The Absinthe Revival: Presentation in Paris with Marie-Claude Delahaye

May 20, 2011 mark

Gweorge Rowley & Marie -Claude Delahaye of La Fée Absinthe

George and Jane Rowley travelled to Paris this Monday morning, following an invitation by La Maison Du Whisky to present on Absinthe’s modern revival with Marie-Claude Delahaye: this was followed by cocktails for journalists and bartenders throughout the afternoon, followed by a similar event for the public that evening.

The event was entitled “Absinthe Revival”, in which Rowley explained (with previously unseen details and documents) the events leading to La Fée returning Absinthe to France and the background to La Fée’s distilling and production across Paris, Rhone-Alpes, Pontarlier and Couvet (Switzerland).  The presentation shed light on the events which have lead to people being able to drink real absinthe today, focusing mainly on ‘what is Absinthe’ and our direct invlolvment in its return to date: Ending with France’s repeal of the 1915 ban, which this week was written in to the Statute Book. You will find a copy of this presentation here, which we hope you will find of interest.

La Fée range at La Maison du Whisky

Shop window Absinthe display: La Fée X•S Absinthe Française, La Fée X•S Absinthe Suisse, NV Absinthe Verte, La Fée Absinthe Parisienne and Pernod aux extraits de plantes d’Absinthe

La Maison du Whisky Shop Paris

…In La Maison du Whisky’s boutique shop and educational facility in the exclusive area of Rue des Quatre Vents, St. Germain, Paris, France.

The presentation took over two hours (ably translated by Stanislas Jouenne of LMDW) and was followed by more questions and answers.

George Rowley & Marie-Claude Delahaye of  La Fée Absinthe

Rowley over-labelled a bottle of La Fée aux Plantes d’AbsintheParisienne with their new livery for France (printed last week in anticipation of this historical moment) being La Fée Absinthe Parisienne; the first such labelling for France since the Ban of 1915, which was then appropriately presented to Marie-Claude Delahaye for display in her Museum to mark this positive, historic decision by the French Government….

Afterwards we all headed upstairs to the private bar where traditional La Fée serves and both classic & contemporary cocktails were skillfully crafted by mixologist Samantha Sundius.

La Fée absinthe being poured

Absinthe cocktail by La Fée

Samantha Sundius, of LMDW Fine Spirits, serves an array of delightful La Fée Cocktails – including the Sazerac, In-Seine, J-Day & Bohemian Mule

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