Jade 1901 is the creation of Theodore A. Breaux. Ted used his background in Environmental Chemistry to reverse engineer sealed bottles of pre-ban Pernod Pils from 1901. The result may be the most authentic reproduction currently on the market and a true testament of the craft in modern times.
FACTS: Jade 1901 is distilled at the Combier distillery, in Saumur, in France’s Loire Valley. The distillery was built in 1834 and all its significant equipment predates the 20th century and is also a museum. “Jade 1901 takes its name from the year in which the original Pernod Fils distillery in Pontarlier caught fire. When the distillery was rebuilt and repaired, out-dated alembics were replaced by the most modern equipment of the time. The old alembics were either destroyed by the fire and sold for scrap or sold off to smaller distilleries. The Combier Distillery purchased two of these 1100 liter stills and installed them along with the 8 smaller stills which had been a part of the distillery since 1894.” — www.bestabsinthe.com
- Name: Jade 1901 Absinthe Supérieure
- Type: Verte
- Manufacturer: Jade Liqueurs, LLC
- Country of origin: France
- Alcohol by volume: 68%
- Proof: 136
Before the louche, 1901 has a rich and beautiful olive color with hints of gold. Wonderful and natural.
I prepared 1901 with no sugar and a 1:3.5 ratio of absinthe to water.
Wow, very thick and it start immediately. The louche is very heave and stays at the bottom allowing for a full ratio of water to be added before the show is over. The result is a milky green/gold substance. Very opaque. You will only see translucency towards the sides of the glass at the ratio of 1:3.5.
Probably the best I have seen.
1901 may be a little too complex to my nose to discern the differences. Nothing really stick outs. I would describe it like fennel bulb. It is reminiscent of Ridge Verte. True to the pre-ban Pernod Fils, or so I am told. You have to really concentrate to distinguish the anise scent.
From the thickness produced by the louche, I got what I expected when I took a sip. I would describe this as a thick absinthe. Almost a milk texture. The wormwood is strong and along with the high alcohol content, numbs the tongue immediately. This is very pleasent and only seems to affect the tip of my tongue allowing me to enjoy the flavor. Since this is a traditional verte, you get the green vegetable taste with only a slight anise and not what I would describe as a sweet absinthe. Overall, mostly fennel and wormwood in a pleasing ratio.
The wormwood bitterness lasts long as does the numbing sensation on the tip of my tongue. I did not pick up a whole lot going on and wouldn’t say the complexity changes much on the finish.
This is a very good traditional verte. If you want to try absinthe in it’s truest form, look no further than Jade 1901. Personally I like the sweeter absinthes on the market like Meadows of Love.
Wormwood Society Score 4.7