Saturday, February 8, 2014

80 Years of Legendre Herbsaint

March 1st 1934, Legendre Absinthe is renamed Legendre Herbsaint.



March 1st, 2014, Herbsaint celebrates 80 years of being The Spirit of New Orleans.

Happy Birthday Herbsaint!



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Early 1934 Herbsaint Items

A little grouping of 1934 Legendre Herbsaint items, including the earliest known '34 Herbsaint pint bottle, a '34 Herbsaint Mini, a 1934 Legendre Herbsaint Booklet,25 Ways of Enjoying Herbsaint and an unused 1934 Herbsaint label date stamped June '34, by the Indiana Liquor Control Board.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Rare Gem found: 1915 L. E. Jung Greenopal

One of the many chapters in the shared history of New Orleans, and Absinthe was an old New Orleans distiller L. E. Jung. (Later to be known as L. E. Jung & Wulff)

L. E Jung distilled absinthe, among their many types of  bitters, liquers, and liquors during their roughly sixty year history. From the surviving information, it appears that L.E. Jung produced a copy of C.F. Berger's absinthe , both as a verte, and a blanche.

 
1911 L.E. Jung catalog page with their pre-ban absinthe.



When the USA banned absinthe in 1912, L.E Jung would reformulate their Absinthe in 1913 and produce what may well have been the first American Absinthe substitute, called GREENOPAL.

 
1913 New Orleans Bee French language advt. for their absinthe substitute. 
 
 
 
A surviving L.E. Jung Greenopal Absinthe Substitute from 1915, now residing in our collection.
 
Greenopal would later resurface after repeal under the house brand of Solari's market in New Orleans.

 
 
We will pick up the story of the many changing names of L.E. Jung, and L.E Jung & Wulff's absinthe substitutes, as Jung & Wulff would try to find a niche in the post pro-prohibition market.
 
Stay tuned for more photos to come...

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Sazerac Gift Shop


Over a dozen years ago I encountered an image of a 1930s Legendre Herbsaint poster, its subject was the classic Herbsaint Frappé, with the now famous line:
“At The Close Of The Day, Drink An Herbsaint Frappé, Legendre Herbsaint, Always Served When Absinthe Is Called For”.
The vintage Herbsaint frappé poster was the inspiration for a fascinating journey discovering the history of Legendre Herbsaint.

 The original Herbsaint advertising images are both unique and quite rare, with originals being almost impossible to find.

The Sazerac Company has gone into their amazing archive of vintage Herbsaint images, and now has available, four reproductions of vintage Herbsaint posters, available to the public for the first time in over 70 years.



Stop by the Sazerac Company’s new online shop, and pick up a set of Legendre Herbsaint posters, and while there check out their other Herbsaint items, and don’t forget to check out the other fine Sazerac products available on their new site.

 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The New Orleans Absinthe Manufacturers Association

A quick iPhone photo to preview a coming attraction.
The New Orleans Absinthe Manufacturers Association.

Below are two of the three New Orleans distillers that formed The New Orleans Asbinthe Manufacturers Association.

Three rare survivors...