Author: Marc

Absinthe Vieux Pontarlier FDC 3 ans Tasting Notes by Marc Thuillier

Absinthe Vieux Pontarlier is a timeless classic from the Emile Pernot distillery in Pontarlier. Three years ago, Dominique Rousselet, director of the distillery, decided to reserve part of a batch in order to age it in a oak barrel. 3 years later, here it is, finally, bottled and ready to be drunk. That’s exactly what Marc Thuillier did immediately after receiving his bottle. Here are his tasting notes:

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Absinthe Jade Terminus Absinthe Oxygenee Review by Marc Thuillier

Jade Terminus Absinthe Oxygenee is the latest (re)creation from Ted Breaux, Jade Liqueurs. The process used is similar to the one used by the famous distillery Cusenier back in the glory days. Cusenier were using a hot oxygenation process to make their absinthe appear as “pure” as possible to their customers. How does this process impact the taste of such a fine handcrafted absinthe? Marc Thuillier has tasted this one from a 2017 batch for Absinthes.com. (more…)

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Absinthe Angélique Verte Suisse tasting notes by Marc Thuillier

Angéliquebuy_absinthe_angelique_online is the “green” big sister of the Clandestine from Claude-Alain Bugnon (68% versus 53%). Produced in the Artemisia distillery in the Val-de-Travers, its recipe includes 12 different herbs, with of course, as the name itself indicates: angelica (Angélique in French).

It is supposedly rebel and wild, let’s see what Marc Thuillier thinks of this Verte:

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The different ways of preparing a glass of absinthe

Here are the different ways of preparing an absinthe glass using antique – or modern – accoutrements:

1 – Carafes and Pitchers

Of course, the use of a carafe filled with ice-cold water was the most common and the very first known method for preparing an absinthe glass back in the 19th century; there are dozens of period photos and sketches showing this.

Pitchers were less widely used, especially in bustling bistros and cafés because of their fragility. Having said that, we have found numerous types of pitchers which were dedicated to the absinthe ritual and advertised as such in 1900’s catalogues.

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Absinthe Day – Auvers sur Oise – May 20th 2012

Every year, the Absinthe Day is taking place at the absinthe museum in Auvers sur Oise, the famous town near Paris where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last days of his life painting numerous masterpieces. Marie-Claude Delahaye – curator of the absinthe museum and writer of numerous books on absinthe history and antiques – organizes an absinthe-related second-hand market each year in the museum garden and bistro.

Here are a few pictures (click to enlarge) from the last one which took place on May 20th 2012. A very convivial event where absinthe antiques collectors meet, talk, buy, sell and also drink a few absinthes around an absinthe fountain

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Museum garden and entrance. Some wormwood – artemisia absinthium – right in the middle.

 

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The truth about absinthe glasses

Absinthe Glass Bubble ReservoirI love antique absinthe glasses. To me, each glass from the Belle Époque is a unique piece of art, with which you can feel and see the skills of the glassblower. The bubbles, inclusions, irregularities, colours, thicknesses, cuts and overall designs testify that absinthe glasses from the 19th and early 20th century are not really reproducible. Don’t get me wrong, I too have modern absinthe glasses at home for my tastings evenings, my favorites are the Pontarlier glass and the Bubble glass, they are great value for money, nicely handblown from original period glasses and they do the job perfectly, even though they’re just missing a soul from the past but I’m being a bit nitpicker here…

I’m not writing here to cry over past times anyway, but to make a bit of clarification on absinthe glasses: What is an absinthe glass? Who really used them? Why there were so many different designs?
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