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The genuine article: Grande Absente 69 transcends the artist within you!


Grande Absente 69, the modern, provocative "green fairy" which inspires the contemporary art scene, embodies all that is spiritual and anti-establishment.
 Grande Absente 69 - the genuine article - contains more absinthe plants, which gives it its very particular bitterness.

The rite of passage to the very essence of a true absinthe! Grande Absente 69. Caution, you may become mad... about it!

Tips: Aside from the traditional absinthe ritual, the different plants and of course the absinthe contained in Grande Absente 69 make it an ideal addition to an infinite number of cocktails. Shakers at the ready!




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Grande Absinthe (Artémisia absinthium) has been used to treat ailments since Antiquity. By adding anise to it, an elixir was obtained that was guaranteed to be successful. Then, concoctions were prescribed for the sick and the secret of this elixir was quickly purchased. This was how the first distillations of Absinthe began.

 Absinthe very quickly became popular. In 1830, Absinthe went with soldiers on the conquest of the Overseas Territories. Then, they used Absinthe to purify water and to treat homesickness. When they returned, they continued to drink the beverage. The bourgeoisie which admired its soldiers tasted this drink and liked it, while artists always looking for new pleasures discovered it in turn.

 Suddenly, the consumer had a drink with powerful plant aromas to which very cold water was added. But, not added in just any way. The Absinthe had to be surprised by allowing the water to fall drop by drop on the sugar placed on the chiseled metal spoon. When the sugar was dissolved, the water could finally move more quickly at the end of the stream and "beat the Absinthe" until it was fully mixed, a real alchemy between the water and plant essences.

 For artists, Absinthe was an experience. A modern and provocative girl, Absinthe captivated drinkers. She drew drinkers into the wildest dreams and when they were ingenious, they could find the right words to speak about their little green-eyed muse.

Starting in 1860, Absinthe reached the working class and was then wildly popular, which raised it to the rank of the "national drink." But, it quickly became the symbol of alcoholism.

As the scapegoat for all evils caused by this disaster, which was intense at the end of the 19th century, the Green Fairy became the "green peril."

Newly created anti-alcohol leagues and the wine lobbies, threatened by absinthe's success, pressured the government to obtain its complete prohibition.

Then, they had to wait for World War I for the government, which was careful not to anger more people, finally took some restrictive measures. When it was determined that these measures were not sufficient, they were supplemented by a new proposed law that was accepted in March 1915, prohibiting the production and sale of Absinthe.

Since January 20, 2011, when EC Regulation 1334/2008 of December 16, 2008 entered into application, the maximum authorized amount of thujone (alpha and beta) in alcoholic beverages produced from species of artemisia is 35 mg/kg.

Since May 17, 2011, the law of 1915 related to the prohibition of the manufacture, wholesale and retail sale, and the distribution of absinthe and similar liqueurs has been repealed.

The term "absinthe" can now appear on the label without any need to add "with plants of".
"Absinthe" still cannot be used as a sale name because it does not have a definition in the community. The FFS (French Sprits Federation) and DGCCRF (General Directorate for Competition, Consumer Protection and Fraud Prevention) are working on inserting absinthe into the European regulation.




Grande Absente is a bitter (approximately 35g of sugar per liter). That means a more bitter product which contains more absinthe and less sugar.

Grande Absente is composed of alcohol, sugar, infusions and essences of absinthe, wormwood and star anise, green anise alcoholates, lemon balm and mint, a green colorant (brilliant blue FCF and tartazine).

Links to:

            • Grande Absinthe

            • Wormwood

            • Green anise

            • Lemon balm

Grande absinthe (Artemisia absinthium) with gray extremely fragrant foliage, once was used as a flavoring in sauces and to prepare the famous liqueur "La Fée Verte." The entire plant is extremely bitter and contains a substance called thujone, which was held responsible for intoxication.

Today, Grande Absente, a liqueur with absinthe plants, differs from its sister on one essential point: the thujone in it is in perfect compliance with regulations.




Production method

The ingredients are macerated and/or distilled and prepared in advance, then they are mixed at the time of manufacture. It is not by chance that Distilleries et Domaines de Provence have chosen to manufacture Grande Absente by mixing essences: in fact, this makes is possible to control the amount of thujone for all manufacturing of products based on the absinthe plant.
After the Grande Absente has been manufactured, it is inspected, filtered and bottled.

How do you drink it?

A few ideas to use depending on your tastes and desires....

 Traditionally, with the absinthe spoon ritual:
Place a piece of sugar soaked with Grande Absente on an absinthe spoon placed on the edge of the glass. Light the sugar with a flame. Gently pour the water over it, to slowly dissolve the sugar and to tint the liqueur with an opalescent green.
 Pour the Grande Absente over shaved ice.
 Add a little water only for those who prefer bitter drinks that are not very sweet.
…And those who love strong sensations will appreciate Grande Absente neat, at 69% alc/vol.
 In cocktails

Organoleptic Profile:

Appearance: beautiful clear green color with yellow reflections, which look clear and brilliant.

Nose: The aromatic power of grande absinthe dominates with the characteristic camphor and menthol notes which then mix in with fresh anise and spice notes.

Taste: a powerful attack due to the presence of absinthe, then the structured development leaves room for a fresh and spiced final note that gives the product its lingering taste.

Storage: at room temperature, not over 25°C or in the refrigerator. Store the bottle upright. No expiration date.