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#1 Brian Robinson

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 06:15 AM

LdF Retail Outlets page?

The Soho Wine Supply, 18 Percy Street, London W1 (PF 1901, Jade Nouvelle Orleans, Edouard, Verte Suisse, Duplais, Mansinthe and Blanche and Verte de Fougerolles)

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly, London W1 (Un Emile 68)

House of Frazer, Corporation Street Birmingham and Central Shopping Centre, Croydon ( Un Emile 68, Un Emile Sapin and Un Emile Blanche)

Lancelot Wines, 16 Bridge Road, East Molesey, Surrey (Jade Nouvelle Orleans and Verte de Fougerolles)

If your local wine and spirits supplier doesn't stock our absinthes ask them to contact us, we are always looking for good local distributors. If your suggestion is accepted we will give you a free bottle of your choice!


Perhaps you could email LdF in case there is someone new they haven't put on the page, yet.

The choice in Vinopolis is crap, even worse than in Gerry's. I would strongly recommended Soho Wine Supply. They are not too far away from Piccadilly - it's actually walkable distance (15 minutes or so) or you can take the tube, but you won't save a lot of time, because there's no direct line from Piccadilly Circus to Tottenham Court Road.



Fortnum & Mason no longer sell it. I spent a long time looking and couldn't see any sign of any absinthe (maybe La Fee XS, but I think that was in Selfridges on Oxford Street).

Gerry's, 74 Old Compton Street
Vintage House, 42 Old Compton Street

Both these Soho shops have big selections (including 1/2 gimmicky products to steer clear of). From recollection Harrod's has a smaller selection and may be more expensive than buying over the internet.


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Posted 08 March 2008 - 12:51 PM

Some bars that purportedly sell absinthe:

Zensai
16 Inverness St. Camden, London

Zuma
5 Raphael Street, London

Hush
8 Lancashire Court, London

Match W1
37-38 Margaret St, London

Player
8-12 Broadwick St. London
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Posted 09 March 2008 - 06:30 AM

>Fortnum & Mason no longer sell it. I spent a long time looking and couldn't see any sign of any absinthe

F&M still sells Un Emile 68
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 05:29 PM

>Fortnum & Mason no longer sell it. I spent a long time looking and couldn't see any sign of any absinthe

F&M still sells Un Emile 68


Seconded. I picked up a bottle in the second week of February (and was very glad I did so. Nummers!)

On a related note: beware the selection at Heathrow Duty Free. When I was there in Feb '08, they only had two incredibly awful brands. Sebor and something else that escapes me, but it was some other crapsinthe that I was NOT willing to buy, even at Duty Free rates. I'd heard that they used to carry La Fee and Mansinthe, and maybe they did, but there was no sign of it during my time there.

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#5 Alan Moss

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 07:42 AM

If anyone wants to SELL absinthe in London (and not just buy it), here is a job opportunity that looks interesting.




And the "absinthe" concerned is this one.
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:23 AM

That would be a dream job for me if it were for a good brand. Xenta is turrble.
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:26 AM

"Xenta Absenta is an absinth of exceptional quality, obtained following a unique and legendary recipe dating from the nineteenth century. This involves the steeping of aniseed, fennel and artemesia absinthium in alcohol for many weeks."

And then...?

Oops, no mention of distillation!

Plus, it's called an absenta and an absinth...perhaps they could add some twigz™ for extra balztrippin' goodness.

Even I don't lack enough integrity to sell such an assbath. :laf:

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 09:13 AM

Hey Brian - thanks for the list of pubs/bars in London; I'm going to go on an "Absinthe Tasting Tour" one night soon!
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Posted 19 April 2009 - 11:10 AM

Make sure to keep us up to date too!
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Posted 23 November 2011 - 02:23 PM

On a related note: beware the selection at Heathrow Duty Free. When I was there in Feb '08, they only had two incredibly awful brands. Sebor and something else that escapes me, but it was some other crapsinthe that I was NOT willing to buy, even at Duty Free rates. I'd heard that they used to carry La Fee and Mansinthe, and maybe they did, but there was no sign of it during my time there.

- Johanna


Does anyone have any updated info on absinthe at Heathrow Duty Free? Any ideas on how to find out what's being sold there? My daughter's going to London in a couple of weeks...
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Posted 23 November 2011 - 02:25 PM

We should have a few Brits lurking around here somewhere. :laugh:
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 12:34 AM

Does anyone have any updated info on absinthe at Heathrow Duty Free? Any ideas on how to find out what's being sold there? My daughter's going to London in a couple of weeks...

Just La Fée Parisienne. Last time I was there the 70 cl bottle was £28.

Assuming you don't want that, you could ask your daughter to go here, where they have one of the best retail selections of absinthe in the UK, including all the Jades, 3 Artemisia lines and Maison Fontaine, but beware the others. Their absinthe selection.

I've been meaning to update the London page for a while so here are a few more bars:

Nightjar: the biggest selection of quality absinthes in the UK, with sixteen products, almost all from Liqueurs de France and from Artemisia. Amazing cocktails and the winner of the Best New UK Bar of the Year.

Brompton Bar and Grill: London's first absinthe bar. Small selection, but highly focused on doing everything right.

Purl: a leader in molecular mioxology, but you can have your absinthes served the classic way too.

I was just sharing emails with an absinthe VIP, and we both agree that there is a real resurgence in absinthe in London right now. And it's led by real absinthes with hardly a bottle of artificially coloured, pre-sweetened "absinthe" going into the best bars. So far, it's only happening in 20/30 bars in London, but it's definitely happening.

I'll try to add a few more here in future.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 05:55 AM

ugh, La Fee... My daughter says she doesn't want to put a bottle in her checked bags, but I'll give her the info about the Whisky Exchange and put a little mom pressure on her. Thanks, Alan.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 06:11 AM

Checked bags are much "safer" in my opinion. Since no airline in the world allows you to carry on liquor that wasn't purchased in the Duty Free shop, I've got very relaxed about having liquor in my checked bags. Not that I would ever take in more than the legal allowance of course ....
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:09 AM

I've been meaning to update the London page for a while so here are a few more bars:

Nightjar: the biggest selection of quality absinthes in the UK, with sixteen products, almost all from Liqueurs de France and from Artemisia. Amazing cocktails and the winner of the Best New UK Bar of the Year.

Nightjar's new absinthe collection reviewed. A couple of errors in the review, but it's clearly the best quality range in the UK with only one artificially coloured brand stocked.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:09 PM

Whoa... I'm thinking I need to make a trip to London really soon. I do have a week off in April...

I especially like the drink that is described as being served "ice cold in a steaming teapot." Excellent.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:11 AM

I'm heading to London in about two weeks. Have a few places from this thread to visit for getting my absinthe fix while there. Any other suggestions that aren't listed here?
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:44 AM

Stick to the more recent suggestions here.

Add:-

Montgomery Place
Zetter Townhouse (Not the main Zetter Hotel next door)
The Hide Bar
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:04 AM

Cool, thanks!
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:23 PM

Just got back from London. I only had a chance to visit two bars that serve absinthe: the Brompton Bar and Nightjar.

The Brompton Bar was very nice, but had only about three absinthes in stock: La Clandestine, Butterfly, and Angelique. Good choices though. I didn't try any of the cocktails, but they did pull out a nice little absinthe fountain and the small plates of food we got were delicious. We sat at the bar, but it seemed more of a restaurant than a bar to me.


Nightjar is one of the most beautiful bars I've ever been in. Lots of dark wood, ornate tin ceilings, cozy snugs, and a great, underground atmosphere. We were there on a night with a solo pianist who accompanied his Italian-accented blues vocals with some fantastic playing. Unfortunately the crowd was just starting to really get into the music--singing along, a little clapping and hooting, at least one couple at the far end of the bar had gotten up to dance and we were settling in for a long fun night--when the guy stopped playing at 11 pm. Apparently there is a law...

And the absinthe. A very impressive list of 16 different brands. I wish they would publish the list somewhere online; I haven't been able to find it. When it was just me drinking absinthe I was given a silver see-saw dripper (I have to get me one of those) but when we both ordered absinthe they brought out a lovely fountain. I tried five of the absinthes and liked them all.

I loved Nightjar and will definitely go back next time I'm in London. My one complaint was the service; maybe we just got a bad waitress but she didn't seem very interested in doing her job. Also, we apparently had such a good time that when we left we forgot to buy a deck of their playing cards which have photos and recipes of cocktails on each card. Damn I really wanted those!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 04:42 AM

Barts of Chelsea (famous for their 'Up in Smoke' Perique-based cocktails) now serve Enigma verte and Brut d'alembic

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 03:04 PM

I'll be poking about in some cocktail bars from September 20th - 25th. Anyone want to catch a drink?
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