Pernod Distillery

Pernod Fils’ distillery in Pontarlier, France, C. 19th century.

Absinthe producers were relieved last week when the Swiss federal administrative court in Saint Gallen overruled a decision to give absinthe produced in the Val-de-Travers region a GI (Geographical Indication).  Had the GI been passed, all producers outside of this region would be prohibited from using the name ‘Absinthe’!

The decision respects both French and Swiss historical distillers and will protect absinthe’s future around the world by allowing all producers of the Green Fairy to continue calling their spirits Absinthe:  It’s a plant – not a place!

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