Jade Terminus Oxygénée Absinthe Supérieure

Jade Terminus Oxygénée Absinthe Supérieure arrives following several years of historical sleuthing, botanical research, and patience.  This mature, handcrafted spirit represents the final release in the Jade Liqueurs® portfolio of historically accurate absinthes.  Jade Terminus Oxygénée Absinthe Supérieure was created as homage to one of the most interesting absinthes of the fabled Belle Époque.  What set this renowned product apart from its peers is that it was highly publicized as having been subjected to a specialized hot oxygenation process originally believed to render the final spirit hygienic, and therefore free of any potentially deleterious properties.  The original brand was the subject of widespread publicity, sold at a premium, and was exported to various ports around the globe. 
 
 
Jade Terminus Oxygénée Absinthe Supérieure is artisanally distilled from the same botanicals as the original acclaimed oxygenated absinthe, with the addition of a healthy dose of a particularly interesting species of wormwood harvested from the foothills of the Alps, which contributes to the bold flavor of this handcrafted absinthe.  Always true to the originals, Jade Terminus Oxygénée Absinthe Supérieure is also subjected to a bespoke hot oxygenation process that closely mirrors the original technique.  And while this twist from the past asserts its own character to the spirit, it’s only with long term maturation that it is ready for bottling.

Jade Terminus Oxygénée Absinthe Supérieure represents the most powerful expression of the spirit in the Jade portfolio.  Bold yet creamy, it features potent aromatics and a lengthy, stimulating aftertaste that recalls the medicinal origins of the spirit.   Jade Terminus Oxygénée Absinthe Supérieure is carefully distilled by T. A. Breaux, using the original 19th century absinthe alembics in the historical Combier distillery.   


T.A. Breaux loading Artemisia Absinthium , 1100L copper alembic, Combier 2013

The above text is taken straight from the Jade Website and offers us some insight into the unique production techniques used by Jade to ensure an historically accurate and truly authentic Absinthe.  
We at Sip Or Mix have now received our shipment into the UK and have already dispatched orders to Speciality Drinks and Master of Malt, with more to follow. If you would like any info about stocking any Jade products please contact jenny@sipormix.com.
 
Before Louching:
 
The colour is crisp, bright and crystal clear. An interesting ‘chartreuse colour’ which is a combination of both green and yellow. The nose offers up rich, deep anise, good wormwood and high herbal notes.  
The louche is thick, dense and very oily. Once the liquid is louched it becomes very viscous and creamy.

 
The nose after louching is naturally, softer than straight from the bottle, although it retains the big anise and herbaceous notes. 
The expectation on the palate is instantly fulfilled on tasting. Really big and bold anise and herbal flavours, quite dry to the point of being almost bitter. Incredible, viscous mouthfeel which starts to anesthetise the palate almost instantly. Great integration of flavours and complexity. The finish is long and uplifting with lighter floral notes kicking in.
 

 
In conclusion this is a fantastic addition to the Jade Absinthe collection and compliments the rest of the range perfectly. The Terminus Oxygenee is big and bold with a quite different flavour profile to any other Jade.   We are convinced this will undoubtedly become a new favourite for many veteran absintheurs.   On second tasting, a couple of days later, the Oxygenee has softened and shows even further integration of flavour and balance.
 
    
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Upcoming Sip Or Mix Events

Friday 24th OctoberGerry’s  Soho, London – We will be tasting both Combier Doppelt Kummel and SW4 London Dry Gin, which means we’ll be putting them together in one of our favourite cocktails – the Silver Bullet.

Thursday 30th OctoberTestBed, Battersea, London – we will be tasting our Sip Or Mix Absinthe portfolio for the LiveButohexciting launch of LiveButoh

“Found and based in London, liveButoh is a live art house supporting works, live performances, events and workshops inspired by Butoh dance and philosophy of Inspiration, Change and Progression.”

“Its’ avant-garde and interpretative dance is visually striking – it is metamorphic, always transforming and incredibly immersive with the audience. It is surreal and exotic, only captivating strong sensations and feelings. liveButoh content gathers immediate attention, leaving behind intense emotions and unforgettable imagery for the eye and soul…”

Friday 31st OctoberHedonism Wines, Mayfair, London – This has become something of a tradition for us on Halloween. We are very pleased to be back in Hedonism tasting both La Maison Fontaine Absinthes and Jade Liqueurs Absinthes.

Saturday 1st November – Harvey Nichols, Manchester – We will be tasting the only Absinthe stocked by Harvey Nichols, the multi-award winning  La Maison Fontaine Blanche.

Friday 7th November –  The Whisky Exchange, London Bridge – Today we will be tasting SW4 London Dry Gin 40% and Batch 47%. We will likely have some Combier Kummel with us to make some delicious “Silver Bullets”.

Friday 14th NovemberGerry’s – We will confirm which delicious products from the Sip Or Mix portfolio we are tasting nearer the time.

Friday 21st November – Harvey Nichols, Manchester – We will be tasting the only Absinthe stocked by Harvey Nichols, the multi-award winning La Maison Fontaine Blanche.

Saturday 22nd NovemberBrixton East, London – We’re pleased to be invited back again to support our good friends at Bad Behaviour and their new exhibition. We will have all our Absinthe Portfolio available and will give a small talk about Absinthe and Art.

Bad BehaviourFriday 28th NovemberHedonism Wines, Mayfair – This day we will be tasting SW4 London Dry Gin 40% with some Combier Kummel to make our Sip Or Mix signature cocktail “Silver Bullet”.

Tuesday 2nd DecemberHedonism Wines, Mayfair – Things are now warming up for Christmas and will will be tasting St Nicholas Abbey Rum. We are very pleased to have the White, 10 Year Old and 15 Year Old available for tasting.

Saturday 13th DecemberHarvey Nichols, Manchester – We will be tasting the only Absinthe stocked by Harvey Nichols, the multi-award winning La Maison Fontaine Blanche.

Monday 15th DecemberGerry’s, Soho, London – We will decide what to taste nearer the time – watch this space :-)

Tuesday 16th DecemberThe Whisky Exchange, London Bridge – This day we will be tasting our Sip Or Mix Absinthe range of Jade Liqueurs & La Maison Fontaine.

Wednesday 17th DecemberThe Whisky Exchange, London Bridge – Very pleased to be back in-store this time tasting St Nicholas Abbey Rum – we may even possibly be offering the engraving service on the bottles of rum, just like at the abbey itself. We will confirm this nearer the time.

 

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Sip Or Mix Events Calender

Saturday 28th June 2014, 2-6pm – Hedonism Wines, Mayfair. Customer Absinthe sampling of La Maison Fontaine and Jade Liqueurs – with Master Distiller, Ted Breaux from Jade Liqueurs present.

Tuesday 1st July 2014, 10.30 – 17.30 – Imbibe Live 2014 – Olympia Grand, Stand E120 (Trade Only)

Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 10.30 – 17.30 -Imbibe Live 2014 – Olympia Grand, Stand E120 (Trade Only)

We will have the full Sip Or Mix portfolio available for tasting. With Brand Owners; Martin Price SW4 London Dry Gin, Mark Stringer La Maison Fontaine Absinthe, Franck Choisne Combier and Ted Breaux Jade Absinthes and Jade Perique Tobacco Liqueur all on hand.

Saturday 5th July 2014, 1pm onwards – Tomoka, St Albans. Customer Absinthe sampling with Ted Breaux from Jade Liqueurs.

Monday 7th July – Bartender Absinthe Masterclass with T.A. Breaux at Skylon – invite only.

Tuesday 8th July – Bartender Masterclass with T.A. Breaux at The Zetter Townhouse – invite only.

Wednesday 9th July – 3-5pm – Bartender Masterclass with T.A. Breaux at .The Goat, Fulham.

Wednesday 9th July – 8pm – History and Mystery of Absinthe with T.A. Breaux at The Goat, Fulham. Open to the general public. 

Saturday 2nd August – London visit with Dale DeGroff – more details to follow.

Thursday 7th August - Sunday 10th August – Absinthe Weekender at Public House – more details to follow

Saturday 11th October, 12.00 – 18.00 – Sunday 12th October   12.00 – 18.00, ILEC, Earls Court.

Rumfest 

We will be showcasing St Nicholas Abbey estate produced 5 Year Old Rum which goes into production in 2015. The 5 Year Old is produced with our own plantation grown and crushed cane juice, which is fermented and then double distilled in ‘Annabelle’.

 

 

 

 

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Jenny’s Smoking Silver Bullet Cocktail by Andreas Tsanos @ Century Club

Century Club is a private members club hidden behind an unassuming door on Shaftsbury Avenue in London’s west end.

It was with great pride that I discovered Andreas Tsanos, the Bar Manager at Century,  had created a smoking version of one of my favourite cocktails, a Silver Bullet.

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Here’s Andreas smoking the Combier Kummel before mixing with the SW4 London Dry Gin and lemon juice.

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Here’s the final result – a deliciously smoky, high herbal and citrussy cocktail served in a silver flask that looks like a giant “Silver Bullet” – pure genius!

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Sip Or Mix Tasting Diary

Tasting Diary:
Throughout the following tastings we will also have Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters available to taste and purchase.
Wednesday 27th November 2013:

The Whisky Exchange – Vinopolis, London Bridge, SE1
1pm onwards – We will be tasting SW4 London Dry Gin 40% and also the Batch 47%.
We might even have some Combier Kummel with us to make some of our favourite cocktail the ‘Silver Bullet’. 

Thursday 28th November 2013:

Amathus Soho – Wardour Street, Soho, W1
5pm onwards – We will be tasting both La Maison Fontaine  Absinthes and Chocolat & Jade Liqueurs Absinthes. We will be offering a special deal on La Maison Fontaine – buy any 2 x 70cl and get a La Maison Fontaine Blanche 20cl FREE of charge.

Friday 29th November 2013:

Gerry’s – Old Compton Street, Soho, W1
1pm – 5.45pm – we will be tasting tasting both La Maison Fontaine Absinthes and Chocolat & Jade Liqueurs Absinthes.

Friday 29th November 2013:

City Beverage Company – Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1
6.45pm – 8.30pm – We will be tasting Jade Liqueurs Perique Tobacco Liqueur, Combier Kummel and Combier l’Original Triple Sec.

Wednesday 4th December 2013:

The Whisky Exchange – Vinopolis, London Bridge, SE1
1pm onwards – We will be tasting Jade Liqueurs Perique Tobacco Liqueur, Combier Kummel and Combier l’Original Triple Sec, Elixir, Royal & La Maison Fontaine Chocolat.

Thursday 5th December 2013:

Gerry’s – Old Compton Street, Soho, W1
1pm onwards – SW4 London Dry Gin 40% Batch 47% and Combier Kummel  to make some of our favourite cocktal the ‘Silver Bullet’. We will have some other Sip Or Mix Liqueurs with us too…

Friday 6th December 2013:

The Whisky Exchange – Vinopolis, London Bridge, SE1
1pm onwards – We will be tasting tasting both La Maison Fontaine Absinthes & Jade Liqueurs Absinthes. 

Tuesday 10th December 2013:

Hedonism Wines – Davies Street, Mayfair, W1
4pm – 8pm – We will be tasting St Nicholas Abbey Unaged,  White Rum and St Nicholas Abbey 10 Year Old Rum.

Wednesday 11th December 2013:


Hedonism Wines – Davies Street, Mayfair, W1
4pm – 8pm – We will be tasting both La Maison Fontaine Absinthes & Jade Liqueurs Absinthes.

Friday 13th December 2013:

City Beverage Company – Old Street, Shoreditch, EC16.45pm onwards – We will be tasting tasting both La Maison Fontaine Blanche Absinthe & Jade Liqueurs Esprit Edouard Absinthe.

Monday 16th December 2013:

The Whisky Exchange – Vinopolis, London Bridge, SE1
1pm onwards – We will be tasting St Nicholas Abbey Unaged, White Rum and St Nicholas Abbey 10 Year Old Rum. We will also have some of the extremely rare St Nicholas Abbey 15 year Old Rum to both sample and purchase.

Friday 20th December 2013:

Gerry’s – Old Compton Street, Soho, W1
1pm onwards – We will be tasting both La Maison Fontaine Absinthes & Jade Liqueurs Absinthes.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

 


                        

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SIP OR MIX – STAND C106

Here is the full portfolio we’ll be exhibiting: (the hyperlinks are to reviews)
SW4 London Dry Gin  & SW4 Batch 47 London Dry Gin
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La Maison Fontaine adds to their Award Winning Blanche a Chocolat and Verte


La Maison Fontaine and Sip Or Mix are excited to announce the introduction of two new Finest French Absinthe products.
Following the success of the unique multiple award-winning Fontaine Blanche Absinthe, La Maison Fontaine is continuing to forge a path into the realms of originality with the introduction of the unique:

La Maison Fontaine Chocolat (25% ABV, 70cl)

A chocolate absinthe liqueur. Inspired by a handwritten 1920’sCrème de Cacao recipe found in the recipe books of La Maison Fontaine’s Pontarlier distillery, the Fontaine Chocolat has a sweet richness combined with apparent notes of absinthe and chocolate, which creates a unique soft liqueur.

The range is completed with the addition of a more traditionally recognisable green absinthe:

La Maison Fontaine Verte (55% ABV, 70cl)

 Provides a classic complex floral Verte with rich herbal and peppery notes. A close relative to the World’s most awarded blanche absinthe – Fontaine Blanche – characterised by the world famous Pontarlier–grown Grande Absinthe and the natural herbal coloration.

Mark Stringer a Founding Partner commented:

“Our aim has always been to drive a greater understanding of this exceptionally exciting, alluring yet often misunderstood category, but also to create products that offered a volume opportunity for the industry. La Maison Fontaine has established itself a class leader and launching a verte felt like a natural extension but we wanted to go further than that, and push the boundaries with a totally unique offering and opportunity for the industry”.

Allan Gage, La Maison Fontaine’s tastemaker and owner of Sweet & Chilli bar and Cocktail Consultancy said:
outside of gin, absinthe is probably the most exciting category in the industry, and after playing around with these products it’s unbelievable the versatility that both the Chocolat and Verte offer.  Tom Sodden and I have created signature cocktails and pours we expect to see adopted across the world, but Chocolat in particular has enabled us to develop drinks which are some of the most exciting drinks we have created in the last 5 years”.

 

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Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters.
 
We would like to think that everyone has heard of Dale DeGroff but from experience, we know this is not necessarily so.
 
 
As Ian Cameron (Class Magazine 13/09/12) points out:
 
“Hey, he practically invented the bar.”
 
and

“He’s arguably the most famous living bartender in the world…..”

 
It was some time back when Dale got frustrated that he could not find that ‘particular’ Pimento flavour that he was after for his drinks. Fortunately for us, Dale is friends with Ted Breaux Master Distiller Extraordinaire of  Jade Liqueurs and Absinthe fame. So they decided to team up. Dale sought  a very specific Pimento flavour profile while Ted has a geek’s attention to detail, making  only authenticly hand crafted, small batch products. A perfect fit! As Francine Cohen quite correctly points out in Review: Inside F. & B. we now get to talk about Dale and Ted’s Excellent Adventure!
 
After much research and sample batches going back and forth between Dale and Ted – Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters were born. We’ve since been lucky enough to try the Bitters in many drinks and think they are an essential ingredient to any bartenders armoury. Dale recommends using his Bitters in these cocktails.
 
Here are just a few of the press reviews Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters have received:
 
 
 
 
 

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A couple of new cocktails using La Maison Fontaine® Chocolat and La Maison Fontaine® Verte.

Miam Flip

Miam is French slang for ‘yum’, a fitting reference to the reaction of the consumer after their first taste.

Ingredients:

35ml La Maison Fontaine® Chocolat
15ml dark over-proof rum
10ml Combier l’Original Triple Sec
1 dash orange bitters
1 medium egg or 15ml double cream
Pinch of salt

Method: Shake all ingredients & strain into stemmed glass without ice.

Garnish: Grated nutmeg

 

La Maison Fontaine® Verte – Cobbler Verte

A cobbler was originally a wine glass full of fruit, which evolved into the muddling of the fruit into the drink. This cobbler combines pepper notes with old friends strawberry & orange.

Ingredients:

30ml La Maison Fontaine® Verte
10ml SW4 London Dry Gin
25ml strawberry purée
15ml fresh lemon juice
15ml fresh orange juice
10ml sugar syrup (to taste)
5 basil leaves

Method: Add first 6 ingredients into glass & press basil leaves to bruise skin. Squeeze & drop into glass 1 lemon wedge & one orange wedge. Press the wedges with a muddler to release oils. Top with crushed ice & churn. Crown with crushed ice and fruit section.

Garnish: Basil, strawberry & a slice of lemon & orange.

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La Maison Fontaine and Sip Or Mix are very pleased to announce the introduction of two new Finest French Absinthe products.

Following the success of the unique multiple award-winning Fontaine Blanche Absinthe, La Maison Fontaine is continuing to forge a path into the realms of originality with the introduction of the unique:

La Maison Fontaine Chocolat (25% ABV, 70cl) – a chocolate absinthe liqueur. Inspired by a handwritten 1920’sCrème de Cacao recipe found in the recipe books of La Maison Fontaine’s Pontarlier distillery, the Fontaine Chocolat has a sweet richness combined with apparent notes of absinthe and chocolate, which creates a unique soft liqueur.



The range is completed with the addition of a more traditionally recognisable green absinthe:

La Maison Fontaine Verte (55% ABV, 70cl) – that provides a classic complex floral Verte with rich herbal and peppery notes. A close relative to the World’s most awarded blanche absinthe – Fontaine Blanche – characterised by the world famous Pontarlier–grown Grande Absinthe and the natural herbal coloration.

Mark Stringer a Founding Partner commented:

 

“Our aim has always been to drive a greater understanding of this exceptionally exciting, alluring yet often misunderstood category, but also to create products that offered a volume opportunity for the industry. La Maison Fontaine has established itself a class leader and launching a verte felt like a natural extension but we wanted to go further than that, and push the boundaries with a totally unique offering and opportunity for the industry”.

Allan Gage, La Maison Fontaine’s tastemaker and owner of Sweet & Chilli bar and Cocktail Consultancy said:

 

“outside of gin, absinthe is probably the most exciting category in the industry, and after playing around with these products it’s unbelievable the versatility that both the Chocolat and Verte offer.

Tom Sodden and I have created signature cocktails and pours we expect to see adopted across the world, but Chocolat in particular has enabled us to develop drinks which are some of the most exciting drinks we have created in the last 5 years”.


  

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