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The days of old: ALANDIA Photo Contest 2004

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It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following you can see some Absinthe photos from a contest we organized in 2004. People could sent in their selfmade Absinthe picture and the winner was elected by the Absinthe Community. The first picture is the winner!

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The days of old: ALANDIA Absinthe Party 2008

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It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following you can see some pictures from our legendary Absinthe Party we held in Cologne in the year 2008.

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We write the year 2008…

For this ALANDIA Absinthe party event we rented rooms in an old Orangerie. The whole atmosphere was quite historical and people as always in a good mood! The Vol. IV ALANDIA Absinthe Party took place on 07.06.2008.

 

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The days of old: ALANDIA Absinthe Party 2004

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It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following you can see some pictures from our legendary Absinthe Parties we held in Cologne!

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We write the year 2004…

For this ALANDIA Absinthe party event we celebrated again in the legendary cellar like the year before. The Vol. III party took place on 21.05.2004.

 

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The days of old: Absinthe Party 2003

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It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following you can see some pictures from our legendary Absinthe Parties we held in Cologne!

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We write the year 2003…

For this ALANDIA Absinthe party event we rented a cellar in an old tower. The party Vol. II took place on 23.05.2003. People enjoyed it as we did!

 

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The days of old: Absinthe Road Trip to Boveresse 2008

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It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following paragraphs you can read some info about legendary Absinthe Road Trips we made during the last couple of years. Enjoy reading!

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We write the year 2008…

This year it was time again to visit “La Fete de L´Absinthe” 2008 in Boveresse, Val-de-Travers, Switzerland. Day one. We met with a nice party crowd of Absinthe forum members and Absinthe enthusiasts and made a little walk to the famous cliffs of Val-de-Travers. After enjoying the beautiful view, we had some food and Absinthes in the famous restaurant on the hill top. Of course we were entertained by Nicola and her guitar… In the restaurant we had some famous Swiss Cheese Fondue and sampled some Vintage Absinthe.In the restaurant the wooden walls are engraved by visitors. A. Junod, a famous Absinthe distiller of the 19th century was here as well. Some Absinthes later we headed home! Next day the Absinthe festival in Boveresse was on the schedule. The distillers showed their portfolio. The famous Swiss Alphorns were played on the festival as well. In the afternoon a MTB Tour helped to get sober. Afterwards we visited Claude Alain Bugnon, here with the world´s largest Absinthe Spoon. And after a wild party night it was time to say good bye to Boveresse 2008!

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The days of old: Absinthe Road Trip to old Absinthe Distilleries 2008

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It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following paragraphs you can read some info about legendary Absinthe Road Trips we made during the last couple of years. Enjoy reading!

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We write the year 2008…

Besides Pontarlier, the French town of Fougerolles was one of the Absinthe hubs in the 19th century. We visited some of the old Absinthe distilleries. A few of them, like Paul Devoille, Lemercier and Coulin are still producing Absinthe.It is fascinating to see some evidences of the past, for example the old warehouse of the Lemercier distillery is just fascinating. Nothing has changed in the last 100 years…

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The days of old: Absinthe Road Trip to Absinthe Fair in Boveresse 2007

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It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following paragraphs you can read some info about legendary Absinthe Road Trips we made during the last couple of years. Enjoy reading!

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We write the year 2007…

Once again it was time for us to visit Switzerland for the Absinthe Festival in Boveresse. Our journey started from our headquarter in Cologne on 15.06.2007.

The festival was on the next day, on 16.06.2007. After a short stop in Basel, right at the German/Swiss border we headed over to Couvet to meet claude Alain Bugnon, the distiller of our Absinthe Clandestine, and other Absintheurs.

As Couvet is known for its excessive nightlife (just kidding..) we didn´t miss the chance to visit the local night club. After some wild “Pulp Fiction” dances on the dancefloor (just kidding #2) we prepared ourselves for the festival on the next day.

More or less no big surprises were shown there, except for the first green Suisse Absinthes of the Val de Travers, which had their preview in Boveresse. Therefore we grabbed our mountainbikes and took a ride on the local mountains, great fun! At the evening we had a typical “Fondue” at a hotel, which will be restored to an Absinthe Experience hotel including a distillery in the cellar, where you will have the chance to distill your own Absinthe with professional advise.

Like every year we partied out the day at the “aftershow” party in Boveresse. Many international Absintheurs met there and we had lots of fun with the Green Fairy and the local party crowd…

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The days of old: Absinthe Road Trip to the Absinthe Fair Absinthiades 2006

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It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following paragraphs you can read some info about legendary Absinthe Road Trips we made during the last couple of years. Enjoy reading!

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We write the year 2006…

On 01.10.2006 the sixth Absinthiades took place. We participated this year once again in the degustation jury, so instead of some Beer with Paris Hilton on the Oktoberfest we chased to the Green Fairy in Pontarlier!

Out of 20 different brands the best Absinthe should be awarded in a blind test. Some minor changes in the weighting of the tested characteristics were made this year. The coloring was considered less important with a max. of 4 points, smell had a weight of max. 6 points and taste a max. of 10 points. Like last year there were two juries, each one sampled 10 Absinthes and rewarded them with the golden, silver and bronze Absinthe spoon. Therefore there were two gold medal winners. Every year the results are anticipated with curiosity, as the French, the Suisse and the international Absintheurs, who all participate in the jury, have different taste expectations of “the best Absinthe”. Therefore the awards shouldn´t be taken too serious, but anyway, there is a nice tendency to see. Absintheurs really like our FrancoSuisse and Partisane Absinthe! This year they were once again awarded with a golden and bronze Absinthe spoon.

Here are the pics and results from this years Absinthiades 2006.

Jury 1: 1st Blanchette 60%, 2nd Versinthe La Blanche 57%, 3rd Un Emile 45%

Jury 2: 1st Clandestine FrancoSuisse 55%, 2nd Francois Guy 45%, 3rd Partisane 65%.

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The days of old: Absinthe Road Trip to Boveresse 2006

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It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following paragraphs you can read some info about legendary Absinthe Road Trips we made during the last couple of years. Enjoy reading!

Your ALANDIA Team

We write the year 2006…

Much has happened in the Suisse Absinthe region Val-de-Travers, so it was obligatory for us to visit the Absinthe festival in Boveresse! Our journey started from our headquarter in Cologne on 16.06.2006. The festival was on the next day, on 17.06.2006, so we planned to stop by in Pontarlier. This year we wanted to find some evidence of old distillieries like the Edouard Pernod, Legler and Parrot Fils distillery. We already did this in 2004, but this year a friend of us gave us an old map of former Pontarlier, which indicated the former location of the Absinthe distilleries.
On the next day Boveresse was on the schedule. We met there with Claude Alain Bugnon, the Absintheurs from LDF, Oxygenée and Ted Breaux. It was a cool trip and although the festival is not that big, one can have a lot of fun when he meets the right people (It´s greeeen…!). But before we start with the Absinthe experiences, lets give you a short briefing of our experiences.

9.00 am Cologne: Coffee is drank, bags are packed and we are ready to hit the road. But where the hack is our car…! Not there…! The most probable scenarios come into our minds: 1. Were we drunk last night…? A: No – 2. Is it stolen…? A: I hope not – 3. Is it towed away…? A: Well, better than option two. And after a quick phone call with the police it is clear that the friendly guys from the wrecking service took care of our car, fortunately…

10.30 am Cologne: After handing out some Benjamins to the wrecking company, our car belongs once again to us! So start the engines gentleman, we are ready for our 7 hour drive to Boveresse!

18.30 pm Pontarlier: We are finally there. After having a Préssion at the local bar we are starting our Absinthe investigations. Finding the old places of the distilleries is quite difficult, as most of the streets have new names and an urbanization took place in Pontarlier. But at least we finally found the Parrot Fils building. The Edouard Pernod distillery is destroyed and only the Junod, Deniset and Pernod Fils distillery can still be found. Although only very little indicates what happened in these buildings.

21.30 Les Verriéres: After meeting the rest of our crew we headed to Les Verriéres where we stayed for the next two nights. A nice Suisse fondue was eaten and the end of the days was celebrated with a flamed Absinthe Mocca ice.

The next day Boveresse was on the agenda, here are the pics of our Road Trip!

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The days of old: Absinthe Road Trip to Absinthiades 2005

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It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following paragraphs you can read some info about legendary Absinthe Road Trips we made during the last couple of years. Enjoy reading!

Your ALANDIA Team

We write the year 2005…

On 02.10.2005 the fifth Absinthiades took place in Pontarlier. Of course we put some extra fuel in our German Sportscar and headed south to the lovely city Pontarlier. After a huge storm on the Autobahn and numerous traffic jams we were welcomed by the famous Pontarlier town gate by sunset. After checking in into the local “Hotel de la Poste” and grabbing a snack in the hotel restaurant (they serve a dish called “Jesus” there, it is a sausage with melted cheese on it, gotta try it when you are there) we checked out what´s going on in Pontarlier by night. Actually we got aware of a live concert in a small bar. But what they presented there wasn´t music, it was “Hardcore Noise”. Imagine your scream when you would have to bath in boiling water multiply it with 10 and you can imagine how “Hardcore Noise” sounds like. But at least the beers were good…

On the next day the degustation started at 11am and 20 Absinthes were rated. Like the last years the Absinthes were evaluated by their smell (max. 4 points), color (max. 6 points) and taste (max. 10 points). This year there were two juries, each one sampled 10 Absinthes and rewarded them with the golden, silver and bronze Absinthe spoon. Therefore there were two gold medal winners. The Absinthes were also served at the bar, so if you didn´t participate in the jury you could also make your private degustation for a reasonable price. And of course, some Absinthiana dealers exposed their collections.

Here are the pics and results from this years Absinthiades 2005.

Jury 1: 1st Kübler 45%, 2nd Partisane 65%, 3rd Versinthe La Blanche and Un Emile 45%

Jury 2: 1st Clandestine FrancoSuisse 55%, 2nd Blanche de l´Heure Verte 60%, 3rd Libertine Amer 68%