A high quality Swiss La Bleue, with a slightly higher alcohol content. Sweet and subtly bitter. Read the whole description
Francis Martin was one of the very few clandestine distillers secretly keeping absinthe alive in the Val-de-Travers during its prohibition.
The 'La Valote' distillery received the authorization to legally produce absinthe on 26th April 2005, just one month after the ban was lifted in Switzerland (March 2005).
- At first, enjoy Absinthe La Grenouillarde without any sugar. Then, according to your taste, try it slightly sugared.
- For one measure of absinthe (3cl), add 2 to 5 measures of fresh water.
The distillery of Philippe Martin is situated in Boveresse, in the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe and today home to some of the finest absinthe distilleries.
Philippe Martin distills his absinthes in an old house known to locals as La Maison des Chats, a centuries-old building decorated with stone sculptures of cats. Right opposite is the distillery's own garden, where most of the herbs used for Philippe’s absinthe is cultivated.
Philippe took over the distillery from his father Francis Martin in 2014, who distilled for 33 years during the time of the absinthe ban in Switzerland. When absinthe was re-legalized in 2005, Francis received a licence to produce absinthe legally.
By P&GAdded on the : 20/12/2016
Became a favorite at first taste! Sharp, consistent appeal.
By FleuriergirlAdded on the : 08/01/2016
Excellente indeed - but I'm afraid not a Bovet at all - but as it says on the label, a Martin- from the famous distillery at the magnificent Maison des Chats (1777) in Boveresse (and not Môtiers for Bovet- I am a fan too btw). Les Grenouillards is the nick-name of the inhabitants of Boveresse. Mr Martin snr has now been replaced by his son Philippe - do go and visit him, and ask him to take you up to the attic of the house- with its built-in absinthe drying area.
By LasseAdded on the : 19/01/2014
A balanced ensemble of flavour with a mixture of spices and aniseed. Its always satisfying to discover underrated quality concoctions. One of the smoothest La Bleues I have ever experienced.
By Jean LafitteAdded on the : 18/01/2014
I have been a fan of Bovet for some time and this does not disappoint.
My experience is probably less than many here but I have tried around 10 La Bleues from Switzerland. These are among my favorites. You can taste the decades of experience Mr. Bovet brings to each bottle.
I just had a few glasses of this and La Valote this last evening. I could tell very little difference when compared side by side apart from the obvious difference in alcohol content - higher in the Grenouillarde.
The little difference in them meant that I liked them both. Not too bitter but just enough to let you feel the Wormwood. Very similar aromas to each other. Not floral - very earthy. I like the natural terroir in the La Bleues that are sometimes absent in the vertes. Well balanced.
I would love to visit this distillery when I visit later. My visit would be complete if I were to also enjoy a bootlegged version while there.
Thanks Mr. Bovet!