L'Ancienne is an attempt to get as close as possible to pre-ban absinthe. Not back in the day, but vintage absinthe today! Read the whole description
L'Ancienne is a successful tribute to vintage absinthe, respectfully capturing the spirit of pre-ban. Its color neat is a natural rich amber/gold with hints of light olive. The louche develops evenly, and is thick and rich, with a well-defined layer on top. It ends in a creamy light green, with faint flashes of copper at the edges of the glass. Its aroma starts off powerfully, with strong earthy notes and the pleasant soft mustiness of wood and leather. This absinthe genuinely suggests the feeling of age. As water is added, the aroma softens, opening up with delicate floral and herbal elements, while still retaining its character.
L'Ancienne's flavor evokes a rich, sophisticated vintage absinthe; it is balanced, rounded, and complex. Wormwood and anise play well together, with the fruitiness of quality fennel softly tying it all together. Its finish unfolds gracefully with spice, pepper and citrus... all with gentleness and sophistication. A rich mouth-feel, slightly astringent, and a pleasant linger. I felt the finish was perfect for this absinthe's personality. The makers have created an absinthe that captures/mirrors time's effect on quality ingredients. It is delicious the day it arrives, but a bit of aging, and this absinthe will be stunningly good.
L'Ancienne is a carefully crafted homage to the absinthe of the Belle Époque that evokes a dimly lit Victorian sitting room, and reading a heavy leather-bound book by candlelight.
Pre-Ban vintage absinthe is unanimously acknowledged by absinthe experts as the gold standard for absinthe, thanks to its amazing room-filling aroma, creamy mouth-feel, astonishing complexity and the smoothness acquired with more than 100 years of aging.
Unfortunately, pre-ban absinthe bottles are extremely rare (their prices can reach several thousands of dollars) and for this reason they're a treat that few people can afford. Absinthe experts unanimously say that no modern absinthe has reached that level of oaky, leathery aroma/mouth-feel/smoothness. Not yet.
Other skilled absinthe distillers have already tried to reproduce how different brands of Pre-Ban absinthe tasted back in the 19th century, when they were a couple of years old and savored by absintheurs all around the world. Stefano Rossoni decided to push the envelope, trying to reproduce how pre-ban absinthe tastes NOW, after the more than 100 years of aging which has turned it into the "holy grail" everybody talks about.
- At first, savour your L'Ancienne with half a piece of sugar. Then, add more or less according to your taste.
- For one measure of absinthe (3cl), add 2 to 5 measures of fresh water.
The Zufanek Distillery was founded in 2000. At first, the family focused on the production of honey and fruit based liqueurs. In 2008, Martin started to distill absinthe and the St. Antoine was the first one of this distillery. Shortly after the launch of St. Antoine, Martin created La Grenouille, and absinthe Mead Base.
What's special about this distillery is that all fruit used for the production of their spirits are cultivated on their own orchards. Most of the herbs used for the absinthes are also grown by the Zufanek family themselves. This is why it's not surprising that the distillery received an organic certificate. Their mission is: 100% natural products.
By Marina HayesAdded on the : 03/07/2013
I've bought this two years in a row for a absinthe-loving friend. Of the dozens of absinthes he's had, this is his favorite.
By AbsompheAdded on the : 29/05/2013
Beautifully nuanced pre-ban recreation, with an impeccably interwoven blend of candied anise, fruity fennel, and juicy wormwood, overlayed with mild camphor and old leather. Wonderful.
By GreytailAdded on the : 22/02/2013
An awesome tasting Absinthe made by a real nice gentleman. Steffano really cares about this product. Highly recommended.
By MAZAdded on the : 25/09/2012
I do not have a lot of experience about but until now I think it's ... the best!
Congratulations and continue on this - old - way.
By Pere UbuAdded on the : 21/09/2012
Enjoying a glass today.
The closest modern CO to preban.
A rich golden hue.
Aroma is like an idealized Christmas. Before and after louche.
Louche is beautiful and thick.
Flavor is magical, with the pisco quality of the base adding to the symphony of heavenly herbs.
Worth every penny.
By DK inquisitionAdded on the : 29/03/2012
Fresh, complex and with herbal edge. Very, very well done and absolutely worth the money. But keep it along with other absinthes to avoid too fast draining. It is indeed close to some of the vintage absinthes I have tasted e.g. 1910 Pernod Fils. Czech absinthe is on its way, if this stuff could be made a little bit cheaper. Go Zufanek!
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