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  1. Well, I appreciate all the input from everyone.

     

    Since I have already made my purchases, it doesn't really help me to say I should start sampling at the top shelf category.

     

    I am having a great time sampling and learning from the bottom on up, except for the Czech stuff.

     

    I have added 4 more selections to my tasting, and here is the list of how they fare according to my amateur taste.

    This is just the #1 level of my list. The results are fun and quite surprising. I am now working my way into the Suisse Verte's.

     

    I really appreciate everybody's help and recommendations on my tasting.

     

    It really doesn't help at all though if you tell me I shouldn't even bother testing 2/3 of the choices I have already purchased.

    What do you expect me to do? Throw the lesser quality stuff away? Of course I will take the time to taste everything I bought

    and saveur them gradually as I work my way up to the premium stuff.

     

    If I just skipped everything and went straight to the premium stuff, I would be stuck with ALOT of bottles of absinthe and

    feel like I wasted my money. The way I am doing this now seems perfect to me. Of course, I feel like I wasted my money

    on the Czech selections and the La Bonne Mère, La Muse Verte, and Un Emile 68. Everything after that has been alot of fun

    and I have no regrets at all.

     

    #1

     

    La Bonne Mère * 0.25

    La Muse Verte * 0.50

    Un Emile 68 * 0.75

    Un Emile 68 La Blanche * 1.00

    Abisinthe 72 Amer * 1.25

    Partisane Vintage 2004 * 1.50

    White Fairy ** 1.75

    Angélique Verte Suisse ** 2.00

    Moulin Vert ** 2.25

    Versinthe La Blanche Limited ** 2.50

    Angélique 72 Verte/Elixir des Anges

    Suisse Verte Clandestine

    François Guy

     

    #2

     

    Kübler 45

    Jean Jaquet

    L'Interdite

    La Valote "Francis Martin"

    La Valote "Willy Bovet"

    Capricieuse 72

    Clandestine 53

    Elixir du Pays de Fees

    FrancoSuisse

     

    #3

     

    Blanche de Fougerolles

    Blanche de L'Heure Verte

    Blanchette

    Brevans H.R. Giger

    Duplais Blanche

    Duplais Verte

    Eichelberger

    Jade Edouard

    Jade Verte Suisse

    Jade Nouvelle Orleans

    Montmartre

    Verte de Fougerolles


  2. Thanks,

     

    I already purchased all the varieties in my list, so I am gradually working my way up

    to the best selections. I am starting to experience better quality as I progress upward.

     

    The Trul 1792 and Strong68 were big mistakes and a waste of money. I don't

    even have them on the list anymore. I am trying to forget those completely.

     

    Out of the 6 varieties I have already tried in the list, I would be happy to drink 3

    of them again in the future. The other 3 were not terrible, just not impressive at all.

    7 more to go in level #1 in the list.

     

    It has been very tempting to just rip open a bottle of Jade or Duplais right away,

    but I am pacing myself and enjoying each selection more and more as I go through

    the list. It is alot more fun now that the worst selections are out of the way.


  3. Could be, I hope not though. Obviously, they all have different labels and descriptions on other vendors sites.

     

    The desription for the "Angélique 72 Verte/Elixir des Anges" was something like that it was a special vintage or

    run that was "limited" or "special", different from the regular "Angélique Verte Suisse". Maybe the alcohol content

    is higher than normal or maybe it was a special run made like many other distillers have done?

     

    If not, looks like I have 3 times that much of that brand. Sure hope I like it!! :)


  4. Well, I have been refraining from starting as many threads as I had starting out posting here.

    Thanks for bringing that to my attention Hiram. I apologize for my enthusiasm and not doing

    searches in the archives first.

     

    I have worked my way up my list 6 times, only varying a little from the original list.

     

    I am not experienced enough to give you thorough, professional reviews...so I will

    merely tell you how I ranked the varieties in my humble opinion.

     

    This list started out in the order that I tried each variety, then I changed it to show the

    rankings from the lowest to the highest (so far). I am being very conservative and using

    a grading system of 1-10. I am still in the 1st tier level of 3 levels in my 34 varieties to test.

     

    I will probably need to adjust the numbers once I have worked my way through all of the varieties.

     

    I did not include the Czech stuff, eliminating Trul 1792 and Strong68. I didn't see any point in confusing things.

     

    I have been louching sometimes 2:1, but usually 3:1 and sometimes 4:1 water ratio.

     

    I did purchase the ceramic mouthwash dispenser from Lowe's. Works great, except for excessive condensation.

    The main obstacle was trying to find a suitable stand to set this dispenser on. You can't fit the absinthe glass

    underneath the spout without a stand. I ended up buying a 6 inch white PVC section with a plug in one end.

    Works great.

     

    My glass drippers arrived from La Maison. Nice. I like them alot, but the stream is a little fast.

     

    I also started using a 1:1 sugar/water ratio simple syrup instead of a spoon and sugar cube. NICE!!

     

    Here it goes so far:

     

    * 1.00 - La Bonne Mère = Boring, only tastes like weak ouzo

    * 1.25 - La Muse Verte = Pretty much like Bonne Mere, just a little more flavor

    * 1.50 - Abisinthe 72 Amer = Surprising, my first "slight" green fairy experience

    * 1.75 - Un Emile 68 = weak louche, decent flavor, kind of thin, disappointing.

    ** 2.00 - Un Emile 68 La Blanche = Good!! nice louche, good fairy experience

    ** 2.25 - Versinthe La Blanche Limited = even better louche, spicy peppery flavor, a step up

     

    Can't wait to move forward. I usually only try 1 variety per day, but I tried 2 today.

    The Un Emile Blanche was much more impressive than the verte IMHO.

     

    Next:

     

    White Fairy

    Partisane Vintage 2004

    Moulin Vert

    Angélique 72 Verte/Elixir des Anges

    Angélique Verte Suisse

    Suisse Verte Clandestine

    François Guy

     

    #2

     

    Kübler 45

    Jean Jaquet

    L'Interdite

    La Valote "Francis Martin"

    La Valote "Willy Bovet"

    Capricieuse 72

    Clandestine 53

    Elixir du Pays de Fees

    FrancoSuisse

     

    #3

     

    Blanche de Fougerolles

    Blanche de L'Heure Verte

    Blanchette

    Brevans H.R. Giger

    Duplais Blanche

    Duplais Verte

    Eichelberger

    Jade Edouard

    Jade Verte Suisse

    Jade Nouvelle Orleans

    Montmartre

    Verte de Fougerolles

     

    :cheers:


  5. I like really small gummy bears.

     

    Yeah, those mini gummis are pretty good.

     

    I was thinking about emptying the pack into my glass before doing the louche.

    They would all start swirling around in suspended animation, peeking through

    the clouds of nasty swill. The colors and animation would be great.

     

    Or maybe dunking a big spoonful of them in the liquid, setting them aflame

    and stirring into the louche.

     

    Wow, sounds exciting!! :thumbup:


  6. Hahahahah, that is too funny

     

    Actually, they did include a pack of "Alandia" matches, a small pack of "Haribo Goldbaren" mini gummi-bears,

    a Suisse Verte Clandestine sticker, and a "Epoque" card which describes Bell Epoque as "the beautiful era" in

    Europe's history that began in the late 19th century and lasted until 1914. It is considered as the "golden time

    of beauty, peace and entertainment". It goes on and on about "Cabaret", the famous cancan, and cinema that

    were enjoyed over a glass of absinthe.

     

    Apparently, Absinthe Epoque is a brand they offer that is recommended to be prepared after the classic french

    Ritual, using one part Absinthe, three parts cold water and one sugar cube.

     

    Must be Alandia's latest variety.


  7. This product must be targeting the amateur novice beginners.

     

    I just can't see anybody actually wanting to drink this stuff when

    there are so many better varieties available.

     

    Do you think there are actually dedicated Strong68 customers

    that prefer this type of dregs? I sure hope not.

     

    Maybe the masochists that enjoy self-torture slam a bottle of this

    and then do the self-affixiation rush sex with a rope around their neck?

     

    :cheers:


  8. Man, I couldn't imagine anything worse than Trul 1792....but Strong68 is by far.

     

    It tastes like ouzo mixed with bitter arsenic or some toxic chemical.

    I won't even give the rest of this to my nephew. Down the drain it will go.

     

    I might drink a 2nd glass just to get some of my money back.

    Sugar doesn't even help this stuff much.

     

    Once I have rid myself of this, I can start trying the real stuff.

    Oh well, 2 really bad selections out of 36 is pretty good I guess.

     

    I can't believe that Alandia calls Strong68 their "Best Seller".

    They did give me 2 free glasses, 2 spoons and a bag of sugar cubes for a mixup in my order though.

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