Philippe Martin’s absinthe distillery is located right at the birthplace of absinthe, Boveresse in the beautiful Val-de-Travers in the Swiss Jura mountains. The family business is situated in a large, very historic house, “Maison des Chats”, the house of cats. Philippe Martin distills about ten different absinthe brands there.
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…)
Last week, we had organized an Absinthe Tasting at our local store in Germany with absinthe distiller Gaudentia Persoz. She distills classic Swiss absinthes in the Val-de-Travers, the place absinthe was first invented.
Since she is one of the very few female absinthe distillers worldwide, we can with no doubt call her the green Fairy!
In the small town Chevaigné in Brittany, France, Julien Fanny has founded the Awen Nature distillery, realizing a longstanding dream of his.
He produces the first, high quality organic spirits in Brittany. This includes, among others, 4 absinthes and one ‘almost-liqueur’ flavored using verbena , that we are now proud to offer you in our shop.
Today you’ll learn more about the small distillery, Julien’s bond with nature and tradition, and his use of traditional production methods. And most importantly – Julien’s willingness to experiment and innovate – of the 4 absinthes released by Awen Nature, 3 of them use completely innovative plants to give them colour: Saffron, Verbena and something wild and secret Julien would not share with us!
In a small town in Sweden, something special is going on. Using wild-foraged and home-grown herbs, made on an absolutely tiny scale, two new absinthes are being distilled: Grön Opal, and Vit Opal are these absinthes.
Today we take a first look at these brand new artisan spirits, and speak to the two makers about how they ended up setting out on the grand adventure of starting up a distillery, and some of the hurdles they faced along the way.
The history and development of the distillery
Back in 2009, two friends, Mikael Norell and Tomas Runnquist, decided to set up a distillery.
After overcoming many administrative barriers, they ran series of test distillations. In May 2014, the results of their hard work was ready: the recipe for Absinthe Grön Opal and the Absinthe Vit Opal was finalised. In 2015, Absinthes.com made these two absinthes available to people the world over.
Today we’ll introduce a Czech distillery to you, specialized in the production of fine, artisanal spirits. The Zufanek distillery is a family business, best known outside the Czech Republic for their absinthe. The best kept secret however is their exceptional liqueurs and eau-de-vies. The family started their absinthe production in 2008, after a lot of trial distillations, research and input from experts. From then on, all the absinthe made by this distillery has been a wonderful success!
The history of the Zufanek Distillery
Josef and Maria Zufanek founded the distillery in 2000, together with their sons (Josef, Martin and Jan). The company’s mission is: to specialize in the production of all-natural spirits and liqueurs, especially Slivovitz, that is, plum brandy.
The Zufanek distillery is located in the village Borsice u Blatnice in Czech Republic. All fruits used for the production of spirits and liqueurs are cultivated in the family’s own fruit orchards. These orchards are both close to the distillery, and more importantly, in one of the best locations in the country for growing plums. The climate, as well as the local soil, rich in minerals, are very favorable for growing fruits in this area. All the fruit is certified organic quality. (more…)
The Pernod distillery in Thuir is located in one of the historic homes of the brand near Perpignan, in Southern France. The distillery is part of Pernod’s factory where Suze, Byrrh and the firm’s wine-based aperitifs, are produced. It was officially opened in October 2013.
Pernod began the 2-year long construction of the site after the French law-makers voted to lift the nation-wide ban in 2011.
Today, we’ll introduce a German distillery to you, that is renowned for their excellent, high quality absinthes. At first focused on just fruit brandies and liqueurs, a small absinthe contest had a significant impact on the direction the distillery was going to. Learn all about the history of the Eichelberger Distillery now.