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  1. This is the announcement I published this morning: "Around this time, I had intended to post a follow-up report to the 2009 absinthe survey detailing changes that various absinthe vendors have since made to improve their selection. With the exception of Bevmo, I heard back personally from every source I had sent it to, assured with lavish promises of reform. I’m sad to report that despite the survey being widely cited, the response from actual vendors has been minimal. But there is one absinthe vendor that has really stepped up to the plate the past few weeks and taken a genuine pledge to improve. But this is more than just an empty pledge, serious action has already been taken. Mike Schallehn, owner of the well-known absinthe vendor Alandia, has completely overhauled its US-focused sister site Absinthe.fm. Last month, I contacted Mike and we had several conversations regarding the future of absinthe, thujone, and what brands are currently available to his customers. After much planning, you can see that working hand-in-hand, the Absinthe.fm absinthe selection has been improved by over 50%. In addition to overhauling the absinthe selection, "do-it-yourself" items like absinthe essences, and all instances of the word "thujone" have been completely removed. Furthermore, I am thrilled to announce that later this year, work will also begin on Alandia. We need to understand, of course, that Alandia is a massively larger absinthe source, and therefore it is not practical to expect a similar undertaking, but a more gradual, carefully planned execution. For those that are unfamiliar with the Alandia brand, it is one of the top absinthe vendors in the world, providing service to thousands of absinthe enthusiasts in every global absinthe market. I cannot stress enough how significant this change will be to the absinthe market over time. It can be said with confidence that Alandia is a vendor that we will be able to support wholeheartedly. Many factors will dictate the pace at which this rebirth will develop, including sales figures, the absinthe market in its entirety, and the current state of the global economy. Please keep these factors in mind, and realize that this is not a transformation that can be completed overnight. TARN will continue to work with Mr. Schallehn into 2010. We ask that you, the absinthe community, would support this decision with both encouragement and feedback as we continue to push forward." I'll probably be gone by the time people start seeing this announcement, but I should have a chance to check in later this evening and address any comments or questions, as I'm sure there are some things WS will want clarified!
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    Edward III anyone?

    Yes, so long as we all understand it should not be a concrete pre-requisite for all generations to come I think we're on the same page. Speedle's suggestion of having an extensive background of tasting experience will of course play an important role in determining the style of absinthe as well. As another note, I just read through the forums at Fee Verte regarding Edward III. I suggest you all do the same, as you're not getting the whole story until you do...
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    Post Editing Window Temporarily Narrowed

    I think it is a good idea. It makes people fully consider what they are posting before doing so, and forces them to take accountability for their words. I think ours is a bit lenient, a day or two, but I'll have to look it over and narrow it myself. What is it normally?
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    Edward III anyone?

    I'm sorry, I just can't go along with this. We all know vintage absinthe will only be around so long. What will you tell the new producers in 10 or 20 years that may not be able to obtain a sample? "Despite a quality product, you're not qualified to be an absinthe producer"? Though for the record, I think Bill is probably being the most fair about this given his follow-up statement.
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    Edward III anyone?

    Welcome Edward. Unlike Mark, all of the conversations I've had with you in particular have proved to me that you are a good, honest fellow that has never claimed to be a grand master of absinthe production. I sincerely wish I could say the same about your business partner. This makes me very sad. If you were not the founder and only a top position in the company I'd have suggested to Edward that he fire you immediately. That would be a very, very good idea. Realize that all the bridges that have been burned by your carelessness you are not just hurting yourself, but are equally crippling and alienating your business partners (who, as far as I can tell, have a much different agenda than you). If I were Edward, I would be on the lookout to join a new company. If I were your partners doing the actual production I'd be looking over the contract searching for any loophole to get out of it. I think FPB put it very well:
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    Hello From NYC

    Edited after reading Edward's much more sensible posts in the thread next door...
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    Hello From NYC

    Late to the party again. :( For someone that I now see is such a pure marketeer, you sure don't know how to do your job, Mark. As someone in the same business as you (and even with less experience in my case), you make some pretty awful mistakes: 1.) No tact. You're laying on that sales pitch thicker than crunchy peanut butter. People tire of this very quickly, and it sounds entirely unnatural, especially in a forum environment. 2.) Low blows. As you can see from the response of drosstogold (among others), insulting your customers and competitors will get you nowhere. That loose cannon of a mouth you have is a serious liability to you and all those involved with your business. 3.) Poor grammar. As Gwydion mentioned, regardless of your age you seem like a whiny teenager that can't tell his little finger from his ass right now. 4.) Dishonesty. Your foot is so full of holes I don't know how you can stand. I could cite each lie, but I don't have 20 minutes to spare rounding them all up. You also mentioned that you're not a distiller. So you're not a distiller and you don't know the first thing about marketing a product or public relations. What exactly do you do, then? That's pretty revealing information. Are you sure your business partner would want you revealing something like that? This also would explain the particularly hard sell right off the bat. More understandable knowing your situation, but that still doesn't excuse even a fraction of the things you've said or done. Agreed. Too late...
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    Should we have an 'Editor's Review'?

    Sorry, Ben I like you too much for that. Oops, I left out the words "a text", didn't I? Probably because I don't text, Twitter, Facebook, , You Tube, IPOD, IPHONE, or any of Ali G's New-fangled techomological wonders of the last decade...hell, if it weren't for Tish, I wouldn't even have had a 'puter, and I never would have had the opportunity to meet all these fine folks. Yes, now you all know on whom to place the blame. If Meadow of Love ever ceases production you have my permission to shoot me. You know, your non-use of social networking and other technical stuff got me thinking, so I did a little clicking around on Google and lookie here: >>Best way to get in touch with someone.<< I am so trying this out...
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    Should we have an 'Editor's Review'?

    Eh, it's over? Dammit, I love getting push alerts indicating new opposing arguments. Absomphe, shoot me a text next time, will ya? Thx In all seriousness, there's not much to say here that wouldn't open the door for another round of disagreements, but I'm glad it is now settled to the point that a conscious effort is being made by both parties to compromise and improve. Both Brian/Gwydion and Peridot had completely valid concerns, and despite not seeing eye-to-eye it seems this discussion has shed some light on where members stand. That sort of insight is always valuable, so while this discussion meant a good deal of time was invested for all involved, I think we all have a better idea of how to proceed from here. If there's one thing I've gleaned from this thread personally, it's that even I have admittedly dropped the ball with Absinthe Review when the promised User Reviews did not materialize. While much of this was attributed to my technical ignorance, with the Mafia's permission to mimic their survey-based review submissions last month I have no excuse. Thank you peridot; although indirectly, you have given me enough of a nudge to wake up and see that if anyone has been neglecting the significance of user input, it's probably been me. And for many users at all the various forums that may have read this thread, I think it will give them encouragement to take their reviews more seriously knowing the volume of potential imbibers it may influence. I'm sure most of us are already aware of the thousands of non-registered visitors that frequent the major absinthe sites each month, but sometimes hearing it again is a welcome reminder of what an impact even a single review or forum post can have. You know what? With all this meaningful reflection and whatnot I'd say we're winners all around. Maybe just fucks! Dunno about the rest of 'em, but I'll take the title of being a fuck. Cheers to all, and happy new year, fellow fucks.
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    What ya drinking tonight?

    Good to hear you folks had a great, safe (from the sound of it, at least!) new year! Bill, I must second Ron's push to louche up a glass of Essai 4. I wasn't so lucky as you folks sadly, as I ended up getting sick and canceling my plans. I had a fever today as well, so I will have to make a doctor's appointment soon. :(
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    Checksinth burned on The Amazing Race

    Very true (and very unfortunate). However, things are changing one bar at a time, with a new landmark reached at Hemingway bar in Prague thanks to Habu and his hard-workin' Mafia crew : http://realabsinthe.blogspot.com/2009/12/a...ate-2009-7.html
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    The Rebirth of Alandia

    Shame that after releasing such a great video as the anti-Bohemian one they will now need to publicly apologize to the water. Personally I just pour in some Red Bull of course, so these are of no use to me.
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    The Rebirth of Alandia

    Good question. The burnt smell really floods the room when a sugar cube is flamed, so I'm sure it's not good to inhale all that. I hope after they filmed that they opened a window. It did look very nasty, didn't it? Repulsive, in fact. That said, the video has certainly done its job. I'd like to second heavyharpoon's thumbs up. As I stated earlier, this transition is a very slow process, so we discussed what could be done in the meantime, and this was decided on as the next step. Mike did not mention how soon they would film the new preparation videos, but I'm glad to hear they are now online. So far, he has followed through on his word 100%, and I trust he will be willing to sit down soon and look over what else could be reasonably accomplished going into 2010.
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    Corsair Red??

    Looking forward to it, GB. I just realized; I haven't seen my half-empty bottle since I moved in October. Lost during moving?? :(
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    Shabba dabada, Shabba dabada

    I'm dedicating my intoxication to the day of your birth tonight, man. Cheers!
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    Alcohol and Health Benefits

    Not one, but TWO testimonials on this? These are such encouraging stories to hear guys, especially in this jolly time of year! Jack, I had no idea you had such a condition, but it does my heart good to know that something you love is an alternative to synthetic drugs. I'll drink to that!
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    Jade line available end of November

    Why even offer it that long? Everything is gonna be sold out in an hour. Seriously though, if here was ever a time to order, it now! I'd like to go on about some other things, but shit, I gotta finish Checkout...
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    Nemesinthe

    I was only sent a 100 ml sample when I tasted it recently (wanted to dump it out), but if you folks can hold out for a few weeks (still recovering from my hefty sake order) I'll be making another order with a full bottle for review, so I can send out some samples. The alternative is it sitting on the shelf for years taking up space, so you people had better want some.
  19. I saw this a few hours too late, argh. :( Thanks just the same, though, that would have been a heck of a deal!
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    La Fee NV

    How many states has this been spotted in so far? Anyone know?
  21. Hope those Midol did the trick. By the way, if you see anything a bit odd on your credit card statement the next month or three, no need to be alarmed and do something rash like, you know, contact Visa... Seconded, it's great that everything has been worked out!
  22. I'm sending PMs totally free of charge* if anyone is feeling left out.... *Limit one complimentary PM per household, per lifetime. Any request of a second PM will result in your credit card being charged immediately, with a recurring charge of $27.95 per month, or $1.95 per PM. Please include your bank account and routing number in your initial reply. Failure to do so will result in severe consequences including, but not limited to, extortion, "special" meetings in the dark alley on your way home from work, and/or being forced to drink a gallon of LTV in one sitting.
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    Another reason Mutineer ROCKS!

    *subscribes*
  24. I think the name is fun, and don't see people getting hung up over it Antoine. The price is a little more than expected as Peridot said, but I think with the current exchange rate and given the great convenience of this service, it will still be a hit. 30 brands (most of which don't have sample bottle sizes available) available from the get-go is enough that just about anyone can find something they haven't tried yet. Also, as I mentioned to you last week, I think it is a good mix of popular and less-stocked brands. Taking the time to go through and select only GENUINE absinthe shows your focus on quality, and that's something I'm willing to put my support behind.
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    Empty bottles

    Likewise, I suddenly feel like a lightweight! And what MAM said. I'd love to keep them, but I just don't have the damn room for the suckers. I tried collecting my more memorable empties for sake, too, but same issue. Anyone have a display case I can..."borrow" for a bit?
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