|Vintage Absinthe II - Previously Sold Bottles
I am always a buyer for sealed bottles of vintage absinthe in good condition.
Je suis toujours un acheteur pour de pleines bouteilles de vieille absinthe.
Absinthe Pernod Fils, circa 1910: The "Cannes" Cache
The damage to the labels is typical of old absinthe bottles (or old wine bottles for that matter) that have lain undisturbed in a
slightly damp cellar bin for many decades. The dampest part of the label starts to disintegrate first - ie the part touching the
bottle stacked immediately above it. The parts on the side get slightly better ventilation, and are not touched by the damp glass
above, and so deteriorate at a slower rate.
Generally this type of label damage is an indicator that the bottles will have good levels, and that the contents will be relatively
fresh and well preserved - because it specifically shows that they were stored on their side, shielded from light, and left
untouched. This is the case with the bottles in this cache, all of which have very good to virtually perfect levels - the rather
grubby finger in the pictures is that of my agent in France pointing out the ullage in the various bottles. The contents will be in
excellent drinking condition.
Pernod Fils was widely regarded as setting the quality benchmark for absinthe - it was the standard against which all others
were judged. It has a wonderfully subtle and complex taste, with both herbal and floral nuances. Although like all old
absinthes the original green colour will have faded to an amber, once one adds water and the absinthe louches, hints of the
original green magically reappear
Absinthe Suisse - Couvet, circa 1910
A wonderful negociant bottlng in absolutely mint
condition, with a perfect label and foil capsule. Excellent
level. The only recorded sealed bottle with this label.
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Extrait d'Absinthe Kubler & Romang
One of the most important sealed bottles
in existence. The only known surviving
pre-ban bottle from one of the great Val de
Travers producers (who recently, a century
later, resumed absinthe distillation).
Absinthe Pernod Fils
Absinthe Edouard Pernod
An exceptional Pernod Fils bottle - the wax seal
on top of the cork is, very unusually, still green.
An unusual early Absinthe Edouard Pernod,
bottled for the German market. The tin seal has
the wording on the side: AUGUST ENGEL /
KÖNIGL. HOLIEFERANT / WIESBADEN, and on
the top AUGUST ENGEL / WIESBADEN,
together with a royal coat of arms. Engel were
one of Edouard Pernod's distributors in
Germany. The absinthe would have been
shipped to them in barrel, and then bottled in
Germany under licence.
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A very unusual sealed Absinthe Edouard Pernod 65%, circa 1914.
Possibly made specifically for the cafe.bistrot trade in the south of
|Absinthe Edouard Pernod 65%
Absinthe Pernod Fils
This Pernod Fils bottle comes from the cellars
of a bistrot in Perpignan.
One of two perfect sealed
bottles of Absinthe Edouard
Pernod circa 1910-1915.
An Absinthe Superieure Premier Fils 65%
one litre bottle dating from around 1890 to
1900. Premier Fils, based in Romans, was
a high-end producer whose absinthe
commanded a premium price, and was
one of the realtively few absinthe distillers
that used an entirely natural herbal
coloration process, something they proudly
advertised on their label.
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Neto Costa Estilo Suisso 1931
The Neto Costa Distillery, was founded
in 1931in Anadia, north west Portugal,
and is still operational today. The Neto
Costa family have been wine producers
since the 19th century. They were one of
the first to produce a sparkling wine in
Portugal and, like almost all vignerons
in the region, also distilled grape
alcohol, and a grappa -ike sprit called
"aguardente" or "bagaço". The distillery
today produces a range of liqueurs,
Neto Costa have confirmed that this
hand-blown bottle dates from 1931, the
first year of production. This is clearly a
premium quality absinthe made
according to the classic Absinthe Suisse
method - the label states "Estilo Suisso"
- Swiss style - a sure sign of quality.
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Absinthe Pernod Fils 68 circa 1910
The damage to the label is typical of old bottles
that have been stored lying on top of each other in
a cellar bin - the label disintegrates in the middle,
where it was touching the bottle above it.
Three magnificent bottles, all from Italian
1. A circa 1910 Pernod Fils (below left) and an
Edouard Pernod (below right), from the cellar
of an old palazzo in Venice. Still covered in
grey cellar dust. Excellent levels, very good
colour, original labels intact, original wax
seals on top of the corks, ideal bottles. The
Edouard Pernod has the original diamond
shaped back label.
2. A circa 1908 Pernod Fils (below centre)
found in Padua. Smoky smell around the
neck. Colour darker than average. Absolutely
outstanding level. Traces of original green
wax seal on top of the cork. A bottle of
Fine circa 1910 Pernod Fils bottles.
Original green wax seals.
A very rare circa 1895
An unusual and
extremely early bottle,
believed to date from the
1890's, prior to the 1901
fire and the rebuilding of
the Maison Pernod
distillery in the early
1900's. Traces of
original green wax seal.
Absinthe Pernod Fils 68
circa 1905 and 1910
Two very fine bottles.
Dechanet were a mid -sized high quality
Pontarlier producer. Intact pre-ban bottles
are very scarce, and this is the first one
ever offered for tasting.
A 1913/14 Absinthe Pernod Fils from the famous cache released from
Holland on to the UK market in 1937, available in 30ml sample bottle form.
After the banning of absinthe in 1914, the absinthe producers, including
Pernod Fils, received substantial indemnities from the French government. In
a little publicised concession, they were also allowed to export their
remaining stocks. Pernod Fils transferred their entire stock of pre-ban
absinthe to Holland, where it remained until 1937, when a small quantity was
released on to the UK market, with the labels overprinted with the words
"Garanti Fabrique en 1913". In 1938 the remaining unsold stock was
transferred back to France to warehouses in Le Havre, where, a few years
later, it was destroyed in a war-time bombing raid.
This absinthe has the typical Pernod Fils herbal and
floral nose, and is rich, complex and satisfying - an
absolutely perfect example of a fine pre-ban absinthe.
Top left: Dose before addition of water, showing the
classic feuille morte colour.
Bottom left: A beautiful opalescent louche.
A very unusual Pernod Fils bottling,
labelled for Argentina, Uruguay and
Paraguay. Original Pernod Fils green wax
Absinthe Berger, a circa 1895 bottle.
Absinthe Bregante 65% circa 1900
Two spectacular and rare bottles,
the Duval is only the second intact
bottle found, the Bregante is so far
unique. Duval were the oldest of all
absinthe houses, with a heritage
going directly back to the Henriod
sisters in 1798. Bregante were one
of only two distilleries in Corsica, a
significant centre for absinthe
consumption in the early 1900's.
A superb bottle of Absinthe
Edouard Pernod. It has its
original branded wax seal,
an intact label and an
excellent level almost to the
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