Absinthe, La Bleue, La Fee Verte… The therapeutic effect of absinthe was known even in ancient times. Thus, even then for example, wine was substituted with absinthe. Absinthe as we now know it was invented in Switzerland. The first commercial distillery was set up in Couvet (Val de Travers) in around 1798, producing 16 litres per day.
Nonetheless, its breakthrough is thanks to the numerous distilleries in the French city of Pontarlier. Huge quantities were produced here until the ban in 1915. However, it was not only here, but also in Fougerolles, Marseilles, Lyon, Paris and many other cities in France and Switzerland that absinthe distilleries were established. At that time, Paris had more alcohol outlets in than bakeries… This drink was particularly well-loved by Bohemian’s, although absinthe was also hugely popular in all other walks of life. The abrupt end came between 1907 and 1923, almost right across Europe. Too many reputed absinthe addicts, moral decline and a domestic incident with fatal consequences resulted in widespread rejection. The ban could no longer be stopped.
Nonetheless, absinthe survived in Switzerland through illicit distillation. In Spain and England, it was never banned, although it also failed to reach the same popularity as in France and Switzerland. Around 80 years after the ban, absinthe was readmitted in the EU, although under regulation. Since then, the popularity of absinthe has constantly increased. Now, absinthe is available in the broadest range of qualities, colours and alcohol concentrations. Bearing this in mind, it is very interesting that some manufacturers are again producing absinthe according to their own, old recipes. It can be assumed that these products are basically the same as the products of the 19th century. What is almost sensational is the legalisation of absinthe in Switzerland, on 1st March 2005. Banned by the federal constitution since 1910, absinthe is now experiencing a real revival even in its country of origin. We are always trying to locate “new old” products for you, which continue the tradition of the green fairy. In addition, you will also find an extensive range of accessories for “l’heure verte” (the green hour). We explicitly advise enjoyment in moderation, as large quantities of alcohol are harmful to health.