More than a century old, Emile Pernot is a name in absinthe brands to be reckoned with. Renowned for its refreshing taste due to its addition of Spanish green anise seed, fennel and plenty of aromatic herbs and spices, it is a definite add to your to taste list!
The story of this product is quite different to others, and sure proves for an interesting read. The age old legend states that at the end of the 18th century when a man named Dr Ordinaire past away, his top-secret recipe for his alcohol was passed onto two young sisters. They later sold this recipe to Major Dubied from Couvet, who commercialized the product and, together with his son-in-law Henri-Louis Pernod, established the very first absinthe distillery in Pontarlier in 1805.
After the parting of Dubied and Pernod, the alcohol faced many name changes and different partnerships before the brand settled on Emile Pernot in 1889 after a former distiller of the name Emile-Ferdinand Pernot joined the products team.
The distillery of course has moved around and now finds itself home at the old Cousin Jeune building in Le Frambourg in La Cluse et Mijoux. Their building is found at the bottom of the Château de Joux and is the exact building where the young Emile-Joseph Pernot learnt his trade a century earlier. Talk about coming a full circle!
How to Taste Absinthe “the French way”
In terms of tasting absinthe, we would recommend to do it in the “classic French” style – below is the method:
- Fill a glass with 30ml of absinthe,
- Lay a flat perforated absinthe spoon across the rim of the glass.
- Place a single cube of sugar on the perforated area of the spoon.
- Drip Ice cold water over the sugar into the glass.
- Slowly stir the drink with the absinthe spoon after the water has been added.
- Viola – now enjoy your drink!!