Absinthe

Absinthe is a herbal spirit made from wormwood, anise and fennel. The origin is in the Val de Travers between Neuchatel (CH) and Pontarlier (F). Towards the end of the 19th century, absinthe experienced a meteoric rise and incredible popularity, especially in Paris. Since the wine industry was suffering massively from the phylloxera plague at the time, every effort was made to get rid of these unpopular competitors, which was successful at the beginning of the 20th century. The ban should last almost 100 years. Absinthe has been allowed again in the EU since 1989 and the Swiss lifted the ban in 2005. At ABSINTHE.DE we focus on the most authentic, high-quality absinthe possible, as it could have existed in the 19th century. We have our own brands Absinthe Duplais, Absinthe Brevans, Absinthe Mansinthe and a few more produced in Switzerland by Oliver Matter.
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[pier·loh] Absinthe
The legend of the Bierlox family in a bottle

Content: 0.5 Liter (€79.90* / 1 Liter)

€39.95*
[pier·loh] Absinthe Mini
The legend of the Bierlox family in a bottle

Content: 0.1 Liter (€99.50* / 1 Liter)

€9.95*
Absinthe Abel Bresson
Reproduction of the oldest absinthe from Fougerolles

Content: 0.5 Liter (€79.90* / 1 Liter)

€39.95*
Absinthe Abisinthe 72 Flacon
Excellent Absinthe from Fougerolles

Content: 0.2 Liter (€114.75* / 1 Liter)

€22.95*
Absinthe Abisinthe 72 Mini
Excellent Absinthe from Fougerolles

Content: 0.03 Liter (€231.67* / 1 Liter)

€6.95*
Absinthe Abisinthe Amer
Excellent Absinthe from Fougerolles

Content: 0.7 Liter (€57.07* / 1 Liter)

€39.95*
Absinthe Abisinthe Amer Flacon
Excellent Absinthe from Fougerolles

Content: 0.2 Liter (€114.75* / 1 Liter)

€22.95*
Absinthe Abisinthe Amer Mini
Excellent Absinthe from Fougerolles

Content: 0.03 Liter (€231.67* / 1 Liter)

€6.95*
Absinthe Amave
Remarkable Absinthe from Czech Republic, distilled from one of the best

Content: 0.5 Liter (€65.90* / 1 Liter)

€32.95*
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Absinthe Authentique
Made from the trinity of absinthe - anise, fennel and wormwood

Content: 0.7 Liter (€92.79* / 1 Liter)

€64.95*
Absinthe Aztèque
A classic absinthe perfect in harmony with cocoa

Content: 0.5 Liter (€139.90* / 1 Liter)

€69.95*
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Absinthe Berthe De Joux
Berthe de Joux was a beautiful 12th-century woman who was imprisoned there during the 12th century.

Content: 0.7 Liter (€92.79* / 1 Liter)

€64.95*
Absinthe Blanche de Fougerolles
The Blanche from Devoille

Content: 0.2 Liter (€99.75* / 1 Liter)

€19.95*
Absinthe Blanche de Fougerolles
The Blanche from Devoille

Content: 0.7 Liter (€85.64* / 1 Liter)

€59.95*
Absinthe Blanchette
Reproduction of the original Combier Absinthe

Content: 0.7 Liter (€57.07* / 1 Liter)

€39.95*
Absinthe Blanchette Mini
Reproduction of the original Combier Absinthe

Content: 0.05 Liter (€159.00* / 1 Liter)

€7.95*
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Absinthe Bourgeois
Probably the most famous image of a cat survived for years and made this absinthe famous

Content: 0.5 Liter (€89.90* / 1 Liter)

€44.95*
Absinthe Brevans H.R. Giger
Authentic reproduction of a 19th century formula

Content: 0.5 Liter (€109.90* / 1 Liter)

€54.95*
Absinthe Dubied - Zufanek - 2022
The reproduction of probably the oldest absinthe recipe by Daniel-Henri Dubied

Content: 0.5 Liter (€199.90* / 1 Liter)

€99.95*
Absinthe Duplais Balance
Duplais Balance Retro Edition

Content: 0.7 Liter (€77.07* / 1 Liter)

€53.95*
Absinthe Duplais Blanche
Duplais Blanche Retro Edition

Content: 0.7 Liter (€82.79* / 1 Liter)

€57.95*
Absinthe Duplais Verte
Duplais gets Gold at IWSC!

Content: 0.2 Liter (€109.75* / 1 Liter)

€21.95*
Absinthe Duplais Verte
experience historically authentic Absinthe

Content: 0.7 Liter (€85.64* / 1 Liter)

€59.95*
Absinthe Duplais Verte
Duplais gets Gold medal

Content: 0.5 Liter (€87.90* / 1 Liter)

€43.95*

Wormwood, anise and fennel - the trinity of absinthe

Absinthe - or absinthe is a herbal spirit that is only legally regulated in Switzerland. According to food regulations, absinthe must be a distillate of wormwood, anise and fennel. Other ingredients are left to each distillery itself. Since this also corresponds to all of the historical recipes known to us, we also support this regulation for the EU. If a distillery uses high-quality herbs, has a reasonable distilling port and also masters it, only a decent product can actually come out.

Absinthe in Germany
In the EU, it has not yet been possible to agree on a definition like there is for numerous other spirits. But that also means at the same time that absinthe manufacturers are completely free in what they understand by absinthe. Corresponding style blossoms with mango flavor or insane alcohol content are also part of this. Every consumer has to decide for himself how sensible this is. We have focused on high quality absinthe from an early stage and believe that recipes of historic spirits from the 19th century should be adapted only cautiously, if at all.

How is absinthe produced?
There are three fundamentally different production techniques that result in three completely different qualities:

  • The oil mix
    Here, synthetic or essential oils are cold mixed with alcohol. As a rule, the manufacturers also use artificial colorings and sugar in order to produce a mass-produced product that is as cheap as possible. These products are easily recognized by their bright color and high alcohol content. The price is usually rather low.
  • The maceration
    During the maceration, natural herbs are placed in alcohol and filtered off after a few hours. The color is brownish, the alcohol content varies from 45% - about 70%. Since wormwood is extremely bitter, macerates are usually very bitter. Therefore, the preparation with sugar is recommended. The sweetness of the sugar masks the bitterness.
  • Distillation
    Here, too, herbs are placed in alcohol first. However, the alcohol is adjusted to about 65%, because you not only want to extract the alcohol-soluble aromas from the herbs, but also the water-soluble aromas. After about a day, this batch is distilled off in a still. The result is a clear distillate with approx. 80%-85%.
  • The colouration
    Absinthe is known under the pseudonym "The Green Fairy". This is due to the fact that the product had already been given an attractive color when absinthe was created. For this purpose, various coloring herbs such as small wormwood, lemon balm or hysop are added to the high-proof distillate. There the aromas of these herbs and the coloring chlorophyll are washed out. If this color is not stabilized, after a while the beautiful green turns into a color that the French call "feuille mort" (dead leaf) - brown. This is not a reduction in quality, but a natural process. However, we find a green absinthe to be more aesthetically pleasing.