Swiss Absinthe

Where was absinthe invented? Switzerland is where it all began.

Swiss absinthe is all high quality, and the country has a legal definition of absinthe. The most common Swiss absinthe, known as "La Bleue", is clear. That Swiss absinthe tends to be white is not at all down to chance, but for a very good and surprising reason: That is - absinthe was banned, and the people in the Val de Travers, the centre of the absinthe world, refused to give up their absinthe and started distilling it illegally at home. Clear liquid was easier to disguise than green... Read on for more.

Absinthe in Switzerland during the Belle Epoque



Absinthe originally comes from Switzerland. As of the XVIIIth century in Couvet, Switzerland, Henriette Henriod, know as the "Mère Henriod", started producing an absinthe elixir used against number of diseases.

The popularity of this drink grew rapidly. Having noticed that, major Dubied bought the recipe and partnered with his son-in-law Henri-Louis Pernod with who he opened the company "Dubied Père & Fils in 1798". When he saw the business was working well, Henri-Louis Pernod decided to open a company of his own. He created his first distillery in Couvet, but when it became too small for him he crossed the border line and opened the first French distillery: the Pernod Fils company. By doing that, Pernod forged an inextricable link between his name and absinthe forever.

Absinthe was then a victim of its own success. Various incidents convinced the lawmakers that absinthe was dangerous enough to be forbidden, and on October the 7th 1910, absinthe was banned in Switzerland (following the lead of Belgium, Brazil and the Netherlands).

Soon after that, the air of the countryside was filled with a smell of burnt tires. The clandestine distillers had found a good way of hiding the characteristic smell of the cooking of absinthe. That is why between its ban and its re-legalisation (2005), absinthe never stopped existing in Switzerland!

Absinthe in Switzerland nowadays



On March the 1st 2005, absinthe was finally legal again in Switzerland, after 95 years of clandestine production and an untold number of bottles sold under the table.

Since then, quite a few former clandestine distillers and their relatives have started distilling legally, including Gaudentia Persoz, Claude-Alain Bugnon, and Philippe Martin of La Valote.

The fact that Swiss absinthe is doing so well proves that its quality is recognized and appreciated. The credit goes to the Val-de-Travers, cradle of birth of this delicious beverage.

Swiss absinthe is among the Absinthes.com team's favourites!
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Absinthe Blanche Neige - 50cl

Switzerland / 53%
(23 Reviews)

Blanche Neige is a Swiss La Bleue, a project by Absinthes.com! It was awarded Go...

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Absinthe La Ptite - 70cl

Switzerland / 53%
(18 Reviews)

Mellow, this absinthe is beautifully well-balanced. A high quality “Bleue”.

La Ptite absinthe is mellow and beautifully well-balanced. A high quality “Bleue”. It is produced from an original recipe, already used illegally before legalisation. This recipe has been updated since it was developed in 1898.

 $96.50/Liter  $67.50
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Absinthe Angélique Verte Suisse - 70cl

Switzerland / 68%
(49 Reviews)

A full flavour and complex aromatic palate define Angélique Verte Suisse. Someth...

A full flavour and complex aromatic palate define Angélique Verte Suisse. Something a bit different.

 $114.50/Liter  $80
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Three of the most fascinating and delicious absinthes from the Artémisia Bugnon...

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Absinthe La Clandestine - 70cl

Switzerland / 53%
(69 Reviews)

La Clandestine absinthe has a complex aromatic palate and subtle bitterness. An...

La Clandestine absinthe reveals a very complex aromatic palate and a subtly bitter finish. Without doubt, this is one of the best La Bleue absinthes around.

 $101.50/Liter  $71
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Absinthe La Valdetra Verte - 70cl

Switzerland / 65%
(13 Reviews)

Full of character and at the same time very well-balanced. It bears witness to t...

La Valdetra Verte is a powerful, herbal Verte which shows a pleasant balance at the same time. Very good Vertes from Switzerland are rare, because distillers especially from the Val-de-Travers tend to focus on distilling clear absinthes. La Val ...

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Absinthe Butterfly - 70cl

Switzerland / 65%
(31 Reviews)

Inspired by an American absinthe produced in Boston is the early 1900s, right be...

Butterfly Absinthe is inspired by an American absinthe from the early 1900s, produced in Boston just before the US ban on absinthe in 1912.

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Mellow, this absinthe is beautifully well-balanced. A high quality “Bleue”.

La Ptite Douce absinthe is mellow and beautifully well-balanced. A high quality “Bleue”. It is produced from an original recipe, already used illegally before legalisation. This recipe has been updated since it was developed in 1898. ...

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Absinthe La Valote Martin: Marylin - 1L

Switzerland / 54%
(1 Review)

Mellow and elegant, this absinthe displays a personality full of roundness. Very...

La Valote Martin displays a mellow and elegant personality, full of roundness. Very charming. It is distilled by a man concerned about perpetuating the Green Fairy's myth, and who wants to guarantee a traditionally produced absinthe.

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In the Gaudentia Persoz AbsinthExplore Set, you can find three of renowned disti...

When Gaudentia Persoz and her husband moved into their house in Couvet, Switzerland, they found an old, small still in the cellar, along with an absinthe recipe from 1898. This set her off on her journey to becoming one of Switzerland's finest absinthe distillers, whic ...

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With this set you get a bottle of Absinthe Blanche Neige, 1 Tarragona Glass, 1 G...

Enjoy one of the most popular Swiss absinthes with this set: Absinthe Blanche Neige. In addition, you get a handmade absinthe glass, a perfect matching absinthe dripper, as well as a sachet of absinthe sugar. With its elegant beige gift ...

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Green Velvet - Absinthe Originale is an Ultra-Premium-Absinthe made at the Val-d...

Green Velvet VAL. 275 – La Bleue is as clear as the pure spring water from which it is made. The hand-picked herbs from the region lend it the original smooth absinthe taste with a subtle hint of liquorice. This combination is ideal for the world ...

 $155/Liter  $108.50
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Give the gift of an aromatic Swiss absinthe: Absinthe Blanche Neige, 2 Pontarlie...

In this set you find everything you need for the traditional Absinthe ritual. With its elegant beige gift box, this set makes for a great gift.

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Absinthe La Valote Bovet - Le Chat - 1L

Switzerland / 54%
(8 Reviews)

Very mellow, this absinthe is nicely balanced. Worthy of the best “Bleues”.

La Valote Bovet is very mellow and nicely balanced. A high quality absinthe worthy of the best “Bleues”. It is distilled by a man concerned about perpetuating the Green Fairy's myth, and who wants to guarantee a traditionally produce ...

 $75/Liter  $75
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Absinthe La Clandestine Wine Alcohol - 70cl

Switzerland / 53%
(5 Reviews)

La Clandestine absinthe has a complex aromatic palate and subtle bitterness. An...

La Clandestine absinthe reveals a very complex aromatic palate and a subtly bitter finish. Without doubt, this is one of the best La Bleue absinthes around.

 $107/Liter  $75
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