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  1. So the Obsello seems to be worth it then? With my last order from DrinkUpNY, I bought a bottle of Kübler and Lucid. They were both okay, with the nod probably going to Kübler -- but again, not in the same league as the Duplais I had tried prior. I suppose my point is that I don't want to spend $50 on something that's "okay" but ultimately bland. I'd rather buy a nice bottle of Cognac, or a few bottles of wine.
  2. That Marteau does look interesting, I hadn't heard about it before.
  3. Hmm...haven't been around the forums for a while, looking for some "what should I get now" feedback. My absinthe experience is limited to Duplais Balance (my first), followed by Lucid and Kübler (both of which I found lacking when compared to the Balance). So I'm wondering...what should I order now? I've always wanted to try the PF 1901, but the exchange rate is a killer. I'm placing a wine order soon from DrinkUpNY, perhaps one of their offerings might fit the bill? I've heard some good regarding the Obsello. Hmm...
  4. I haven't been around the forums for a while, and am curious as to whether any new US absinthes have been released, beyond Kübler, Lucid, and St. George's.
  5. I have been sipping on the Kübler now for a few days, and find it very refreshing. The mouth-feel is quite nice, and the taste is good. However, anise is far too dominant. The wormwood and other nuances are certainly there, but very handicapped. By contrast, the lucid may have a better balance, but lacks anything that can be called decent mouthfeel at beyond 2:1. Unfortunately, at 2:1 the alcohol heat is just too much. ...and even though it has "better balance," the flavors are still muted. Lucid does, however, seem to have more pronounced "secondaries" when compared to the Kübler, for what that's worth, and some pleasant citrus notes that are wholly absent in the Kübler. At this point, I'm a little tired of "close, but not right." I think I'm going to drop a few C-notes on LdF. I've wanted to try PF 1901 for sometime now...anything else that I should include in my three bottle limit?
  6. I'm sure some of you would laugh at this question upon first glance. However, I've heard a number of people say that Kübler is more in line with a pastis than it is an absinthe. For those that have tried it, what do you think? A decent first blanche for the US market, or a glorified arak? I ask because I have a bottle scheduled to arrive tomorrow...
  7. I wouldn't call Lucid a bad absinthe. Not great, but certainly not bad. And Lucid was developed and produce by Breaux, not some "industrial-style" distillery. Early adopters have to pay a price for anything, including absinthe. I'm sure the prices will equal out once more products are available. Until then, stick to drinking whatever it is you're drinking over there.
  8. Well, I went ahead and bought the bottle. It smells like absinthe, looks like absinthe, and even tastes and feels like absinthe, but certainly is not nearly as complex or satisfying as the Balance. I wouldn't say unidimensional, but, meh. However, the difference isn't enough for me to warrant paying $100 to get a bottle of Balance shipped over here.
  9. Oh, I think I've seen that. Isn't it the one with the picture of Van Gogh and all the sediment in the bottom?
  10. Grog...isn't that something Klingons drink?
  11. What is this movie everyone is talking about? Sounds quite funny. And what is KoSG? I probably know of it, but not the abbreviation.... Please forgive the ignorance--a thousand pardons.
  12. Cripes...is the Lucid that bad? I just went in to my local wine store to pick up some Noir for dinner, and what do I see right next to the $600 Cognac in the glass case? Lucid! I almost crapped myself. I was going to buy it on the spot, but only had fifty dollars on me (it's going for $70 a bottle here). I was thinking of going back and picking up a bottle this evening, but with these "horror stories," I dunno if I want to drop $70 on a bottle of goat piss... I've had Duplais Balance before, and enjoyed it thoroughly, for what that's worth.
  13. Aren't the Lucid/Kuebler better than La Fee anyway? Regardless, I just found a place across the bridge from me (a literal five minute drive) that stocks the Lucid. The Fine Wine store in Stockton NJ for anyone in the area. The only absinthe I've ever had was Duplais Balance, and from what I gather Lucid is a step down from that, but I figure what the hell.
  14. For sure. I wasn't suggested they actually put bergamot in the Balance. Dunno if that would go over too well.
  15. Oh, and I do love Cognac! Unfortunately, the state run liquor store here is a joke. They've never heard of St. Germain, let alone stock it. After a disgusted half hour of browsing, I bought a pre-chilled bottle of $13 dollar "sparkling wine." Lord... I'll put off the real celebrating until I get a hold of some 'sinthe.
  16. Graduation from college, with distinction, I might add
  17. JJ Blanche is my name, in real life.
  18. I have a cause for minor celebration this evening. As such, I was thinking of grabbing some wine, or a small bottle of spirits. Any recommendations? I might default to my standard Guiness, but this occasion seems to warrant something a bit more extravagant.
  19. Does anyone find Duplais Balance vaguely reminiscent of Earl Grey tea? It's been almost a year since I've had any, but I sampled some really nice Earl Grey this morning, and I was reminded of the Balance aftertaste.
  20. 1:4 is kind of a benchmark for me. Sugar, no thanks.
  21. I want to try a good blanche. Any suggestions? I'm leaning toward Fougerolles. It surprisingly doesn't have any reviews over here, but at Fee Verte it has good marks, save for one reviewer that thought it was the pits.
  22. I know that, but isn't it illegal to import booze without some type of permit?