What better way to celebrate Bastille Day than to enjoy an evening dedicated entirely to absinthe?

I learnt everything there was to know (which is a lot) about this fascinating spirit. George Rowley, founder of La Fée Absinthe treated a small group of us to an in-depth seminar and tasting of all of La Fée’s range.

La Fée has 4 types of absinthe in its range, 2 French and 2 Swiss, the easy way to identify the origin of an absinthe is its colour. Green absinthes are French, and Swiss absinthes are clear in colour; this is until you have ‘louched’ your absinthe. To louche your absinthe is somewhat of a ritual, and one which makes the whole experience very sociable.

This picture explains the process far better than I can:

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Absinthe was first invented in Switzerland, very close to the French border. It quickly migrated to Pontarlier in France, where interest really took off.  French artists were famous for enjoying La Fée Verte (the green fairy), as it is affectionately known.

It was banned in 1914 for a number of reasons, including politics, war and thujone, (the drug found in wormwood, the principle ingredient in absinthe).

Nearly 100 years later, La Fée founder George Rowley and absinthe historian Marie-Claude Delahaye managed to overturn this ban, and now absinthe can be enjoyed as it was in the 19th century.

To round off the evening we enjoyed a refreshing cocktail which was made from La Fée Absinthe Blanche with lemon and lots of ice, it was the perfect way to finish a very warm evening.


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