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Fou d’Absinthe - Who you calling a fairy?


The first time I had absinthe was in Antibes in the south of France. Wandering around a market, we came upon an absinthe den. The day was unbearably hot, and I’m always game to try a new cocktail. This is a drink you gotta work at cause it comes with the water/sugar-cube-in-the-special-spoon ceremony, but it does make a mighty fine drink, really cool and refreshing. Made from the leaves and flowers of Artemisia absinthium  it tastes of aniseed, with a slightly bitter herbal flavour. It took the edge right off the heat.

But where were the hallucinations? The visions?  The madness? Isn’t this the drink that drove people crazy in the 1860’s?  These properties of the Green Fairy are purely mythological. Désolée.

It’s this reputation Olivia Giacobetti plays off by naming her L’Artisan scent Fou d’Absinthe.

Yes, I am crazy for absinthe, especially this EDP.

The opening is alcohol and anise, complete with the bitter herbal notes. It’s not at all sweet, but it is dry. After a while the anise softens and ginger, nutmeg and clove start to show up giving it a spicy, warm glow. Then it turns quite piney at the drydown. I find that all of these elements are in balance, creating a warm, deep blend. And, it does have the lasting power of an EDP. I like having a fairy in a bottle for whenever I need a little magic.

Now, this scent has been labeled masculine, but I love wearing it. But, then I find the whole male/female division in scent a guideline rather than a directive. I’m a grown up – I know what I like, and I love Fou d’Absinthe.

Ernest Hemingway, who knew a thing or two about drinking, created a cocktail called ‘Death in the Afternoon’ using absinthe. It goes like this:

Pour one ounce of absinthe into a champagne flute. Add enough cold champagne to make the absinthe milky. Drink two or three slowly. Oh, and send all your calls to voicemail.

Fou d'Absinthe is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.