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1797


Average Score: 83
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 75 %

Description: From the vendor: An extremely limited production of one of the first known written absinthe recipes discovered, written down for posterity in 1797 and attributed to Abram-Louis Perrenoud, Henri-Louis Pernod's father. Translated from old French and put into production by two absinthe historians using anicient measurements and colouring techniques, along with only local Pontarlier absinthe plants, it shows another side to absinthe that had been modified so many times during the 19th century. It is more herbaceous and slightly medicinal, as it was most likely originally intended, yet quite tasty, and it has a louche that is more of a light, opaque olive green instead of milky white. This may have been what absinthe was like before the Pernod son went main-stream and is certainly an interesting historical experiment.

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Absente (European Version)

Average Score: 27
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Alandia

Description: According to http://www.alandia.de: "Absente is a French absinthe with a sweet wood flavor. The thujon level is low and the flavor resembles a Pastis. Something for gourmets."

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Absente Pastis


Country of Origin: France
Type: Pastis
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Alandia

Description: Pastis available over the counter. There is an E.U. version that is reputably absinthe.

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Absinthe Edouard Pernod - Lunel (Herault), circa 1870-1880


Average Score: 82
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Oxygenee.com , ♣ Finest and Rarest

Description: From Oxygenee.com: The branch of Edouard Pernod in Lunel was sold off and changed it's name to Gempp Pernod in 1880, so this bottle can be dated with confidence to prior to that date. It's the earliest intact sealed absinthe bottle yet unearthed.

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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: ♣ Absinthes.com , ♣ Emile Pernot , ♣ Absinthe.de

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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Absinthe Roquette 1797


Average Score: 80
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 75 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com , ♣ Absinthe Classics

Description: According to Liqueurs de France: The Roquette 1797 is a complex, unusual and spicy absinthe, based directly on a late 18th century manuscript recipe. It represents the first serious attempt in the modern era to recreate an absinthe from the very birth of La Fee Verte, when the drink straddled the line between liquor and potion, when it was as much magical and mysterious elixir as fashionable aperitif. The 1797 contains the classic trinity of anise, fennel and grande wormwood, together with several other herbs, some of which will be found in no other commercially available absinthe. The absinthe is batch distilled in Pontarlier in an antique alambic, and is available in only very limited quantities. The oldest distillations in the final Roquette bottling are nearly 18 months old, the youngest around 6 months, and this degree of maturation will be preserved in on going production.
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Absinthe Sauvage 1804


Average Score: 91
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Emile Pernot

Description: According to Emile Pernot: Sauvage is the French word for wild or uncultivated. The wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) we have used in the distillation of the Sauvage is entirely harvested from wild-grown wormwood, as found in the Jura mountains since time immemorial and celebrated for centuries for the richness and unique perfume of its essential oil."

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Absinthe Suisse Grande Distillerie Lyonnaise, circa 1895


Average Score: 96
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Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Oxygenee.com , ♣ Finest and Rarest

Description: From Oxygenee.com:Lyons was a noticable centre for absinthe production, and an "absinthe Lyonnaise" was a specific regional recipe (a high percentage of angelica root in the distillation, and veronica added to the colouring step). "Absinthe Suisse" was the highest quality designation possible in the era, indicating a naturally coloured absinthe of the finest quality. The wording "Grande Distillerie Lyonnaise" almost certainly indicates that this was manufactured by the Ferrand Freres distillery in Lyon.

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Alandia Gold 68


Average Score: 19
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Country of Origin: Germany
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Alandia

Description: From the manufacturer: ALANDIAs Gold68 uses maximum wormwood for the strongest thujon concentration, but skips anise to avoid a dominating licorice taste. Moreover stimulating citrus notes are present, which give this Absinthe besides its natural bitterness a pleasant body, though very effective for a real experience. If you are looking for the perfect, non licorice Absinthe effect, this is your choice. No artificial additives are used and the alcohol level is set at classic 68%.

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Belle Amie


Average Score: 89
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthe Classics

Description: According to Liqueurs de France: Absinthe Belle Amie was created for the world-renowned Parisian absinthe-specialist shop Vert d'Absinthe. Liqueurs de France was presented with an absinthe recipe from 1908 that the owner had always wanted to experiment with and commercialize under his own label. The project was presented to the Emile Pernot Distillery which agreed to host, and distillation began in February 2007. Every effort was made to remain faithful to its historic origins and even some of the plant ingredients were grown on a private farm in Pontarlier. Belle Amie is an absinthe that remains outside the norm of modern interpretations. Herbaceous and refreshing at the same time, it really shines when a sugar cube is slowly dissolved in the deep, olive-coloured liquid.

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Blanche de Fougerolles 74

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Average Score: 76
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 74 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/ : "LDF decided to present distiller Hugues de Miscault with the challenge of working with an absinthe recipe directly from the pages of late 19th century French liquoriste manuals, such as those by Duplais and Brévans. Blanche de Fougerolles is made with a grape-alcohol base, and combines grande and petite wormwood, green anise, hyssop, veronica, chamomile, génepi, fennel, coriander and angelica; all individually distilled into full 80° alcoholates, blended, and then reduced to 74% abv. The alcoholic strength of 74% dictated by the original recipe gives this absinthe real backbone, but the grape-based alcohol by no means overpowers the finesse and lingering aromas of the complex combination of aromatic plants in this highly regarded and well documented recipe. This absinthe is often compared to and surpasses in quality, the majority of clandestine Swiss la Bleues made today."
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Blanchette


Average Score: 76
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 60 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to Absintheonline.com: "Blanchette", the original absinthe produced by Distillerie Combier (Saumur, France) circa 1900. Blanchette is a Swiss-style, clear absinthe that yields a distinct aroma and flavor of anise and grande wormwood, with a background of alpine herbs. Like our other Jade absinthes, Blanchette is crafted entirely by hand in the antique copper absinthe stills in the Combier distillery. Absinthe Blanchette at Absinthes.com

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Dornier-Tuller Absinthe, circa 1910


Average Score: 92
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Oxygenee.com , ♣ Finest and Rarest

Description: According to Oxygenee.com: The Dornier-Tuller bottle is a major rarity, the only sealed bottle of this prestigious high quality Pontarlier marque I've ever seen.

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Doubs Mystique Carte d'Or


Average Score: 86
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com , ♣ Absinthe Classics

Description: According to Absintheclassics.com: Doubs Mystique "Carte d'or" is a superb ultra-premium absinthe distilled in century old alambics in Pontarlier, in the heart of the Doubs region of eastern France, the historical home of absinthe.
Absinthe Doubs Mystique at Absinthes.com Our aim in formulating and distilling Doubs Mystique Carte d'or was simple: we wanted to make, absolutely without regard to cost or technical difficulties, the finest, most complex, most delicious absinthe possible.

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Elie Arnaud Denoix


Average Score: 27
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 69 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to Manufacturer's website: A lot of painstaking research into old formulas has been done at the Elie Arnaud DENOIX Distillery in order to revive the ancient elixir. the work was carried out with the highest respect for the old traditions using only authentic methods worthy of this fine liqueur. With the help of a research laboratory, it has been possible to develop a totally natural method for eliminating the offending thujone and (ed.note: yawn...), with this out of the way, it has been possible to awaken this "Sleeping Beauty"
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Emanuelle 55 - Vom Fass


Average Score: 49
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 55 %

Description: Manufactured by Paul Devoille, France for the Vom Fass chain to be sold bulk.

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Emile Coulin


Average Score: 65
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: The Emile Coulin is a low price distilled absinthe from a small distillery in Fougerolles, France. Absinthe Emile Coulin at Absinthes.com

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Francois Guy


Average Score: 66
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 45 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: From the old Guy distillery in Pontarlier, France.
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Fritz Duval, Extrait d'Absinthe 72, circa 1895


Average Score: 90
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Oxygenee.com , ♣ Finest and Rarest

Description: According to Oxygenee.com: From the oldest of all absinthe firms, founded in 1798 by Major Dubied, who'd bought the legendary "Dr Ordinaire" recipe from the Henriod sisters. The closest we have to a direct link to the fabled initial formulation of Dr Ordinaire.

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Grande Absente


Average Score: 44
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description: According to the manufacturer: In the late 19th century during the Belle Époque era in Paris, the renowned Absinthe culture was at its height of infamy. Absinthe was the trademark drink of artists like Degas, Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Oscar Wilde. To recall this glorious time, Grande Absente, Absinthe Originale is one of the oldest traditional Absinthe recipes from the south of France. Hand crafted in Provence like it was from 1860-1912, Grande Absente is made exclusively with the highest quality spirits and select botanicals from the region, including the legendary botanical Wormwood, also known as Artemisia Absinthium. Grande Absente is 138 proof so please drink with extreme caution!

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Jade Edouard 72

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Average Score: 87
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthe Classics , ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/ : "Not since the French ban of 1915 has the world seen a French absinthe that boasts the quality of the famed Edouard Pernod label. Almost a century later, Jade Liqueurs presents: Absinthe Edouard. Absinthe Edouard is absolutely correct to the original, from its delicate tint, to its refined texture and delightfully aromatic finish."
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Jade Edouard 72 "Distiller's Proof"

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Average Score: 83
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Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthe Classics , ♣ Liqueurs de France , ♣ Absinthe.de

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/ : "Not since the French ban of 1915 has the world seen a French absinthe that boasts the quality of the famed Edouard Pernod label. Almost a century later, Jade Liqueurs presents: Absinthe Edouard. Absinthe Edouard is absolutely correct to the original, from its delicate tint, to its refined texture and delightfully aromatic finish. A distiller’s proof refers to a one-time test distillation made in anticipation of a new Jade release. This is an important step that allows minor adjustments to be made pursuant to perfecting a finished product. A proof sample will usually differ slightly from the final version in the areas of fine flavor balance and tint."

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Jade Nouvelle Orleans

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Average Score: 82
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com , ♣ Absinthe Classics

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/ "Absinthe Nouvelle-Orléans represents the inspired work of native New Orleanian T. A. Breaux, and its heritage is rooted in the original New Orleans absinthes that made the Sazerac cocktail and absinthe frappe famous. Its unique distillation of stimulating herbes toniques is just what the Belle Époque apothecaries prescribed for various subtropical ailments. With its light, refreshing mouthfeel to its delectable floral finish, who would want to believe it was just a ‘medicine’?"

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Jade PF 1901

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Average Score: 84
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: From the vendor: PF 1901 is a classic absinthe, balanced and crisp, with an appetizing herbal aroma and a smooth, lingering aftertaste. It should be noted that a large ‘cache’ of pre-ban Pernod fils absinthe has recently been discovered and amongst the well-preserved bottles, there were a few in a remarkable state of preservation, retaining their original color and freshness. Those who have been fortunate enough to have been able to taste these and have also tasted the pre-release Jade PF 1901, are unanimous in their remarks as to the striking similarities between the vintage bottles and the Jade clone.
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Jade Verte Suisse 65


Average Score: 85
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com , ♣ Absinthe Classics

Description: From the manufacturer website: "The distillery of C. F. Berger was founded in Couvet, in the canton of Neufchâtel, Switzerland in 1823. The Berger distillery crafted several Swiss style absinthes, the most famous of these being the C. F. Berger 65 degree absinthe verte, which earned its status as one of the premier absinthes of the 19th century. Unfortunately, absinthe crafting at the C. F. Berger distillery came to a halt with the Swiss ban of 1910, and the distillery ceased all activities in Switzerland shortly thereafter. This fine Swiss absinthe was almost lost forever if it had not been for the resurfacing of original, unopened bottles, which Jade Liqueurs was able to secure for preservation. Using proprietary analytical techniques, Jade Liqueurs has painstakingly resurrected this beautiful liquor from extinction."
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Jade Verte Suisse 65 "Distiller's Proof"

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Average Score: 81
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Liqueurs de France

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com: "Jade Verte Suisse 65 is an absolutely accurate recreation of the original C. F. Berger 65 absinthe verte, and is identical to the fine original down to incredibly minute details. ... it quickly asserts its fortitude with intensely fragrant and complex aromas, highlighted by green anise, hyssop and wormwood. This Verte Suisse absinthe batch is the first edition 'Distiller's Proof', made in very small quantities."

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Jules Pernod, circa 1910


Average Score: 95
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Oxygenee.com , ♣ Finest and Rarest

Description: From Oxygenee.com: This large and prestigious Avignon based distillery was the bitter rival of Pontarlier-based Maison Pernod Fils. Jules Pernod was one of the top half a dozen absinthe brands of the era.

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L'Amesinthe


Average Score: 35
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 45 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: The L'Amesinthe was a medal winner at the Absinthiades in 2004 and 2005. Considering it took part in the "Macerated" category and consindering the competition, this isn't necessarily a merit though. It is very similar to Versinthe and pre-sweetened. According to Alko's (liquor stores) laboratory in Finland, the L'Amesinthe contains 130g/l sugar.
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L'Artisanale

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Average Score: 89
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Liqueurs de France

Description: Distilled in limited quantities at the Emile Pernot distillery in Pontarlier, France this absinthe brings back the fairy to its home town again.

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La Bonne Mère


Average Score: 69
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 60 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: From the label: 'La Bonne Mère' of THE PASTIS HOUSE is the result of historical research. At the end of the 19th century, alot of distilleries were producing Absinth [sic] all around Marseille. Contrary to the Jurassian 'Vertes' (Greens) and in order to keep them light, what with the sun beating down, star anis was more dominant than green anis in these Marseille Absinths and they were sweetened with liquorice following the prohibition of absinth plant distillation (1915), they quite naturally shifted to Pastis. Good 'regalade'! 'LA BONNE MÈRE is an exlucsive product distilled by Paul DEVOILLE for PASTIS HOUSE.
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La Coquette


Average Score: 80
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Liqueurs de France , ♣ Vert d'Absinthe , ♣ Absinthe.de

Description: According to Liqueurs de France: La Coquette is a premium absinthe recreated from an historic recipe dating from 1899. This absinthe is produced with a wine alcohol base, combining a floral nose with an original, unctuous and herbal flavour that connoisseurs will appreciate for its complexity. The aromatic herbs are clearly at the forefront while the green anise remains present, but discreet! In the style of the classic absinthes of the past, La Coquette has great aging potential.

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La Fee Parisian


Average Score: 52
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: PIC: la Fee Spoon

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According to http://www.lafeeabsinthe.com

"La Fée was created from an authentic 19th century recipe and was developed in a French distillery under the supervision of Madame Delahaye. It contains a dozen or more plants, including 'Grande' and 'Petite' Absinthe (artemisia absinthium and artemisia pontica). La Fée is a distilled absinthe — the botanicals are macerated in alcohol and then distilled in accordance with the most traditional methods."

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La Muse Verte 68


Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: Absinthe La Muse Verte 68 at Absinthes.com

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Lemercier Abisinthe 45


Average Score: 45
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 45 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: The first absinthe to be released by the Lemercier distillery. Awarded with the silver medal (spoon) at the 2003 Absinthiades. Absinthe Lemercier Abisinthe 45 at Absinthes.com

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Lemercier Abisinthe 72


Average Score: 65
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.abisinthe.com/ "La dénomination de vente de cette boisson devra obéir aux règles imposées. L’emploi du terme "absinthe" étant susceptible de créer une confusion sur la nature du produit commercialisé avec la boisson interdite issue de la grande absinthe, il conviendra donc de ne pas faire référence au mot « absinthe » mais uniquement aux extraits ou bases de plantes d’absinthe. Les produits ainsi fabriqués sont des spiritueux à base de plantes d’absinthe. De plus, le mot absinthe ne doit pas être dans un caractère différent que "spiritueux à base de plantes" pour éviter toute tromperie auprès du consommateur. C’est pour cette raison que nous avons décidé d’appeler notre spiritueux par la marque "ABISINTHE®"."

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Lemercier Abisinthe Amer 72


Average Score: 64
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: From manufacturer website (http://www.abisinthe.com/) "La dénomination de vente de cette boisson devra obéir aux règles imposées. L’emploi du terme "absinthe" étant susceptible de créer une confusion sur la nature du produit commercialisé avec la boisson interdite issue de la grande absinthe, il conviendra donc de ne pas faire référence au mot « absinthe » mais uniquement aux extraits ou bases de plantes d’absinthe. Les produits ainsi fabriqués sont des spiritueux à base de plantes d’absinthe. De plus, le mot absinthe ne doit pas être dans un caractère différent que "spiritueux à base de plantes" pour éviter toute tromperie auprès du consommateur. C’est pour cette raison que nous avons décidé d’appeler notre spiritueux par la marque "ABISINTHE®"." Absinthe Lemercier Abisinthe Amer at Absinthes.com

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Libertine Amer


Average Score: 61
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.alandia.de : "Libertine is made in Fougerolles in France. With a stronger wormwood content the legal maximum of 30-35mg thujon is reached. The composition of herbs is balanced, with a slight bitter touch, which indicates its strength."

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Lucid Absinthe Superieure


Average Score: 75
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 62 %

Description: According to the manufacturer's website:
Introducing lucid, Absinthe Supérieure. lucid represents a breakthrough product for the U.S. market, as it is the first true, Grande Wormwood-based Absinthe of its type since before prohibition. Unlike imitators in the U.S. and many of the so-called "Absinthe" products that litter the international markets, lucid is crafted directly from select whole herbs, including Grande Wormwood, and never from cheaper assemblages, macerations, extracts or oils.

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Manguin


Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Spirits Corner , ♣ Absinthe.de

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Montania des Alpes


Average Score: 36
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to eAbsinthe.com: Believed to be the only absinthe from the Alps region, Montania is a gold medal winner from the 2004 Absinthiades (macerates category). You can taste the mountain herbs! Absinthe Montania des Alpes at Absinthes.com

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Muse de France #1


Average Score: 65
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 69 %

Description: According to http://www.absinthefrenchmanspoon.com: "Recipe #1 corresponds to a type of absinthe which was called "Ordinaire": rich in wormwood, low in anise, louches due to badiane content... certainly the most widely distributed among the working class in the 19th century, that which was most abused."

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Muse de France #2


Average Score: 75
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 69 %

Description: According to http://www.absinthefrenchmanspoon.com: Recipe #2 corresponds to a recipe known as "Suisse de Fougerolles"": it is somewhat the extreme reverse of the recipe known as "Ordinaire"; Rich in anise and lower in wormwood. Certainly one of the absinthes of quality from the 19th century, made for the more wealthy consumers..."

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Muse de France #3


Average Score: 65
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 69 %

Description: According to http://www.absinthefrenchmanspoon.com/mdfeu.htm : Muse the France is an experimental product rather than a product of mass consumption. Consequently, though Muse the France is always bottled at 69%, 35 cl, and elaborated exclusively with top quality wine alcohol and absinthe plants... the liquid may vary considerably from one bottle to another...

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Oxygénée


Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 55 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthe.de , ♣ Alandia

Description: Manufacturer: la Vinotèque

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Partisane


Average Score: 50
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Alandia

Description: According to http://www.alandia.de : "Partisane is made from the 2004 wormwood harvest from Pontarlier. The 2004 patch was distilled by a local, well known distillery in cooperation with ALANDIA and is limited to 1000 bottles. Therefore each bottle is unique and due to the natural limit of the 2004 harvest this Absinthe will not be available at any point later. The recipe is based on only a few herbs to set the focus on the Absinthe bouquet. You will experience a strong Absinthe with a note of caramel and anise. We recommend to serve Partisane with two sugar cubes and two parts cold water. Partisane won the silver medal on the Absinthe fair Absinthiades 2005 in Pontarlier, France."

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Pere Kermann


Average Score: 12
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Alcohol Level: 60 %

Description: The Distiller has clarified that this brand does indeed contain a. absinthium. - kallisti

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Pernod 68 (aux extrait d'absinthe)


Average Score: 53
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: The modern Pernod absinthe. Produced by the multinational giant, Pernod-Ricard. It should be noted that the Pernod 68 absinthe of today has no similarities to the Pernod Absinthe of the old days. It is not made according the "old original recipe" and the only thing similar is the name of the product.
Absinthe Pernod 68 at Absinthes.com

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Trenet


Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 60 %

Description: The Distiller has clarified that this brand does indeed contain a. absinthium. - kallisti

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Un Emile 68


Average Score: 63
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/ : New formula; The anise/wormwood profile has been lightly enhanced, which has also improved the body, overall aromas and louche-effect. Un Emile 68 is a premium absinthe traditionally made to a 19th century recipe by steeping Grand wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), green anise and other plants in alcohol and distilling the macerated charge in an absinthe still. The colour is achieved naturally by soaking plants in the distillate. Unlike cheaper modern absinthes, no oils, sugar, or artificial colouring have been added. Likewise, no star anise is used, which was typical of the traditional Pontarlier absinthe recipes. To best appreciate the complex flavours and louche, it must be properly served by slowly dripping cold water into it, as should all the absinthes from the Emile Pernot distillery.
Absinthe Un Emile 68 at Absinthes.com

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Un Emile 68 Gentiane


Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Liqueurs de France

Description: NOTE: The folks at "Absinthe Online" have this to say about their product: "A traditionally made, distilled absinthe offering the quality of Un Emile 68 with added complexity from additional botanicals including gentian and mint." [Review Forthcoming]

Un Emile La Blanche


Average Score: 52
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: The folks at "Absinthe Online" have this to say about their product: "Un Emile 68 'La Blanche' is a clear absinthe made in the style of a Swiss La Bleue. La Bleue is highly sought after and is produced in clandestine stills throughout the Neuchatel region of Switzerland. Un Emile 68 'La Blanche' is the first la Bleue to be made commercially available. There is no colouring step and the classic wormwood and anise flavours are enhanced."
NOTE: All the Un Emile absinthes have undergone improvements in recipe, manufacture and profile, keeping them among the better brands to this day. Distilled in Pontarlier, home of absinthe.
Absinthe Un Emile Blancheat Absinthes.com

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Un Emile Pernot (Emile 45)


Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 45 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: The Un Emile 45 is the lower alcohol version of the Un Emile 68. All the Un Emile absinthes have undergone improvements in recipe, manufacture and profile, keeping them among the better brands to this day. Distilled in Pontarlier, home of absinthe.
Absinthe Un emile Pernot at Absinthes.com

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Un Emile Rouge / Maitresse Rouge


Average Score: 72
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: From the vendor: We have seen the proof of a 'rosé' absinthe in 19th century France: click to see original 19th century rosé absinthe 'Rosinette' poster it certainly did not replace or rival green or clear absinthe, but it did exist! So, was it artificially coloured like the Spanish, Czech or German red absinth(s) on the market today, or was it natural? We decided to follow original protocol for high-quality absinthe and found a flower that we could use in the coloration stage - the unique flower maceration gives a beautiful red tint and also a red-fruit nose with deep, chewy fruit acidity on the initial attack. The middle palate gives way from this fruitiness to the slightly bitter elements of highly-scented wormwood, and the finish lingers on with the sweet/sour mixture of anis, red-fruit and wormwood. This absinthe really profits from the sugar ritual, which brightens and rounds out the fruit acidity. It will delight and amaze both seasoned absintheurs and neophytes - as ice-cold water is slowly added, a beautiful opalescent-pink louche is formed.

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Un Emile Sapin


Average Score: 60
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/ : "As with Un Emile 68, this absinthe is made traditionally by steeping Grand wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), green anise, fennel and other plants in alcohol and distilling the macerated charge in an absinthe still. The colour is achieved naturally by soaking plants in the distillate. No oils or artificial coloring have been used and no star anise has been used to enhance the louche. Un Emile 68 Sapin has a unique flavor derived from the inclusion of pine buds (sapin) in the blend which will be appreciated by the absinthe connoisseur!"
All the Un Emile absinthes have undergone improvements in recipe, manufacture and profile, keeping them among the better brands to this day. Distilled in Pontarlier, home of absinthe.
Absinthe Un Emile Sapin at Absinthes.com

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Un Emile White Fairy

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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Liqueurs de France

Description: NOTE: The folks at "Absinthe Online" have this to say about their product: "LATEST NEWS Our latest premium absinthe, White Fairy absinthe blanche, will be available to order from mid-January."

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Versinthe


Country of Origin: France
Type: Mixed & Macerated
Alcohol Level: 45 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: NOTE: U.S. Domestic version of Versinthe is sans Wormwood and therefore classified as a pastis. It is available as an absinthe in Europe only (both distributors below ship the absinthe version). Also available in a "la Blanche" version which is a bit nicer than the Verte.
Absinthe Versinthe at Absinthes.com

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Versinthe La Blanche

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Average Score: 56
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 57 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: Absinthe Versinthe La Blanche at Absinthes.com

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Verte de Fougerolles 72


Average Score: 70
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to http://www.absintheonline.com/ : "An outstanding, unfiltered premium absinthe made from several herbs which include grande and petite wormwood, anise, fennel and hyssop, a grape-base alcohol, no added sugar, and is bottled at 72°, in order to hold the natural colour and present the aromas to the fullest. Made by following the distillery's own technique of distilling each plant separately, blending the resulting full alcohol distillates and then finishing with an 'esprit vert' ('green spirit' - a natural maceration of additional plants, including veronica (speedwell) in grape spirits) which is mixed in during the final colouring stage of production. It louches beautifully, and is complex and intense. Sure to please those who are searching for a spicy, yet traditional absinthe."
Absinthe Verte de Fougerollesat Absinthes.com

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Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe Francaise Superieur 65


Average Score: 77
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthe Classics , ♣ Absinthes.com

Description: According to Absintheonline.com: Vieux Pontarlier (pronounced 'View Pon-tarr-lee-ay') Absinthe Française Supérieure is carefully crafted in small batches using alambic stills that were specifically designed to make absinthe. This historic spirit is distilled using locally grown wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), which is considered the finest in the world, along with green anise seed, Provençal fennel seed and a variety of additional aromatic herbs and spices. Faithful to the original formulations, there is no sweetening added of any kind - its refreshing taste is obtained entirely from the combination of plants and the distiller's skills. Fine, medium peridot green color. Gradually forming louche, milky with opalescent reflections. Aroma initially of bright anise, developing heady, alpine herbs, with savory, mentholated wormwood notes. Intitial taste is intense and spicily piquant, with round, herbal flavors cradling the wormwood and a long, refreshing, cooling finish of anise and fennel seed.

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Wormwood Blanche


Average Score: 82
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 75 %

Description: A limited batch distillation made at the Emile Pernot distillery in Pontarlier, France in spring of 2006. Photo courtesy of Mthuilli.

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