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Absinthe Roquette 1797 - 75%

59.00 €

84.50 €/Liter
  • Roquette 1797 details:
  • Capacity: 70 cl
  • Alcohol Content: 75%
  • Production Method: Distillation
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Distillery: Emile Pernot
  • Color: Green
  • City / Region: Pontarlier
  • Stopper: Natural cork
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  • Reviews from
  • Color before louche: 9/10
  • Louche: 7.5/10
  • Color after louche: 9/10
  • Aroma: 27.5/30
  • Mouth-feel: 9/10
  • Taste: 19/20
  • Overall: 9.5/10
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The long awaited first release from Archive Spirits is finally here - Absinthe Roquette 1797.

The Roquette 1797 is a complex, unusual and spicy absinthe, based directly on a late 18th century manuscript recipe. It represents the first serious attempt in the modern era to recreate an absinthe from the very birth of La Fee Verte, when the drink straddled the line between liquor and potion, when it was as much magical and mysterious elixir as fashionable aperitif.

The 1797 contains the classic trinity of anise, fennel and grande wormwood, together with several other herbs, some of which will be found in no other commercially available absinthe. The absinthe is batch distilled in Pontarlier in an antique alambic, and is available in only very limited quantities.

The "1797" indicates the date of the manuscript recipe we've used, and "Roquette" pays tribute to the name of the faithful horse on which Dr Ordinaire - the legendary father of absinthe - rode around the Val deTravers, dispensing his herbal potions. We could hardly call the absinthe after the good doctor himself - "Absinthe Ordinaire" just wouldn't have been appropriate for such an extra-ordinaire absinthe...

The word "Roquette" doesn't, as you might first expect, refer to the speed of the horse, it refers to rocket, the salad green, which grows in the region, and on which the horse presumably liked to graze. The medicinal use of rocket at the time was for the treatment of impotence, so the modern equivalent might be to say Dr Ordinaire rode around on his horse "Viagra"...

Further releases in the Roquette range are in the pipeline, including a "1731" and an "1804", both based on old manuscripts.

The oldest distillations in the final Roquette bottling are nearly 18 months old, the youngest around 6 months, and this degree of maturation will be preserved in ongoing producion.

Absinthe Roquette 1797 should be prepared with ice-cold water, which must be added to the absinthe dose as slowly as possible, ideally drop by drop. Careful preparation like this will allow its subtly translucent louche and powerful, room-filling aroma to develop to best effect.

The coloration of Roquette 1797 is achieved in the most traditional manner possible, using only three classic colouring herbs. Like all natural chlorophyllic colorations it will gradually fade to a so-called feuille morte hue over time. The bottle should be stored upright and, like a fine wine, be kept in cool, dark conditions. Under no circumstances should it be exposed to prolonged sunlight, or to extreme temperature fluctuations.

Each Roquette 1797 bottle is sealed with a high quality re-usable wood and cork "T-cork", and then finished by hand with red sealing wax.

7 Customer Reviews:

By keliza the 12/01/2014absinthe rating

The roquette 1797 is very spicy. Love the classic way!!!
The next time I will not choose DHL for the shipment because the merchandise coming from Germany is delivered in my country by the colombian public mail service called 472, which is the worst in all senses. I had to wait more tan a month to get the absinthe.

By Abby-something the 10/06/2013absinthe rating

The Absinthe Roquette 1797 was my 1st venture into the realm of Absinthe. I have enjoyed other fine offerings since, but, none so far have captivated me so completely as this amazing Absinthe.
I give it 10 stars out of 5.

By Giuseppe Fulco the 07/06/2013absinthe rating

Simply superb! Delicate anise flavor but decided absinthe ... Great louche. For now, the best absinthe I drank even though I have not yet tasted the Jade ...

By Asha217 the 07/06/2013absinthe rating

I bought this as an anniversary gift for my boyfriend who is really into absinthe. He told me it's the best absinthe he's had yet and we've tried quite a few. The lush, color and taste are all wonderful! Great absinthe and I would definitely buy again.

By greenfairydom the 27/02/2012absinthe rating

This was absolutely fantastic. Tried it with a few friends and this is one of the best Absinthes we have tried here in the USA.

Do you have a spare bedroom we can live in??

Many thanks

By M/F the 26/02/2012absinthe rating

Great spicy Christmas gift I gave to myself and better half. Delivered on time and intact, this one was a warm and most welcomed kind of holiday spirit.
Thanks and Cheers! M/F

By Paul Hellweg the 21/09/2011absinthe rating

If you have poetry in your heart, this absinthe will bring it out!

2 Tasting notes from

Review by C.F. Blok-Andersen 18/11/2007

1797 is exceptionally bright and clear and a light-green that looks more yellow than green at particular angles. This is certainly a natural-colored absinthe without any sediment.

As ice water drips from a fountain, the louche is slow to evolve. Initially the union yields an oil-like effect, but eventually the opaline takes. Overall, this is not spectacular louche.

1797 is light, translucent and more straw-colored than green, yet the lightest jade tones are there. This is a very natural-looking absinthe that stands apart from others in it's uniqueness.

AROMA 27/30
Before the addition of water, 1797 has a mysterious aroma that's alcoholic and medicinal. The scent is very potion-like. After the addition of water we have a much nicer bouquet of wormwood, fresh anise, with hints of coriander (although I am not sure if coriander was an ingredient). What an amazing transition from pungent to pleasant!

1797 yields a nice, warm mouth-feel that is exceptionally smooth, sweet, and delicious at 3 to 1!

TASTE 20/20
It doesn't get much better than this! Roquette 1797 is incredibly well-balanced and smooth at 150 proof. The forefront is bitter-sweet maintaining a delicate, spicy finish that is second to none placing this fine opaline in a class of itself. This absinthe is very fresh, delicious, and fulfilling.

This is a timeless absinthe that is as delicious as it is refreshing. One finds it hard to succumb to just one glass as the senses heighten half-way through the first. What a success! I am grateful to our comrades David and Peter who have recreated a true masterpiece. If this is what Archive Spirits has to offer in future productions, then modern, absinthe distillers have their work cut out for them. Roquette 1797 sets a new standard in absinthe distillation. Finally, the bottle shape and wax seal complete the package and perfect the aesthetic of this fine product.

C.F. Blok-Andersen scores Absinthe Roquette 1797 92 out of 100

Review by Absomphe 21/11/2007

A really appetizing bright, and vivid green which is absolutely natural looking.

Initially, I thought there was no way that this absinthe could rate high in this category, as it seemed to take an eternity for the louche to begin to form. However, after a patiently slow drip of about ten minutes duration, I was rewarded with a much thicker louche than I could have imagined, and the slow unfolding that I observed was worth the price of admission.

Very appetizing pale minty green.

AROMA 28/30
Positively room-filling, and incredibly appetizing perfumy melange of spices…it is even more difficult to pick out the individual herbs here than it was in the case of Doubs Mystique. The overall aromatic profile definitely leans toward the vegetal, and slightly medicinal, but I mean this in the best possible way. This is one medicine I would have looked forward to taking BIG TIME during the late 18th century. I won't even hazard a guess as to what the pre-commercialization herbs are, but they certainly are intriguing, and ingratiating on the olfactories.

This is thicker (almost bordering on creamy) than I would have expected, and certainly ample enough to support all the spiciness that suffuses this absinthe.

TASTE 18/20
A major improvement on the original 1797 (which was quite tasty) this version obviously benefits from longer aging, and some really postive tweaking. It is still quite eccentric, and certainly won't appeal to everyone, but I find it to be beautifully crafted, and incredibly appetizing. The rough edges of the original have been delightfully smoothed over (there is no metallic, or burnt component, whatsoever, and the balance is remarkable for such a flavor-packed herbal dynamo).

Kudos to Oxy, and Peter for a beautiful imbibing experience!

Absomphe scores Roquette 1797 89 out of 100

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