Since 1853 – one of the oldest and
most traditional distilleries
Blood, sweat and tears went into every bottle of
absinthe produced by Felix Rauter. The first
batches tasted terrible – that’s the fate of
those who are beginners. The years
went by and the absinthe
improved. Today, however,
this is the best absinthe
around – depending,
of course, on who you ask!
That’s a beautiful bottle –
what’s the Beast doing on there?
Absinthe is a high-proof spirit with a legendary
reputation. This herbal liquor is wrapped up in many
tales of influence and seduction, of perils and spirits –
in other words, the dangerous way it plays with
perception. The picture of the Beast, inspired by the
vision of the Bergalten – the legendary spirit of a former
miner who haunts the region’s mines – is the product
of exciting and inspirational encounters.
Who invented absinthe?
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Why was absinthe banned?
The myth about thujone
Legend has it that it was invented by someone in the Val de Travers in the Neuchâtel Jura at the end
of the 18th century. By the beginning of the 19th century, production had supposedly moved to France.
At this time, the canton of Neuchâtel was a Prussian principality. In other words, absinthe is a Swiss
legacy that made a name for itself in France and was invented in Prussia.
Thujone, which is the psychoactive neurotoxin contained in wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), has been
attributed to symptoms such as convulsions, blindness and delusions – ultimately leading to the prohibition.
The Regulation on Flavourings maintains that thujone should continue to be banned. However, it
authorises the use of plants containing thujone, such as Artemisia absinthium, as well as parts of these plants.
A maximum thujone concentration of 35 mg/kg is allowed in spirits that are classified as a bitter* in compliance
with EC requirements. The maximum quantity of thujone allowed in potable spirits that are stronger than 25%
abv. is 10 mg/kg, as opposed to 5 mg/kg in spirits with an alcoholic strength of 25% abv. or less.