French Absinthe

France is the producer of some of the most authentic, traditional absinthe in the world. And it's no surprise, as France is where absinthe first became a national obsession. In the 19th century, absinthe was a part of every day life.

Absinthe in France, during the Belle Epoque:



Although absinthe was invented in Switzerland (Val-de-Travers), it is in France that it really expanded. And it is in Pontarlier, in 1805, that the most well-known distillery was founded: Maison Pernod Fils.

Absinthe was a originally a drink of the sophisticated upper class, however eventually it spread. By 1860 it had seduced every stratum of society, including the working class. It then had achieved such a success that it became France's national drink as much by its production as by its consumption. Indeed, at that time, more than 200 distilleries existed, and it was by far the most popular drink in cafés and restaurants!

The demand and consumption increased so much, especially amongst artists, it slowly became a symbol of alcoholism and was persecuted by temperance organizations. Wine growers, unhappy that they had lost so much custom to absinthe, joined forces with the anti-alcohol campaigners to fight against absinthe, and that is why the government decided to ban the drink and similar spirits in 1914, just after the first world war was declared.

Absinthe in France today:



A few absinthes started reappearing in 1999 after almost a century of Prohibition. Since then, the number of absinthes on the market has not stopped increasing, although the distilleries are much fewer than they used to be.

In the town that we can call the capital city of absinthe, Pontarlier, 2 distilleries are still active: the Francois Guy distillery and the Pernot Klainguer one. As a comparision: Pontarlier counted 25 distilleries in 1914!

The second most popular city for absinthe producers during the Belle Epoque was Fougerolles. A handful of small distilleries there are still making absinthe, including The Paul Devoille distillery, and Lemercier distillery.

In Saumur, in the Loire Valley, there is the Combier distillery whose work has been fundamental in the modern recreation of top quality absinthe. Appropriately, Combier's distillery building was designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel (of 'Eiffel Tower' fame), and its stills came from the Pernod distillery at the end of the 19th century. Combier does sterling work distilling the Jade Liqueurs line of absinthe - recreations of historic absinthe.

Traditional absinthe today contains all the same plants and ingredients as it did over a hundred years ago.
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Absinthe François Guy - 50cl

France / 45%
(57 Reviews)

This absinthe is produced in the pure traditional way and will enchant both novi...

François Guy is more aniseed than average and is produced in the pure traditional way, according to an ancient house recipe. This absinthe will enchant both novices and confirmed absinthe drinkers. According to a recipe more than a centur ...

 $72/Liter  $36
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Absinthe Jade Terminus Oxygenee was created as an homage to one of the best absi...

The long awaited final chapter of Jade liqueurs' absinthe portfolio. The development of Jade Terminus Absinthe Oxygenee took several years: historical sleuthing, botanical research and patience were all necessary to produce this ...

 $115/Liter  $80.50
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Absinthe Abisinthe Amer 72 - 70cl

France / 72%
(92 Reviews)

A perfumed absinthe, powerful and full of aniseed flavours.

Abisinthe Amer 72 is a perfumed absinthe, powerful and full of aniseed flavours. Ideal for an initiation to strong sensations. Abisinthe Amer 72 won a bronze medal a the 2004 Concours International des Eaux de Vie de Fruits in Metz (Intern ...

 $74.50/Liter  $52
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An ultra premium artisan absinthe, and winner of the gold medal at the Absinthia...

La Maison Fontaine is an ultra premium absinthe, handcrafted amongst the beautiful Jura Mountains in Pontarlier. When you discover the absinthe capi ...

 $97/Liter  $68
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Absinthe Roquette 1797 - 70cl

France / 75%
(137 Reviews)

Roquette 1797 has been brought back to life from an unpublished, hand-written ma...

Unique among absinthes, Roquette 1797 absinthe gives us a glimpse of what absinthe was like starting its first steps on the road to becoming the most popular drink in France. Roquette 1797 has been brought back to life from an unpublished, hand-written manuscri ...

 $104.50/Liter  $73
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Absinthe François Guy - 1L

France / 45%
(57 Reviews)

This absinthe is produced in the pure traditional way and will enchant both novi...

François Guy is more aniseed than average and is produced in the pure traditional way, according to an ancient house recipe. This absinthe will enchant both novices and confirmed absinthe drinkers.According to a recipe more than a century ...

 $64.50/Liter  $64.50
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A Verte of the range of La Maison Fontiane absinthes.

La Maison Fontaine Verte is masterfully refined using an array of natural herbs including the world-renowned Pontarlier-grown Grande Absinthe. In combination with the natural herbal coloration this creates a classic floral Verte with rich herbal and peppery ...

 $97/Liter  $68
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Absinthe Jade VS 1898 - 70cl

France / 65%
(31 Reviews)

A replica of the historical C.F. Berger absinthe. For connoisseurs !

Achieved by Ted Breaux! The Jade V.S. 1898 absinthe, a replica of the historical C.F. Berger, is an absinthe for connoisseurs. The distillery ...

 $115/Liter  $80.50
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AbsinthExplore Set – Jade

France
(6 Reviews)

Discover 3 spirits from Jade Liqueurs, made traditionally in Saumur, France. Thi...

All of Jade Liqueurs fine beverages are produced traditionally in Saumur, France. With the Jade AbsinthExplore Set you can try 3 of their fine absinthes. Jade Liqueurs range of ultra premium absinthe products are handcrafted and are distilled in ...

$43.50
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Discover 3 spirits from La Maison Fontaine, made traditionally in Pontarlier, Fr...

All of La Maison Fontaine's fine beverages are produced traditionally in Pontarlier, France. With the La Maison Fontaine AbsinthExplore set you can try both of their fine absinthes, along with their exceptional chocolate and wormwood liqueur ...

$39.50
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Created by T.A. Breaux for connoisseurs.

The Nouvelle-Orléans absinthe, created by T.A. Breaux, is an absinthe for connoisseurs. Colour: Pale forest green. Louche: Not too quick, not too slow, a good progressive louche.Aroma: Inviting and int ...

 $115/Liter  $80.50
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A set that contains a Jade 1901 absinthe and a bubble glass in a wooden box.

In this gift set, you find a bottle of Jade 1901 absinthe and a bubble glass. Both are packed in an elegant wooden box. The glass will be shipped separately.

 $141.50/Liter  $99
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Gift set including a Jade Terminus absinthe and a bubble glass packed in a woode...

In this lovely wooden box, you find a delicious Jade Terminus absinthe, homage to the Cusenier Oxygénée, one of the best absinthes of the Belle Epoque. Together with it is a bubble glass. The glass will be ship ...

 $141.50/Liter  $99
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This gift set consists of a Jade Nouvelle Orléans absinthe and a bubble glass.

With this set, you get a bottle of Jade Nouvelle Orléans absinthe, a very original absinthe created by American distiller Ted Breaux, along with a bubble glass. Both are packed in a lovely wooden box. The glass will b ...

 $141.50/Liter  $99
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A set that includes a Jade absinthe VS 1898 and a bubble glass packed in a prett...

This gift set features a bubble glass and a bottle of Jade VS 1898 absinthe, a replica of a famous Swiss absinthe Verte from one century ago. Both are packed in an elegant wooden box. The glass will be shipped separately.

 $141.50/Liter  $99
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This set is composed of a Jade Esprit Edouard absinthe and a bubble glass.

In this elegant wooden box, you find a bottle of absinthe Jade Esprit Edouard, faithful reproduction of the famous Edouard Pernod absinthe from the Belle Epoque. With it, you get a bubble glass. The glass will be shipped sep ...

 $141.50/Liter  $99
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Absinthe Blanchette - 50cl

France / 60%
(15 Reviews)

Replica of an ancient absinthe, beautifully combining the fruity flavours of fe...

It is the replica of an ancient absinthe, beautifully combining the fruity flavours of fennel to those of a powerful Grand Wormwood. A success. IT was awarded the “Cuillère d'Or” at the 2006 Absinthiades in Pontarlier, France, ...

 $87/Liter  $43.50
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Absinthe Libertine 68 Amer - 70cl

France / 68%
(42 Reviews)

Thanks to a powerful grand wormwood, this absinthe develops a very savoury bitte...

Libertine 68 Amer develops a very savoury bitterness, thanks to a powerful grand wormwood, Good for those who enjoy strong sensations. It is the third absinthe of a serie, following Libertine 55 and Libertine 72. It won a prize in the 2004 ...

 $67/Liter  $47
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Mellow and with a light aniseed flavour, it is a refined absinthe. Very original...

Mellow and with a light aniseed flavour, Libertine 55 is a refined absinthe. Very original. It won a prize in the 2002 and 2005 Absinthiades in Pontarlier, France. It was also awarded a gold medal at the Concours Général Agricole ( ...

 $62/Liter  $43.50
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Absinthe Berthe de Joux - 70cl

France / 56%
(21 Reviews)

An unique absinthe from la Belle Epoque, with mountainous fragrances from the Ju...

The Berthe de Joux absinthe, made by the Emile Pernot distillery, is the first original absinthe crafted entirely by our newly appointed master distiller, with very rich mountainous fragrances combined with a refinement reminding the greatest absinthes from the 19th century. ...

 $95.50/Liter  $67
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Absinthe Authentique - 70cl

France / 65%
(25 Reviews)

Gold medal winner at the Absinthiades 2012 - a refreshing, extraordinary Verte.

This Absinthe was awarded the gold medal in the category Verte at the Absinthiades 2012! Coming from the Emile Pernot distillery, the Authentique is an authentic absinthe, that was developed by Dominique Rousselet, Emile Pernot's stillm ...

 $100.50/Liter  $70.50
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Mellow and elegant, it offers very herbaceous scents and will please the beginne...

Enigma Verte offers very herbaceous scents and is elegant as well as mellow. An absinthe that will please beginners and confirmed drinkers. It is an authentic product produced according to a traditional Swiss recipe drawn from a treaty on the pr ...

 $86.50/Liter  $60.50
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Absinthe Libertine 72 - 20cl

France / 72%
(57 Reviews)

Fine and Powerful at the same time, this absinthe is a ideal companion to discov...

Libertine 72 is fine and powerful. Its balance and its various plants make it a ideal companion to discover absinthe. It is the sister of Libertine 55, with a higher alcohol content, but also, due to its complexity, very different to the first v ...

 $105/Liter  $21
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Absinthe L'Entêté - 70cl

France / 62%
(11 Reviews)

A fine Verte made at the Combier distillery in France. A fine hommage to the cla...

The Combier distillery is popular for their high quality absinthes and liqueurs. This absinthe made by Franck Choisne, the owner of the distillery. L'Entêté (can be translated as „the persistent“) is a p ...

 $86.50/Liter  $60.50
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