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Pernod Absinthe

Pernod Absinthe

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Pernod Absinthe: A Storied Spirit Reimagined

Pernod Absinthe offers a unique and historical absinthe experience, bottled by the very company that established the first absinthe distillery in 1805. Here at The General Wine, we're delighted to offer Pernod Absinthe online and in our shops located in Liphook and Petersfield.

This detailed tasting note explores the essence of Pernod Absinthe, guiding you through its flavour profile, ideal serving suggestions, and its fascinating place in absinthe history.

A Legacy Revived

Pernod Absinthe boasts a heritage unlike any other. Pernod, the brand behind this absinthe, played a pivotal role in popularising absinthe in the 19th century. After a period of prohibition, Pernod meticulously recreated their absinthe using the original formula, allowing modern drinkers to experience a taste of absinthe history.

Unveiling the Louche Effect

Pernod Absinthe boasts a vivid emerald green colour. The magic happens when water is added. The absinthe undergoes the "louche effect," transforming into an opaque, opalescent louche, a signature characteristic of quality absinthe. This louche is caused by the essential oils in the botanicals, particularly the grand wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), interacting with water.

Aromatic Exploration

On the nose, Pernod Absinthe unfolds with a complex and enticing bouquet. The star of the show is anise, offering a distinctive licorice aroma. This is complemented by a symphony of herbal notes, including wormwood, hyssop, and melissa, which contribute a touch of musk and earthiness. Hints of peppery spice and subtle citrus add further intrigue.

Tasting Pernod Absinthe

The traditional way to savour Pernod Absinthe involves a special ritual. Place a sugar cube on a slotted absinthe spoon and position it above a glass containing Pernod Absinthe. Slowly drip ice-cold water over the sugar cube, allowing the water to dilute the absinthe and create the louche effect. The sugar helps to balance the bitterness of the absinthe.

The first sip of Pernod Absinthe offers a burst of anise flavour, followed by a wave of cooling herbal notes. The wormwood adds a pleasant bitterness that lingers on the palate. The texture is smooth and silky, with a touch of heat from the high alcohol content (68% ABV).

Beyond Tradition: Serving Suggestions

While the traditional serving ritual is an experience in itself, Pernod Absinthe can also be enjoyed in a variety of cocktails. Here are a few suggestions:

  • The Death in the Afternoon: This classic cocktail combines equal parts Pernod Absinthe and champagne, creating a refreshing and effervescent drink.
  • French Can Can: This vibrant cocktail blends Pernod Absinthe with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar syrup for a sweet and tart experience.
  • Absinthe Sour: A twist on the classic Whiskey Sour, this cocktail uses Pernod Absinthe instead of whiskey, offering a unique herbal twist.

Food Pairing

Pernod Absinthe can be enjoyed alongside a variety of food options. It pairs well with strong cheeses, smoked meats, and seafood dishes. The herbal notes complement the richness of the cheese and enhance the smoky flavours of meats.

Experience Pernod Absinthe at The General Wine

Pernod Absinthe offers a chance to delve into the world of absinthe and explore a legendary spirit. Whether you're a seasoned absinthe aficionado or a curious newcomer, The General Wine is here to guide you.

Visit our shops in Liphook and Petersfield or browse our online selection to discover Pernod Absinthe and embark on your absinthe adventure today.


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