First of all we want to wish you happy holidays, we hope you already enjoyed the time! Here at ALANDIA we, as many other people, start preparing for Christmas, which is why we want to provide you with some great Absinthe gift ideas for Christmas.
Absinthe as a gift for Christmas: The Starter Set
From our experience we know that there are a lot of people out there wanting to try Absinthe, but they have not made the final step just yet. Now, when trying a new product, you often do not want to get a big size and optimally you want to have different kind of varieties to try. That is why we have put together the Absinthe Starter Set – it is as well the perfect gift for Christmas! …Continue reading “Absinthe as a gift for Christmas”
To drink Absinthe the traditional way, you need to have an original Absinthe glass. But what exactly makes a glass an Absinthe glass? We will give you the answer and inform you this week about Absinthe Glasses.
Absinthe Glass: The historic evolution
In its early days Absinthe has been served in the same glasses as every other drink. Since Absinthe has a deeper cultural meaning and gained in popularity a specific design became popular. As you most certainly know a glass for Absinthe normally has a short thick stem, as well as a reservoir in order to measure how much Absinthe you need to pour for one serving. Such a glass is called ‘reservoir glass’. The Pontarlier design was the first specific Absinthe glass. It has as well another indicator, a faceting, to help adding the right amount of water. In the following picture you can see these design characteristics: …Continue reading “What is an Absinthe Glass?”
Welcome back, glad to have you here! Absinthe Spoons are an important accessory of the Absinthe culture. This week we will give you some more information about this iconic accessory: The Absinthe Spoon. We will briefly explain how to use an Absinthe spoon, in case you are new to the world of Absinthe. Additionally, we present some historical facts about their usage. There are as well many different spoon designs available. Therefore we will give you as well an overview about the different styles.
Why do you need Absinthe Spoons?
Back in the 19th century, people had a sweet tongue. Bitter flavors did not meet the taste of many customers. Therefore it became apparent really quick, that sugar should be added to Absinthe. But, chemically spoken, sugar does not mix with alcohol, which Absinthe is mostly made of. This is why you have to add water, in order for the sugar to be dissolved due to a lower percentage of alcohol. …Continue reading “Absinthe Spoons and their usage”
Dear Absintheur, this is our latest arrival, the Slipstream Absinthe Pipe! This unique pipe was invented to bring together a convenient modern day Absinthe experience that embraces the traditional roots of the Absinthe louche ritual. Sipping Absinthe with this pipe is a real experience! It creates the best louche ever! We especially like this absinthe accessory as it was inventend by a friend of us, Dimitri. 6 years ago we met at the “Fete de l´Absinthe” Absinthe festival in Boveresse (Switzerland). At this time Dimitri already had some ideas how one can optimize the louche experience. Nevertheless it took some years till the first prototype was available. Now, 6 years later fortunately the vague idea became a real product, the Slipstream Absinthe Pipe is now available for sale! …Continue reading “The new Slipstream Absinthe Pipe Ritual”
“Bienfaisante”, this was the marketing claim for the famous French Absinthe Terminus. Bienfaisante means beneficial and was refering to the healthy qualities of this fine spirit. Indeed Absinthe helps against stomach problems, but of course such a glorification of the spirit is a typical example of how advertising was made during the 19th century. Below, in our gallery, you can see the original 1892 poster for Absinthe Terminus. On the poster two famous stage personalities of the day are shown: Constant Coquelin and Sarah Bernhardt. Benoît-Constant Coquelin (23 January 1841 – 27 January 1909), known as Coquelin aîné (“Coquelin the Eldest”), was a French actor and one of the greatest theatrical figures of the age. In 1900 Coquelin toured in America with Sarah Bernhardt, appeared on Broadway’s Garden Theatre in a production of Cyrano de Bergerac (Bernhardt played Roxane). He made his only film, the duel scene from Cyrano de Bergerac with sound recording on phonograph cylinder. The film is thought to be the first ever made with both color and sound. Besides this iconic advertising Terminus Absinthe is also known for several Absinthe accessories. They produced for example an Absinthe fountain decorated with the French cock and the famous Terminus Brouilleur. This legendary Brouilleur is now available as an authentic reproduction. Although the inscription on the Brouilleur is now different, to avoid misunderstandings of what is the original item. In the 19th century Terminus used the following wording: …Continue reading “Absinthe Brouilleur Terminus”
These Absinthe Brouilleurs were out of stock for a long time. Now we received new stock! This delightful dripper is an exact replica of the famous “Auto verseur”, originally produced by the absinthe maker Cusenier. It was a popular accessory in the mid-19th century. The dripper is fascinating, as the water flows over a see saw into the absinthe glass. You simply place the dripper on top of the glass and add water to the reservoir bowl. The balancing mechanism (see saw) underneath allows small amounts of ice water to flow into the waiting absinthe glass. As soon as the water touches the absinthe, you will experience the beautiful louche.
You know, we are always on the search for authentic absinthe reproductions to create this unique feeling of nostalgia. Now we have a new cool absinthe accessory available. The Absinthe Decanter Portieux. It is a dual-mouthed Absinthe carafe. Why? Because it was like this back in the old days and it has a perfect functionality: One large hole is for filling the decanter with water and ice. The other one is a small spout for a precise and fine water drip during the traditional Absinthe ritual. The dual-mouthed Absinthe decanter is the one and only carafe especially made for use with Absinthe. Former originals were produced during the years between 1910-20. Below you can see the original 1914 barware catalogue from the French glass manufacturer Portieux. We hope you will have a good time with this unique absinthe accessory, enjoy your journey….
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated in 1889…? No? That´s not of a problem! When you decide to get our Absinthe of the Month Heritage Verte you will never forget this date. Why? Because every bottle is accompanied by one silver plated Paris 1889 Absinthe spoon. This Absinthe spoon is an authentic reproduction of the Absinthe spoon which was made for the festivities in 1889.
And here are some more interesting information about the world famous Eiffel Tower: The tower is named after its architect and designer Gustave Eiffel. The project was proposed in 1884 as the eyecatcher of the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1889. It should mark the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Over 700 design proposals were handed in, but Eiffel’s tower proved to be the most popular. Maybe you already knew these facts but did you know the following…?
The design was not originally meant for Paris, but for the Universal Exposition of 1888 which was held in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish rejected the design; only then did Eiffel enter it for consideration for the 1889 fair in Paris. Imagine the Spanish would have liked the design!
Cheers and always look on the bright side of life!
Have you ever thought of buying an Absinthe fountain..? An Absinthe fountain is one of the most beautiful Absinthe accessories available. It temptates with its female shapes and its aura of nostalgia. And of course it is the most professional and authentic way to drink a glass of Absinthe. We just received new stock of the one and only Antique and Lady Absinthe fountains. Now is the best time to order one, especially as we don´t have too many in stock.