Absinthe History

Discover the history of absinthe and learn about its roots, where it was most popular, why it was banned, and what made it come back after almost 80 years!

The oldest absinthe bottle on earth

by Marc Thuillier

Back in November 2017, I was contacted by one of my treasure hunters who offered me a vintage bottle of absinthe that was found in the cellar of an ex-hotel located in the south of France (the ex-owners used to travel a lot to unearth unique and rare wines and spirits). The pictures he sent me were not great, but we – Absinthes.com – bought it anyway, knowing that we had never been disappointed by this treasure hunter.

 

 

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The 6 kinds of absinthe spoons

In a couple of previous articles “From 50mm to 2150mm: A review of absinthe spoons” and “The origins of absinthe spoons“, we had already dived into the world of absinthe spoons, their origins, how they’re meant to be used, their classifications and a few key numbers, but we hadn’t really talked about the different kinds of spoons that existed back in the good old days.

An absinthe spoon is the most emblematic and unavoidable accessory of the true absinthe ritual from the Belle Époque.

In David Nathan-Maister’s book “The Absinthe Encyclopedia” and on the “Musée Virtuel de l’Absinthe”, absinthe spoons are classified in 6 different categories.

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Maison de l’Absinthe: the new absinthe museum in Switzerland

The history of absinthe is full of sudden new developments, from its rapidly rising popularity and becoming France’s most popular drink, to its prohibition at the beginning of the twentieth century and then its unexpected comeback a few years ago. This history is deeply interwoven with that of the Val-de-Travers, Switzerland. It is precisely there in a small city named Môtiers that the “Maison de l’Absinthe”, an absinthe museum, opened its doors for the first time in July 2014.

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Absinthe Fountains and their history

Absinthe fountains – a both beautiful and useful accessory, some even say it’s a must-have item in every absinthe bar. We all love how the water drips slowly from the taps into your absinthe glass, how the steady drops hit the absinthe’s surface and slowly create a cloudy and opaque drink. The beautiful louche effect is one aspect of what makes an absinthe fountain a precious accessory – (more…)

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