GSN Review: Grande Absente

Absinthe has a long and fascinating history between 1797 and 1915, the date of its banning. Distilleries et Domaines de Provence was the first French company to re-manufacture absinthe in 1999. Its manufacture was authorized in 1988 under certain conditions, by following rigorous regulations. Since 2017, distillation at Distilleries et Domaines de Provence has been carried out in custom copper and stainless-steel stills. These new stills offer more freedom in the development of new recipes and a better regularity and consistency in terms of quality.

A “Family” business in every sense of the word, Distilleries et Domaines de Provence has successfully managed to build a serious image with its customers and consumers. The company has 38 employees and has a turnover of €9,443,000 ($10,688,000), of which 44% is from export. The products are sold in 80 countries around the world.

GSN’s Remarks: Grande Absente is bottled at 69% abv which is getting pretty high on the alcohol content. But, this is also balanced in two ways. The absinthe is sweeter than many, and it also contains more absinthe (bittering). Out of the bottle, the nose is immediately of black licorice and anise. The flavor is sweet, as mentioned, but still pretty intense undiluted. Adding some water (no sugar cube needed), tones down the heat, leaving a flavor very much like black licorice. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Distilleries Provence


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