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  1. Wow that is amazing shipping. I ordered a bottle from a domestic distributor last Friday. It sat for a couple days in MD and then took four days to get from there to UT. At last update check, that's where it is still sitting. I don't blame the distributor...I think its the carrier.
  2. I used the brouille. For me it was simple; just put some sweetened water in the freezer until it was almost at the freezing stage and pour it in the brouille. I had ordered it online, was expecting a glass brouille to match my drinking glass (which is what the website advertised), but what I got looked like a miniature pie tin. I will like to try the balancier. Edited to add: where do you find the Lucid balancier? I've found it included in gift sets but not sold individually...
  3. I would join this fascinating conversation but I've only tried three brands... my sights are set on Atelier Vie's Toulouse Verte and Rouge when I have the funds... and I can't seem to locate Doubs Mystique available online anywhere - it all shows "out of stock". Is it still produced?
  4. Oh check that out. There they are. Much obliged.
  5. I was looking at some of my older posts from back when and I remember I had purchased some "sample bottles" of different brands of absinthe. I was introduced to Serpis via a sample bottle and also Jade N.O. and one other that I can't remember. But now I can't find the websites I used then, and the ones I have found don't sell samples. Anyone have a clue what site/s I may have visited in '08 that sells samples? And if they're still around? Thanks!
  6. Thanks for opening up Daniel. I'm sure everyone here wishes you luck on your journey and hopes you can continue to find a way to balance spiritual happiness and absinthe together. :D No problem, thank you for noticing! I thought it would kinda get lost in the hissing and spitting going on around me.
  7. Well, I think that begs a larger question, Evan. What is this place for? Are we ambassadors for the drink of absinthe who try to give at least information with our opinions? Are we simply here to peddle a dozen or so top shelf brands? When a newcomer arrives do we proverbially shove a bottle of Jade Nouvelle Orleans in their hands and just say "drink it, you'll love it"? Could it not be a mistake to push a newcomer into an incredibly complex tasting brand when maybe their palate has nothing to compare it to? The author of this thread admits to trying Jade NO and not liking it. What then? What do you honestly think of someone like that yourself? I also wonder if that had something to do with Daniel's long absence from the drink... In response to the highlighted text - no, it wasn't. In a nutshell (and not to open any cans of worms) in Dec of 2008 I converted to Islam. I got rid of all my alcohol and my absinthe paraphernalia - gave it away to my very appreciative boss - and tried to be a Good Boy. I've since relaxed a bit on some things. Although I do still identify as Muslim - and as this is the month of Ramadan I am fasting - I've decided to temper my experience with some of my own beliefs. I took counsel with some of my closest friends - almost all of whom are also Muslim - they told me they felt I went too far too fast and instead of totally becoming burned out, I should allow myself to go back to some of the things I did before... and absinthe is one of them. So I decided to...so that's that, as they say.
  8. So Daniel, enough opinion about Kübler here for you? Indeed, and thank you
  9. Well I also think its a matter of perspective and personal tastes. As I've pointed out before (and back in 2008 when I was first active on this board) my favorite is Serpis, and I know many think it worth nothing more than flushing out the sink's drain; whereas I personally didn't care for Jade Nouvelle Orleans.
  10. Thank you; I rather figured they were the "don't bother". But I will try a couple of the "not so bad" ones just so I can say I did it... What's Astor?
  11. As I make my slow limping return to absinthehood, I've decided to shop locally until I can afford to order from overseas. Our local Bevmo has several brands of absinthe now available; when I first entered the scene they only had Lucid which I have always considered "trendy", and kinda...well, "we buy this because we don't have anything else". In my city, Sacramento, they now have many brands, some of which I've never heard of. I'm not too terribly interested in the St George (I've not heard enough good about it), as I said Lucid strikes me as a bit trendy... but the one I'm most curious about is Kübler. The price isn't bad and the reviews I've seen on it are mostly favorable. And it seems to be the one that best fits my current budget. Thoughts?
  12. Hey all. I was here for several months back in 2008. I had built up quite a nice collection of absinthiana (including my good friend, Serpis). But something...changed I guess you could say and I kinda left it all. Well, now I'm back. Got a bit of rebuilding to do, but I'm back.
  13. Sorry if this is a question not for this part of the board - or one that has already been asked... But in each of my absinthe orders I have received a postcard. Right now I have six, a couple of them are duplicates but a couple are unique (like my Mansinthe card). Does anyone know where I can find more? Every online search I do seems to be limited to just historic or antique black and white displays and ... well, I am just more contemporary. I like today's absinthe and am not much of a "lets dwell in the past" kinda guy. Any ideas where I can find more cards with today's absinthe brands on them? I would LOVE to find a Serpis card Thanks in advance!
  14. I need to clarify here - she's not buying it for me, nor am I participating in her gift in any way. Its her man who is buying the bottle and bringing it home. She was just telling ME because I was the one who introduced her (as it where) to absinthe. The gift is from him to her, she was sharing their conversation with me...
  15. I got this PM from a co-member of another forum. "My man, who is in Afghanistan, just wrote me this: Quote: 'That thing that I told you I could not tell you about a little while ago, that was good news... Well I can tell you now, I ordered some absinthe from Chekoslovakia, and I had it sent to my mothers house... She will bring it up and we can take it to your memorial day weekend getaway if you wish.' Exciting!!! I had to share it & knew that you would appreciate it!! Very Happy" I would feel terrible telling her to be cautions about Czech "absinthe" when she's that excited about it. Conversely, I would feel terrible if it turned out to be crapsinthe (which we're all pretty sure it will be). We had somehow gotten on the subject of absinthe a few months back, myself and two fellow boardites of the Blue October Fan site. One ended up going out and buying Lucid (she said it was too strong for her) and this person quoted above is the second. I kinda feel responsible, though I DID tell her a few months back that the Czech Republic has a bad reputation with what it produces & sells as "absinthe"....
  16. A coworker has been listening to my supervisor and me going on and on about our absinthe experiences. She asked me several questions and asked about websites, so without thinking I sent her Alandia's link (where I got my Doubs). Now mind you Alandia isn't a bad site per se, but it does have some products I wouldn't recommend to anyone. Well... my coworker bought herself all the accessories you could think of and got herself a bottle of....something. She told me later she couldn't remember the name, only that it had "gold" in the title somewhere. She and her partner said it was "undrinkable". She said her partner wanted to ask me if there was any way to make it taste better; I said "yes, pour it out and buy some Doubs". Instantly I regretted my cavalier & flippant attitude; she honestly was disappointed at the money she spent trying to experience what we found so enjoyable. I brought her in a sample of my Serpis (sidebar: check out my new avatar, by the way) to show her what good albiet red absinthe tastes like. I feel guilty though that she spent that money and got crapsinthe... all because she heard me go on and on about it. Had she only asked... sigh. (edited to add:) Next time I recommend a site to someone, I'm also going to recommend a product!!!
  17. Hey there welcome aboard. I too am rather new to the world of absinthe; however I've never tried any of the locally sold brands. My first was Doubs Mystique and as an introductory absinthe I give it . I have been planning to get some Kübler but its all about getting up off my lazy ass to do so.
  18. Alandia has a black absinthe listed as well.
  19. Ah thanks that went over my head too. Red beetles don't bother me - at least they strained out the legs & carapaces
  20. My huge bottle of Serpis (huge compared to the others) arrived today - my landlady intercepted me as I got out of my car saying I had a package... I'm so happy I am just vibrating - I love this stuff!!
  21. As an absinthe n00b, the idea of mixing it with anything other than ice water to me is scandalous... though it does kinda sound interesting. I can just imagine how it tastes on the rebound though...