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FRENCH ABSINTHES

Our French absinthes are distilled at the historic family-owned distillery of Paul Devoille in Fougerolles. The Distillerie Paul Devoille is located in Fougerolles, Haut Saone in North East France, close to the Alsace region. It was founded in 1859 by Xavier Devoille, the father of Paul, and is considered one of the top 10 distilleries in France for fruit eau-de-vie. It was purchased in 1985 by René de Miscault and is now run by his son, Hugues. Fougerolles is the French capital of cherry eau-de-vie, known as ‘kirsch,’ however, distilleries like Devoille produced absinthe in great quantities from the end of the 19th century up to 1915, mostly in bulk following specific recipes for regional absinthes. The demand for absinthe was so great at the time that more famous distilleries could not keep up with production, and absinthe was ‘imported’ from Fougerolles to other French cities (including Pontarlier) to be bottled and labelled with local names. LDF commissioned Hugues to make an exclusive absinthe in 2004 and Enigma verte de Fougerolles became an instant success and was soon followed by Enigma Blanche de Fougerolles, the first absinthe made directly following a known historic and openly published recipe found in 19th century French distiller’s manuals.

Enigma Verte premium French absinthe

ENIGMA VERTE ABSINTHE

70 cl 72% abv

Gold, Absinthe Masters 2011

Enigma Verte is an outstanding, unfiltered premium absinthe made from a combination of aromatic herbs and plants, including grande and petite wormwood, anise, fennel and hyssop. It uses a grape-base alcohol and is bottled at 72°, in order to hold its natural green colour and present its aromas to the fullest.

Enigma Verte FDC, oak aged absinthe

ENIGMA VERTE FDC ABSINTHE

70 cl 69.2% abv

London IWSC 2013 - Bronze medal

Enigma Verte FDC is an oak aged unfiltered premium absinthe made from a grape-based alcohol and a combination of aromatic herbs and plants that has been carefully aged in 300 litre French oak barrels to give it s smooth creamy finish which conjures up the complexities of a pre-ban absinthe.

Enigma Blanche premium French absinthe

ENIGMA BLANCHE ABSINTHE

70 cl 74% abv

Master, Absinthe Masters 2011
London IWSC 2012 - Silver

Enigma Blanche is made with a grape-alcohol base, and combines grande and petite wormwood, green anise, hyssop, veronica, camomile, génepi, fennel, coriander and angelica; all plants are individually distilled into full 80%+ alcoholates, which are then blended.

Enigma Rouge absinthe

ENIGMA ROUGE ABSINTHE

70cl 68% abv

Enigma Rouge is an premium, unfiltered premium absinthe made from grape-base alcohol distilled with a combination of aromatic herbs and plants, including grande and petite wormwood, anise, fennel and angelica. The natural red colour is derived from plants.

SWISS ABSINTHE

Our Swiss absinthe is distilled at the Matter-Luginbühl distillery in Kallnach. The founder of the Matter-Luginbühl distillery, Ernst Luginbühl-Bögli originally raised cows in Kallnach, a small German-speaking Swiss town, located between Neuchatel and Bern. Because of his location, he had many commercial contacts in the Val-de-Travers, only 50 kilometers away. This region was not only known for watches and absinthe, but famous for cattle – the town of Boveresse was even named in their honour. The family story says that at the end of the 1920’s, when searching for ideas for products, Ernst traded a prime Simmental cow for an old local absinthe recipe. It was said to have turned up recently in a search of old business papers, in the midst of the recent Swiss absinthe legalization publicity. The distillery also offer to distil local farmer’s excess fruits into low-yield eaux-de-vie, complete with custom bottling and personal labels. The familiar taste of the Kallnacher Absinthe makes us wonder if they had put their old recipe into use earlier than they claim and might have been responsible some of the ‘clandestine, farmer-made’ la Bleues that have surfaced over the past years.

Enigma Verte Suisse premium Swiss absinthe

ENIGMA VERTE SUISSE

70cl 65% abv (130 proof)

Silver medal London 2012 IWSC

Enigma VS is a premium Swiss absinthe verte developed for LDF at the Matter-Luginbühl distillery. It is a fresh herbal absinthe with delicate flavours derived from a combination of herbs that includes sandalwood and mint. The emerald green colour is naturally produced by using mint in the colouring step.