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 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.

 $71.50/Liter  $71.50
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Absinthe La Valote Bovet - Le Chat - 1L

Switzerland / 54%
(14 Reviews)

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

The Bovet Le Chat absinthe is a very mellow and well-balanced absinthe. One can consider is a typical, classic Swiss Bleue with strong notes of aniseed and wormwood. Its fairly low abv. gives the Bovet Le Chat absinthe a very refreshing taste and therefore m ...

 $71.50/Liter  $71.50
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Absinthe La Valote Martin l'Originale - 1L

Switzerland / 72%
(18 Reviews)

This absinthe reveals sweetness and very herbaceous flavours. A very elegant “Bl...

La Valote Martin l'Originale reveals sweetness and very herbaceous flavours. A very elegant “Bleue”. After La Valote Martin, Mr Martin offers a very interesting version of this absinthe with a higher level of alcohol. It is dis ...

 $77.50/Liter  $77.50
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The Artémisia-Bugnon set offers two sublime absinthes from this highly respected...

The Artémisia-Bugnon set offers two sublime absinthes from this highly respected Swiss distillery. The distillery, headed by Claude-Alain Bugnon has made a gained an impressive reputation in just a short space of time, opening in 2005. Of ...

 $147.50/Liter  $206.50
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A high quality Swiss La Bleue, with a slightly higher alcohol content. Sweet and...

La Grenouillarde is a tribute to the birthplace of absinthe. The wormwood used to make La Grenouillarde is grown and cultivated around Boveresse, from the garden of the Maison des Chats, The House of Cats, a picturesque building with sc ...

 $74/Liter  $74
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Absinthe La Valote Bovet Tradition - 1L

Switzerland / 65%
(2 Reviews)

A classic Swiss Bleue from La Valote Bovet.

A delicious, quite untypical Swiss Bleue. The Bovet family takes great pride in distilling their absinthe, and strives to come up with creations that are different to the typical Swiss-style Bleues. This is why the Bovet Tradition absinthe is made at 65% abv. and ...

 $75/Liter  $75
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Well rounded, a classic La Bleue.

Fée Verte du Val de Travers is distilled by Philippe Martin at the La Valote Distillery in the village of Môtiers in the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe. Philippe Martin lives to spread the word about the green fairy and ...

 $71.50/Liter  $71.50
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Slightly more bitter La Bleue.

Belle Epoque is distilled by Philippe Martin at the La Valote Distillery in the village of Môtiers in the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe. Philippe Martin lives to spread the word about the green fairy and produces the most auth ...

 $71.50/Liter  $71.50
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Absinthe La Valote Martin - Martin - 1L

Switzerland / 54%
(3 Reviews)

An excellent Swiss absinthe with an intense aroma of wormwood.

Philippe Martin, the distiller at La Valote Martin, used a large amount of grand wormwood for the production of Absinthe Martin. This results in an intense wormwood aroma that can be recognized during the tasting. Along with the holy trinity of ...

 $71.50/Liter  $71.50
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Set Green Velvet - 1.4L

Switzerland
(1 Review)

A set of two Swiss Premium-Absinthes: Green Velvet - Absinthe Originale

 $149.50/Liter  $209
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With this set you get a bottle of each of the following absinthes: DuVallon, Sev...

This set includes all absinthes of DuVallon: Sevil, Veuve Verte, DuVallon and Blandine.

 $108/Liter  $237.50
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With this set you get all of the clear absinthes from Philippe Martin.

This set contains the following absinthes from Philippe Martin: Marylin, L'Originale, Fée Verte du Val-de-Travers, Belle Epoque, La Grenouillarde and Martin.

 $69.50/Liter  $418
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With this set you get a bottle of Absinthe des Poètes and Absinthe des Poètes Ve...

With this set you get a bottle of Absinthe des Poètes and Absinthe des Poètes Verte, produced by Christophe Racine in the Val-de-Travers in Switzerland.

 $110.50/Liter  $155
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With this set you get a bottle of Absinthe Le Chat 100cl, one Bubble glass and o...

This gift set includes everything you need for the Absinthe ritual: a bottle of Absinthe Le Chat 100cl, one Bubble glass and one absinthe carafe.

 $131.50/Liter  $131.50
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This set consists of two 50cl bottles of Absinthe L'Originale from the La Valot...

This set consists of two 50cl bottles of Absinthe L'Originale from the La Valote Martin distillery.

 $101.50/Liter  $101.50
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Get the whole La Maison des Chats family: Absinthe des Chats and La Feline!

Get the whole La Maison des Chats family: Absinthe des Chats and La Feline!

 $104/Liter  $145.50
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