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Pernod Fils 1913 – the true pre-ban experience

August 14, 2012

Pernod Fils pre-ban

We just opened the bottle of pre-ban Pernod Fils! Everyone was sooo excited about it. There is always a risk for that the bottle wasn’t stored properly, that the cork has gone bad and that the absinthe has “died”, so we were also a bit nervous when we began to break the wax seal. The wax was extremely thick and hard. We were soon convinced that the bottle has been absolutely airtight sealed for the past hundred years. The chances that the absinthe was good increased tremendously. Finally the cork was visible. We pulled the cork out, and then … a wonderful fragrance was streaming from the bottle. We hurried to fill a dose into a glass. The color was similar to a brandy. Then we let ice water slowly drip into the absinthe. It swirled and louched nicely, the color turning first into a pale peach and then into a creamy white. We couldn’t wait any longer amd tasted it. The Pernod Fils was round and harmonic, its wormwood tingling our taste buds. It was very, very good. Probably the best vintage absinthe that I have tasted yet.

Edit: I bought this bottle at www.antiquespirits.com. The owner of the business is a friend of mine, and recently I started helping with the website and communication with international customers. I think it is a lot of fun, because I am learning each day something new about pre-ban absinthes. If you too are interested in pre-ban absinthes, please write to info@antiquespirits.com, comment here or leave a message on my Facebook.

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  1. Distiller portrait: Martin Zufanek « absinthegeek reblogged this and added:

    […] we don’t know with certainty how absinthes tasted back in 1913. When we drink for example a Pernod Fils 1913 today, the absinthe has aged, which means that the flavours of the different herbs have changed […]

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