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%
(154 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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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 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 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 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 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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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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Absinthe Gustave 72% - 70cl

France / 72%
(22 Reviews)

Absinthe Gustave harks back to absinthe's origins as a herbal elixir. Based on a...

Absinthe Gustave harks back to absinthe's origins as a herbal elixir.Resurrected from a late 18th century recipe, from around the time that absinthe was first commercialised and transformed from folk remedy to a beverage consumed for pleasure.

 $100.50/Liter  $70.50
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Absinthe Vieux Pontarlier - 70cl

France / 65%
(17 Reviews)

All the flavours from the traditional Pontarlier Absinthe back in the modern era...

The Vieux Pontarlier is an historical absinthe carefully distilled in the Emile Pernot distillery. This absinthe is distilled in very old copper alambics (more ...

 $97/Liter  $68
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A strong, floral and complex Blanche from France. Its wine alcohol base adds spi...

Intended for absinthe connoisseurs, Enigma Blanche has particularly harmonious and complex aromas. It is an authentic absinthe distilled according to a traditional 19th century absinthe recipe from Switzerland.Absinthe expert Marc Thuillier revie ...

 $90.50/Liter  $63.50
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Absinthe Gustave - barrel-aged - 70cl

France / 72%
(10 Reviews)

The barrel aged edition of our own Absinthe Gustave.

Absinthe Gustave is back, and even more refined than before.This version of Gustave has had its ageing finished in an oak barrel. The aim was not to make an intensely oaked spirit like cognac or whisky, but merely to provide a finishing touch, to ...

 $118/Liter  $82.50
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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 ...

 $93.50/Liter  $65.50
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Set Libertine 72 - 70cl

France
(8 Reviews)

The Set Libertine 72 is ideal to prepare your absinthe in a traditional way, acc...

The Set Libertine 72 is ideal to prepare your absinthe in a traditional way, according to the classic ritual. Its 2 glasses and 2 spoons will enable you to share this experience with a close relative or a friend: absinthe tasting has always been a pleasant m ...

 $114.50/Liter  $80
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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 ...

 $93.50/Liter  $65.50
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The first green absinthe from the organic distillery Aymonier.

La Faucille absinthe is the first green absinthe from Aymonier.The light green colour is completely natural and is obtained by macerating more herbs in the newly-distilled absinthe.This absinthe has an intense wormwood note, along with a very fresh fe ...

 $118/Liter  $82.50
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With this set you get a bottle of Chartreuse Verte and a bottle of Chartreuse Ja...

With this set you get a bottle of Chartreuse Verte and a bottle of Chartreuse Jaune.

 $59.50/Liter  $83.50
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Absinthe du Centenaire - 70cl

France / 68%
(7 Reviews)

Absinthe du Centenaire marks 100 years after the abolition of absinthe.

All means have been employed to try and destroy the Green Fairy. But 100 years after the prohibition of absinthe, she is back with us, and thriving. The Devoille distillery are celebrating the renaissance of the Green Fairy with Absinthe du Centenair ...

 $97/Liter  $68
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A complex verte, produced by a small distillery in France.

Absinthe de Pontarlier La Fée Verte is produced by the Marguet-Champreux distillery in Dompierre-les-Tilleuls in France. This small distillery was founded in 2015 by the two friends Jérôme Champreux and Stéphane Marguet.

 $110.50/Liter  $77.50
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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.

 $136.50/Liter  $95.50
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Absinthe A. Junod - 70cl

France / 65%
(2 Reviews)

A clear absinthe distilled in Pontarlier that made its way to the Academy Awards...

This clear absinthe is distilled near the Jura Mountains in France using eight herbs and plants. Wormwood, green anise and fennel are the main ingredients to make absinthe.In order to produce Absinthe A. Junod (name of the famous distiller of the Belle Epoque), t ...

 $100.50/Liter  $70.50
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This absinthe has particularly harmonious and complex aromas. It is for amateurs...

The Verte de Fougerolles is now known under the name Enigma Blanche. Though the recipe has not changed, the label has, it now displays an Art-Nouveau design, in the vein of 1900 absinthe posters. The Enigma is still the fine wine alcohol-based absinthe that ...

 $92/Liter  $64.50
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Gift set including three absinthes from France.

In this lovely box, you find three delicious absinthes made by the Bourgeois distillery in France: La Fine, La Blanche and La Verte.

 $129/Liter  $77.50
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Organic

Colored with organic saffron for a golden hue. A world first!

Absinthe Safran is an organic absinthe of high quality, made by Awen Nature. Saffron has been appreciated for over four thousand uses, for its deep yellow color and hay-like flavor. Plucked by hand from the stigmas of crocus flowers, saffron is ...

 $92/Liter  $64.50
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