Roquette 1797 has been brought back to life from an unpublished, hand-written manuscript dating from the 18th century. Read the whole description
- The quantities of spirit and herbs recorded in the manuscript of 1797 were described in quantities such as 'pots of eau-de-vie', 'buckets' and 'handfuls', which made interpreting the recipe an interesting challenge.
- Even if it's obvious what the number 1797 means, you can not say as much for the name Roquette. In fact, it was the name of the horse ridden by the legendary father of absinthe, Doctor Ordinaire.
- The Roquette 1797 absinthe is an Archive Spirits production, a joint venture between two fascinated absintheurs: David Nathan-Maister of Oxygenee; and Peter Schaf, renowned absinthe expert. They are planning on producing further releases of the Roquette 1797 absinthe: a 1731 and an 1804 edition, both also based on unpublished hand-written originals.
Les fils d'Emile Pernot distillery was founded in 1890 in Pontarlier, France, by Emile Pernot. In 1910, the distillery produced approximately 450 hectolitres, which is not surprising: around the time, consumption of absinthe was reaching levels never heard of before.
In 1915, when La Fée Verte (The Green Fairy) was banned, the distillery turned its hand to other spirits: aniseed aperitifs, fruit brandies and gentian liqueurs.
In 2001, the small distillery started to reproduce absinthe again, with Un Emile, from an old family recipe.
In 2005, the distillery was sold to François Thevenin, who has since developed the firm with a touch of modernity alongside traditional methods.
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, enjoy a glass of Roquette 1797 with half a piece of sugar. For the next, add more or less according to taste.
- For one measure of absinthe (3cl), add 2 to 5 measures of fresh water.
By JeremyAdded on the : 23/04/2017
First time trying Roquette as i've been wanting to try it for years. Diluted with 4 parts water with no sugar. It has a strong fennel up front taste with notes of bitterness and a minty bitter fennel finish. It's better than i expected but there are other Absinthes I prefer.
By JentinAdded on the : 09/04/2017
Strong and powerful Absinthe. Long tasting, and not the last time I buy it
By KaiserRexAdded on the : 31/03/2017
Being the first time I found the taste estranged, my wife did not like it. I added a little sugar and was better. Then I tried adding a small table spoon of Maple Syrup, and now is starting to grow on me. Probably I will order another bottle of a different brand that migth be smoother. It is a matter of developing a taste. I slept better after sipping a couple of ounces on the rocks slowly, watching TV or reading.. I would appreciate any suggestion on brands and flavors available. Regrads,. JOS
By DirtchurnerAdded on the : 25/01/2017
Classic distinct Absinthe flavor with a wormwood palate and floral hints throughout. Enjoyable on ice or with a sweetness added over spoon.
By My first AbsintheAdded on the : 02/01/2017
I can't say i knew what to expect, but from what i understand, this is an excellent bottle. And i hope to try more in the future.
By TroyAdded on the : 10/11/2016
Very pleasant aroma and the flavor is wonderful I would definitely recommend this to anyone
By Only_absinthe001Added on the : 29/02/2016
I had heard there was possibly a bad batch out there early 2015, but I ordered mine Jan 2016. BEWARE...I didn't have good luck! Like earlier reviewers said, it smelled weird right out of the gate and tasted even worse. I am an experienced Absinthe drinker and have about 20 varieties on my shelf and I have had both Roquette and the aged version before. This batch smells and tastes like some sort of chemical cleaning fluid, not even a hint of anything herbal. I compared a sample with a friend who still has an earlier bottle of Roquette and there is NO comparison. I will have to take the loss because this bottle is undrinkable. Beware.
By Great StuffAdded on the : 27/02/2016
This official absinthe was a tad difficult to get used to. Perhaps it is because I was not an experienced absinthe drinker when I purchased it from the amazing online store, Absinthes.com. (I don't work for them or receive money to comment). The louche is very thick and heavy in appearance, extremely appealing. You can tell within seconds that a lot went into its making, and its creators are very talented. Very nice scent, difficult to set this one apart from the aroma alone. But once you try this one you will realize this is not your Absinthe Ordinare. This one has a bit more of a raw flavor, very aggressive and complex. Very different from any other verte you may have tried in the past. Unless you are on a certain level of drinking absinthe you may be turned off. I can't comment too much because my explorations number less than 10 bottles, but this one disappointing me when I first tried it out of the box. Over time (it was in my collection for a year or so) I slowly realized by the time the bottle reached the bottom, that this is a superb offering that has an acquired taste for sure. This is not for beginners and its complexity is beyond that of many interests. In short, after the first few drinks from this verte I was wondering why I chose this. By its completion, I was wondering why I did not buy more. Fantastic, don't miss it.
By RobbieAdded on the : 18/12/2015
Go's to show how different peoples tastes are. I can't imagine why anyone would give this one star even if they didn't like it. This is probably my favorite from the Emile Pernot distillery along with the V Pontarlier. It is a different kettle of fish to most Absinthe's so don't be surprised when u find its different. It doesn't have a strong louche, it has a strong Anethole taste and alcohol seems to be present, in saying that i love it. It has a fine quality to it that makes me feel special when sipping it, its in no way harsh. That's why i chose to get the barrel aged version of this. Cant wait to try it. Its a stand alone drop i go to when i want something completely different. I just wish i had more years of Absinthe experience under my belt to credit it in a better way. Cheers.
By Not a good buyAdded on the : 29/07/2015
Compared to my other experiences with Absinthe, this bottle was pitiful. I despised the taste immediately, and could barley finish my glass of the green fairy. I ordered nine bottles shipped to my address, and all have been delightful, with the exception of this God awful brand. I suggest never to partake in this particular brand of Absinthe. Poor reviews across the board. I pawned it off on my broke son, once I realized how terrible it tasted.