Les Fils d’Emile Pernot Authentique Absinthe 65% 700ml (France)


Les fils d’Emile Pernot distillery was founded in 1890 and is located in Pontarlier, France, the birthplace of French absinthe. It has been family run from father to son continuously up until 2005.

Their magnificent century-old copper alembics were specially designed for Absinthe production by the famous firm of Egrot in the early 1900’s. Reputedly the only stills of their kind in operation anywhere in the world, they are considered a key factor in Pernot’s ongoing quality. This edition, created by Dominique Rousselet, is a classic Pontarlier absinthe with a powerful bouquet of wormwood complementing the anise and fennel perfectly.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: A darker shade of green, a mix between peridot and forest green. Attractive.

Louche: A very nice, bright, white and green louche. Not too thick, not too thin. Just right. The heavier coloration helps retain quite a bit of green color in the fully louched product.

Aroma: Herbal, spicy and clean. Spice, anise, and some minty wormwood. Complex and inviting.

Flavor: Surprisingly subdued for the amount of aroma. It’s very smooth and easy to drink. The herbs meld well with each other, with the anise and wormwood appearing equally, without sparring for superiority. Hints of spearmint.

Finish: The anise plays a supporting role, while the wormwood comes out a bit more, but without much astringency. It lingers on the tongue for quite a while and provides a noticeable amount of numbing.

Overall: Another winner from Emile Pernot. Unlike products like Berthe de Joux, Maison Fontaine, Roquette or Sauvage, which work hard to bring out the massive wormwood flavors, this absinthe is more balanced and a bit less medicinal. Quite enjoyable as a traditionally flavored absinthe.

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