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Welcome to The Absinthe Buyer's Guide! The Guide has undergone some pretty spectacular changes recently: we’ve fully implemented the groundbreaking Fee Verte Absinthe Evaluation System™ and standardized and updated all the reviews. New reviews are now added on a weekly basis, so it’s bang up to date. For more product news, notes and comments please also visit the Buyer's Guide section of the Absinthe Forum!


When the La Fée Verte website was started sometime in mid 1997, there were only three things most interested parties knew about absinthe. That it tasted strongly of anise, that it was incredibly bitter, and that it was illegal. A decade later, with the modern absinthe revival in full swing, the picture has become gloriously more complicated. We now know that a) absinthe should have a complex herbal and floral character, not an overpoweringly anise flavor, that b) despite popular modern mythology (and I stress "modern") absinthe is not actually very bitter – the best absinthes have no more than a mild underlying bitterness, and c) thanks to legalization in the European Union, Switzerland and France, absinthe is now made again in its ancestral homeland, and is now perfectly legal in most countries. While it still cannot be legally sold in the U.S. , it’s not illegal to possess or to drink, and it’s relatively simple to have it delivered to your doorstep in under two weeks from dozens of online vendors.

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When the first bottles of Montana started sneaking over the borders from Spain , we thought they were manna from heaven. My own first bottle however was Hill's sent from the Czech Republic by an expat living there. One sniff and a finger dip was enough for me and there it sits on my shelf still.

Tales of new brands began flooding in from Spain and the Czech Republic . Lasala & Sebor followed, and before we knew it there was a veritable plethora of products tumbling out of various European countries which had never banned the liquor. In 1998 the Absinthe Buyer's Guide was started, complete with Forum member's reviews, to keep track of all these brands, and most importantly, to offer guidance to new buyers about which were drinkable, and which were, as they say, sinkable. With re-legalization in France and Switzerland came the arrival for the first time of high quality absinthe made according to historical principles, and today the keen absintheur is spoiled for choice, with absinthes of the highest quality now available from many different distillers. As of 2006 there are almost 200 brands listed in the Guide and it keeps growing.

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Since its inception in 1998 the Fée Verte Absinthe Buyer's Guide has proved to be one of the most visited and appreciated parts of this site. It’s proved so popular that it has attracted imitators – fortunately usually short lived. One site in particular ripped off both our name and some of our graphics ideas - it survives still, but only as a husk of its former self, sustained only by advertising. We at Fée Verte do not accept advertising or paid product placements. We do not solicit free samples from manufacturers. The reviews you read here in the Absinthe Buyer's Guide have all been submitted by members of our forum, and reflect their honest and informed opinions, untainted by commercial considerations. Our unique scoring system allows you to easily see which absinthes are top-rated, and our regular updates mean the latest products are always included.

The Guide itself is relatively simple, just choose from the list of countries or styles and you will be treated to a complete (more or less) list of the brands produced in that country. And you, dear reader and Fairy Acolyte, will be very pleased to know that most brands are available for shipment to most countries.

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Absinthe Blanche Neige

Absinthe Blanche Neige

Average Score: 90
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 53 %
Vendors: ♣

Description: Blanche Neige is the name for a true, Swiss La Bleue from the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe. This absinthe is distilled by Gaudentia Persoz. What makes Blanche Neige that extra bit different is a precious and priceless ingredient, Génépi.

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Absinthe Valkyria

Average Score: 74
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Country of Origin: Sweden
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description: First modern Swedish distilled absinthe. Distilled at Sankta Annas Bränneri, a small batch distillery located in an old church in Lindesberg, Sweden.

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Average Score: 56
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Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 60 %
Vendors: ♣ Liqueurs de France , ♣

Description: According to Liqueurs de France: Nemesinthe absinthe is the product of 12 months development between Liqueurs de France and an innovative Swiss company which was commissioned to co-develop a modern absinthe aimed at contemporary drinkers. Nemesinthe absinthe is produced at the Timbermill Distillery in South West London, famous for producing Bacardi's new ultra-premium Oxley gin. Nemesinthe is a link with history, a drink that conjures up the romance of the Belle Époque, with a fresh taste and original kick that will appeal to modern drinkers. Nemesinthe absinthe takes its inspiration from the ancient Greek Nemesis, although known as the Goddess of Vengeance and Retribution, Nemesis was also a distributor of fortune, in due proportion to each according to their deserts.

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Akveld's Artisanale Absinthe Blanche

Average Score: 90
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Country of Origin: Netherlands
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 60 %
Vendors: ♣ , ♣

Description: According to When Mr. S. Helfrich announced he was stopping producing absinthes (blanche and verte) at the end of 2009, the news came as a big hammer stroke for most of the absinthe lovers. That’s why Ton Akveld decided to take up the torch and bring back those absinthes to life, using the same recipes, for everyone’s happiness. Ton’s absinthes are traditionally distilled using entirely natural products including numerous herbs such as grand wormwood, green anise, fennel, angelica, coriander, mint and melissa (not to mention other natural herbs).

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Absinthe La Berthe de Joux

Average Score: 83
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 56 %
Vendors: ♣ , ♣ Emile Pernot , ♣

Description: According to Emile-Pernot: The Berthe de Joux absinthe from the Emile Pernot distillery is the great succes of 2010, and 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, a BIG surprise that met a tremendous infatuation all around the world.

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