Terms Upon Terms – What do they mean? There are a lot of terms you might come across when browsing our site. In case you’re unsure of what they mean, we’ll explain the ones you may stumble upon in our absinthe shop.
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…)
Decanters, brouilles and absinthe fountains were invented for one particular purpose: to enable you to pour the water into your absinthe glass as gently as possible – ideally, drop by drop – especially at the begining, when the absinthe starts to louche. There are two main reasons for pouring the water carefully:
1. The louche is even more beautiful.
2. The different aromas of your absinthe develop more slowly, and can become much more complex and interesting. (Chemistry helps to understand this phenomenon: each essential oil precipitates at a different dilution, and pouring the water slowly enables the aromas to develop one after the other).
However, it is all about louching your absinthe without “drowning” it by letting the water flow as slowly as you should savour your drink.
Marcel Pagnol illustrated this in his novel “Le temps des secrets” – 1960 (The time of secrets):
The French started drinking their absinthe with sugar in the 1870s and created a whole new way of enjoying absinthe, and changed its taste. The sugar ritual surely convinced some people that didn’t enjoy the taste of absinthe to give it another go and to end up genuinely enjoying it. Watch this video to see how to do the traditional French Absinthe Ritual:
You might have notice the really nice bottle of absinthe which is used for the video. This is the Absinthe Roquette 1797, our bestselling absinthe. Roquette 1797 has been brought back to life from an unpublished, hand-written manuscript dating from the eighteenth century, when absinthe was more mysterious elixir than evening aperitif.
Aaaah absinthe spoon... this magical accessorie, indispensable for every self-respecting absintheur!
People often ask me what they’re for, and I must admit I understand why one could get confused trying to figure out how to use them. Why do they have holes? Not very practical to drink your syrup… Even though the answer may be clear for most of you, I would rather make sure everyone understands. Here are the instructions:
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:
We’re proud to present a short film, for all those wondering how to prepare an absinthe the right way.
Note how you can get a fine stream of water from the carafe or tiny drops, perfect for dripping onto and dissolving a sugar cube!
The absinthe is Absinthe Roquette 1797.