Absinthe Berthe de Joux - 70 cl

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An unique absinthe from la Belle Epoque, with mountainous fragrances from the Jura.    Read the whole description

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The Berthe de Joux absinthe, made by the Emile Pernot distillery, is the first original absinthe crafted entirely by our newly appointed master distiller, with very rich mountainous fragrances combined with a refinement reminding the greatest absinthes from the 19th century.

The Berthe de Joux absinthe is carefully distilled in our centennials alembics using a wine alcohol base because of its silky and fruity notes, green anise because of its gourmands and spicy notes, fennel because of its rich mouth feel, grande Pontarlier wormwood because of its aromatic puissance and its herbaceous notes from our mountains, and other natural herbs kept secretive. The result is at the same time spicy, herbaceous, fresh, peppery and extremely complex.

The Berthe de Joux absinthe is offering you a unique trip not only back in the days where majestic flavours from the Belle Epoque absinthes can be rediscovered, but also a trip through our beautiful region with a rich aromatic bouquet full of fragrances from the Jura mountains.

Regarding the name “Berthe de Joux”, here are the explanations about its origin:

The name Berthe de Joux pays hommage to the magnificent medieval Chateau de Joux which directly overlooks the distillery, but more specifically to Berthe, the young - and if the medieval chroniclers are to be believed - smokin' hot wife of Amauri III de Joux, who ruled in the late 12 century. While trusting Amauri was away on the Crusades, lonely Berthe fell for the chiselled good looks of Amey de Montfaucon, a young knight who oh-so-conveniently arrived at the Chateau to have some trifling wounds tended. Let's just say that within a short time, he was feeling much, MUCH better. As you've no doubt already guessed, this ended badly for all concerned: Amauri arrived home early from an exhausting day slaughtering unbelievers, found his wife in bed with Amey, and rather than, as one might have hoped, sitting down and having a meaningful talk about the future of their relationship, instead impaled Amey three times with his sword, and hung his body from a gibbet over the castle walls. Poor Berthe was imprisoned, naked and in chains, in a tiny dungeon, accessed only by a small peephole, presumably so that Amauri could periodically drop by and hiss "that'll teach you". When Amauri eventually died, their son, Henri de Joux, in a "the very least you could do" gesture, had his mother freed and transferred to the neary Abbey of Montbenoît, where she lived out her days in prayer and repentence, with, one hopes, still a faint twinkle in her eye.

Emile Pernot, France

1899 :

the young Emile-Ferdinand Pernot, a native of the Fougerolles region, where he had trained as a distiller, joins the Parrot brothers and together they establish “Emile Pernot et Cie” located in Pontarlier. Emile-Ferdinand's son, Emile-Joseph (don't worry, none of their sons were called Emile-Emile even though they loved this first name), a survivor of the World War I trenches, later registers the famous name “Emile Pernot”.

2009 :

The distillery moves from the center of Pontarlier to the magnificent old Cousin Jeune building in La Cluse et Mijoux, at the foot of the Château de Joux, the very same building where the young Emile-Joseph Pernot learnt his trade a century earlier. And you know what? It was a pure coincidence – the building had been a post office and a fire station in the intervening years!

Absinthe distillation at Emile Pernot :


The two century-old copper alembics used by Emile Pernot for their absinthe distillations were made by the famous firm of Egrot in the early 1900s. They were especially designed and built for absinthe distillation, and they are the only stills of their kind in operation anywhere in the world. These stills allow the Pernot distillery to produce absinthes of exceptional quality according to methods unchanged for a century.

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By elemile

Added on the : 21/12/2014

Nice peridot color, though noticeably pale and cool compared to other Pernod absinthes.
Frankly weak louche, barely over Un Émile 68 and nowhere near to Authentique.
Unsettling aroma; wormwood present but fully soaked in the wine alcohol base and fruity perfumes.
Spicy but milder taste than expected; same weird wormwood-wine-pefume mix that kills the anise.
No numbing or finish at all, just the licorice wine taste remaining in the tongue for a moment.
Produced a wine-familiar buzz feel, far from the serenity I usually get from higher proof absinthes.

CONCLUSION: quite an oddball. I tried it because of all the the positive reviews; it's a craftsmanship product alright and I figure it might be a treat for white wine enthusiasts, but definitely not what I look for in absinthe. No sugar added, as usual.

By Kristian Bruun

Added on the : 15/05/2014

Great stuff with a lot of personality. Took me a while to get used to, though, I think it needed some time in the bottle. Reminds me a little bit of Perroquet but I now prefer Berthe. Much more aggressive on mint and other fresh, peppery herbs, where Perroquet is less aromatic, more full-bodied. So much flavour for 56%. For some reason it reminds me of (very) old Calvados - cooked apples and vanilla - there is something barrel-aged about it.

By JosephL

Added on the : 18/10/2013

Best at 3:1 / 3.5/1 as ABV is 56%.

Tastes like an Emile Pernot absinthe - powdery and floral. Very, very well balanced with quality ingredients. Delicious.

By lars

Added on the : 23/08/2013

I am no expert, but I have tried about 20 different absinthes, and this is, without a doubt, my favorite so far. I just received a new bottle of Berte de Joux and am looking forward to opening it.

I also want to thank absinthe.com for making the ordering process very easy and consistent. I have purchased 4 or 5 orders from you and all have been delivered with perfection! Thank you.

By 808Absintheur

Added on the : 23/04/2013

Bought a bottle during my last trip to Paris. Beautiful peridot color and just a stellar absinthe. Strong wormwood flavor for those who like their absinthe on the bold side. I prefer to drink my absinthe sans sucre and this one is quite fine when prepared as such. I certainly recommend this absinthe to anyone who seeks a fantastic, bold, and flavorful absinthe.

By Rax

Added on the : 01/11/2012

Very impressive. One of the most vibrant greens I've seen in a while. This one has a complex, potent & decidedly herbal flavor with excellent wormwood tones. Definitely not too sweet. The only drawback is that it's easy to drown if you add too much water, but I guess that's a slightly subjective matter. Otherwise, it's pretty top notch.

By JLamb

Added on the : 05/08/2012

This absinthe is summery and fresh, with a topnotch wormwood profile, that is upfront and delightful. It is bold, but not at all overbearing. It is complex and inviting, with nothing to hide. The Berthe De Joux is one of the highest rated absinthes of expert opinion, and is definitely one of my very favorites to date.

By Solid Absinthe

Added on the : 27/02/2012

This Absinthe is very herbal with many wormwood notes with less anise than most absinthes I have tasted. It it very close in some ways to Perroquet Absinthe, with less alcohol.

By Aislan

Added on the : 04/11/2011

A very good Absinthe. I can feel "baby powder" here, maybe grape alcohol base with high quality hyssop. A good wormwood foundation I can feel it's power, followed by fennel and anise. Complex. I impressed, because it's only 56º. I am a novice, but I recommend this one.

By TheDoctor

Added on the : 22/12/2010

Pure fresh licorice root, that is what this reminds me of. A wonderful treat for the licorice lover. Still I prefer Vieux Pontralier over this for the licorice qualities, but BDJ is fantastic on all counts, color flavor aroma and louche.

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