ine alcohol, 104 test distillations and 10 different herbs – the unique characteristics of Absinthe Vivide
This German absinthe is produced by Jan Hartmann together with 3 of his friends near Aachen. The name of their company Aixsinthe
is derived from the word absinthe and the French name of the city of Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle).
In summer 2015 the 4 friends decided to produce an absinthe together. It took 1 year of development and 104 test distillations
until they were satisfied with the result and the taste of their absinthe. 104 distillations may sound like a lot. And it is! Jan Hartmann has been described as an absinthe perfectionist, something absinthe drinkers like you and I can be grateful for – read on to see why.
Absinthe Vivide is based on different French recipes from the 1860s and 1870s
from which Hartmann derived his inspiration. The name Vivide was chosen according to the description of herbs used for absinthe production in Ernest Tisserand’s 1922 Elogy to the very precious liqueur of absinthe.
There it is written: “There are no sweeter names for plants than the ones that are used for the distillation of this pleasant liqueur. And I don't know any other plants that are prouder or more vivid.”
Absinthe Vivide is made with a wine alcohol base
and 10 different herbs. Among these herbs are wormwood, anise, fennel, coriander, angelica and a few others that remain a secret of the distillery. The whole production process is done by hand: the selection of herbs, the distillation, the bottling and the labeling of the bottles.
bottles available. The next batch will be available in about 5 months.
Absinthe Vivide is also available in a 10cl bottle
and as a barrel aged version
Tasting notes from Marc Thuillier
green-gold. Not heavily colored, just as I like!Aroma before water:
lovely, clean, with an upfront inviting wine alcohol base.Louche:
not too milky nor too translucent, very decent overall.Aroma after water:
almost the same as before adding water, the wine alcohol base develops nicely though. This stuff sounds promising, let's have a sip!Taste:
Extremely good and well balanced. Fruity/flowery/herbal flavors all mix together in a very pleasant way, delighting our palate at the same time.Conclusion:
Man this stuff is delicious! Vivide is without a single doubt the best absinthe produced in Germany.