Jul 30 2011, 01:30 AM
I am most impressed with this man's creations. I've only had the pleasure of drinking Sevil and Veuve Verte, but they were far and away the best of the Swiss offerings. (Though I am also extremely fond of Matter's Blanche Trad #5).
I was wondering what else I might be able to sample from this clearly talented distiller. Suggestions?
Jul 30 2011, 09:02 AM
Well you've tasted the best already, but you should try the Duvallon classic, it's very nice and more flowery than the other Bleues.
Jul 30 2011, 09:07 AM
Ask the Master himself for Lait du Jura and what Marc said.
May 19 2012, 11:58 PM
Marc, thank you for the tip! I have been enjoying the classic Duvallon Blanche. I am in fact, sipping from a glass as I type, on my front porch swing, in the cool Spring dusk as the sun is setting. it is clean, refreshing, and delicious.
le comte de lautreamont
May 20 2012, 12:21 AM
I think Duvallon Classique is the best blue .
Jan 8 2013, 09:47 PM
I am very sad that Mr. Duvallon is retiring from distilling absinthe. I love his creations.
Jan 8 2013, 10:39 PM
Has the reason been given?
Jan 8 2013, 10:44 PM
Well, too much work involved, too many regulations, fuckin' IGP, and no money earned.
Jan 9 2013, 07:28 PM
I wrote a review of Duvallon classic at the Wormwood Society, as I felt it deserved to be honored.
I'll share it here, hoping Mr. Duvallon realizes that his work IS greatly appreciated here in the USA.
"I love this la bleue, as it is simply a pure a classic example of what a Swiss la bleue is supposed to be. I had a glass in 2010 from a different bottle, but this bottle from 2012 is sublime... perhaps it's just that my palate has changed, or it is from a different batch. (We all know that small-batch artisanal distillers have variations from batch to batch). I've compared this to all the other blanches I own, and it is simply put, the purest example of a delicate and delicious wormwood I've tasted in a blanche. There is a softness and clean edge to this, that is free of alcohol and any out of balance elements. Yes, there are la bleues out there (even from this maker) with more character and elements...Sevil for instance, but the purity in concept of this blanche is wonderful. The aroma is crisp and "alpine meadow," the flavor is clean and precise, and the finish is just strong enough to blend with the aroma and flavor in a correct manner, without betraying the gentle spirit of this absinthe. It builds gently and softly, lingers just long enough, then fades leaving a lasting impression of delicate flowers."
Apr 19 2013, 06:24 PM
Sad, I still have the original 'poison flask' of the Veuve Verte, which was colored with wormwood at the time and too bitter, but still a nice remembrance of Duvallon's absinthes... It doesn't have to be easy at all distilling absinthe, considering all the regulations and costs, but he has done a great work nonetheless and I thank him for all his creations
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