Your image of a typical swiss clandestine distiller is perhaps male and a slightly older. Gaudentia is not like 'the average' distiller. First of all, she’s a woman of course, second she is quite young. But she probably knows just as much about absinthe and its distillation than an experienced clandestine distiller from the Val-de-Travers. The tradition for distilling absinthe dates back into her husband’s family until about 1850. Until 1969, his grandmother used to illegally distill absinthe at their home – until she got caught by the Swiss authorities.
After being charged such a hefty fine, Jean-Michel’s grandmother stopped producing absinthe. Until Gaudentia and her husband started distilling after his grandmother’s recipe again, the tradition for absinthe had died in their family. The two are extremely proud of their little distillery.
With numerous awards for her classic La Bleues, the distillery is on the way to become one of the most renowned in the area of Switzerland.