I'm new to the whole Absinthe scene, so when I bought a bottle I had no idea what to expect...
It's my usual Friday after work, head to BevMo (local store) for beer tasting. Well on my way to the back of the store, I hear the manager and a customer discussing absinthe, which prior to this day I have never even heard of it. I'm drawn to the discussion but stand quietly near the tequila, so I don't appear to be eavesdropping. I heard the manager recommend 'Le Tourment Vert Absinthe' saying its not as strong, but that it was the better tasting of the ones available. So, I pick up a bottle and take it over to my friends for Poker. I start off mixing it with pineapple juice and 7up (per the lucid info), later in the night we all were taking shots. Between 3 of us, we polished off 75% of the bottle. As the night goes on, we're not tired a bit, 2:30am rolls around and we're ready to take a cab back to my place for pool and ping pong. We'll that was a great idea to everyone but his sleeping wife, whom we woke up...I take that ride alone, and go to sleep. I did have a different type of sleep that night and I didn't have any hangover the following morning. At this time i realized I was drinking something totally different, something I'm completely drawn to now. The research begins...
Google being my friend, I search for words like "preban" "grande wormwood" "thujone." I figure the stuff in the US just isn't going to give me the true feeling of Absinthe. Well, I come up with names like,"Absinthe King of Spirits Gold" and so on. Finally I decide Googling ranked websites aren't the way to go, and I need to get real feedback from a community. My next search gets me here. Over the past 2 days I've learned a little overall, but ALOT from what I knew.
My questions to the guru's:
-Is thujone an important ingredient to have in absinthe? If so, what do you recommend?
- Is taking shots completely worthless? The more I read I could see the importance of using the spoon with a sugar cube and cold water. I imagine that was dumb, but I'm happy I made that mistake with 'Le Tourment Vert '
- Which of the following would you recommend: (If possible the top few, the store website shows more than I see actually on the shelf)
'La Muse Verte Absinthe
St. George Absinthe Verte
Lucid Absinthe Superieure
Mata Hari Absinthe
Tourment Vert Absinthe
eopold Bros. Absinthe Verte
Thanks everyone and I apologize if I sound like I have no idea what I'm talking about....but I don't!