Guests will be invited to channel the spirit of the Belle Époque as a new selection of rare & exclusive Absinthes will be introduced during the tasting each month. The duo's untold discoveries of La Fée Verte will be shared as guests revel in a taste of history, bringing the tales of this exquisite elixir to life.
Talk & Tasting hosted monthly at The Last Tuesday Society from 7pm-9pm.
£20 ticket price includes admission to the talk paired with a tasting of three traditional absinthes for all guests.
Absinthe — there is no spirit so notoriously favoured by the rebellious minds of art & literature. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec famously meandered the brasseries & brothels of bohemian Paris carrying a hallowed cane, filled with a personal stash of the green spirit. Paul Verlaine & Arthur Rimbaud’s explosive affair, famously fuelled by a shared love for Absinthe, would eventually result in the attempted shooting of his young lover by Verlaine, twice. An Absinthe induced vision of 19th century France is forever immortalised in Vincent Van Gogh’s jarring colour juxtapositions and, most famously, in the tale of his self-mutilated ear gifted by the artist gifted to his favourite prostitute. Pataphysics founder, Alfred Jarry, was perhaps the only Absintheur mad enough to drink his Absinthe neat, being a devout alcoholic who considered water to be a terrible poison. Even the ‘Wickedest Man in the World,’ Aleister Crowley, wrote an ode to “The Green Goddess” while observing its lucid influence upon the patrons of The Old Absinthe House in New Orleans. Pablo Picasso, Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Émile Zola — the list of famous Absintheurs would inspire anyone to pick up a glass of this tantalising elixir, but what is this “tongue-numbing, brain-warming, idea-changing, liquid alchemy” as described by fellow Absinthe drinker Ernest Hemingway?
“After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see them as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” — Oscar Wilde
Allison Crawbuck & Rhys Everett are Directors of London's Most Curious Cocktail Bar, The Last Tuesday Society.
Collectors, Researchers & Absintheurs — Allison Crawbuck (Brooklyn) & Rhys Everett (London) took over London’s most curious cocktail bar in 2016, bringing with them a shared passion for the mysterious world of Absinthe. Together, they have curated London’s most extensive list of traditional absinthes in celebration of the artisanal distilleries working with an ode to traditions today.
Their quest for discovering the untold tales of La Fée Verte is shared for guests to explore with each round from their menu at The Last Tuesday Society. Forgotten traditions and pre-prohibition recipes transport the senses to experience that exists outside the boundaries of time.
Their passion for the Green Fairy has taken the duo around the world in search of the many unknowns that still remain in the alluring history of Absinthe.