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The long awaited first release from Archive Spirits is finally here - Absinthe Roquette 1797.
Roquette can be ordered online from our Absinthe Classics webshop, or right here from this
page, by clicking the add-to-shopping-cart link below.
The Roquette 1797 is a complex, unusual and spicy absinthe, based directly on a late 18th
century manuscript recipe. It represents the first serious attempt in the modern era to
recreate an absinthe from the very birth of La Fee Verte, when the drink straddled the line
between liquor and potion, when it was as much magical and mysterious elixir as
The 1797 contains the classic trinity of anise, fennel and grande wormwood, together with
several other herbs, some of which will be found in no other commercially available
absinthe. The absinthe is batch distilled in Pontarlier in an antique alambic, and is available
in only very limited quantities.
The circa 1900 Egrot alambics in which the 1797 is distilled. In the middle at
the top are the rectifying balls, with the water tank visible holding the twin
condenser coils below.
The oldest distillations in the final Roquette bottling are nearly 18 months old, the youngest around 6 months, and this degree of
maturation will be preserved in ongoing production.
Absinthe Roquette 1797 should be prepared with ice-cold water, which must be added to the absinthe dose as slowly as possible,
ideally drop by drop. Careful preparation like this will allow its subtly translucent louche and powerful, room-filling aroma to develop to
The coloration of Roquette 1797 is achieved in the most traditional manner possible, using only three classic colouring herbs. Like all
natural chlorophyllic colorations it will gradually fade to a so-called feuille morte hue over time. The bottle should be stored upright and,
like a fine wine, be kept in cool, dark conditions. Under no circumstances should it be exposed to prolonged sunlight, or to extreme
Each Roquette 1797 bottle is sealed with a high quality re-usable wood and cork "T-cork", and then finished by hand with red sealing
Each bottle of 1797 is individually sealed with wax, in
a time-honoured tradition.
The "1797" indicates the date of the
manuscript recipe we've used, and "Roquette"
pays tribute to the name of the faithful horse on
which Dr Ordinaire - the legendary father of
absinthe - rode around the Val deTravers. We
could hardly call the absinthe after the good
doctor himself - "Absinthe Ordinaire" just
wouldn't have been appropriate for such an
The word "Roquette" doesn't, as you might first
expect, refer to the speed of the horse, it refers
to rocket, the salad green, which grows wild in
the region, and on which the horse presumably
liked to graze. The medicinal use of rocket at
the time was for the treatment of impotence,
so the modern equivalent might be to say Dr
Ordinaire rode around on his horse "Viagra"...
Further releases in the Roquette range are in
the pipeline, including a "1731", an "1804", and
a "1912", all based on original unpublished
Absinthe Roquette 1797
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