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Absenta Argenti, circa 1940


Average Score: 70
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Country of Origin: Spain
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

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Absenta Argenti, circa 1970


Average Score: 70
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Country of Origin: Spain
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

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Absenta Augustin Bofil, circa 1969


Average Score: 78
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Country of Origin: Spain
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %

Description: A classic spanish style absinthe much like the early Montana, Escat and other semi-vintage absentas.

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Absinthe Dechanet, circa 1910


Average Score: 83
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %

Description: Dechanet were a mid -sized high quality Pontarlier producer. Intact pre-ban bottles are very scarce.

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Absinthe Edouard Pernod - Lunel (Herault), circa 1870-1880


Average Score: 82
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
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Description: From Oxygenee.com: The branch of Edouard Pernod in Lunel was sold off and changed it's name to Gempp Pernod in 1880, so this bottle can be dated with confidence to prior to that date. It's the earliest intact sealed absinthe bottle yet unearthed.

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Absinthe Suisse Grande Distillerie Lyonnaise, circa 1895


Average Score: 96
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Alcohol Level: 65 %
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Description: From Oxygenee.com:Lyons was a noticable centre for absinthe production, and an "absinthe Lyonnaise" was a specific regional recipe (a high percentage of angelica root in the distillation, and veronica added to the colouring step). "Absinthe Suisse" was the highest quality designation possible in the era, indicating a naturally coloured absinthe of the finest quality. The wording "Grande Distillerie Lyonnaise" almost certainly indicates that this was manufactured by the Ferrand Freres distillery in Lyon.

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C.F. Berger, circa 1900


Average Score: 96
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %

Description: Berger, based in Couvet and Marseilles, was one of the largest and most popular producers. Their Swiss-style absinthe was enormously popular in the south of France, and was also exported all over the world, especially to South America, where they, rather than Pernod Fils, were the market leaders.

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Dornier-Tuller Absinthe, circa 1910


Average Score: 92
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
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Description: According to Oxygenee.com: The Dornier-Tuller bottle is a major rarity, the only sealed bottle of this prestigious high quality Pontarlier marque I've ever seen.

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Edouard Pernod, circa 1910


Average Score: 94
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description: Pernod had two sons, the eldest Edouard remained in Couvet and transferred the company to his own name in 1827 (see entry for "Pernod Fils"). His son, Edouard, started his own company in 1897.

By the time of the 1915 ban, Edouard had merged with Pernod Fils, and due to a later lawsuit, was forced to merge with Jules Pernod, another local manufacturer, which is what comprises what we know of as Pernod today.

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Extrait d'Absinthe E.Albado, Habana. circa 1930


Average Score: 40
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Country of Origin: Miscellaneous
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %

Description: The first bottle ever discovered of vintage Cuban absinthe. Pre-Castro Cuba had a considerable history of absinthe production - Hemingway drank it there, and used to stock up on his frequent marlin-fishing trips to the island, where he later bought a house. This bottle, produced by the Aldabo Distillery (also known as a rum and curacao producer) appears to be a good quality, naturally coloured absinthe, and likely dates from the mid 1930's. It's in overall excellent condition. This is a unique and almost certainly unrepeatable opportunity to taste an absinthe of the greatest historical interest and romance, most likely the exact product that gave rise to the famous 1931 Hemingway quote: “Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife underhand into the piano."

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Fritz Duval, Extrait d'Absinthe 72, circa 1895


Average Score: 90
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 72 %
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Description: According to Oxygenee.com: From the oldest of all absinthe firms, founded in 1798 by Major Dubied, who'd bought the legendary "Dr Ordinaire" recipe from the Henriod sisters. The closest we have to a direct link to the fabled initial formulation of Dr Ordinaire.

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H. Bazinet Jeune, circa 1910


Average Score: 72
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description: Founded in 1880, H.Bazinet were an important Pontarlier-basd producer whose absinthe commanded a premium price in the 1900's. Like other top-quality producers, they used an entirely natural chlorophyllic coloration process. This is the first intact bottle of this brand from the pre-ban era recorded so far.

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Jules Pernod, circa 1910


Average Score: 95
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
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Description: From Oxygenee.com: This large and prestigious Avignon based distillery was the bitter rival of Pontarlier-based Maison Pernod Fils. Jules Pernod was one of the top half a dozen absinthe brands of the era.

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Pernod Fils 'Garantie Fabrique en 1913' (Rel: 1937)


Average Score: 87
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description: From Oxygenee.com: After the banning of absinthe in 1914, the absinthe producers, including Pernod Fils, received substantial indemnities from the French government. In a little publicised concession, they were also allowed to export their remaining stocks. Pernod Fils transferred their entire stock of pre-ban absinthe to Holland, where it remained until 1937, when a small quantity was released on to the UK market, with the labels overprinted with the words "Garanti Fabrique en 1913". In 1938 the remaining unsold stock was transferred back to France to warehouses in Le Havre, where, a few years later, it was destroyed in a war-time bombing raid.

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Pernod Fils 1914


Average Score: 94
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description: From Oxygenee.com: The cache originates from the cellar of the last surviving descendant of a once substantial liquor distributor, which operated in the Doubs region from 1890 to around 1950. The present owner, now elderly, inherited the bottles from his father, who purchased several glass demi-johns of absinthe from Pernod Fils in the week immediately prior to the ban on absinthe being enacted in August 1914. The contents of these demijohns (probably around 20-30 litres each) were then bottled (with professional equipment - the corks and wax seals are of the same quality as a commercial bottling) for the private consumption of the family. There were reportedly originally around 300 bottles, and they were drunk up to the beginning of the Second World War, after which the remaining intact bottles - 76 in all - were left untouched and forgotten until the present day.

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Pernod Fils Tarragona, circa 1950

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Average Score: 72
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Country of Origin: Spain
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description: From the Banus distillery in Tarragona, Spain where Pernod absinthe was made up until the late 1960's. Much different than the early 1930 Pernod's from Tarragona which are more like the pre-ban french versions.

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Pernod Fils, circa 1910


Average Score: 92
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Country of Origin: France
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description:

By 1797 Major Dubied had bought an absinthe elixir recipe from the Henriod Sisters in Couvet, Switzerland to market in the Val-de-Travers & the French Jura regions. That year his daughter marries a Swiss gent, Henri-Louis Pernod. Dubied then set up shop with his son-in-law Pernod.

1805 Mssr. Pernod opens up a larger factory, Pernod Fils, across the border in Pontarlier, France. Dubied split back to Couvet, and Dubied Père et Fils eventually passed to a cousin, Fritz Duval (see below).

Pernod had two sons, the eldest Edouard remained in Couvet and transferred the company to his own name in 1827. His son, Edouard, started his own company in 1897.

The younger son, Louis, ran the Pernod Fils factory in Pontarlier, on the banks of the river Doubs, and increased the factories output exponentially. By the end of the nineteenth century Pernod Fils was producing 30,000 litres per anum, and exporting all over the world.

By the time of the 1915 ban, Edouard had merged with Pernod Fils, and due to a later lawsuit, was forced to merge with Jules Pernod, another local manufacturer, which is what comprises what we know of as Pernod today.

Pernod Fils enjoyed over a hundred years of absinthe ascendancy, and hundreds of manufacturers of absinthe cropped up all over France and Switzerland. Due to the marketing expertise of Pernod Fils, and their high quality standards, their labels and name were emulated all over the country. They brought suits against such companies as Pernot, Perrenod, Père Noë, and Pierrot, who were seeking to scam on the similarities of their brand names with Pernod.

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Pernod SA Tarragona, circa 1930-1935


Average Score: 82
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Country of Origin: Spain
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %

Description: According to http://www.oxygenee.com/: Pernod S.A was the Spanish successor to Edouard Pernod, and these bottlings are far scarcer than the more commonly found Pernod Fils versions. Pernod S.A. ceased production in 1938, when it was absorbed into the larger Pernod group.

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Premier Fils, circa 1910


Average Score: 69
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 65 %

Description: From Oxygenee.com: Premier Fils, based in Romans, was a high-end producer whose absinthe commanded a premium price, and was one of the relatively few absinthe distillers that used an entirely natural herbal coloration process, something they proudly advertised on their label.

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