Likewise. You should check your sig for moar info. I'm not even sure I understand it. WierdTM...
I see you are also on feeverte. Now, that is the real ghost town, I subscribed some months ago, but my subscription never completed, I can't post anything. I sent messages to the admins and no one answered. I'm a newcomer to absinthe, but I'm realising that we are at the end of a cycle, at least in forums. BTW the product offering is now very rich. This is not an area where brave new things can keep coming and keep people excited.
Cogently stated and pleasure to meet you. I would add and ask though, if the offerings truly are there, then why are we seeing little in the way of local market penetration? I go to my local liquor store and it is a small miracle if I see a bottle of Kübler on the shelf. It suits me just fine, although I can almost hear the keyboard groans for saying such of a 'pedestrian' La Bleue.
It had been my sincerest hope that in a post-ban era, we would see a cultural restoration akin to that of early 20th century Europe, or at least something approximating it.
Maybe, and I say this hoping management would abide the impending pseudo-political talk just this once, we're simply too tied up here in the US on farm subsidies for herbs used in the creation of absinthe to make economic sense for the consumer. While I take the argument that a bottle is 'expensive', it would seem that a liter of absinthe could conceivably be distilled for far less than it is.
The other side of the coin there is demand of course, and taking the forums as indicators could mean that it simply isn't there, which could infer a cultural problem, a lack of interest or simply a lack of desire.
Maybe its just as simple as the troglodytes arrived first and soured anyone who could conceivably be involved on the experience. The movie 'Euro Trip' comes to mind.