In fact, the wormwood used in La Grenouillarde has come from Boveresse. This precious herb has come from the garden of the Maison des Chats, The House of Cats, a picturesque building with sculptures of cats on ledges overlooking village life.
For centuries the inhabitants of Boveresse were called Grenouillardes by people from other villages in the Val-de-Travers. There isn't a precise way to translate Grenouillarde, but roughly speaking, it's a sweet way of saying a female frog! So why the did others in the valley call them frogs? Quite simply - to get from their homes to the next village of Motiers, the people of Boveresse had to traverse a marsh or piece of swampland. To avoid getting their shoes wet and muddy (particularly important on their way to Church on Sunday in Motiers, one can imagine), they jumped over the puddles from tuft of grass to tuft of grass. Presumably this was the subject of much humour for the others in the Val-de-Travers!
The villagers from the home of absinthe no longer have to endure wet feet feet - a channel was made in 1950 to stop the regular flooding. It now looks very much like a natural river, and on one of its banks is a little fountain, with a spout shaped like a frog.
La Grenouillarde's distiller, Francis Martin, lives to spread the word about the green fairy and follow his mission of making absinthes to be proud of.
Discover our tasting notes here.
- Product Type:WM: Absinthe
- Description:WM: Spirit
- Net Quantity:WM: 50cl
- Alcohol Content:WM: 65% vol
- Distillery or Brand : Absinthe La Valote Martin
- Product Type: Absinthe
- Description: Spirit
- Country of Origin: Switzerland
- Responsible Food Company: RUEVERTE GmbH, Herrgasse 3, 79294 Sölden, DE
- Net Quantity: 50cl
- Alcohol Content: 65% vol
- Usage Instructions: Mix with water before drinking.
Weight: 1.00 kg
Dimensional Weight: 1.20 kg
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The distillery of Philippe Martin is situated in Boveresse, in the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe and today home to some of the finest absinthe distilleries.
Philippe Martin distills his absinthes in an old house known to locals as La Maison des Chats, a centuries-old building decorated with stone sculptures of cats. Right opposite is the distillery's own garden, where most of the herbs used for Philippe's absinthe is cultivated.
Philippe took over the distillery from his father Francis Martin in 2014, who distilled for 33 years during the time of the absinthe ban in Switzerland. When absinthe was re-legalized in 2005, Francis received a licence to produce absinthe legally.