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Absinthe Ban 16th March 1915 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 March 2015 10:55

On 16th March 1915 the Green Fairy was banned in France!


"Absinthe Journal - Tokens for sale!  10 centimes go to support poor absinthe manufacturers!" 

Cartoon by O'Galop, Le Rire Rouge, 1915. Collection Delahaye.


Marie-Claude Delahaye of the French Absinthe Museum, Auvers-sur-Oise, outlines the absinthe ban introduced on 16th March 1915.

Read more in French … or with the help of Google Translate!

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 11:00
A History of Absinthe Spoons PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 February 2015 11:07

Marie-Claude Delahaye,  founder of the Absinthe Museum in Auvers-sur-Oise, has kindly allowed us to translate her blog on the history of Absinthe Spoons which answers some of the frequently asked questions.  To see original blog :


First Published by Marie-Claude DELAHAYE, 17 June 2014

© Delahaye


What are the spoons used for?

Absinthe spoons are simply used for placing a sugar cube on.

Absinthe, a spirit obtained by the maceration and then distillation of plants at 68º to 72º, has no sugar added to the bottle.  In order to soften this strong spirit, sugar is added just before drinking.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:44
Centenary of the French Absinthe ban 1915 - 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 January 2015 12:27

This famous poster shows the Green Fairy being burnt at the stake in France, whilst her Swiss sister looks down from above, having suffered the same fate in 1910

This week saw the centenary of France's ban on Absinthe; the government unsurprisingly thought that overconsumption wouldn't help the war effort.  Believe it or not, Russia also banned the sale of Vodka at the outbreak of the 1st World War, but this lasted only 11 years instead of the 97 years of the Absinthe ban.  The temperance movement and French wine producers were delighted by the banning of the "Green Curse".  In dramatic posters from 1915, the Green Fairy is shown burning at the stake, while across the Swiss border her sister looks down from above having suffered a similar fate.  Thanks to La Fée's work in the late nineties, we can all once again enjoy the delights of the Green Fairy - why not celebrate with one of our fine absinthes!?

Read the full story of La Fée's absinthe revival here.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 October 2015 08:55
The Best of 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 December 2014 09:35

Our highlights of 2014 include tours of Australia and the middle-east, delicious new cocktail creations from top bartenders, a host of respected awards and Marie-Claude Delahaye's new Absinthe Museum blog.  We kick things off with the awards...

Absinthiades 2014

Having not entered the Absinthiades for a few years, we were so happy to receive silver awards for each of our Absinthe Supérieure offerings - La Fée Parisienne & La Fée Blanche.

Historically our X•S range would steal the show, with gold and silver medals awarded in 2007, 2008 and 2009, so to win such accolades with our premium range is a real sign of their quality. They were the highest awarded of any international brand at this year's event.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015 12:12
Correction: Absinthe is best! PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:45

What's the perfect spirit for flaming your Christmas pudding this year?

An article in yesterday's Times newspaper stated that the strongest spirit you could purchase from Fortnum & Mason is a particular vodka, at 54% abv.  It is, in fact, La Fée Parisienne, at 68%abv!  When it comes to flaming your Christmas pudding, it's not just the strength of alcohol that helps: the warming spices and herbal aromas of La Fée Absinthe really compliment the bold, fruity and delicious traditional dessert.

Fortnum's now stock the new La Fée Tasting Sets (in store, RRP £14.50), which include a miniature of both La Fée Parisienne & La Fée Blanche, as well as a traditional serving spoon: Enough to flame your pud' (we recommend using Parisienne) and then enjoy a couple of glasses in the traditional manner.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:09
Undulatus Asperatus PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 December 2014 17:34

Undulatus Asperatus over Tallinn, Estonia (Wiki.)

We are very happy & proud to see La Fée founding member Gavin Pretor-Pinney, of The Cloud Appreciation Society, in yesterday's Times - he's only named the first new cloud to be classified in the last 60 years!  Undulatus Asperatus translates loosely as 'undulating waves', and has now been added to the International Cloud Atlas.  Read more about this landmark event here.

Gavin with the other founding members & the La Fée bus, in the early noughties.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 17:36
La Fée Festive Punch PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:48

Why not try making La Fée Parisienne festive party punch this season for your friends and family?

Simply mix 1 part La Fée Parisienne; 2 parts sparkling bitter lemon, ½ part sugar syrup (2 parts sugar/1 part water) and ½ part lemon juice with plenty of ice. Garnish with mint, sliced lemon and cucumber.

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 October 2015 15:13
Black Friday to Cyber Monday Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 12:38

For this weekend only, we are giving away a La Fée Absinthe Supérieure Tasting (value £14.50 / US$21.00) Set FREE with every order that includes a full size bottle (70cl/75cl) from our online shop.

A stand-out gift for your secret Santa - or anyone who might enjoy the real absinthe experience; the Sheffield stainless steel absinthe spoon will last forever, long after the classic absinthes have been enjoyed!

There is no discount code to enter – just place your order as normal and we’ll include the free kit with your order.


Wishing you all a joyous festive season!


Very best from Team La Fée



Last Updated on Monday, 12 October 2015 15:14
Absinthiades Medals PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 November 2014 12:00


George Rowley flew to Geneva on his way to Pontarlier to collect both silver medals for the Verte and Blanche category at Absinthiades. Taking the opportunity to travel via the Route de l’Absinthe – Val-de-Travers (Berceau de L’Absinthe) and visit a few distilleries and the SwissAbsinthe Museum in Motiers.


Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 12:21
A Child of the Jago PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 November 2014 12:37

La Fée at the launch of Joe Corré's second clothing store "A Child of the Jago", 76-78 Charing Cross Rd, London. A lot of Absinthe was drunk by some fantastically dressed people. A Child Of The Jago is Joe Corré’s label specialising in quintessentially British, sustainable mens and womenswear with an emphasis on quality and workmanship. Joe is the son of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren and was the co-founder of the hugely successful Agent provocateur. 


Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 12:37
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