The founder of the Matter-Luginbühl distillery, Ernst Luginbühl-Bögli originally raised cows in Kallnach, a small German-speaking Swiss town, located between Neuchatel and Bern. Because of his location, he had many commercial contacts in the Val-de-Travers, only 50 kilometers away. This region was not only known for watches and absinthe, but famous for cattle - the town of Boveresse was even named in their honour. The family story says that at the end of the 1920's, when searching for ideas for products, Ernst traded a prime Simmental cow for an old local absinthe recipe. It was said to have turned up recently in a search of old business papers, in the midst of the recent Swiss absinthe legalization publicity. The distillery also offer to distil local farmer's excess fruits into low-yield eau-de-vies, complete with custom bottling and personal labels. The familiar taste of the Kallnacher Absinthe makes us wonder if they had put their old recipe into use earlier than they claim and might have been responsible some of the 'clandestine, farmer-made' la Bleues that have surfaced over the past years. They are now responsible for distilling our limited run Blanche Traditionelle "Brut d'alambic"
still-proof series; the 2006 International Wine and Spirit Competition gold medal winner Absinthe Duplais, Absinthe Brevans, with its Giger-art label; Mansinthe, created for the rocker-absintheur, Marilyn Manson, A O Spare and our very own Enigma Verte Suisse
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