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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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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This gift set features a bottle of Absinthe Libertine 72 Intense, as well as a C...

A gift set that is perfect for people who want to taste Absinthe for the first time. Libertine 72 Intense was awarded the gold medal at the international competition in Lyon in 2019. With this set you get an Absinthe Libertine ...

 $71.50/Liter  $50
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The gift set features an Absinthe Libertine 55 Originale and an Absinthe Spoon,...

With this set you can enjoy a Absinthe Libertine 55 Originale. The set is completed with a traditional absinthe spoon, allowing you to prepare absinthe according to the classic absinthe ritual – pour a measure of absinthe in a glass, r ...

 $91/Liter  $45.50
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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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Set Libertine 55 - 70cl

France
(5 Reviews)

The Set Libertine 55 is ideal to prepare your absinthe in a traditional way, acc...

The Set Libertine 55 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 ...

 $105.50/Liter  $74
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This gift set features 1 bottle of Libertine 68 Amer, as well as an Absinthe Spo...

Libertine 68 Amer and a classic absinthe spoon in a gift box. The Absinthe Libertine 68 Amer is the third Absinthe of a series, following Libertine 55 and Libertine 72. Made according to a recipe from 1894 and is characterised by a savoury bitte ...

 $70/Liter  $49
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A gift set perfect for lovers and collectors of Armagnac.

A gift set perfect for lovers and collectors of Armagnac. With this sampler set, the Darroze distillery offers an incredible journey through their most popular vintages of their armagnacs. Discover four different vintages and learn how aging has an effect on the ...

 $352.50/Liter  $70.50
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The Set Libertine 68 amer is ideal to prepare your absinthe in a traditional way...

The Set Libertine 68 amer 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 pleas ...

 $110.50/Liter  $77.50
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A gift set perfect for lovers and collectors of Armagnac.

A gift set perfect for lovers and collectors of Armagnac. With this sampler set, the Darroze distillery offers an incredible journey through their most popular vintages of their armagnacs. Discover four different vintages and learn how aging has an effect on the ...

 $474.50/Liter  $166
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