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  1. I don't know if it is news, but the production in Tarragona ended on January 1st 1969. The remaining stock was then sold, so it was still possible to buy Spanish absinthe directly from Pernod until it was sold out (but produced before 1/1 1969 of course). Source: Danish newspaper July 6th 1969
  2. Thank you EdouardPerneau! Here is the description from Edouard Pernod: (...) The cooled absinthe is then decanted into large barrels where it is left to improve with age. Absinthe to be exported is drawn off into casks from these enormous barrels which indefinitely contain the "mother" and which are lined up in rank of age and excellence. Dictionnaire Universel de Cuisine, 1894 (Delahaye, Pernod 200 years p.111)
  3. Hi Bodhran It's a great area and you have to include Val de Travers, it's close by and there is public transport. Switzerland is obviously not part of the EU, so you can only bring 1 liter when you cross between Ireland and Switzerland or between France and Switzerland. 1 liter is always total, not matter if any bottles are checked in or carry on. If you fly France-Ireland you can bring back as many bottles as you like because you are within the EU. It is possible to mail bottles from both Switzerland and France, this may or may not be legal. You should absolutely forget the airports, wait until you are in Pontarlier and Val de Travers, you'll find (good) absinthe at stations, in supermarkets, in bakeries, in bars and restaurants, at tourist sites and of course when you visit the distillers. Philippe Chapons shop in Pontarlier (see Songcatchers link) is a good place, but it'll be very difficult not to find absinthe.
  4. They work in the destillery every day and I've never seen them turn anyone away. But if you go "outside season" you can always contact them at http://www.absinthe-suisse.com and ask if the destillery is open. There is absinthe everywhere and you can try at least 20 different at Maison de L'absinthe, at the bar in the asphalt mines and many other places. Hotel Aigle is just across from Bugnon but it is easy to find other places to stay. This covers most of the things in the area: http://www.routedelabsinthe.com/en/
  5. A couple of photos from Val de Travers - should you need more motivation for at trip there sometime... Robella is not in the Buzzfeed article: But the hardest to find - and the most encredible - is La Discrete:
  6. Great - and your presentation is still super! Looks like you'll need one of these now http://www.dx.com/s/uv+flashlight congratulations :-)
  7. Here is a photo of the Meisenthal carafes:
  8. Forgot this: https://www.facebook.com/events/717793455003397/
  9. Fete de l'Absinthe in Switzerland is June 20th this year: http://www.fetedelabsinthe.ch/
  10. And Denmark have had uninterrupted production of absinthe from about 1920 until today.
  11. Just as Denmark, Sweden and Norway (almost) always spelled it "Absint" - without the ®,
  12. Hmmmm, I don't think the journalist understands how the European Union works So far everything in the EU definition of Absinthe follows the normal process for the EU, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legislature_of_the_European_Union
  13. Nice video, thanks for posting! Would have been nice if The Psychedelic Fairy had credited the source of the labels in the video though ( I'm guessing http://www.absinthe.cc/et.htm)