swiss absinthe

The 20th Absinthe Festival in Switzerland

 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.

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Absinthe La Grenouillarde Tasting Notes by Miriam

Bottle of La Grenouillarde absintheAbsinthe La Grenouillarde is an atypical Swiss Bleue distilled in Boveresse, Val-de-Travers. It distinguishes itself from the other Bleues by its higher alcohol content (65%) and its powerful aromas.

Its label can amuse or offend though… Why is there an indecent frog showing on this absinthe bottle??

Those of you who are into absinthe since a long time already know that label designs are mainly inspired from the historical traditions of absinthe and/or from the place where it’s produced. This is exactly the case of La Grenouillarde, but its history is even funnier.

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Blanche Neige – award-winning Swiss absinthe

After we spent quite a long time on planning and testing, we’re pleased to tell you that our very own absinthe, the Blanche Neige, is now available in a full-sized 500ml bottle.

Absinthe Blanche Neige 500ml

Blanche Neige is the name for our true, Swiss La Bleue from the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe. This absinthe is distilled by Gaudentia Persoz, one of the world’s most talented absinthe distillers, who has achieved great success with her own absinthes.

What makes Blanche Neige that extra bit different is a precious and priceless ingredient, Génépi. This  aromatic herb, from the Wormwood family, grows wild in the Alps. What sets it aside from other blanche absinthe is the much larger variety of herbs.

Blanche-Neige-Manuscript-with-Dried-Wormwood-and-Genepi

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How to spell Absinthe

You have certainly already noticed that there are various ways of spelling our favorite spirit from the Val-de-Travers (a small region in Switzerland where absinthe was first ‘discovered’).  Absinthe, absinth, absynthe, absenta…which of these spellings then captures the real spirit of absinthe?!  The following explanations shine some light on the various spellings of absinthe.

Absinthe is French for wormwood (artemisia absinthium), (more…)

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Absinthe with or without sugar? Here’s an explanation

You know just as well as I do, everyone has their own preferences and taste. However, some of those differences can be explained. That’s why I’m going to attempt to make it clear for you, why some people drink their absinthe with sugar and why others (the Swiss for example) find it exasperating to do such thing.

In order to do so, I’m going to have to go back time a little. However, I just want to point out a few important things that I think are important to remember:

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