Combier Blanchette Absinthe
Combier Blanchette Absinthe is every bit an epitome of its name. It is an absinthe that has a blanche color (well, more like translucent) and is made for the Distillerie Combier. You could say that it is a designer spirit with big names directly involved in its production namely, Ted Breaux and Combier. Ted Breaux is considered to be the Grandfather of Absinthe, having studied the spirit since the mid 1990s, including tasting pre-banned versions and testing their composition (interestingly enough, he’s a chemist). Combier stands for The Combier Distillery where the Blanchette is made. The distillery has been around since the 1800s and remains virtually unchanged with Alambics from the premium absinthe maker, Pernot Fils.
Another thing that makes Combier Blanchette Absinthe stands out is that it brings history into the modern times, bringing together the two major hubs and historically influential places as far as absinthe goes, Val-de-Travers in Switzerland and France. Val de Travers is where it all started; it is where absinthe was born. Meanwhile, France is the center of distillery and prevalent consumption of the spirit back in the 1800s. Combier Blanchette Absinthe is made from an ancient Swiss recipe and is produced in the same distillery as its ancient version.
Silver Medal Winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition and Gold Absinthe Spoon Winner at Pontarlier ‘Absinthiades’ 2006, Combier Blanchette Absinthe is a masterful and harmonious marriage of all the classical flavors of absinthe (wormwood, anise, fennel) and then some more in a 60%ABV concoction. Many profess that the spotlight is on wormwood on this although you get to taste most of the other ingredient before you get to its lasting, satisfyingly bitter taste. Combier Blanchette Absinthe creates a beautiful louche and brings out its full flavor when prepared the traditional way. Enthusiasts also swears that the Blanchette, like fine wine, gets better with age.
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