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My visit to Distilleries de Provence

I took a trip back home and had the pleasure of going on a tour at Distilleries de Provence in Forcalquier.

I met the owner Alain Robert and his son Jean-Baptiste at their stand at the Forcalquier market, where I had the pleasure to taste the amazing Henri Bardouin Pastis. A few days later I was lucky enough to be taken on a tour of their Distillerie.

Jean-Baptiste walked us through the showroom, the laboratory, the tasting room (where they taste each product to ensure consistency), the ageing room and then the manufacturing where the bottling, labelling and packing takes place. A room full of bright yellow and red colours, a very Provencal feel.

Their products are in high demand not only in France but also internationally, they are happy with the sales in New Zealand!

Eventually, I discovered brand new shinning barrels. They also have beautiful posters of Henri Bardouin around the property.

After my tour, I headed to their boutique in town and bought some glasses and Grande Absente - it’s the real absente with the original percentage of Absinthe, you should check it out!

Established in 1898, Distilleries et Domaines de Provence inherited a tradition that goes back several millennia: collecting medicinal plants on Lure mountain, known for its wealth and abundance of plant species. They have made their mark through the wide range of quality liqueurs they produce - the excellent Henri Bardouin Pastis, the traditional qualities of the Absente range and particularly the audacious Crème d’absente.

In 1974, Henri Bardouin retired but continued to work with the new team headed by his son, Jacques Bardouin, and Alain Robert. The latter is still in charge now with his son Jean-Baptiste, selling to over 60 countries around the world.

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