This establishment is the metamorphosis of an older “utopian garden”, the Royal Garden of Medicinal Plants, which already provided knowledge to the scientists who administered it, and which had been created in the 17th century on the land of Alez where, in the 16th century, the philanthropic apothecary Nicolas Houël gave courses in herbalism. On this site, the tradition of teaching natural history therefore dates back almost five centuries.
An aromatic, green fragrance The scent is powerful, green, and plantlike. Green notes of galbanum and petitgrain mix with the aniseed scent of the absinthe absolute, supported by basil and mint. A woody base note weaves through the wake of this scented, green bouquet. Colored illustrations from botanical plates dating from the 19th Century appear through the matte glass, greige tinted. In the center of the octagonal label, we find a cluster of Absinthe’s flowers printed in gold embossing