Nicknamed the ‘’Green Fairy’’, Absinthe is a bitter, aniseed-flavoured liquor distilled with anise, fennel and Arthemisia Absinthium (wormwood). It originated in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland in the late 18th century. Owing in part to its association with bohemian culture, the consumption of absinthe was opposed by social conservatives and prohibitionists. Ernest Heminway, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde… all were known absinthe drinkers.
Larusée was founded in 2012 by two friends: Jean-Pierre Candaux and Nicolas Nyfeler. Jean-Pierre told Nicolas the story of Léon Duvanel, his wife Danièle’s grandfather. Originally from Val-de-Travers, Léon had always dreamed of distilling absinthe, but since his wife was downright against such an enterprise, he abandoned his dream, storing his recipe books and research papers in an old trunk in the loft. Léon had since passed on, but before he died he had talked to Jean-Pierre about his passion for absinthe with such enthusiasm that the latter picked up his desire to make it.
Keen to rehabilitate the image of absinthe, Nicolas invited Jean-Pierre to join forces with him in order to make this dream come true – and so it was that Larusée was established in 2012.