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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!

Your ALANDIA Team

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!

Your ALANDIA Team

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!

Your ALANDIA Team

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!

Your ALANDIA Team

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

3:56 pm in Road Trips by ALANDIA

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%

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The days of old: Absinthe Road Trip to Absinthiades 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 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 2004….:

This year we were invited to the Absinthe Fair “Absinthiades” which takes place every year in the home of Absinthe, Pontarlier. Home of the former Pernod Fils distillery. On this event the best French Absinthes are awarded. A Jury of 24 Absintheurs make a blind degustation of different Absinthes. This year it was differentiated between Macerated and Distilled Absinthes. Glass by glass the different Absinthes are served and are evaluated by their color, smell and bouquet. Every table is equiped with a Fontaine, Glasses, Spoons, Water and Baguette for the neutralisation. Next to the table every Absintheur has its own bucket to spit out the Absinthe after degustation. 16 Absinthes are served, so you can imagine how important the bucket is for a smooth passing of the event…Afterwards the points are added together and the winner is awarded with the Golden, Silver and Bronze Absinthe Spoon. Besides the Degustation Antiques dealers present their Absinthiana Collections and you can make some reasonable smart buys…

Well, the Absinthiades was our main event, but as we headed from our home base Cologne to the South, we had to stop by at the Oktoberfest in Munich! It was the last weekend of the “Wiesn”, the nickname for the worlds largest folk fest. As the Golden Elixier, called Bier/Beer, is part of Germanies culture, we couldn´t let this event pass by without taking some Maß, the German serving size of Beer (1 liter), served in big glass mugs. Therefore our Road Trip got expanded to 4 days. And it was worth it, check out our little photo story, Prost!

Fahrvergnügen, that was the motto for the first day! From Cologne to Munich we had to drive 4 hours to reach our first destination, the Oktoberfest, home of Brezel, Beer and Bavarian Blasmusik! As the tents are already packed at 12.00 o´clock we directly headed to the “Schützenzelt” our homebase for the next 12 hours. The Oktoberfest closes at 11.00pm, therefore you have to arrive early when you want to have a table and set a standard in beer drinking. 6 Maß are average, more is advanced and more than that can be considerd as an experiment…Our aim for the day was to meet some Bavarian Fairies, fly the flag of Cologne in a 100 Bavarian surounding (you can imagine that this is a big task..) and of course drink some beer. Here is what we reached so far…

After a day of relaxing and seeing the beautiful city of Munich we started our journey to our final desination, the Absinthiades 2004. Some Absinthes were waiting for degustation, therefore we speeded through Austria, Switzerland and after 7 hours of driving and a couple of coffes later arrived in Pontarlier! The fair was already going on in the Theater, and for 11.00am the degustation was scheduled. A nice breakfast – 16 Absinthes were on the menu. And after 2 hours of hard work the winners were announced:

Macerated Absinthe: 1st Montania des Alpes, 2nd Versinthe, 3rd L´Amesinthe

Distilled Absinthe: 1st Francois Guy, 2nd Versinthe La Blanche, 3rd Libertine 55

Here are some pics of our experiences. We hope that you get an impression of the unique Absinthe Fair Absinthiades. Road Trip completed…

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Mardi Gras and Absinthe

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We already voted on our ALANDIA Facebook Fan Page, now we start the poll as well in the community. Mardi Gras is coming pretty soon and of course the best costume is dressing up as a Green Fairy! There are already different prototype Absinthe fairies flying around, so which one is your favorite..? Vote!

Absinthe Green Fairy

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Absinthe User Pics Part II

11:54 am in Absinthe Galleries, ALANDIA by ALANDIA

Here is Part II of Absintheur images and photos.  We like especially the Absinthe cartoons and the orange juice like louche of Absinthe Serpis.  More Absinthe pics will be published soon. Cheers and spread the word of the Green Fairy!

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Absinthe User Pics Part I

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Check out Part I of a new series of images that Absintheurs from all over the world send us to share it with you! You will see Absinthe served in the mountains, Absinthe in Tokyo and a lot of different other images dealing with Absinthe.

Stay tuned for upcoming images!