Absinthe Verte de Fougerolles
Verte de Fougerolles is, in my humble, uneducated (in the world of Absinthe, anyway) opinion, an outstanding absinthe.
Unfiltered and made from a combination of several aromatic herbs and plants, including grande and petite wormwood, anise, fennel and hyssop, this is a premium absinthe. It uses a grape-base alcohol, has no added sugar, and is bottled at 72°, in order to hold its natural green colour and present its aromas to the fullest. It is 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.
This absinthe is produced in Fougerolles, which after Pontarlier, was the second major center for Absinthe during the Belle Epoque. I find it to be a little spicy, with the sweetness of the alcohol perfectly balancing the bitterness and astringency of the wormwood.
If you’re wanting to try some, I suggest getting a seat at my bar, and slyly suggesting in as covert a way as possible that you may be interested in some. As I only purchased the one bottle, we will not be advertising the fact that we have it, but will be suggesting it to people who we feel might be interested and have an appreciation for it.
On another note, isn’t curious that even though absinthe is legal in Canada, no-one will ship here because of our lovely Customs Agents, yet in a country where it is illegal, such as the States, the online shops have no problem shipping! One has to love government. Further research has led me to discover that while it is illegal to sell Absinthe in the U.S., it is not illegal to possess or drink.
** Note that this is an extremely old, regurgitated post, and I no longer have this bottle, and I am no longer in Canada**
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