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A. Raitano

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  1. Seborasinthe sounds like a European 80's cover band. A-Ha, Depeche Mode, kajagoogoo, that sort of thing. I guess that would be more like Seborasynth.
  2. My impression of the Lucid, while yummy and legal in the US (Thank you Viridian and Co.), is that it a bit thin on the flavor. Maybe because of the wormwood thing, I don't know. All I know is that unless I mix it at 1:2ish all I get is the sting of high proof alcohol. About the ol' FG. Really that's nothing but mouthfeel. My friend (who I've introduced to absinthe and she loves it) calls it buttery. And she's right. Very thick. So tonight, I've combined the two (Lucid:fg 3:2) and I must say, a rather satisfying combo. A little heavy on the anise touch but all in all a rather well rounded apertif. Cheers.
  3. Is it my imagination or is there a citrus (read: orange) smell to the louche? I like it. It's hard to detect in the tasting of it though. Methinks the delicate flavors are usurped by the presence of the strong alcohol. My taste buds are wasted I guess.
  4. Mint Juleps and my banjo on the front porch.
  5. Although it does seem reasonable that if you market the product to those that already want it then it can be shown that "sales are way up and inventory is way down" in the boardroom. That way more stores will want to carry it and sales will go up. Unless there's something they don't want us to know about it, like it is actually cat spray or something like that. Which can't be true because I don't think that the FDA would approve that stuff either. So what are you waiting for? I'm talking to you Viridian. Give me my Lucid!
  6. Yes, as a matter of fact I did. I thought the VS had the same feel too, though not as much. That's OK because I like mint. Adds a little, I don't know, zazz to the whole affair.
  7. Wow, what a treat. I think of the 3 I enjoyed the NO the most. Maybe because it was the third one I tried. Those first two are good and all. But the third one. That's where the fun starts.
  8. Tonight I sample the Jades with the lady and enjoy a little Carnivale. It's the little things, isn't it?
  9. Yeah, it was tough but I gave it my best. Even still, I wanted to give it a fair shake, hence the more thoughtful review. I needed something to compare my anticipated loot to. Lootto. Sounds like a Lucas character.
  10. Probabaly be better if trucks would stop burning holes in the bridge. Ouch!
  11. So last night, my girlfriend and I tried the "Grune Fee" with umlaut and all. Her boss brought it back with him from his trip to Vienna. Just a sample, hardly enough for one glass each. This is my review. I am not very familiar with absinthes in general. The ones I have had have been oil mixes. First things first: No anise. No anise. No sparkle on the toungue. No minty afterbite numbness. No uplifiting of spirit with each taste. So it goes without saying, no louche. NO LOUCHE. Ok, a little. But no swirly little smoke trials dancing around in my glass. Just all of a sudden... cloudy. What? Color before and after was very thin green, like a green apple liqeur or body spray or something. Also, a very distinct overripe banana/apple aroma. What? Is there something in wormwood that smells like overripe bananas. Maybe it was that particular batch. I should write the company. It is the schnapsmuseum after all. Maybe they didn't clean out the vat or something. In any case it was so overpowering that I couldn't really get a grasp on any of the other, more subtle flavors. The wormwood was quite pronounced though. Dark and woody and bitter. And there was a linger of something akin to cinnamon. All in all, an unpalatable apertif of a late october orchard. With cinnamon. I tried to like. I really did. I drank the whole thing even. Please hurry, LDF. My tongue is burning.
  12. Stumptown What was almost called Boston by the flip of a coin. Shanghai City The accidental metropolis Portlaaaaaaaaaand, Oreegaaaaaawn!!!
  13. My girlfriend's boss recently visited Vienna and he visited the Schnapsmuseum and brought us back some Grune Fee. We are going to give it try and settle in for a couple of episodes of Carnivale. I know that the Grune Fee has a bad rep 'round these parts so I guess I don't know what I'm getting myself into. Wish me luck. I'll give you the full review soon.
  14. OK. I'd be willing to do it. I have some suisse/french stuff coming my way already. I'm really new to this absinthe thing so I don't have a biased opinion about what I like in an absinthe. I like to think I have good taste in spirits. I would say I am a good candidate. Lay it on me Tom, just a 20cl bottle will do. I will be fair and honest.
  15. Why, thank you. Purchased on the advice of this council and it's proprietor. And I'll keep my quoting down to a minimum. Unquote.
  16. Oh and another thing... Once the general population realises that absinthe won't make you go mad, see green fairies, and inspire you to create great works of art and that most of them actually don't really like the taste of anise they will all go back to their cookie crumb martinis and Irish car bombs to get rallied up. The cream, the louche if you will, will rise to the top. Or fill up the glass. Or whatever. Of course there will be people that will enjoy it and will continue to purchase and consume. God bless 'em. It's all about availability.
  17. Bellingham is a favorite haunt of mine. Next time I'm up there we'll share a glass or two! That will soon become a habit. Oh, good. I need another thing to overdraw my bank with.
  18. ... I just went and spent a ridiculous amount of money on liquor. I got the Jade sample kit and the bum jug of FG. My first time with any of those. I figure I'll take 'em home, put on some mood music, romance them with my charm, etc. Wish me luck.
  19. Easy for you to say. No corner stores in puddleville?
  20. The cold, hard fact of it is that absinthe has the appeal of, "drink this and you'll get high". I'm no absinthe expert but that seems to be an erroneous claim. It is merely a refreshing drink on a hot summer's day. However, America, and the rest of the world apparently, believes otherwise. Thujone this, hallucination that. The problem is that we in the grand ol' U S of A can't get the stuff without paying out our ears for shipping costs because Van Gogh cut his off. Thanks, Vinnie. Not to belabor a point but Lucid, silly cat eyes and all, can open the door for full-on, Jade PF in your local liquor store. I don't think it matters if it's palatable or not (although palatable would be preferable), it's not being marketed to those that know that Absinthe won't make you tryp ballz. Any move to make absinthe (or anything for that matter) available from a corner store rather than half way around the world is a big ol' thumbs up in my book.
  21. Beautiful. Like Cummings. Or, as it can be, Haiku, most like.
  22. Not to get off topic but I am taking it that there is, in this forums opinion, certain company excluded, no Absinthe to be had in the B.C. area?
  23. Hi This may have already been covered before but I thought I might open a thread about absinthe in Canada. I understand that you can get it in some provinces but not others. Is this correct. What can anyone tell me about what is available in B.C.? Thanks for your replies. a raitano
  24. Thanks for all the hellos. Do all the green parties happen in Seattle? That's so close to home.
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