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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AbsinthExplore Blanche Neige - 50ml

Switzerland / 53%
(29 Reviews)

Blanche Neige is a Swiss La Bleue with a special twist: A hint of génépi. This a...

Blanche Neige won the gold medal at the Absinthiades 2014. The fairest absinthe of them all... Our aim ...

 $180/Liter  $9
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AbsinthExplore La Clandestine - 50ml

Switzerland / 53%
(78 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. Awarded the gold medal several times in contests, La Clandestine&nbs ...

 $170/Liter  $8.50
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A strong taste and a complex aromatic palette characterise this absinthe. An exc...

A strong taste and a complex aromatic palette characterise Angélique Verte Suisse. An exceptional novelty, full of harmony. It is a true Swiss “Verte” from the Val-de-Travers made from 12 different plants, including angelica a ...

 $190/Liter  $9.50
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AbsinthExplore Butterfly - 50ml

Switzerland / 65%
(38 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.

 $190/Liter  $9.50
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AbsinthExplore La Valdetra Verte - 50ml

Switzerland / 65%
(16 Reviews)

This absinthe is powerfull, full of character and very well-balanced. It bears w...

La Valdetra Verte absinthe is powerfull, full of character and very well-balanced. It bears witness to the quality of Swiss absinthes. It is distilled by an artisan in old clandestine stills. It is based on plants grown and carefully selected in ...

 $190/Liter  $9.50
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AbsinthExplore Le Chat - 50ml

Switzerland / 54%
(14 Reviews)

A mellow clear absinthe from the Val-de-Travers.

The Swiss Absinthe Le Chat is produced by Willy Bovet in Môtiers. A classic among the Swiss clear absinthes!This absinthe is also available in a 1L bottle.

 $120/Liter  $6
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AbsinthExplore Esmeralda - 50ml

Switzerland / 72%
(9 Reviews)

The first green absinthe from Philippe Martin.

Esmeralda is one of the very few green absinthes that come from Switzerland. It is produced by Philippe Martin in the famous Maison des Chats (the cat house) in Boveresse. This complexe Verte is also available in a

 $170/Liter  $8.50
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AbsinthExplore La Ptite - 50ml

Switzerland / 53%
(19 Reviews)

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

La P'tite 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.

 $170/Liter  $8.50
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AbsinthExplore L'Originale - 50ml

Switzerland / 72%
(18 Reviews)

One of the strongest clear absinthes from Switzerland.

Absinthe L‘Originale is a complex and elegant clear absinthe that is produced by Philippe Martin in Boveresse.Discover the 1L bottle here.

 $170/Liter  $8.50
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