Absente 55 AbsintheAbsente 55 Absinthe
Absente 55 Absinthe
55°- 70 cl
Absinthe is very characteristic. This is a clever blend of absinthe, artemisia, green anise and balm : delicate, sweet and slightly spiced.
PREMIUM ABSINTH LIQUEUR
Absente is issued from the distillation of Artemisia Absinthium associated with the subtle blending of alcohol, mugwort infusion, star anise essence, balm, peppermint and anise distillates… With its limpid and bright color, Absente was the first legal absinth liqueur containing thujone launched in 1998.
Absente contains 10 mg/kg of thujone.
Absinthe, nicknamed “green fairy” and banned in 1915, was authorized again in 1988. It is only in 2011 that its level of thujone (molecule present in the plant which, in strong dose, was supposed to make mad) is fixed at a maximum of 35 mg/kg. Very appreciated for its taste of wormwood and its green reflections, this alcohol seduced many artists of which Van Gogh, Baudelaire, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Oscar Wilde… The famous tasting ritual is still practiced according to the tradition, by pouring water on the absinthe, through a perforated spoon supporting a sugar. Absinthe is made by macerating plants (grand wormwood, petite wormwood, green anise, fennel,…) in a mixture of alcohol and water, followed by a distillation. It contains between 55 % and 75 % of alcohol.
Distillerie de Lure, founded in 1898 at Forcalquier, in Provence, knew a succession of owners for nearly 80 years, amongst whom was Henri Bardouin, a man with a passionate interest in plants and herbs. Then in 1974 Alain Robert and his small team took the helm of the company now known as Distilleries et Domaines de Provence. Certain emblematic brands have existed since the first days of the Distillery, and other have been created over the years to correspond to the evolution in tastes and drinking habits.
Today our specialities are sold in over 78 countries all around the world.
Why Distilleries et Domaines de Provence are established at Forcalquier?
The company has a rich past. It is heir to a tradition that developed in the region of Forcalquier at the foot of the Lure mountain dating back thousands of years, that of the travelling apothecary. And it is this link that it has maintained with the place and practices of its origins which gives the Distillery its strength.
A paradise for botanists
The geographical situation of the Lure mountain, between the Alps and the Mediterranean, means that this area benefits from a unique climate ideal for the development of all types of plants.
“The Alpes de Haute-Provence department is rich with some of the most abundant and varied flora in France, and is no doubt unique in the number of plant and botanical groups to be found there.”
In 1896 a botanist named Théodore Coste wrote that “there were as many different varieties of plants in this countryside dominated by the Lure mountain than in the lands between the Mediterranean to the northern shores of France.”
Naturally, plants were used therapeutically and had been gathered for this purpose since Neolithic times, eight thousand years ago. Phytotherapy remedies used today have their origins in this period.
It was a science that developed at the time of the Greeks and the Romans, with practices that used plants for their therapeutic value but also for their magical qualities.
The wealth of plant species on the Lure mountain allowed many different professions to emerge in the region of Forcalquier – from the first herb gatherers to travelling apothecaries, then pharmacists and later, the distillers.
Autonomy Native Australian AmaroAutonomy Native Australian Amaro
Autonomy Native Australian Amaro. A showcase of native Australian botanicals at their finest. Handcrafted in batches of 100 bottles, our Native Australian Amaro is characterised by a forward sweetness followed by a deep, earthy bitterness with hints of citrus and native gums. Macerated in 10 native Australian botanicals including cinnamon myrtle, lemon myrtle, Mountain pepper-berry and lemon scented gum. We recommend drinking neat with a twist of orange.
700mL / 30% abv
Dolin & Cie Suedois DolinDolin & Cie Suedois Dolin
Dolin & Cie Suedois Dolin. A traditional digestif from the French Alps that started life as a medical elixir capable of “remedying over 46 diseases”. Joseph Chavasse, founder of La Maison Dolin, saved the recipe from oblivion and decided to market it under the name “Suédois Dolin” in memory of the doctor who first used it to help his patients.
Imperial Measures Distilling Ruby BitterImperial Measures Distilling Ruby Bitter
Imperial Measures Distilling Ruby Bitter. Ruby Bitter is our take on an Amaro. Consisting of 12 interwoven botanicals creating a complex bitter-sweet balance. Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gentian, Rhubarb and Ginseng Harmonise to offer an earthy citrus driven palate.
MMC1 Mout Mute Au CognacMMC1 Mout Mute Au Cognac
MMC1 Mout Mute Au Cognac
A unique French fortified aperitif, perfect gift for the wine or spirit lover who has tried everything…
MMC1 stands for “mout mute au Cognac” or must blended with Cognac. It is made from fresh grape musts, added to Cognac, and aged together for 7 years minimum in french oak barrels. The MMC1 was made at a small estate in Petite Champagne. Bottled without any addition of sulphur nor sugar. Limited quantities.
Straw yellow colour. On the nose, lots of fruit and minerality. On the palate, very soft, not very sweet. Nice acidity, balanced.
Cognac de Collection Jean Grosperrin – Artisanal Vintages – Jean Grosperrin worked as a cognac broker in the Cognac region. A broker in eaux-de-vie plays a very discreet yet strategic role between the producer and the buyer. His job is to evaluate the quality of the eaux-de-vie and to introduce interested parties to each other. His profession takes him to many cellars to estimate the value of different batches, among which there are sometimes some very old cognacs. Practically all vine growers distil their own harvest and they usually conserve, as former generations have done before them, some barrels of cognac in their cellars. These family treasures are very rarely up for sale and the transactions are very confidential. It is these cognacs, sometimes very atypical with strong personalities that Jean and his son Guilhem (since 2004) seek to obtain in all the appellations of Cognac. And digging into documents, family histories allows for description and anecdotes on each cognac which makes great reading. Tasting Notes are precise, to the point, short, not at all the excessive praise and lies. And their selections and vintages are astonishing. Success means, that supplies run out often.
Select Aperitif Bitter 1LSelect Aperitif Bitter 1L
Select Aperitif Bitter 1L. SELECT was created in 1920 in the heart of Venice, at Pilla Distilleries, a
place renowned for the art of liquor making. During the postwar period the
young Pilla Brothers contributed to the rebirth of this magnificent Italian
As aperitif popularity began to grow, SELECT became the star of the
Venetian cocktail scene, and the main ingredient in the Original Venetian
Spritz. Today, SELECT is still recognized as the classic Venetian Aperitif
and enjoyed throughout Venice.
Taste: Complex and intense with bitter notes coming from roots and bark. The spicy and tropical notes marry perfectly with the citrusy ones. Pleasantly persistent aftertaste with fresh and rich notes coming from the citrus fruits and essential oils.
In Venice, a green olive is used as the garnish to create the perfect blend and balance of flavor.