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Kubler Swiss Absinthe

Kübler Authentic Swiss
Absinthe Superieure


By Robert Plotkin

Absinthe is the stuff of legends. In Europe during the latter 19th century and early 20th, the notorious spirit was the drink of choice of bohemians including Picasso, van Gogh, Baudelaire and Oscar Wilde. Its unsavory reputation and ill-founded assertions that—Artemisia absinthium—one of its botanicals possessed dangerous psychoactive properties, caused the governments of Switzerland to ban its production in October 1910.

Fortunately the nearly century-long ban has been lifted and Kübler Authentic Swiss Absinthe Superieure again flows in the United States. Produced at the Blackmint Distillery in Motiers, Switzerland, the fabled brand is made in exact accordance to its original 1863 formula. Kübler is devised with pot-distilled wheat spirits infused with locally grown hyssop, lemon balm, coriander, star anise, fennel, mint and Grand Wormwood (Artemisia Pontica). In keeping with local tradition, the absinthe contains no sugar and is finished at 106-proof.

Kübler is the bestselling absinthe in its native land with good reason. The brand has pristine clarity—which classifies it as a classic Swiss La Bleue—a luxuriously creamy texture and a mild, refreshing bouquet balanced between anise and fennel. Its initial entry is warm, semisweet and loaded with anise flavor, followed closely by a wave of slightly bitter, alpine wormwood. Kübler has a persistent and thoroughly satisfying finish with a savory herbal taste.

Every style of absinthe will turn opaque when mixed with water; an initriguing process referred to as the "louche." With Kübler, the louche action builds quickly into distinctive layers. The added water softens its anise-forward character, rendering the combination smooth and delicious.