Almost everybody of Absinthes.com went on a trip to Switzerland last weekend. We went to the annual absinthe festival in the Val-de-Travers in in the Swiss Jura mountains where absinthe was invented in 1792. The festival is originally called “Fête de l’Absinthe” as the Val-de-Travers is located in the French speaking part of Switzerland. Every year, local absinthe distillers offer their absinthe brands on stalls in the street and explain how to drink absinthe or what absinthe is to curios visitors. Many absintheurs from all over the world use this opportunity to meet, mingle, and discuss our most beloved spirit.
You think absinthe and Prague somehow goes well together? We agree!
While wandering through the old town of Prague, you find bottles of absinthe everywhere. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them are rather fauxinthes with a bright green color. Still, it was amazing seeing a whole city fall for absinthe. Being a tourist, one should only be careful to double check what you’re buying!
This Swiss absinthe is distilled at the Val-de-Travers, in one of the oldest buildings that are recorded to be associated with absinthe. According to the distillers of the Absinthe des Chats, ancestors have been cultivating herbs for absinthe on this land since 1777. The relatively young absinthe distiller Kevin Nebel combines today’s ideas with the prestige and excellence in absinthe distilling from the Val-de-Travers.
A German absinthe from Berlin. Double distilled after a trandtional recipe for a classic Swiss Bleue from the Val-de-Travers, the birth place of absinthe. Sounds like a promising combination: Swiss know-how in making absinthe, and German accuracy! The La Berlinoise absinthe comes along slightly stronger than a standard Bleue – at 60% vol. the La Berlinoise is said to offer more intense notes of wormwood. Miriam tasted this absinthe, let’s find out. (more…)
You want to find the best absinthe bar in Brno? Look no further and head straight to the Naproti Bar! The Czech’s Republic’ second city is mostly populated by students. We went there for absinthe however and saw this amazing place where Absintheurs will lose their hearts (perhaps their minds, too!).
The Zufanek distillery is located in Borsice in the Czech Republic, and has been around for a long time. Officially however, only since 2000. This distillery is a true family business: Martin Zufanek and his two brothers run the place together, and in the past along with their father. (more…)
Some people enjoy drinking absinthe with sugar. I don’t condemn them, even though a sugar cube associated with absinthe quickly leads people to believing that one is meant to burn the sugar cube. This however has nothing to to with how to drink absinthe the traditional way – it’s a Czech marketing technique which originated in the 90’s. Learn more here. (more…)