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  1. Meukow VSOP while watching my hockey team lose. Hey, at least the Cognac didn't suck
  2. Cragganmore 12 years. Some smooth Speyside to end a long day.
  3. I actually tried to excuse them on the absinthe choice as there was some justification to it, but you are spot on for the glasses. I wish they let us use the Vesinthe glasses (shown in the upside down shot and used as reservoirs) which suit better to absinthe than boring tumblers. On the other hand I am quite sure that they used those because of the sheer number of people there and that normal day customers get the nice looking Versinthe glasses. We will see... Flesh, who said flesh? I actually tried to take a picture of the wall behind the girls. See, I couldn't get around them and there was nice decorations painted on that wall and you could clearly see that blah blah blah...
  4. ^^Those thin Pontarlier seems quite interesting... which I could lay my hand on one. For those with hands "unfriendly to glass" you should look for companies such as Schott Zwiesel (German), Mikasa (French) or Arca (Italian). Those guys make what they call "break resistant glass" which is thin but increadibly though. Schott Zwiesel calls its though glass Tritan, Mikasa Kwarx and Arca Nesium. These are glass alloys like crystal but, instead of using a 24% lead oxyde that makes it sparkling and thin they use titanium or magnesium oxyde to larger proportions which results in increased thoughness. As far as I know none of them make glasses especially for absinthe, but they still have many choices that could fit the requirement.
  5. If I may... Small bubbles and imperfections do not mean "hand made." Most poorly machine-made glasses have such bubbles in them and high quality handmade glass is almost always free of them. I fully understand the charm of small imperfections that make the uniqueness of an item, but I would not want my fellow absinteurs to be fooled by a low quality glass sold as a high quality handmade piece. Now, after that its all a matter of taste and personal subjectivity. One can prefer the durability or the feeling of "manliness" brought by a thick and heavy glass over the sharpness of the taste, clarity and precision on the tongue of a thin glass. But honestly, if you guys ever have the opportunity to experience a really thin glass like the ones made by Riedel or Spiegelau you might change your take on this. Cheers!
  6. The pontarlier glasses are made by La Rochère, a french company that makes interesting designs but with low quality material and basic processes. I am in the glass and wine accessories business and I know their whole line quite well and I almost always have been disapointed with La Rochère's quality. Thick glass, thick rim, bubbles, apparent mold line etc. Never seen white spots though, although I must admit it's hard to see in the pictures. I am somewhat picky since I'm surrounded by glasses all day long, but I prefer crystal or crystallin glass than basic glass as it is thinner and almost always defect free. Even if this mean not using a glass designed for absinthe.
  7. Alan Moss: Exactly what I wanted to hear. absinthehour: I also think its the fair way to look at this... Fixedspiral: Those chairs look even better when you see them for real. I know it took them ages to have them done, but it was quite worth it if you ask me. Derrick: smug simian: Montreal worths to be seen. Now even more so .
  8. Good eyes Sherlock... but as I openly stated in my comments they carry these 3 brands for the moment but plan to enlarge their choices. See, in Canada we have a notoriously poor choice of good absinthe at the time being. You sure can count on me and other local absinthe lovers to open their eyes on this. I know they tried to contact Marie-Claude Delahaye to give them some pointers, so I know they mean to do well and dont want to use absinthe as a pure marketing gimmick. Just give them some time to adjust. Actually, I don't know if Dieu du ciel has the Montreal exclusivity on la Clandestine, but if I was the Clandestine's importator I'd knock at the Sarah B door real soon... Thanks for the comments guys!
  9. A drink made of Bailey's, brandy, absinthe and maple syrup. The Bailey's overwhelmed the rest but was still nice with the pastries and other sweets served. The above mentioned sweets: A flat screen was playing Charlie Chaplin movies, which added to the retro-chic ambience. Many fountains and accessories One last drink to go... I haven't been there as a customer yet, so I cannot give you a fully objective review, but their official opening was a mind blowing event. These guys know how to throw a party! regards, Jean
  10. A barman doing his fine job. an upside down shot. The furniture is awesome: chairs built like absinthe spoons and cushions shaped like sugar cubes! One more shot:
  11. Last wednesday I was invited to the official opening of the Sarah B absinthe bar, located inside the Intercontinental Hotel of Montreal. The name is inspired by the Belle Époque signer Sarah Bernardt, which was said to be an absinthe lover. The evening was a successful mix of mystery, charm and unlimited quantities of absinthe. What not to like? (For those interested, more descriptions - in french - and pictures on my blog Le Rouge et le Boire) Here is the green lighted entrance. A whole wall of the hallway is covered by this rather nice banner: Further down the hall strange faces were looking at us.. Smiling and dedicated staff was all over the place to help us find our way around. Some speeches, and even the visit of Sarah Bernardt in person. 177 years old and still looking fine. Then incredibly charming and fine looking fées vertes took us to the bar itself... how could I say no? More fairies... wingless this time Now, what you guys were really waiting for, the Sarah B bar. It was stocked with 400 bottles of Versinthe, as well as some Absente et Pernod. They plan to (hopefully) expend their choices in a near future. The bar is made of 6 or seven rooms most having small areas, hidden with curtains, were you can drink your absinthe with some privacy. Everythings was tainted with a retro-chic aura.
  12. I'd be highly interested. Prohibitionist movements have been one of my favorite subject back when I was in university.
  13. Jay: There are enough chairs and absinthe for everyone mate. baubel: I swear! Heavyharpoon23: Merci! I'd sure be glad to share an absinthe or two at Dieu du Ciel with some fellow members when the occasion will show up. Let not forget that DdC also brews some of the best beers available in eastern Canada. Some months ago they even had one were they replaced the hops with wormwood... their extra-bitter tasted tame compared to it. Aggelos: Ouep, un de plus...! Actually, the Pastaga handle and the badiane are not a coincidence. My father is a Provencal from Avignon and many of my relatives still live in Marseille, Aix and Avignon. Although I try to visit them often, I was born and raised in the cold Quebec's winter. I could say that pastis and absinthe act as my "liquid sunshine" when the one outside doesn't do the job. PS: j'ai préféré répondre en anglais pour ne pas laisser nos camarades anglos dans le noir. Sais tu s'il y a un thread francophone "officiel" - ou quelque chose comme ça - sur le site?
  14. Ah, those good ol' Cercles des Lacordaire and Sainte Jeanne-D'Arc.
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