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  1. Hi Tech, I also started with a czechsinthe, fire and all, on a trip to the Czech Republic last year. My first order included Duplais Verte, which I really enjoyed. Welcome aboard and enjoy.
  2. churchwardens can be a bit tough. Most decent pipe shops will have a number of stems on hand but probably not for a churchwarden and almost certainly not acrylic which I believe your Savinelli is. That being said your local shop can probably order a replacement from Savinelli so all is not lost.
  3. Just got back from picking up my bottle. Bletramos in Menlo Park still had about 2 cases when I left at 5:00. They said they got in 6 cases total. The bottles do have a "first date of issue" stamp on them. Very nice. I haven't opened it yet. their website and info is here: www.beltramos.com They do ship to the following states: Alaska Arizona California Colorado District of Columbia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Iowa Louisiana Missouri Nebraska Nevada New Mexico New York North Dakota Oregon Washington West Virginia Wisconsin
  4. Tried to go when they opened at noon today. There were about 200 people there before me and my 7 mo. old was in no mood to stand in line, in the cold, that long. I think I'll try again tomorrow....
  5. Have you tried some and had a change of heart since you posted this last Tuesday?
  6. I should proof read my posts better. "laws... is..." mismatch yuck. St George's Absinthe is going to be on the 10 O'Clock news on Channel 2 in a couple minutes.
  7. The laws for distillers is different than for wineries and breweries. I don't know the specifics of the tasting room service but the sales do go through the full 3 tier system in CA. You can buy all the product from the tasting room but they have to go through the machinations of selling the liquor to their distributor and then buying it back from their distributor to be able to sell it to their customers. I am not sure if they need a package liquor license to do this or not. I do know that they have done everything necessary as I've purchased their good a number of times directly from the hanger. I'm heading to Laguna for Christmas on Friday afternoon so I'll have to head over as soon as they open. If they follow their usual pattern the tasting if free if you buy a bottle so I might just be waiting when they unlock the door.
  8. In my VERY limited experience I believe that it is important for the TTB to step up to the plate and decide what absinthe is in the US. For the general public what's on the label is what's in the bottle. You and I may know better, that's why "Would you buy absinthe without the word 'absinthe' on the label?" received so many votes on this forum. The problem is that the general public wouldn't know it is supposed to be absinthe if it isn't on the label. More importantly, IMHO, is the issue of mis-identification of non-absinthe spirits by using the same "code words" absinthe distillers use to get around the lack of a definition. While this certainly applies to some of the bitter bombs from the Czech Republic it may also be used by people who make completely unrelated spirits. As others have pointed out, within the absinthe family the chaff will eventually be willowed but unless you have a definition this process becomes almost impossible.
  9. A German friend of mine acted as a mule and brought my first absinthe shipment in. Naturally he actually declared the absinthe, afterall he is German, and it was a rule. Anyway, the customs agent did, in fact, open the package and looked at the bottles. He didn't confiscate the bottles or do anything else, just let him through. HTH.
  10. Erik, Let me know when you want to go. I'd be happy to go again. I sure wish they'd get approval for the label already!
  11. won't change the staning of my liver but will help the pocketbook.