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Everything posted by Artemis

  1. Ramos Gin Fizz is the one drink that keeps me from saying in complete honesty that I don't care if I ever have another mixed drink.
  2. Look ma, no hands. I had one of those elderflower drinks in each hand. If you got hands, why let them go to waste?
  3. As did the St. Germaine elderflower drink I got from a cart on Royal Street. I don't know what they mixed it with, but it had ice and a slice of lemon it it. Full sized drink. No charge. Hard to pass up.
  4. This was at Felix's. The bar woman recommended that I go around the corner and buy a beer and bring it back in (Abita Amber). She also made a guy at the bar scoot over so Jay and I could sit together. No big deal; the oysters made up for no beer. Best I ever had. After a dozen, I ate another dozen. As did Jay.
  5. I would have been content to drink a LA 31 with oysters on Saturday in New Orleans, but there was a plastic cup on the tap handle. And on all the other tap handles. How do you allow yourself to run out of beer in New Orleans on a Saturday? LA 31 is not bad, either. http://bayoutechebrewing.com/our-beers/biere-pale/
  6. I don't think any ever appeared for sale with the Chronic label. The TTB didn't like it, thus "Censored" instead.
  7. Lots of states prohibit shipment of beer, wine, and liquor from other states or countries - nothing unique about Florida in that regard.
  8. Lagunitas Censored ale. Used to be "The Chronic". Now it's censored.
  9. Moose Drool is a tasty brown ale. Used to get it by the case at Sam's Club in Idaho Falls.
  10. Okay, thanks. I don't know what that was.
  11. I've had several very nice ones, but the Berger stood above the rest. Hartsmar's review on his web site describes it as well as it's possible to describe it. I've had some unimpressive and even downright crappy ones, too, to be fair.
  12. It's not exactly a loophole, it's a matter of Federal vs. local or state regulations. The Food and Drug Act of June 30th, 1906, forbid the importation into the U.S. of consumable products either banned in the country of origin or considered to be harmful to health. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, on July 25th, 1912, in Food Inspection Decision 147, decreed that absinthe met both of these criteria and therefore could not be imported into nor sold within the U.S. in interstate commerce. The District of Columbia was affected directly, being under Federal jurisdiction. It was not clear that absinthe manufacture and sale was prohibited in Louisiana until 1934, when a New Orleans newspaper, which had at first declared that the Federal regulations regarding absinthe were not binding upon Louisiana, then had to back off when they consulted with the State authority and learned that Louisiana had adopted the Federal regulations as applicable within the state (when that happened, I don't know). It would seem so. In theory, there may be states wherein absinthe was never illegal in-state.
  13. It's all about solubility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solubility The essential oils that are extracted from plants during absinthe distillation are soluble in alcohol, but not in water. A bottle of absinthe might be 70% alcohol. Think of it as the oil molecules in the bottle being spread out in the solvent (mostly alcohol), so that the liquid looks transparent. When a drink is prepared, water is added, bringing the ratio in the glass to (for example) 30% alcohol and 70% water. Now, in the glass, the solvent is primarily water. The oil molecules are now closer together, not spread out as they were in the bottle; so the liquid in the glass is translucent or opaque.
  14. Camphor smells like moth balls. The old fashioned moth balls, anyway, back before PETA put a stop to cruel and unusual moth castration.
  15. Now that you mention it, years ago Ted made a Berger clone that compared favorably with vintage Berger side by side, but it wasn't that he nailed the "aged" nuances, it was that he captured what the old Berger would have (presumably of course) been like when it was fresh. That's from your review (thanks, I hadn't read it previously). Maybe this is what some people have perceived as camphor.
  16. I think I remember suggesting a more fruitful approach at the time, but with the disclaimer that it would probably involve the sheriff sooner or later.
  17. A vendor knowledgeable of his wares, and honest. That's worth something right there. He did. The formula changed from what it was originally. Maybe he didn't know that, or maybe he had one of the original bottles. No anise, it's not absinthe. You figure incorrectly. Thujone is meaningless. In the amount it would take to affect you, it would kill you first. You think correctly. It's not necessarily a ripoff in terms of the quality of the absinthe, which has nothing to do with thujone, but if they're touting thujone, you shouldn't reward them by sending your money to them. It's a response to misleading marketing, but almost certainly a ripoff as well.
  18. I remember being impressed by that stuff; can't say what version it was, but it was at Eric's house with Eric, Sponge Bob, Grim, and some other people. Just drink what you like, to hell with the rest.
  19. That's not true. He did. Two of them. Side by side with Ancienne. I don't know about ALL versions of Ancienne, but based upon what I've tasted, I say he was accurate. I don't think that "synthetic" was a poor choice of a word, either. Synthetic is not necessarily bad, but it's different from natural. Absinthe doesn't taste like it's 100 years old by way of any one-year (or whatever) process, and that's a fact. I'M NOT SAYING that Stefano made such a claim, but others have, and as far as I'm concerned, they're wrong.
  20. Thanks, Scott. I should correct that. I meant not anything that was said by Songcatcher. Obviously I was responding to what you said about underwatering, vs. the impression I got from the photos.
  21. My experience with Ancienne was with a prototype and, I think the first release. I also had some at Delaware Phoenix, and maybe that was a later release. On that occasion I remember a somewhat heated discussion with Eric about "floral" vs. "perfumey" in which he strove to get me to come to his understanding (with considerable success) that those are two different things. Agreed. I think this cannot be overstated.
  22. I understood what you said, but my remark went strictly to the pictures, and not anything that was said. The two Pernods don't look as thick as any I can recall, and while I don't really recall the louche of Ancienne, I'm pretty sure it was (for me) thicker than it appears in those photos as well. So I concluded that ALL of them might have been OVERwatered, at least to my taste.
  23. No comparison at all. L'A is nothing like the PF. No way, no how. Not even close. Agreed. But the only way Scott would be questioning the integrity of the sender is if he knew what communication you had with that person as to the samples. I disagree with Scott in that they all look overwatered to me. It would definitely have been more instructive if you had tasted them blind, but of course you would have to enlist an assistant for that. What can be done by the sender is to label the samples with numbers only. Then you do the tasting and have him reveal the identities later. You did an outstanding job with your notes, but save some Holy Grail hyperbole for C.F. Berger .