La Ptite Douce Absinthe (700ml)
Recently, Liqueurs de France had the chance to meet the first Swiss 'lady-distiller' to add a once clandestine absinthe to the commercial world. They were charmed by 'distillatrice' Gaudentia Persoz and her husband Jean-Michel. Rather than being your garden variety '80-year-old Swiss farmer' so often eluded to as the only 'real' type clandestine absinthe distiller, Gaudentia is young, blond and passionate about absinthe. She distils with a vintage 1898, 12-plant recipe that was found, along with a small alambic, when she and her husband purchased their house in Couvet.
Gaudentia now uses the 50-liter alambic, which was hand-made for her by her husband, while the old recipe has been updated and modified to please more modern tastes. Her alambic is heated by direct flame, as opposed to bain-marie, which contributes to its 'clandestine la Bleue' style.
Named La Ptite Absinthe du Val-du-Travers (the 'e' has been left out of the spelling of 'Petite') - which was once one of the 'code-names' that Swiss locals used to be served illegal absinthe without attracting un-due attention from the authorities. 'La Ptite' is a classic, satisfying 'La Bleue style' absinthe, with fresh aromas of wormwood, anise and mint and draws to mind the heady Swiss mountain atmosphere near the Creux-du-Van cliffs where it is produced. Liqueurs de France tasted Gaudentia's absinthe with a very discerning crowd of absintheurs from the USA, England, France and Switzerland and watched the positive reactions to its quality and taste. Liqueurs de France quickly decided to place an order to share this recent discovery and to support the development of a rising star in the absinthe world. 53% Alc./Vol.No tasting notes available.