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  1. I've been smoking a hookah for a few years now and by far the best shisha I've had so far is from this little hookah bar in San Diego, Fumari. Really smooth and flavorful. http://www.fumari.com/
  2. I'm excited to try this, looks pretty good. Think I may have to make a visit to the distillery.................btw........VIVA LA CASA DE PUERCO!!! haha
  3. I'm going to have to agree with Alan on the Jean Marc XO vodka reccomendation. It's rather expensive for a vodka but it has a rather complex taste that made me change my views of what a vodka could be. IMHO, it has quite a bit of a "almond" flavor to it, which I really like. It is by far my favorite vodka, although I don't think I'd ever mix it with anything other than ice. I used to be really into trying different top shelf vodka's, until I found Gvori. Supposidly it is made in the Belvedere distillery, and IMHO is quite a bit better than Belvedere for less than half the price, and it easily rivals Grey Goose, Absolut and others, I've done a ton of side by side taste tests with different vodkas and preferred Gvori nearly every time. It's great by itself and in mixers, and it's about $20-25 for a 1.75L bottle. I do enjoy a good flavored vodka over ice from time to time. The Van Gogh Pinapple is awesome. Most of the flavored Stoli's are quite nice on the rocks as well. I tried the Charbay blood orange vodka once, and it was one of the worst spirits I have ever tasted. Even a little splash mixed with anything had a horrible taste and really bad alcohol burn. The green tea flavor sounds rather interesting, but I'm kind of scared after trying the Blood Orange. As for Gins I am a big fan of Junipero made at the Anchor Steam distillery. I've always liked Tangueray and their new Rangpur is awesome in a Gin and Tonic. Hendricks is quite tasty as well, but it is quite unique and IMHO, dosn't go well in all gin cocktails. I do enjoy some Bombay Saphire from time to time, but IMHO it is a little overpriced.
  4. Sippin some Duplais right now, goes good after a long day at work.
  5. I found it was quite nice with Izze Rasberry Soda. I should know this by know but is there a Slerpis recipe anywhere, I've heard it mentioned countless times, but I still don't know what's in one.
  6. Because it is a Blanche, and a Blanche should be completely clear. A yellow tinge like this could be due to a flaw in it's production, like not cutting the distillation off at the right time and the "tails" tainting the final product. I also read over at fee verte that wormwood flowers picked to soon could also impart a yellow tinge, which is also a production flaw. Although taste doesn't really suggest either of these. Possibly it could be due to the absinthe being aged in oak for a very short time. I don't know, it still tastes pretty damn good.
  7. This absinthe really suprised me. This is probably the closest thing you can get to a well crafted HG from a commercial vendor. I sure hope they continue to make this one. I'd have to day it is by far my favorite commercial blanche available, and comes pretty close to tying with the Jade Eduard as my favorite commercial Absinthe. It has a wonderful aroma out of the bottle that just gets better and better as water is added. The smell really fills the room. Due to it's strength you really only need about 2/3 of a regular dose, but it is still suprisingly smooth neat, given it's 81.3 percent alcohol. A nice thick louche that builds very slowly, great mouthfeel, and suprising complexity for a Swiss Blanche. I definitely reccomend this one to anyone.
  8. I just tried this on for the first time this week as well. I was pretty impressed, it reminded me a lot of some of the better actual clandestine La Bleue's I've had in the past. A good balance of Anise and Fennel, a nice wormwood presence, and a wonderful hyssop baby powderish finish. Very easy to drink.
  9. I just got a bottle of the Blanchette this week and have had a glass the last couple nights. Honestly I was a little disappointed with this one, I'm still wondering were that yellow tint is coming from. It's a decent blanche, but nothing too far out of the ordinary, I've had better. Still it could get better with age, seeing how this bottle is rather young. I'd still reccomend trying it, it is a decent absinthe for the price, I just expected better.
  10. Sorry I'm late but happy birfday!
  11. The sight is luking nise, the spell chek suks tho...it dont seam to be wurking for me. o well. I got your email twice.
  12. Before and after work, sex, meals, and sleep.
  13. Nah, I didn't get a chance to talk to you grey boy. But you're welcome to hit me up sometime.
  14. Thanks you guys! I had a good weekend, Jack got a drunk dial from me sometime during that night.
  15. Yeah, I saw that the other night too. Pretty lame, but about what I expected.
  16. The only time I've gotten my wife to drink more than one sip of absinthe, and say "blech", was with Serpis mixed with Izze Rasberry Soda. It's a pretty tasty combo. I've been meaning to get another bottle, because I actually do enjoy Serpis. I think it's best mixed with carbonated water or other carbonated beverages. My wife did like the Black Jellybean Haters absinthe, but that's not available. Another good mix is Absinthe and A&W Cream Soda (I tried better cream sodas, but they didn't mix as good). It tastes just like rootbeer barrel candies. I also mix it with Ouzo sometimes so as not to waste the absinthe.
  17. I just tried the Francios Guy this week. It's not bad, but it doesn't taste like much more than slightly colored Ouzo, and gives no secondaries whatsoever. And I've gotten decent secondaries from every other brand I'vd had. I will have no problem finishing the bottle, because it does taste good, but I'd just assume buy Ouzo or Arak.
  18. Ballard does have the "Barking Dog Alehouse". You can't go wrong with good food, and a huge menu of Belgian beers and Single Malt Scotches For other nasty Swedish food, there's always Cremed Salmon Roe in a toothpaste tube. I think I'll stick with Aebleskiver, Svenska Pankaker, Pepperkaker; Glogg; Strawberries and Whipped Cream; Lefsa (mor Norwegian than Swedish); Mead; Vodka; Aquavit; Swedish Meatballs; and Swedish Womens, but that's just me. MMM now I'm hungry
  19. I didn't think I had ever had damiana liquor before. But since you described the bottle, I just realised that I have had it. I had some in Mexico a few years ago, and I thought it was horrible. IMHO it tasted like what I think sweetened PineSol would taste like. Anyways, welcome
  20. I only go to Ballard for the Crystal Meth and Lefsa.
  21. Damn, I forgot all about Orbitz. You got to admit, it was pretty cool looking, but damn it was gross. I even remember what store I bought that crap at.
  22. Welcome! The Kübler is great, but probably not much different from what you have. I would really reccomend getting one ot the Jades. Some other good choices are, Abisinthe Amer, Segarra, Verte and Blanche de Fougerolles, or for something strange and different Serpis. One more thing Auguru, please edit your first post. Customs agents could easily look at this board, and see your post describing how your package was labeled. Next thing you know packages are getting siezed, and we'll all be very unhappy without absinthe. It has happened before.