Roquette 1797 has been brought back to life from an unpublished, hand-written manuscript dating from the 18th century. Read the whole description
- The quantities of spirit and herbs recorded in the manuscript of 1797 were described in quantities such as 'pots of eau-de-vie', 'buckets' and 'handfuls', which made interpreting the recipe an interesting challenge.
- Even if it's obvious what the number 1797 means, you can not say as much for the name Roquette. In fact, it was the name of the horse ridden by the legendary father of absinthe, Doctor Ordinaire.
- The Roquette 1797 absinthe is an Archive Spirits production, a joint venture between two fascinated absintheurs: David Nathan-Maister of Oxygenee; and Peter Schaf, renowned absinthe expert. They are planning on producing further releases of the Roquette 1797 absinthe: a 1731 and an 1804 edition, both also based on unpublished hand-written originals.
Les fils d'Emile Pernot distillery was founded in 1890 in Pontarlier, France, by Emile Pernot. In 1910, the distillery produced approximately 450 hectolitres, which is not surprising: around the time, consumption of absinthe was reaching levels never heard of before.
In 1915, when La Fée Verte (The Green Fairy) was banned, the distillery turned its hand to other spirits: aniseed aperitifs, fruit brandies and gentian liqueurs.
In 2001, the small distillery started to reproduce absinthe again, with Un Emile, from an old family recipe.
In 2005, the distillery was sold to François Thevenin, who has since developed the firm with a touch of modernity alongside traditional methods.
A year later, at the end of 2006, François Thevenin bought the Klainguer distillery, also situated in Pontarlier, and formed the Pernot – Klainguer distillery.
- At first, enjoy a glass of Roquette 1797 with half a piece of sugar. For the next, add more or less according to taste.
- For one measure of absinthe (3cl), add 2 to 5 measures of fresh water.
By Only_absinthe001Added on the : 29/02/2016
I had heard there was possibly a bad batch out there early 2015, but I ordered mine Jan 2016. BEWARE...I didn't have good luck! Like earlier reviewers said, it smelled weird right out of the gate and tasted even worse. I am an experienced Absinthe drinker and have about 20 varieties on my shelf and I have had both Roquette and the aged version before. This batch smells and tastes like some sort of chemical cleaning fluid, not even a hint of anything herbal. I compared a sample with a friend who still has an earlier bottle of Roquette and there is NO comparison. I will have to take the loss because this bottle is undrinkable. Beware.
By Great StuffAdded on the : 27/02/2016
This official absinthe was a tad difficult to get used to. Perhaps it is because I was not an experienced absinthe drinker when I purchased it from the amazing online store, Absinthes.com. (I don't work for them or receive money to comment). The louche is very thick and heavy in appearance, extremely appealing. You can tell within seconds that a lot went into its making, and its creators are very talented. Very nice scent, difficult to set this one apart from the aroma alone. But once you try this one you will realize this is not your Absinthe Ordinare. This one has a bit more of a raw flavor, very aggressive and complex. Very different from any other verte you may have tried in the past. Unless you are on a certain level of drinking absinthe you may be turned off. I can't comment too much because my explorations number less than 10 bottles, but this one disappointing me when I first tried it out of the box. Over time (it was in my collection for a year or so) I slowly realized by the time the bottle reached the bottom, that this is a superb offering that has an acquired taste for sure. This is not for beginners and its complexity is beyond that of many interests. In short, after the first few drinks from this verte I was wondering why I chose this. By its completion, I was wondering why I did not buy more. Fantastic, don't miss it.
By RobbieAdded on the : 18/12/2015
Go's to show how different peoples tastes are. I can't imagine why anyone would give this one star even if they didn't like it. This is probably my favorite from the Emile Pernot distillery along with the V Pontarlier. It is a different kettle of fish to most Absinthe's so don't be surprised when u find its different. It doesn't have a strong louche, it has a strong Anethole taste and alcohol seems to be present, in saying that i love it. It has a fine quality to it that makes me feel special when sipping it, its in no way harsh. That's why i chose to get the barrel aged version of this. Cant wait to try it. Its a stand alone drop i go to when i want something completely different. I just wish i had more years of Absinthe experience under my belt to credit it in a better way. Cheers.
By Not a good buyAdded on the : 29/07/2015
Compared to my other experiences with Absinthe, this bottle was pitiful. I despised the taste immediately, and could barley finish my glass of the green fairy. I ordered nine bottles shipped to my address, and all have been delightful, with the exception of this God awful brand. I suggest never to partake in this particular brand of Absinthe. Poor reviews across the board. I pawned it off on my broke son, once I realized how terrible it tasted.
By Red FairyAdded on the : 31/05/2015
The scent alone was enough to indicate that tasting this absinthe was not going to be a good experience, but I did it anyway. This is by far the worst absinthe I have ever tasted. There was no anise flavor. The only flavor it comes close to, is a bad triple sec flavor. It baffles me on how this absinthe has received so many positive reviews. I really feel cheated and am not asking for a refund because I do not want to tarnish my relationship with absinthes.com. Just going to take the loss on this one. This is the only absinthe I could not finish.. I poured it out. I wouldn't even give it to bumb. My brother has a similar opinion and he said that there is word out that it is a bad batch. Well, it should not have been released. I purchased my bottle in May of 2015, so my advice is to find something else.
By NiDrOAdded on the : 13/05/2015
So got my order delivered one day ahead of schedule and brake open the cheaper bottle (hey its mid week..)
nothing to fancy i guess with a bit more of testing i might find it a good substitue for a young Island whiskey.
Now next day (still mid week with the difference we got long weekend so basicly friday) i crack this beauty.
It was many years since i had abstinhe but the complexity of the first sniff was realy inviteing so what i did, pour a bit in my tin cup and taste, add suger/water to find where i want it.
I kept adding suger the complexity just opend up and the bitterness stood its ground so i ended upp with probably 2-3 times the amount of suger i usualy use in absinthe´s, i cant take it when the suger overcommes the bitternes, but this baby just kept giving.
I´m not going to try to give any better description since i havnt had absinthe for years and my taste buds has been slacking off for some time aswell but the joy to see how this glorius drink evolves is just fantastic
By Good but with some little disappointmentsAdded on the : 21/11/2014
This is a good absinthe but I found differences from the versions of previous years. It is as if it had lost its main feature, has a profile much less herbaceous. It feels much more anise and the quality has deteriorated, the base wine instead of neutral, artemisia absinhium feels a lot less.
It's not undrinkable and remains a good absinthe but feels some damage distillation. In particular a base of alcohol wine not exactly clean. It feels a little bit of tail, not to the point of making it undrinkable as other bottles of this batch that I happened to taste. So I just have to rest a bit 'the bottle before drinking again' and hope that the next batch to be more accurate.
By rmorteAdded on the : 19/07/2014
I bought a bottle of this with my first purchase from their website. I hadn't had a lot of absinthes outside of several American distillers but was hoping to find and learn more about different regions and countries.
The smell is a melange of dry licorice, herbs, and a strange earthy must. Unusual and hard to describe for my senses.
The taste has a distinct earthy and herbal tone with a hint of licorice/anise. It is a tad bitter but interesting. It is a bit abrasive in the sharpness of the alcohol and earthiness. A bit of an unsweetened citrus but enjoyable overall.
I could really appreciate how great this tasted without the addition of sugar. Ice water and this alone were perfect companions and the creamy body of it was nicely offset by the dryness at the end. I can see how this is a pretty enjoyable absinthe, I was not hugely impressed but was glad I tried it out. This was an excellent learning experience, I felt. Diversifying my palate.
By Son_of_ArtemisAdded on the : 08/05/2014
This was my first experience of authentic Absinthe and I was impressed. Nice mix of fennel, anise, and wormwood: these herbs, along with the other "top secret" ingredients, alternately present themselves throughout the taste experience and complement each other nicely. There are interesting other tastes, one that stands out is a familiar one to me -- rat root, aka sweet flag root. It presents clean and woody to the palate.
This complex tincture isn't for everyone, but if you have any knowledge of herbs and spices you may find Roquette 1797 an intriguing drink.
By JAdded on the : 21/02/2014
This has always been one of my favorites. This newest batch tastes slightly different from the last one. I think I might like this new one even more. Rich, full bodied and very aromatic.
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