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Clement Arnoux (Aggelos)

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  1. Gosh. Thanks God I'm free from that now Still as amazing as in my memories, if not more so
  2. Late to the fight, but no, it's not a JR That would be a late Georges Long, harder to find, far more expensive than a JR, and as far as I know the less reproduced. Sorry, but in these conditions a broken bowl will be almost impossible to replace (yeah, very late, but at least that may help someone later)
  3. Correct. 4 or 5 known and owned actually. There may be more out there, who knows, but its "prototype" status is quite clear, so they must be scarce. Nope you'll have to wait I call dibbs :p Actually they've been erring for a while. They tried to reproduce something close initially, but it proved hard, expensive, and yes, "too close". I have seen several prototypes (even one with a see saw), hand made by Sebastien from Vert d'Absinthe, and you could even see one of them in their shop at a time. They told me about this version, but I discovered it quite at the same time as you all Very nice work indeed, I need to have one to sit next to its elder
  4. As a matter of fact, Claude Alain Bugnon has several in his distillery
  5. I have my share of bottle openers, including two bladed one, a vintage "le pratique" and a modern Peugeot, which is of far better make. True, and as a simple rule, I won't use this kind of opener with a plastic cork. Now, the classic corkscrew also has its issues (mainly : destroying the cork), and that's why having both types is handy. I seem to recall that Oxy used to recommend a particular model which, in my memories, seemed to use both technologies. I have heard of a last type of opener, without ever seeing one, which would consist of three hooks that you have to use like the blades, for particularly difficult corks
  6. Something tells me that a look to Vert d'Absinthe's facebook account is in order...
  7. I am not talking about storing another thing recently. I am not even implying it might not be absinthe. What I am implying is that the original owner of the bottle may have used it to fill it with "something". It may even be absinthe, albeit, not the original one, and not even a good/safe one. Careful if it's too green ok ? Anyway, it was not uncommon a practice
  8. yeah, heard that several times... Does not mean much though. The brand is legit, that much is true. The cork may be rotten, that much also is normal and could explain the oozing. The level is correct which, when you consider the oozing part, would be the most suspicious thing IMHO. There is no lead, nor wax on the cork, well, that much worries me a bit, but since I have never seen a Picard bottle, no way to be sure. Considering the high level, there is still the risk that a vintage absinthe bottle may have been used to store something else approaching. But if it's genuine, it was the hell of a deal (and that sometimes happens, more so on ebay.com )
  9. Be careful people, Melies is aiming at the title of most amazing collection in the US. I suspect his will soon be bigger than mine (innuendo intended, the man knows the difference between the long and the short one). It's been brought to my attention though that, while I do not care much for Tour Eiffel spoons, they care for me. Ain't it cute ?
  10. You dodged the bullet on this one. Careful with the vocabulary too, a match striker is not an ash tray Absinthe pyrogènes are at the crossroads of three worlds of collectors : barware collectors, pyrogène specialized collectors, and absinthe collectors. You can be damn sure that if a real vintage absinthe pyrogène appears, at least someone will strike hard to deter some of the competition. Count 100€ in the first day. And that's in the case of an auction. Where the seller refused any direct offer in a message. In the other case... Let me tell you a story. A few years back, in the middle of the day, I get a message from a collector friend : "a set of three spoon including a Croix suisse was listed for 30€ a few minutes ago". Yup, 30mn top between the moment it appeared as listed and the moment I payed the bill. To think that a real absinthe pyrogène would last till the end with a 25€ price tag, when you expect it to be tenfold... The other issue, which is actually quite the same as with the St Clément pitchers, is that these false pyros plague the French flea markets and antique shops also. To the point that there was a day I was in a shop and saw one of these craps with a 90€ price tag, and pointed it to the seller. She answered with as much disdain as possible "yes, I know I've been had, but I have to get my money back somehow".
  11. Long story short : if you want a St Clément, don't buy it on ebay. Ever. St Clément pieces are copied and copied over, originals are scarce and expensive. As for the date, you could tell any one of the Keller Guerin period, which conveniently started circa 1890 and ended circa 1920. (for reference : http://pichet.sct.free.fr/ ) And either the sellers are fool, or they are crooks. And then again maybe not. But you can't be sure only looking at photos. well actually they are not made for absinthe, they're made for water. But at that period in time, there are few beverages (but absinthe is not the only one AFAIK) which require a small stream of water.
  12. Or you could say that is "la bleue" because the Swiss cannot make neither a good verte or a good blanche. Alright, a bit too far there... La bleue is an engineer's product, blue-print made somehow. No wonder some VdT distillers are clockmakers or chemistry engineers. The point is having a regular, clockwork quality production. They don't evolve their products, they don't wander away from tradition. They despise people who change their batches yearly even, even if it's to ameliorate them. There is some merit to that. For other people, yeah, that just does not suffice
  13. So far, the only thing I know is that the project is approaching maturity. But AFAIK, reproducing the exact Brouille would be far too expensive.
  14. Yeah, that would be because Duplais is not a bleue for several reasons : - The distillerie is not in VdT - It actually does not taste like a bleue. - etc. Duplais blanche would make a good centerpiece for a troll about the Swiss IGP "La bleue" is typically a Val de Travers product, and it has such a specific taste that I have sometimes heard that all the bleue taste the same
  15. Well absinthe used to be an humble man's beverage after all