Jade C.F. Berger V.S. 1898 Absinthe (700ml)

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Jade C.F. Berger V.S. 1898 Absinthe (700ml)

Saumur, Loire Valley, FRANCE
$199.00 Bottle
  • ABV 65%

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 65º degree absinthe verte, which earned its status as one of the premier absinthes of the 19th century. Unfortunately, absinthe crafting at the Berger distillery came to a halt with the Swiss ban of 1910, and the distillery ceased all activities in Switzerland shortly thereafter.

Enter Jade Liqueurs. Those already in the know will be familiar with Ted Breaux, a biochemist and researcher who grew up in New Orleans. Ted rose to fame when he cracked the “Absinth code” in the late 1990s, employing gas chromatography to analyse an old sample of the now legendary Pernod “Tarragona” and Edouard Pernod liqueurs he’d scored in a dusty estate auction. Ted subsequently set up a business, ‘Jade Liqueurs’, with the aim of recreating several ‘rediscovered’ Absinthes.

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, they've painstakingly resurrected this beautiful spirit from extinction.

Crafted entirely by hand using select botanicals from the original regions, and carefully distilled in ancient copper absinthe alembics, this absinthe delivers an experience characteristic of the best Swiss styles.

Tasting note: Very pale, emerald green blush. Intense bouquet offers up indian spices (think fenungreek, tumeric, coriander seed) combining with fennel overtones. Second pass finds plasticine, peppermint and dried ecalyptus leaf like scents. Terrific complexity. Palate offers intense, piney, woody notes, followed by a warming, juicy, sweet anise burst at the finish to balance. Powers on at great length ending fresh and invigorating. Superb. 65% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... Created by American absinthe expert, Ted Breaux and Combier Distillery, who analysed a rare original 19th century bottle of C.F. Berger absinthe verte from Couvet, Switzerland to formulate this modern replica Jade C.F. Berger (also known as Verte Suisse or V.S. 1898) absinthe. Appearance: Clear, pale golden with greeny blue tinge. With water louches milky very pale dirty green. Aroma: Vegetal, herbal nose with barky-wormwood, allspice, fennel and anise. Dried herbal and slightly musty rather than fresh. Taste: Dry herbaceous with continuing musty note. Wormwood, fennel and anise with marjoram and faint clove. Aftertaste: Herbaceous, woody influenced finish. 4.5 stars. - www.diffordsguide.com