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Bringing online the finest and only the finest absinthe avaliable.

  • Fine absinthes are made by careful distillation of macerated
    dried herbs in an alcohol-water mixture. This is the way
    the best absinthe absinthes of the Belle Epoque were made,
    and it's the way the best modern absinthes are made.
  • The key to the very finest absinthes is meticulous herb-selection. The absinthes we sell are made by distillers who focus on
    obtaining only the very finest quality herbs, especially
    of course the all important wormwood.
  • For a true Belle Epoque experience, we strongly favour
    historically authentic absinthes based on original
    late 18th or 19th century recipes.
  • All the absinthes selected for Absinthe Classics come from either France or Switzerland, the two historic homelands of La Fee Verte. We do not sell any German or Eastern European "absinths".
  • Almost without exception the absinthes sold by Absinthe Classics have won multiple Gold and "Best-in-Class" awards at
    prestigious competitions around the globe.
  • Each absinthe at Absinthe Classics has been personally selected by David Nathan-Maister, renowned absinthe historian and author of "The Absinthe Encyclopedia", the definite guide to La Fee Verte.
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Which absinthes do we sell?

We sell only traditionally distilled and naturally coloured absinthes from France and Switzerland, the two historic homes of La Fee Verte. Amongst our carefully selected absinthes - all multiple award winners - are: Doubs Mystique "Carte d'or" Absinthe - a superbly smooth, rich and complex absinthe distilled in 19th century alambics in Pontarlier; the widely acclaimed Berthe de Joux from the historic Emile Pernot distillery; the limited production hand-crafted Archive Spirits absinthes including the Roquette 1797 and Sauvage 1804, based on some of the earliest known absinthe recipes from the 18th and early 19th centuries; the Jade Absinthe range, distilled in Combier to approximate the qualities of the legendary brands of the Belle Epoque; La Clandestine, the flagship La Bleue made by Claude-Alain Bugnon, the best known of all Val de Travers distillers and the artisanal absinthes made by DuVallon, another Val de Travers micro-distiller with a cult following.

How can I pay?

Our secure online ordering system gives you the convenience of paying by credit or debit card, with state-of-the-art security and fraud protection.
All your payments are 100% secured. To guarantee a high level of protection, we use the most recognised and most secure method available: SSL.

We offer 3 methods of payment:

• By debit or credit card online: Visa, Visa Electron and Eurocard/Mastercard all accepted. This system is swift, sure, safe and easy to use. It guarantees quick processing of your order, and a perfectly secure transaction.

• By Paypal: fast, easy and secure.

• By Bank transfer: Your order is dispatched, as soon as your transfer is received (generally within 2 to 3 days). You will be advised of the bank details necessary when placing your order.

Do you ship to the USA?

Yes. 95% of our shipments are to the USA, but our couriers are highly experienced in shipping all over the world, including the USA, Canada, UK, all of Europe, Japan, Korea, and Australia.

We unconditionally guarantee the safe arrival of all parcels to the United States.

If you're not sure whether we ship your country, please email us first to check. You'll generally receive your absinthe within 10 days of ordering it - in some cases even quicker. Delivery is to your doorstep - in normal circumstances we take care of all customs formalities. In the very unlikely event that a bottle gets lost or broken in transit, we will replace it immediately.
Look at our partner's shipments and returns policy.

Is absinthe legal in my country?

Probably. In the last decade, regulatory authorities all over the world have come to the realization that the reasons for the banning of absinthe a century ago were specious, and had little to do with any inherent danger on the product, and everything to do with the fevered prohibitionist politics of the time. Absinthe with less than 35mg/l of thujone is legal throughout the EU, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. In many countries - Spain, Portugal, the UK - absinthe was never banned in the first place. It's been re-legalised in France and Switzerland. Absinthe with less than 10mg/l is legal in Canada, Australia, most of South America, and Japan. Most recently, absinthes with less than 10mg/l of thujone have become legal for sale in the USA as well. Have a look at our partner's extensive selection to buy absinthe.

Do your absinthes contain high levels of thujone?

Our absinthes contain exactly the same levels of thujone as the famous brands of the pre-ban era - generally between just under 10mg/l and 35mg/l.

This has been confirmed by repeated independent testing. The myth that absinthes contained very high levels of thujone is just that, a myth, derived from a single long discredited 1970's journal article. The reality is that well made absinthes, both modern and vintage, contain only moderate levels of thujone. Modern absinthes that purport to contain very high levels of thujone - in some notorious cases, claims of over 100mg - are historically inauthentic, and vile tasting. They're usually produced by adding liquid thujone or thuja oil directly to the final distillate, a travesty of good distilling practice. We don't sell this type of ersatz product on this site, nor will we in the future. Read more about absinthe and thujone.

I don't like anise. Which absinthe should I buy?

Probably none. While levels vary considerably, all genuine absinthe contains anise. Absinthe without anise isn't absinthe, it's a herbal bitter, similar to Jagermeister and suchlike. If you don't enjoy at least a mild taste of anise, you won't enjoy the taste of real absinthe.

Do you sell original absinthe antiques?

Yes. For high-quality replica spoons, absinthe glasses and fountains, go to our Virtual Absinthe Museum Web Shop Web Shop. You'll also find a unique range of posters here, together with absinthe-related books, CDs and movies. For vintage absinthe antiques, go to our sister site Absinthe Originals.

Is it possible to taste pre-ban vintage absinthe?

With patience and deep pockets, yes it is. Go to Vintage Absinthe For Sale on our Virtual Absinthe Museum site, and add your name to our mailing list. Expect to pay $150 to $300 for a small sample, and well into four figures for a full size bottle. Although we are constantly searching throughout France and Switzerland for vintage pre-ban bottles, we always have a waiting list of potential clients, so you may have to wait a few months - or longer - before we're able to offer you something.

Who are we?

Absinthe Classics is part of RUEVERTE GmbH, a UK-based company operating in the field of absinthe, rare and ancient spirits, and vintage wine. We have offices in the UK, France and Germany, and are proud co-owners of the historic Distillerie Les Fils d'Emile Pernot in Pontarlier, one of only two French absinthe distilleries surviving from the pre-ban era. We are proprietors of the Virtual Absinthe Museum, the centre for historical research on absinthe, and also operate Fee Verte, the oldest, biggest and busiest absinthe forum, Absinthe Originals which sells authentic Belle Epoque era absinthe antiques, Absinthe Spoon which sells a wide range of replica absinthe accoutrements, and Finest & Rarest which deals in rare and ancient spirits, some dating back as far as the late 18th century.

With 10 years of experience, RUEVERTE is the most respected and the most trusted name in absinthe today.

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Spoon13.00 €
Glass + Dripper25.00 €  24.00 €
Spoon11.00 €
Spoon9.00 €
Glass9.00 €