Jean-Philippe Brunello co-founded the family business, Artez, in 1995, on 12 hectares (30 acres) of land located in the Western part of the Bas Armagnac. Jean-Philippe developed a passion for Armagnac and spirits from an early age due to his grandfather, a cellar master in Ognoas. In 2003, Artez expanded by acquiring the family recipes of Jean-Michel Berneau, a retiring longtime producer of absinthe and pastis in Gironde.
This original family recipe from the early 1900s is the result of tedious research and the delicate blending of about eight plants, reminiscent in flavor and color of the original absinthe. The Grande Absinthe (wormwood) brings out the fresh bitterness, but it really is the secret blending with the other plants that gives a perfect balance between the bitterness, the alcohol and the aromas.
This product brings us back a century, to the times of the Muse Verte, with artists such as Beaudelaire, Verlaine, Hemingway, Van Gogh, and Rimbaud...
It’s one of the rare absinthes on the market with a historical alcohol content of 68%.
It’s the only absinthe made with totally fresh, cut baby absinthe leaves (used within 5 min. of harvest) grown on the property, a unique particularity from the original recipe, which gives it this beautiful, luminescent jade color.
La Muse Verte Absinthe contains no sugar, no additives, and is entirely natural. That is the reason why it is packaged in a black opaque bottle, so that the light does not spoil its color or taste.
Each of the eight plants in La Muse Verte Absinthe is carefully selected and is steeped in neutral alcohol of various alcohol content depending on the plant, in order to extract its best essential oil.
All the infusions are then assembled with great care over different periods of time. Some of the plants macerate for more than 3 weeks. The final product undergoes a meticulous decantation and natural filtration process with wool and paper, just like in the ancient times: quality comes first.
6 to 8 volumes of water for 1 volume of La Muse Verte Absinthe.
Color: bright jade green
Nose: subtle vegetal notes and hints of spring scent.
Palate: herbaceous underwood, floral, spicy hints of anise.
96 points. "Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
"Rich green hay color that turn milk cloudy when mixed with water in the glass. Fragrant mint, tarragon and fennel seeds are dominant and enticing. The palate is hot with matcha spice, licorice and balancing sweetness leads into a long finish." Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2018
Chairman's Trophy, 97 points "Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation" - Ultimate Spirit Challenge 2013
“...very good purity...wonderful scents... a quality that’s unusual and pleasing... more in line with how I envision real absinthe to be.” - Spirit Journal