

Their probably most popular absinthes, apart from the Libertines, and the Enigma Verte and Enigma Blanche. Absinthe Soixante-Cinq is a pretty interesting absinthe as well, with a quite spicy smell combined with a fruityness from the wine-alcohol base. Certainly, there are a lot of other spirits produced at Paul Devoille, such as eau-de-vies and liqueurs. From plum to strawberry, you can find nearly all of the common flavours.

Your comments

25 review(s)      |      Average score :

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By Basement Measures

Added on the : 24/03/2020 English

Taste is sensual and rib crushing. Drowning in a vat of this luscious delight would be a pleasure.

By tearlgra

Added on the : 30/01/2020 English

Decent but unremarkable. Louche is minimal, taste is fine, doubtful I would order this one again.

By King of Crows

Added on the : 25/01/2020 English

I think I'll go get a glass of this right now! I cant give it a full 5/5 because I'm no expert but so far my favorite absinthe next to Gron Opal.

By darkend_163

Added on the : 08/01/2020 English

Bad batch warning!

Devoille is one of my favorite distilleries. I had a bottle of Gustave two years ago. It was one of the finest I’ve tried and it deserved 5 stars for sure.

A couple of weeks ago I was very happy to receive a small 2cl sample of Gustave as a present from absinthes.com. Unfortunately this is not Gustave I’ve known. Same color but very weak louche and aroma, almost no anise. I couldn’t even finish my glass.

After trying different Devoille absinthes and reading a couple of reviews I suppose there are better and worse bottles. I don’t know why there is such a difference in quality if each plant is individually distilled before blending.

By Luther Gray

Added on the : 24/12/2019 English

This is a great nighttime drink, the calamus lends a very calming effect to the experience. While the flavor is unusual it has grown on me. Smooth, but It definitely has plenty of interesting herbal taste going on. I like it better than the Roquette 1797.

By Yuri Vargas

Added on the : 14/12/2019 English

It is perfect! It was a xmas present from me to me! The best gift I could give myself

By King of Crows

Added on the : 07/12/2019 English

Very nice, I have no regrets. Every sip begs you for another.

By WhiskyDrinker

Added on the : 06/11/2019 English

Amazing - very happy with my first foray into serious old-school absinthe. Complex, challenging and interesting.

By SethP

Added on the : 05/05/2018 English

This is one really good absinthe. Not that much anise but I think it's quite enough. Well balanced, and for me it's just a tad (!) beneath my all time favourite vertes (Jade 1901 and Grön Opal).

By Absinthe NYC

Added on the : 26/03/2018 English

Absinthe Gustave

A delicious resurrected recipe from the 18th century. This absinthe is heaven. Paul Devoilles absinthes use some of the best wine base I have ever had in an absinthe. Even their low budget La Charlotte is quit delicious.

Delicious taste of caramel and sweet creamy anise at the forefront. Fennel and calamus drive this complex absinthe.Some citrus notes are present. Wonderful spicy notes top off the palate with a slightly sweet and bitter aftertaste. Wormwood present, but under the cloak of calamus. So many more herbs here and blended to perfection. Such a complex absinthe!

I have tried about 9 pre-ban absinthes within the past 10 years.

I would say in a preban and preban style absinthe blind contest, I would lose. In my opinion this is as good as preban style gets. I haven’t reviewed FDC yet. But wow! Been blown away ever since my first sample. I’m glad I bought a few more bottles.

I can’t say this is an absinthe for the novice. But anybody that has had pre-ban absinthes in the past will truly appreciate Gustave.

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