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 Roquette 1797 - 70cl

France / 75%
(153 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 ...

 $100.50/Liter  $70.50
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AbsinthExplore Abisinthe 72 Amer - 50ml

France / 72%
(102 Reviews)

Abisinthe Amer is one of the strongest green absinthes.

A French Absinthe with an alcohol content of 72% that is produced by the Lemercier distillery.Discover the 70cl bottle of Abisinthe Amer 72 here.

 $140/Liter  $7
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Absinthe Abisinthe Amer 72 - 70cl

France / 72%
(101 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 ...

 $71.50/Liter  $50
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Absinthe Abisinthe Amer 72 - 20cl

France / 72%
(101 Reviews)

A perfumed absinthe, powerful and full of aniseed flavours. Ideal for an initia...

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 Fruit ...

 $112.50/Liter  $22.50
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Absinthe Jade 1901 - 70cl

France / 68%
(80 Reviews)

A replica of the historical Pernod Fils absinthe. For connoisseurs !

The Jade 1901 absinthe from Ted Breaux, a replica of the historical Pernod Fils, is an absinthe for connoisseurs.

 $110.50/Liter  $77.50
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Absinthe Jade 1901 - 20cl

France / 68%
(80 Reviews)

A replica of the historical Pernod Fils absinthe. For connoisseurs !

The Jade 1901 absinthe from Ted Breaux, a replica of the historical Pernod Fils, is an absinthe for connoisseurs.

 $132.50/Liter  $26.50
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AbsinthExplore Jade 1901 - 50ml

France / 68%
(80 Reviews)

A replica of the historical Pernod Fils absinthe. For connoisseurs !

The Jade 1901 absinthe from Ted Breaux, a replica of the historical Pernod Fils, is an absinthe for connoisseurs.

 $190/Liter  $9.50
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Absinthe Jade Esprit Edouard - 70cl

France / 72%
(76 Reviews)

A replica of the historical Edouard Pernod absinthe. For connoisseurs!

Achieved by Ted Breaux! The Jade Esprit Edouard absinthe, a replica of the historical Edouard Pernod, is an absinthe for connoisseurs. By 189 ...

 $110.50/Liter  $77.50
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Absinthe Jade Esprit Edouard - 20cl

France / 72%
(76 Reviews)

A replica of the historical Edouard Pernod absinthe. For connoisseurs!

The Jade L'Esprit d'Edouard absinthe, a replica of the historical Edouard Pernod, is an absinthe for connoisseurs. By 1897, the house of Edouard Pernod boasted a reputation for crafting some of the best absinthe the world has ever known. At the ...

 $132.50/Liter  $26.50
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A replica of the historical Edouard Pernod absinthe. For connoisseurs!

The Jade Esprit Edouard absinthe, a replica of the historical Edouard Pernod, is an absinthe for connoisseurs. By 1897, the house of Edouard Pernod boasted a reputation for crafting some of the best absinthe the world has ever known. At the time ...

 $190/Liter  $9.50
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Absinthe François Guy - 1L

France / 45%
(61 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 ...

 $65.50/Liter  $65.50
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Absinthe François Guy - 50cl

France / 45%
(61 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 François Guy - 20cl

France / 45%
(61 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 ...

 $72.50/Liter  $14.50
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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 ...

 $120/Liter  $24
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Absinthe Apocalypse - 50cl

France / 65%
(45 Reviews)

Apocalyptic Absinthe. Memento Mori. Genuine absinthe in a skull shaped bottle!

The Absinthe Apocalypse is not only an outstanding design, it is also a high-quality absinthe! The Absintherie Bourbonnaise has succeeded in creating a modern and stylish absinthe while respecting traditional techniques and ingredients. This is ...

 $93/Liter  $46.50
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Absinthe Jade VS 1898 - 70cl

France / 65%
(35 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 ...

 $110.50/Liter  $77.50
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Absinthe Jade VS 1898 - 20cl

France / 65%
(35 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 ...

 $132.50/Liter  $26.50
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AbsinthExplore Jade VS 1898 - 50ml

France / 65%
(35 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 ...

 $190/Liter  $9.50
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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 ...

 $110.50/Liter  $77.50
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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 ...

 $110.50/Liter  $77.50
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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.

 $132.50/Liter  $26.50
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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. The label design of Absinthe Jade Nouvelle-Orléans in detail:

 $190/Liter  $9.50
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Absinthe Authentique - 70cl

France / 65%
(27 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 ...

 $97/Liter  $68
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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 ...

 $112.50/Liter  $22.50
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