Classified an amer, meaning a higher level of wormwood than is usual is used in its production. Due to being coloured soft yellow-green by chlorophyll without artificial colouring this absinthe is packaged in a brown bottle to protect its contents from the detrimental effects of ultraviolet light.
A wine based French absinthe from Pontarlier, the ingredients are split in two different herbal parts and these are macerated in the wine based alcohol and distilled separately. The resulting distillates are blended and then redistilled. Lastly a herbal sack is steeped in the distillate to add natural colour and the final balance of flavour. The absinthe is rested in large oak barrels prior to bottling.
It is recommended to dilute La Fée XS Francaise with 4 to 6 parts water, according to taste.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 06/12/2010
(Bottle No. 869 of 1182, group 0106F) Pale milky green, louches when water is added.
Initial strong anise flavour is quickly joined by bitter wormwood and spice notes.
Sampled with the addition of three parts water, this makes a lightly aniseedy drink with spice and vegetable notes. The addition of sugar greatly improves the experience and magnifies the more subtle camomile notes.
Very clean and fresh compared to lesser absinthes.