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  1. Welcome! Excellent choice on the 1901. Definitely my favorite at the moment.
  2. Trying the Duplais Blanche for the first time tonight. The reviews look awfully promising...
  3. Elysian in Seattle, Black Raven in Redmond, and Nøgne Ø in Grimstad (Norway).
  4. Hei hei, velkommen til WS! Familien bor i Samnanger området og tanta mi har noen hytter på Handangerfjorden. Very hard to find good absinthe when we're home visiting, but perhaps it's time to start taking a detour via Paris next time we fly into Bergen...
  5. Congratulations! You have certainly earned it. Voyager and Pacifique are permanent staples in our place.
  6. The two bottles together were $125.something, so probably $62.50-ish? Very reasonable for the quality
  7. Awesome, glad you're finding stuff. I might be too late, but I love these trays...very simple: http://www.yuzumura.com/c-25-bamboo-tea-trays.aspx
  8. Sorry folks...my wife and I have too many hobbies. Been neglecting my Wormwood Society forum crawling But yes...Tea! A wonderful obsession to have. It sounds like you enjoy the personalization of blending pipe tobacco, but really good tea is rarely blended. My favorite that we do actually make at home is Chai: Golden tip assam, cardamom pods, whole cloves, allspice, and rose petals. Brew in a water and milk blend and sweeten with honey. Yum. There are so many ways to prepare very good tea...kinda depends what you're going for. Once you really get into it and start tasting the good stuff from China or Taiwan (that's not to say there isn't great tea elsewhere), I definitely think that preparing it in a gaiwan or Yixing clay pot is the way to go. The pots do eventually develop flavor characteristics of the tea you're brewing, though, so it's a good idea to have a few pots for different types of tea. For everything else though...I've found that a French coffee press is the absolute best tool. Easy to clean, and the leaves have a chance to open up. Also might want to seek out a nice chinese or Taiwanese tea shop. Most have dozens of varieties of excellent teas lining the walls, so you might be able to find something that matches your tastes. But if you like pipes, I'm willing to bet that you'll love Lapsang Souchong, Gunpowder, and/or Pu-erh (aged, pressed tea cakes). I know Gwydion loved the latter. Great stuff, bad for your budget :( At home, we usually drink our good tea "gongfu" style. Here's a decent video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--jBK3QoMn8 Very basic steps: Put some tea in your pot or gaiwan Pour hot water over the leaves and quickly pour off the water into the pitcher (this is to rinse the leaves) Pour the "rinse water" to the cups to warm them up, then discard the water Brew the tea to your personal preference. Most teas don't need more than 30 seconds, honestly, especially the jasmine pearls mentioned above. It's great to have the taller cups in the video above, too. They're specifically for smelling the tea, and you drink out of the shallow ones after flipping it. Re-brew the leaves multiple times. Really good oolong from Li Shan or Ali Shan can be brewed up to 10-12 times, and the flavor keeps evolving. (me making Ali Shan Oolong the other night) As for blending your own herbal teas, they aren't really tea, but they can still be very tasty. Here's a decent list of ingredients that you might use along with some descriptions: http://www.boulderteahouse.com/blending.html And here's a great place to buy them: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ Experiment and have fun! My wife actually has a bit of a cold right now, so I made her a nice blend of chamomile, lavender, a lemon wedge, and a spoon of local honey. Wonderfully soothing for sore throats, and delicious to boot. I could write a book, but for the sake of brevity, I'm going to stop myself here. Maybe I should bring my tea setup to the event on the 12th?
  9. Haven't done this yet, and with Zman's new product on the market now, this seemed like a good time. Entries under each category are in no particular order. Good: Nouveau Orleans Taboo Better: 1797 Belle Amie v2 Verte Suisse Best: PF 1901 Marteau Pacifique Edouard
  10. Yessir. Got two bottles and I must say...Zman, this stuff is FANTASTIC. Easily made my top 3. VERY well done! I could go into more detail, but for me, it feels like a wonderful cross between 1797 and Marteau with a tinge of verte suisse thrown in for good measure. Very proud to have some of the world's best absinthe distilled a few miles from home (Still need to do reviews of this and Belle Amie v2, the latter being inferior to Pacifique, imo)
  11. Good news! Just spoke to the Woodinville store, and they have 18 bottles as of 2:05 P.M. this afternoon. I'm off to pick some up myself...can't wait to try it!
  12. I think it really all comes down to personal preference. I like it with a couple drops of water, but my father (who can and does afford much better Scotch than I) only takes his on the rocks. And his palette is just as advanced as anyone I know. To me, it's a drink like Armagnac...to be sipped and savored straight (I view the burn as part of the overall balance). To him, it's a nice chilled and refreshing after-work drink...to be sipped and savored on the rocks. Go with what you like the best; don't let anyone dictate rules (except for the "don't light your absinthe on fire" one).
  13. Done here as well. Marteau PF 1901 Belle Amie Eddy Verte Suisse
  14. Actually, scratch that. I just called the Woodinville store and they said it should be there next Thursday (3/26). If only we could buy it directly from Marc :(
  15. Apparently it's available http://pacificdistillery.blogspot.com/