Posted by: Jessie | June 16, 2011

Kübler Absinthe

I usually keep a bottle of Lucid around the house.  After using the last of it in a hot toddy for my sick friend, I headed out to The Party Source to buy another bottle.  To my disappointment, I found that the price had gone up.  Kübler, however, was on sale.  It was a bigger bottle for the same price.  Kübler was one of the original absinthes, so I decided to give it a try.

According to the Kübler website:  

“Kübler was launched in 1863 by J. Fritz Kübler in Motiers, Switzerland. Motiers is the capital of the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of Absinthe.  Fritz opened his Blackmint Distillery in 1875 and was the recipient of numerous awards and medals in competitions around the European theater before the Swiss government banned Absinthe in 1910.  In 2001, the Swiss ban was lifted and the brand was revived by Fritz’s great grandson, Yves Kübler, who runs the present day distillery only a few miles from its original site in the Val-de-Travers. Yves produces Kübler according to the brands original formula and it includes all the elements presented to the market in 1863.
The principal ingredients in Absinthe are the herbs Grand Wormwood and Anise that provide the balance between bitter and sweet and make the taste of the spirit so compelling. Kübler uses a grain neutral base of Swiss wheat and also includes Hyssop, Lemon Balm, Coriander, Star Anise, Fennel, Artemisia Pontica and Mint according to its original formula. Each of these ingredients is grown locally in the Val-de-Travers. Kubler is 106 proof (53 ABV).”

The website also has some interesting recipes, although I have not tried any of them yet.

Kübler is a blanche absinthe, which means that it is clear when it comes out of the bottle.  It has a lovely louche, with tendrils that wind their way to the bottom of the glass and slowly fill their way to the top.  The aroma is very anise with hints of earthyness.  The anise flavor clobbered my tongue and almost completely covered the flavor of the other herbs.  Kübler numbs my tongue more than other absinthes.  It does not need sugar, although sugar would not hurt the flavor.  This will be a wonderful mixing absinthe, especially in Sazerac and other drinks that do not need much complexity in the absinthe.

Kübler is 106 proof, by the way.

The Wormwood Society has more in-depth reviews of this absinthe.

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