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Jade "1901" Absinthe Supérieure (750ml) (Elsewhere $130)

SKU #1218675 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark To make this bottling, T.A. Breaux analyzed vintage absinthe, dated circa 1901. It's burnished gold in the glass, louching to opalescent light gold, and scented with bold notes of anise and licorice. The flavor is mild at first, but shows more anise on the long, rounded finish. (KN) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

K&L Notes

Jade 1901 Absinthe Supérieure was recreated as a tribute to a widely studied pre-ban absinthe, as it appeared circa 1901. During the heyday of its existence, the orginal brand was an object of worldwide export, and was widely considered as a top-tier example of the category. When Switzerland and France enacted bans on absinthe production in the early 20th century, some of the original distilleries were liquidated. Around this time, the Combier distillery in Saumur, France verifiably purchased two 1100 liter copper absinthe alembics from the original distiller in Pontarlier, and installed them alongside with the eight smaller alembics which had been a part of the distillery since Gustave Eiffel redesigned it in 1894. The importance of this history and the authenticity of these ancient absinthe alembics were of particular important when T.A. Breaux chose the Combier distillery as the most suitable venue for distilling the Jade vintage absinthe clones. 1901 is a classic vintage-style absinthe, balanced and crisp, with a stimulating herbal aroma and a smooth, lingering aftertaste that recalls the splendor of the Parisian cafés during the Belle Époque. It should be noted that when a large cache of the pre-ban original was discovered in recent times, a few bottles were found to be in a remarkable state of preservation, retaining much of their original color and freshness. Word is this stuff tastes mighty close to those well preserved relics.


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