La Fee Absinthe Parisian
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In a nutshell:
A tradtional, high strength French distilled absinthe with a distinct aniseed and liquorice character
Absinthe is a spirit with a chequered history. Typically distilled to a high alcoholic strength it was famously banned from being produced in France in 1915 after which time it largely disappeared from view. It is, in fact, made in a way not unlike gin where botanicals are distilled wih a neutral spirit thus extracting their flavours and character in the resulting spirit. In the case of Absinthe varieties of Artemisia, or Wormwood are the key botanicals along with varying arrays of other herbs and spices usually featuring anise and fennel. It's recent renaissance can be traced back to 1998 with La Fée being one of the trailblazing brands. Their Absinthe Parisienne was the first legally distilled in France since the 1915 ban. Today it's made at the Cherry Rocher distillery in the Rhône-Alpes to a traditional recipe including Artemisia absinthum and Artemisia pontica (Grande & Petite Wormwood) and is bottled at the traditional strength of 68% ABV. A good way to enjoy it is by pouring 4-6 parts iced water to 1 part absinthe over a sugar cube placed on an absinthe spoon, as is supplied with the bottle.
La Fée Absinthe is the creation of George Rowley, a former broker at Lloyd's of London. Probably more than anybody else he is the person who has re-established absinthe's place in the spirits world after it has long been considered an illegal drink. Since its launch back in 1998 Le Fée now produce a range of different absinthes made at distilleries in France and Switzerland.