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Absinthe... discuss.
tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2007-11-12 5:29 pm   Permalink

As of October, 2007, 'real' Absinthe is now legal in some US states, including Illinois.

Haven't seen any trickling into my liquor stores yet, but I imagine that it is just a matter of time before someone opens an Absinthe bar in Chicago...



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Carmine Verandah
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From: Denver area
Posted: 2007-11-12 8:41 pm   Permalink

I've been enjoying the discussion here about one of my favorite alky bevs and looking forward to trying some of the recipes. I've had a number of different kind of pastis - IMHO, Herbsaint is quite the best of that genre. The herb in some of these is a cousin of wormword called southernwood. No thujone. There is an Indian restaurant in my town advertising itself as an "absinthe lounge." Like da kids say, "As if."

Haven't gotten around to hittin' the rounds of absinthe brands, but so far find La Fee to be quite satisfactory. Cheaper when the U.S. dollar isn't so strong, but as I drink it in the traditional fashion (a small portion with a larger one of ice cold water and a sugar cube), I find that a bottle goes a long way. Not usually fond of the licorice flavor, but it makes a lovely drink for a warm summer night...

The scandalous hallucinatory effects reported in the 19th century, I suspect, are simply the result of good ol' fashioned alcoholism or the effects of horrible things put in by underground distillers -- mercury and other toxic goodies.

The essential oil in wormwood can be deadly however. There is a cautionary tale to be found at the Gumbo Pages (a celebration of all things N'Awlins):
http://www.gumbopages.com/nejm.html

I have been thinking of making a simple syrup out of absinthe and trying it out over green tea ice cream, or perhaps ice cream made with coconut milk. Shall report on it anon...

There's a swell web site called La Fee Verte that gives a lot of attention to absinthe with good advice: http://www.feeverte.net/retrospective/index-1998.html

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captnkirk
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From: Hockessin, Delaware
Posted: 2007-11-13 09:48 am   Permalink

If you want to learn about absinthe including the recent relegalization of it, I recomend this website.

http://www.wormwoodsociety.org

They have really done their homework, no 120 year old BS or rumors being repeated as facts here. Plus they have a link to Beachbum Berry on their site so you know it must be good. They have links to all the sellers of absinthe and absinthe related paraphernalia too for one stop shopping.


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tin_omen
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Posted: 2007-12-03 9:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-04-29 18:52, MrBaliHai wrote:
A French company is going to start marketing an absinthe called Lucid here in the US. They claim that it's the real deal, made with "Grande Wormwood". They also claim to have tested several bottles of absinthe dating from the 19th century, and found that they contained negligible amounts of Thujone.




My bottle of Lucid just came last week...


http://www.shoppersvinyard.com had it listed on the front page when I went by to pick up some Eldorado 151. The Lucid wasn't cheap ($50 on sale, $70 msrp), but it's one of Ted Breaux's and I'd been waiting for it to become readily available in the States.
http://www.shoppersvineyard.com/product_new.asp?pID=34286

We've picked up a couple of bottles of La Fee "Bohemian" in Prague in the past. Czech Absinthe doesn't louche properly, so we routinely use it for drinks that call for Pernod/Herbsaint.




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cheekytiki
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From: The Haole Hut, London, UK
Posted: 2007-12-04 03:11 am   Permalink

Lucid may be the real deal, but what an awful piece of graphic design on the bottle!
The guys who supply Green island Rum here are doing an Organic Absinthe, but I only breifly saw a pic of it. I will find out more.


 
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martiki
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Posted: 2007-12-04 09:01 am   Permalink

The first new US-made absinthe will be on the market in a few weeks. And it is superb.

 
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tin_omen
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Posted: 2007-12-04 8:53 pm   Permalink

For what it's worth, public reviews at feeverte have been giving Lucid pretty respectable ratings (the reason I bought a bottle sight unseen).

http://www.feeverte.net/guide/country/france/lucid_absinthe_superieure/

5 reviews so far: 80, 82, 83, 79 & 60 out of 100. Average score 77.

It's not top-end, but like the reviews mention, it's pretty good, there's no transatlantic shipping, and there's zero risk of customs seizing it. Heh, it beats the heck out of vodka-upgrade kits.:^D

I can't give it a review yet: We're planning to crack the bottle at a gathering this weekend.



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AlienTiki
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From: MAUI No Ka'oi
Posted: 2007-12-05 12:53 am   Permalink

Now you can buy American absinthe.

Alameda distiller helps make absinthe legitimate again

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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2007-12-05 04:11 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-12-04 09:01, martiki wrote:
The first new US-made absinthe will be on the market in a few weeks. And it is superb.


Alright Alameda!


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/12/05/MNQJTO9FM.DTL


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captnkirk
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From: Hockessin, Delaware
Posted: 2007-12-05 07:53 am   Permalink

So, If I move to Almeda I can have an absinthe distillery and a world class tiki bar (Forbidden Island) within stomping distance.

I am living in the wrong place.


 
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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2007-12-05 07:55 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-12-04 09:01, martiki wrote:
The first new US-made absinthe will be on the market in a few weeks. And it is superb.



Do you know its wormwood content?



 
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martiki
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Posted: 2007-12-05 11:21 am   Permalink

I do not. We're going to have the distiller over to FI for a Q&A in the near future, when his crazy schedule calms down- should be a good event.



 
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Carmine Verandah
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Posted: 2007-12-05 1:46 pm   Permalink

Got a New York Times story on U.S. absinthe distilleries and the hoops they've hAd to jump to market their products:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/05/dining/05absi.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5070&en=da17104e230116ac&ex=1197522000&emc=eta1

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fez monkey
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Posted: 2007-12-05 11:33 pm   Permalink

I don't know how long this link will remain live, but here is a news video about St. George Spirits of Alameda and the absinthe they will be selling as of December 21.

http://video.nbc11.com/player/?id=192433

(You'll have to sit through a commercial. Sorry'bout that.)

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Haole'akamai
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Posted: 2007-12-05 11:42 pm   Permalink

The 21st?! I'll pick up a bottle at St. George on my way to see Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd.


Oh, so sweet.....
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