French Doctor Pierre Ordinaire distils a strong (68% abv/136 proof) spirit containing wormwood, anise, hyssop and varying amounts of other common herbs as a cure-all tonic. It becomes so popular others start to distil it and is quickly nicknamed ‘La Fée Verte’ (the green fairy). 1915, Absinthe banned in France, at the height of its popularity. After years of issuing their troops with absinthe as a preventative against malaria, the French Government decided to ban absinthe, blaming it for widespread desertion in the trenches during World War I. The X•S range is classified as an ‘amer’, which means that under EU law is allowed over three times the amount of thujone in normal absinthe.
This extra supérieure Swiss absinthe is a clear ‘La Bleue’ with a smooth texture and delicate anise and herb flavour that lingers elegantly on the palate. It is best enjoyed by slowly adding three to four parts iced water creating a swirl of opalescent colour finishing with a beautiful milky white texture and releasing an array of intense aromas. Its perfect balance means that, as is Swiss tradition, sugar is not needed.