Absinthe Brevans H.R. Giger is named for Jacques de Brevans, author of the French liquor-maker's manual, "La Fabrication des Liqueurs". It is based from a recipe in this book dating from 1897. The base alcohol is a balanced mixture of wine alcohol and marc and the herbs used are sourced from the same region as those used by the most famous historical absinthe distillers. Absinthe Brevans is colored naturally, and only with additional plants. The result is a highly complex, authentically reproduced absinthe, worthy of the best makers of the past.
Tasting notes: A very vibrant clear green color. Wonderful nose with a nice complex and tempting aroma. The wine alcohol base is notable and also a good portion of wormwood, green anise and fennel. Slight hints of coriander and a faint minty touch is present also. The addition of water enhances the overall aroma, lets out more of the herbal complexity and also produces a really nice, thick, light green louche. The aroma carries on to make a fine full mouth-feel, slightly dry but creamy.
Artwork: The H.R. Giger painting on this label "Brain Salad Surgery II", was made famous in the 1970's as the cover art of the rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer's album of the same name. The original painting was stolen from an art show in Prague in 2005, and a reward has been offered by Giger himself for its return. The original has a blue-grey tint, whereas this version is modified greens, in homage to absinthe.
"This one has been around for quite some time, having been highly regarded amongst absinthe aficionados since right around the time absinthe became legal in the US again. A deep peridot color with hints of yellow greets you as you pour it into the glass. Louching with cold water produces an attractive louche. Quite proper. The aroma is dominated by pontica and other coloring herbs, giving it an alpine freshness that invites you to take a sip. The flavor is light and refreshing. There isn’t anything that really asserts itself. It’s well balanced, with all the correct flavors of absinthe: sweet anise, slightly bitter wormwood, slightly piney. It’s bracing in all the best ways. Spicy on the back palate, with the anise and wormwood lingering for quite some time. For anyone looking for a good representation of a ‘typical Belle Époque absinthe’ that might be slightly heavy on coloring herbs, you’d be spot on in picking up a bottle of this."
- Reviewed by Brian Robinson. Click here to see Brian's bio.
Posted by Steve on Feb 22nd 2018
Great product and awesome customer service !!
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Posted by Steve on Feb 15th 2018
Just started drinking absinthe. I have one drink a day at night. As a side benefit it seems ???? to be helping with my non24 sleep cycles.
Great place and absinthe
Posted by Steve on Feb 12th 2018
Highly recommend purchasing from Maison Absinthe, and the Swiss Absinthe Giger is awesome well worth the price !!!