Absinthe Distilleries

Whenever we get a chance to, we visit the distilleries we purchase our products from. We believe it’s important to work closely together and to benefit from each other’s experience in the absinthe market. Discover amazing photos of great people in prestigious and small distilleries.

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 Swiss Absinthe Festival 2018 (Absinthe en fête)

absinthe_en_fete_2018„The same procedure as every year“ would be something that described our annual trip the beautiful Val-de-Travers in the Swiss Jura Mountains quite right. We’ve been sharing our experiences and photos from each “Fête de l’absinthe” with you regularly, for the past ten years (at least this is where we think we started attending this annual gathering of absinthe friends). This year was new. This year was intriguing. This year, a lot had changed.
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Awen Nature – an organic absinthe distillery

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!

Awen Nature distillery
Julien Fanny with the copper bain marie stills and his organic spirits

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Discover the Svensk Absint distillery

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.

Mikael Norell and Tomas Runnquist
Mikael Norell and Tomas Runnquist

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Discover the Zufanek distillery

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.

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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…)

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The Pernod distillery in Thuir

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.

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