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Absinthe

Absente Absinthe Refined

In spite of its bitterness, Absente is relatively easy to the palate, thanks to the perfect balance of Wormwood, anise, mint and spices, which gives a sweet, fresh and slightly spiced taste. Absente, Absinthe Refined at 110 proof is delightful in so many ways. It can be enjoyed mixed with water, with the classic sugar and water mixture with a slotted spoon. Absente is also perfect on the rocks or with crushed ice in aromatic cocktails (Mojito, Tonic…)

Our absinthes are produced in the South of France, following some of the oldest absinthe recipes and using the highest quality artisanal distillation method. Ingredients are the same as a century and a half ago, including the infamous botanical wormwood.

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Our absinthes are produced in the South of France, following some of the oldest absinthe recipes and using the highest quality artisanal distillation method. Ingredients are the same as a century and a half ago, including the infamous botanical wormwood.

SALES TOOL COCKTAILS

Grande Absente Absinthe Originale

Bitter, very aromatic and intense, it contains more plants of absinthe. It is the strongest and richest of the three, thanks to its 69% abv and 138 proof, which is the typical proof point of authentic absinthe recipes. Grand Absente is perfect for lovers of original absinthe seeking for an authentic experience, without sacrificing the taste. Aside from the traditional absinthe ritual, the different plants and absinthe contained in Grande Absente make it an ideal addition to an high number of cocktails, such as Sazerac.

Our absinthes are produced in the South of France, following some of the oldest absinthe recipes and using the highest quality artisanal distillation method. Ingredients are the same as a century and a half ago, including the infamous botanical wormwood.

SALES TOOL COCKTAILS

Our absinthes are produced in the South of France, following some of the oldest absinthe recipes and using the highest quality artisanal distillation method. Ingredients are the same as a century and a half ago, including the infamous botanical wormwood.

SALES TOOL COCKTAILS

Absinthe Ordinaire

Named after the creator of the first absinthe recipe in 1793, Dr. Pierre Ordinaire, this legendary drink recalls one of the most original and successful recipes from the Belle Epoque days in Paris. Made from natural, traditional absinthe botanicals that provide an extraordinary taste experience, Absinthe Ordinaire has a lower alcohol by volume level (46% abv and 92 proof), more flavor and serves better with many cocktails.

Our absinthes are produced in the South of France, following some of the oldest absinthe recipes and using the highest quality artisanal distillation method. Ingredients are the same as a century and a half ago, including the infamous botanical wormwood.

SALES TOOL COCKTAILS

Our absinthes are produced in the South of France, following some of the oldest absinthe recipes and using the highest quality artisanal distillation method. Ingredients are the same as a century and a half ago, including the infamous botanical wormwood.

SALES TOOL COCKTAILS

Crillon Importers is responsible for welcoming absinthe back into the United States after a nearly 100-year ban. Absente is the first ( and for over a decade was the only) legal absinthe containing thujone in USA.

Handcrafted in the French Alps, Absente is made by following one of the oldest recipes dating back to the 19th century, as well as by using the highest quality artisanal distillation methods and ingredients, including the infamous botanical wormwood (or artemisia absinthium), the key ingredient of the authentic absinthe recipe.

Once the trademark drink of artists like Degas, Manet, Van Gogh and Picasso, Grande Absente can now be enjoyed by everyone.

Much of the romance of Absinthe in the 1800 was in the preparation ritual. To recapture its original charm, simply pour 2 oz of Absinthe into a glass, place the spoon across the top and position a sugar cube on it. Dissolve the sugar with 3 oz of cold water, stir and enjoy!

Botanical

Absente is made by following one of the oldest recipes dating back to the 19th century.

Added to wormwood are other 8 botanicals, such as: mugwort, anise, peppermint and lemon balm, just to name a few. The result is a very aromatic and intense taste, with a dominance of herbs and a spicy and bitter a finish. The ingredients are steeped and/or distilled and they are prepared in advance to be then mixed at the time of production. This step allows the distillery to control the thujone content of all the products. The finished Absente is checked, tasted, filtered and then bottled.

Wormwood

Wormwood

Artemisia absinthium is an herb that's prized for its distinctive aroma, herbaceous flavor, and purported health benefits. Originating from the Alps mountains, Artemisia absinthium has in fact been used for thousands of years for its curative properties. Flavor wise, Artemisia absinthium is the one botanical delivering the most bitter sensation to the palate. Artemisia absinthium naturally contains thujone.

Star Anise

Star Anise

A spice made from the fruit of the Chinese evergreen tree Illicium verum. It's aptly named for the star-shaped pods from which the spice seeds are harvested and has a flavor that is reminiscent of licorice. Star anise is famed not only for its distinct flavor and culinary applications but also for its medicinal benefits. Star anise is often confused with anise, though the two spices are unrelated.

Green Anise

Green Anise

Called aniseed, is a flowering plant native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia and it was initially used as herbal medicine.Anise is sweet and very aromatic, distinguished by its characteristic flavor, which has similarities with some other spices, such as star anise, fennel, and licorice

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is a bushy herb of the mint family, with leaves smelling and tasting of lemon. Generally, balms have been used for centuries to heal, soothe, moisturize, fragrance, and smooth skin.

Mugwort

Mugwort

Mugwort is a perennial plant native to Northern Europe, and Asia. The mugwort plant has angular reddish-brown stems that have bitter-tasting leaves with a sage-like aroma. The mugwort plant has been traditionally used for everything from digestive disorders to beer-making, insect repellent, and more.

Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint Indigenous to Europe and the Middle East. It is among the oldest herbs used for both culinary and medicinal products. Fresh or dried peppermint leaves are often used in herbal teas, for flavoring ice cream, candy, alcoholic beverages chewing gum, toothpaste, and some shampoos, soaps and skin care products.

Botanical

Grande Absente is made with 13 Botanical Plant

Grande Absente is distilled from exactly the same 13 botanicals (wormwood, mugwort, roman wormwood, anise, peppermint, fennel, lemon balm and others) and with the same proportions, as it was done in the 19th century until 1915.

Wormwood

Wormwood

Artemisia absinthium is an herb that's prized for its distinctive aroma, herbaceous flavor, and purported health benefits. Originating from the Alps mountains, Artemisia absinthium has in fact been used for thousands of years for its curative properties. Flavor wise, Artemisia absinthium is the one botanical delivering the most bitter sensation to the palate. Artemisia absinthium naturally contains thujone.

Star Anise

Star Anise

A spice made from the fruit of the Chinese evergreen tree Illicium verum. It's aptly named for the star-shaped pods from which the spice seeds are harvested and has a flavor that is reminiscent of licorice. Star anise is famed not only for its distinct flavor and culinary applications but also for its medicinal benefits. Star anise is often confused with anise, though the two spices are unrelated.

Green Anise

Green Anise

Called aniseed, is a flowering plant native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia and it was initially used as herbal medicine.Anise is sweet and very aromatic, distinguished by its characteristic flavor, which has similarities with some other spices, such as star anise, fennel, and licorice.

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is a bushy herb of the mint family, with leaves smelling and tasting of lemon. Generally, balms have been used for centuries to heal, soothe, moisturize, fragrance, and smooth skin.

Mugwort

Mugwort

Mugwort is a perennial plant native to Northern Europe, and Asia. The mugwort plant has angular reddish-brown stems that have bitter-tasting leaves with a sage-like aroma. The mugwort plant has been traditionally used for everything from digestive disorders to beer-making, insect repellent, and more.

Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint Indigenous to Europe and the Middle East. It is among the oldest herbs used for both culinary and medicinal products. Fresh or dried peppermint leaves are often used in herbal teas, for flavoring ice cream, candy, alcoholic beverages chewing gum, toothpaste, and some shampoos, soaps and skin care products.

Botanical

Absinthe Ordinaire is distilled from wormwood, mugwort, anise, peppermint and lemon balm.

Wormwood

Wormwood

Artemisia absinthium is an herb that's prized for its distinctive aroma, herbaceous flavor, and purported health benefits. Originating from the Alps mountains, Artemisia absinthium has in fact been used for thousands of years for its curative properties. Flavor wise, Artemisia absinthium is the one botanical delivering the most bitter sensation to the palate. Artemisia absinthium naturally contains thujone.

Star Anise

Star Anise

A spice made from the fruit of the Chinese evergreen tree Illicium verum. It's aptly named for the star-shaped pods from which the spice seeds are harvested and has a flavor that is reminiscent of licorice. Star anise is famed not only for its distinct flavor and culinary applications but also for its medicinal benefits. Star anise is often confused with anise, though the two spices are unrelated.

Mugwort

Mugwort

Mugwort is a perennial plant native to Northern Europe, and Asia. The mugwort plant has angular reddish-brown stems that have bitter-tasting leaves with a sage-like aroma. The mugwort plant has been traditionally used for everything from digestive disorders to beer-making, insect repellent, and more.

Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint Indigenous to Europe and the Middle East. It is among the oldest herbs used for both culinary and medicinal products. Fresh or dried peppermint leaves are often used in herbal teas, for flavoring ice cream, candy, alcoholic beverages chewing gum, toothpaste, and some shampoos, soaps and skin care products.

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is a bushy herb of the mint family, with leaves smelling and tasting of lemon. Generally, balms have been used for centuries to heal, soothe, moisturize, fragrance, and smooth skin.

Territories & Album

The People

Yves Rafattelli

Master Distiller

Yves grew up on the hills of Upper-Provence, where his father used to take him hunting and fishing, as well as picking mushrooms and harvesting herbs used in traditional Provence meals. Yves joined the Distillery in 1981, and he acquired his know how in distilling herbs from Jean Augier, a 3rd generation distiller, who started distilling in the late 1940s with his father. “Each still has its own personality” says Yves “Jean knew ours perfectly and taught me all that was there to know. Mastering the old still helped me tremendously in choosing a new one, when we had to change machinery in 2017. It is not only about the quality of the raw materials, the way you operate your still has to match the quality of what you are distilling as well.” Yves now has perfect control of the distillation process, and yet he learns something new every day which is what he loves the most about his job. “It is the "charm of the still” Yves likes to say “There's always the expectation of what's going to come out. Every shift turns into a challenge on how to extract the most subtle scented spirits.”

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The History

18th Century

The first evidence of absinthe, in the sense of a distilled spirit containing green anise and fennel, is recorded. According to popular legend, it began as an all-purpose patent remedy created by Dr. Pierre Ordinaire.

1840s

Absinthe's popularity grew steadily when it was given to French troops as a malaria preventive.

1860s

Absinthe became so popular in bars, bistros, cafés, and cabarets that the hour of 5 p.m. was called l'heure verte ("the green hour"). It was favored by all social classes, from the wealthy bourgeoisie to poor artists and ordinary working-class people. Impressionist painters, using absinthe to get inspiration, started to call it their “Green Fairy.”

1880s - 1900

A mass production caused the price to drop sharply bringing the French to drink more absinthe than wine. During these years, Absinthe was exported widely from France and Switzerland and attained popularity in other countries, including Spain, Great Britain, United States, and the Czech Republic.

1915

Absente is banned from the market, as it became associated with violent crimes and social disorder. Though some countries, like Britain, Spain and Portugal, never banned it; while in others, like in Switzerland, the ban served only to drive the production of absinthe underground. Clandestine home distillers produced colorless absinthe, which was easier to conceal from the authorities.

1999

The ban was lifted. Distilleries Domaines de Provence, was the first to start again producing absinthe using one of the oldest recipes and traditional methods to produce what became Absente.

2001

Absente caught the attention of visionary spirits marketer, and Crillon Importers founder, Michel Roux, who chose this recipe among 200 others and made it the first absinthe available in America, for the first time after its ban in 1915.

2020

Absente Absinthe Refined continues to be the leading absinthe in the U.S. and around the world.