Henri Louis Pernod, the founder of the Pernod company, originally bought a recipe for a herbal elixir. He thought that it would be a good idea to market this elixir as a regular spirit. He started a minor production run, supplied the French Army with rations of his "healthy" spirit and the success story of the Green Fairy began. This true story is over 200 years old, but it is the start of Absinthe and its related culture. This contemporary Pernod Absinthe is the closest possible recreation of the famous Pernod Absinthe from 1805. Wormwood and green anise from Pontarlier is used for distillation - like decades ago when Pernod had a major production facility in this small French city. The mandatory Absinthe herbs are distilled in a wine base alcohol and the "heart cut" of the distillate is macerated again in an aromatic composition of star anise, melissa, petit wormwood, hyssop and other secret plants and seeds that give this Absinthe its´ beautiful green color.
Important background info in regard of Pernod Absinthe Traditionelle:
The Pernod Absinthe we sell is the new Recette Traditionelle. New, because Pernod sold for some years a mediocre Absinthe. The new version is much closer to the historical original and way better in quality. The old and new bottles look quite similar, though, so watch out, that you buy the right one. Here at ALANDIA you will of course get the better version :-).
|Country of Origin:||France|
|Tasting Notes:||Star anise gives this Absinthe a more intense licorice taste|
The bitterish side-taste became worse with every sip and the whole thing became disgusting by the end of the glass. I'd give no more than 2 stars even when considered simply as pastis, anise aperitif or anything else.
I liked even Pernod d'Anis much better.
The pernod absinthe is comparable with pernod pastis.
It has some akward steel like taste to it, maybe due to the anise and the louche is not as creamy as swiss style absinthes. This is a very heavy absinthe, i think it's balance is not so good. It's like they just added wormwood to the pernod pastis.
When Edouard pernod founded his company the absinthe was very good, as the company grew, (this was when the company changed the name to pernod fils) the quality of the absinthe went downwards but was still good. Then suddenly absinthe was banned but not in Spain, so Pernod continued their production until 1950 they stopped making absinthe.
The modern absinthe is comparable with the spanish production, but in my opinion this absinthe could have been much better.
It would be so nice if Pernod would make an accurate Edouard Pernod remake in small quantities special for the luxury absinthe market. all connoiseurs would be thrilled, for now they are all dissapointed.
at the original 68% its not to strong.
the only shame about this bottle is that it is not green.