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The Icecreamists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine O'Regan   
Thursday, 29 October 2009 10:12

 "God Save the Cream"
THE ICECREAMISTS


 

NV by La Fée stars in the Infamous Sex Pistol Ice-Cream.  Guerilla ice-cream installation by The IceCreamists [Agents of Cool] at the Ultralounge, Selfridges, London, W1A 1AB

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2009 10:47
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Absinthiades 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine O'Regan   
Monday, 26 October 2009 11:00

La Fée X•S Suisse takes third consecutive Golden Spoon at the 2009 Absinthiades

 

La Fée X•S Suisse became a triple Golden Spoon winner at the 2009 Absinthiades.  The Absinthiades is one of the most famous and highly regarded organisations in the absinthe world, and has this October awarded it's highest honour - the Golden Spoon, for the third consecutive year to La Fée Absinthe X.S Suisse in the Blanche category.  Such is our dominance of this event we are now banned from entering La Fée X.S Suisse for 2010.


La Fée X•S Suisse is one half of our Ultra Premium range - it is a wine based ‘Amer’ distilled in the birthplace of absinthe: Couvet, Val-de-Travers, Switzerland.  Our extra supérieure Swiss absinthe is a clear ‘La Bleue’  style; it has a refined texture with delicate anise and herb flavours that linger elegantly on the palate. 

The gold award will be presented in the Town Hall of Pontarlier, in the French Alps on the 20th November 2009.  Local dignitaries include Patrick Genre, the Mayor of Pontarlier, who together with distillers and absintheurs will gather to celebrate this important re-emerging drinks category.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:00
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Class Mag May/June 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 15:22

A B S I N T H E  TA L E

‘The Green Fairy’ was thought to be illegal in the UK and was indeed banned across most of Europe and North America. George Rowley was most instrumental in its resurrection but before I tell his story, what is absinthe’s history and why was absinthe banned in the first place?

Words: Simon Difford

From left: Dr Ordinaire, Val-De-Travers, Toulouse Lautrec

 

BIRTH OF ABSINTHE


The origin of absinthe’s name, like its origin itself is both unclear and a matter of conjecture but it is thought to derive from the Greek word ‘apsinthion’ meaning either ‘wormwood’ or ‘undrinkable’ (presumably due to its bitter taste).

Earliest origins date back to ancient Egypt and medicinal use of wormwood is mentioned in Ebers Papyrus, circa 1550 BC. The ancient Greeks used wormwood extracts and winesoaked wormwood leaves as remedies and there is also evidence of the existence of a wormwood-flavoured wine around this time made by Hippocrates that was handed down as a cure for digestive and flatulence disorders. Modern day absinthe originated around the time of the French Revolution (1789–1799) when thousands of French loyalists sought safety through exile in Switzerland, Alsace, and other nearby countries. One such elderly émigré was Dr. Pierre Ordinaire, a retired French physician who fled to Switzerland and settled in the town of Couvet. Thus far the story is well substantiated. According to popular legend (and Pernod- Ricard’s marketing bumph) Dr. Ordinaire started work on creating a new elixir drink using plant extracts, in particularly wormwood, long considered to have medicinal properties. He sought to make a tonic which made ingestion of the bitter herb more palatable and, in 1792, the good doctor utilised distillation to arrive at his final formulae involving the maceration of fifteen botanicals in grape spirit.  These included wormwood bark, star-anise, liquorice, fennel, hyssop, parsley, camomile, spinach and coriander but he called the drink Extrait d'Absinthe after Artemisia absinthium, the Latin name for wormwood. On his death, Dr. Ordinaire left the recipe for the drink and a substantial sum of money to his trusty housekeepers, the Henriod sisters.  They made small batches of his potion and started hawking it as Dr. Ordinaire’s Absinthe.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 15:14
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Pretty Women of Paris PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 April 2009 13:45

Pretty Women of Paris......

For the next 23 weeks, La Fée will be letting you peep through the keyhole into scandalous 19th Century Parisian nightlife.  We will be showing the courtesans featured in Kate Rochester's book "The Pretty Women of Paris" with original text from 1883 and beautiful illustrations by Lindsay Brunnock.   

La Fée was delighted to sponsor the book's launch last year due to the historical links between Absinthe, Paris and ladies of the night.

The first lady on our website is Marguerite Debreux, described as a "succulent darling" with "one of the handsomest bums in Paris".  

Ring the door bell and the image will appear, with scrolling options to view previous ladies to be added in subsequent weeks.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 10:38
 
La Louisiane PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 December 2008 09:59

A new New Orleans Cocktail

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2008 10:00
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Bar Business PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 November 2008 15:11

Bar Business Magazine recently spotlighted the competition we are running for professional bartenders.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2008 16:27
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Spooky Stinger PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 November 2008 15:04

Nightclub & Bar Magazine featues La Fée Parisienne on one of their Halloween Cocktails.

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Costco PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 November 2008 16:21
  1. La Fée is now available in the following California Costco sites:
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Yves Saint Laurent PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 November 2008 15:54

La Fée was the proud sponsor of the exclusive United States presentation of the special exhibition of Yves Saint Laurent in De Young Museum, San Francisco.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2008 15:39
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Absinthiades Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 November 2008 15:46

High-up on the French side of the Alps on the evening 14th November 2008, in the historic absinthe town of Pontarlier, the award ceremony for Absinthiades 2008 took place.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2009 14:06
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