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  1. I think an article warning everyone about the dangers involved with current forum veterans would be in order. (Threads involving Absomphe should be avoided by those with Coulrophobia, for instance.) But more seriously, I think an article that would be great would essentially be one specifically targeted at broke people. My first post on the forums was asking about recommendations for Absinthe on a college budget that wouldn't permanently scare me off of Absinthe, until I'm ready to afford some of the really good stuff. The chart is certainly extremely helpful, but can be a little daunting, and quite a few of the terms used require digging through other articles to understand. Basically, an article not only aimed at introducing newcomers, but is also specifically written for people who are scared they can't afford anything worthwhile. Though honestly, overall I was incredibly impressed at the wealth of information available to me when I first showed up. You guys are awesome.
  2. Found this on thedrunkenmoogle.com, all credit goes to them. Just thought I should share. For those unfamiliar, "Phoenix Down" is a magical item that resurrects a player/team member in the Final Fantasy game series. Phoenix Down (Final Fantasy Cocktail) Ingredients: 1/2 shot Absinthe 1/2 shot Zwack (Jagermeister will work too) 2 tsp. Simple Syrup 1 Splash Grenadine Fill rest of the glass with Club Soda Directions: Mix the absinthe, syrup, and soda water in a smaller glass (a perigord absinthe glass is used in the picture) until the drink becomes opalescent. Add ice if you prefer the drink really cold. Before serving, add the Zwack and grenadine. Both will settle nicely, leaving a nice orange on the top and a deep crimson below. Unfortunately, Phoenix Downs may not be 100% effective when raising the dead, as I’m sure some spiky-headed ex-SOLDIERs know.
  3. Good to see a fellow Kentuckian on here...only joined recently myself.
  4. I thought you one in your dorm as well. Indeed I did! That was 1973 and I had no idea what absinthe was. I knew the lady in the poster had breasts and that was all it took for me to like it. Barely 18, I didn't even like beer then. Who would have guessed my connection to that vision would grow so much stronger 35 years later. I'll admit that the fact that she is a very attractive (and accurately curvacious) nude woman did not escape my attention.
  5. As some of you know from my other posts, I'm a senior in college, and every year, my college hosts a massive poster/print sale from a traveling company. Typically, I'm not impressed with what they have, but I decided to go look at their selection. I wasn't seeing anything really interesting until I looked in the large poster section (3'x5'ish) and found this famous picture: http://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/27/MPW-13821 Needless to say, I was thrilled and purchased it immediately. I'd seen it online, but when something like that shows up on your door step...you pretty much have to buy it. It is now proudly displayed at the head of my bed in my dorm, and is easily the first thing one sees upon entering. I just needed to vent the excitement to people who would appreciate it.
  6. I'll go ahead and claim Lexington, Kentucky - fast women, pretty horses and great bourbon! (Or possibly re-arrange those...I'm not sure which it should be.)
  7. First of all, a quick update for those who are curious: I asked my uncle and discovered the first glass that got me hooked was actually Pacifique! So it turns out I didn't need to ask about that one. Since all of your initial suggestions, I have since tried Lucid with a friend, and Kübler. I didn't mind either, though neither wowed me quite as much as my first glass - but they were certainly bearable as everyday drinks! Lucid's Louche was nice, which made it more enjoyable, and I didn't mind some of the strong flavor I read others complain about. Kübler was rather surprisingly sweet...I almost didn't want any sugar with it! But certainly not anything I would turn my nose up at. Thanks a ton for the suggestions everyone! Continuing the tangential conversations this thread has spawned, I throw in my lot with Peridot...I didn't object to the directing or screenplay of Lord of the Rings at all.
  8. Congratulations! I only recently found out that my first drink of Absinthe was actually Pacifique, and the one drink was all it took to get me hooked. Cheers!
  9. Ooo, Balance has lots of Coriander? Add that to the things I must try, I love the spice outside of Absinthe so it's hard to imagine I wouldn't like it in... Agreed on the expensiveness, but it can be made bearable. I got some great suggestions when I asked how. Finally, congratulations on your first drink of Absinthe!
  10. Well, I was scanning the Bed, Bath and Beyond site after seeing the two different people post about the spigot jar they had, and noticed that neither mentioned this, so I thought I should. http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.as...amp;RN=545& I suppose this is good for people who want a two spigot something or another but don't want to make it themselves, and it's cheaper than buying two of the other kind. Cheers!
  11. Trauma, I live in Lawrenceburg (some people may know it solely because Wild Turkey is made here). There isn't really anything here, but I live within 15 minutes of Frankfort, 30 of Lexington, and 40 of Louisville, plus I'm relatively close to Midway - all of which have pretty wide selections if you know where to look!
  12. I completely agree with everyone who says Del Toro would be the man for the job...glad you told me my wish was accurate and he might be the one to finally do it! Also, thanks with the avatar help...as you can probably see, I fixed it. That fan trailer was pretty cool, but I think you're right about the lack of subtlety sbmac. Honestly, I think that Pan's Labyrinth is one of the most amazing movies to have come out of the last generation of film - if he can pull off anything like the mixture of terror and wonder he accomplished in that and combine it with the Lovecraft style of horror and the supernatural, it will be a genuinely amazing movie. I'm feeling very encouraged about branching out and trying some different absinthes from the discussed set, so it should be a lot of fun - hopefully I'll be able to give some input myself to discussions like this for someone in the future! Once again, thanks to everyone.
  13. I feel like I should toast back to all the happy absinthe-toasting smily faces. Thanks for the great reception, everyone!
  14. Oh, I also meant to ask...can anyone tell me why my chosen picture isn't appearing on the forums?
  15. Alright, so I'm definitely feeling pretty solid about experimenting, and I think it's a safe bet I won't be put off by some of the cheaper absinthes, as I'm obviously not experience with anything high-end. (I have actually had absinthe, but I have no idea what brand it was...my uncle served some, and that's when I became interested...loved the stuff he had, I'll have to ask what it was!) Also, I completely agree about Mountains of Madness...a well-done movie would be phenomenal. Maybe convince Peter Jackson or Guillermo Del Toro to direct it? Personally, I adore the short story The Quest of Iranon...haunting but beautiful.
  16. Phoenix, I'll definitely have to give Vieux Carre a chance as well. See, this is why I came here before I did my shopping, never would have heard of some of these great lookings absinthes otherwise! So, you're a Mansinthe supporter, eh? Man, that seems to be the one I'm getting by far the most mixed reaction about...the curiosity might get me on that. Baubel, I definitely trust Jules on that matter! Considering a fifth of absinthe will provide about 25 drinks, whereas a fifth of a standard 80 proof liquor only provides 17, I certainly see the inherent value. That said, I buy cheap fifths of others as well (though only the best reviewed cheap ones), so I'm still wary of spending 50+ dollars on just about anything. And duly noted - Legate it is. Peridot, this thread alone is enough to prove that there are mixed reviews, so I'll definitely be scanning others opinions as well. It'll also help when I get a clearer view of what it is I'm after in a drink, because I am pretty inexperience (looking forward to learning!) Also, on an unrelated note, I checked out your sig because I'm a huge H.P. Lovecraft fan and the name interested me, and must say the song Cthulhu Fhtagn was awesome. Right up my alley for certain days!
  17. Thank you all very much for the warm welcomes! I can tell I'm going to like it here. Jules, that is precisely the reason why I'm even willing to drop as much money as I am on the stuff. I'm a bargain hunter (to an extent, have to be) and I always look for the best deal. I'm a fairly big fan of bourbon as well, and I love Evan Williams 1783 - only 15$ for 750ml, which is the single best deal on the market in my opinion. Buying absinthe is thus a pretty huge stretch for me, even cheap absinthe, but it's one I'm willing to make. Marlow, I was quite skeptical about the Mansinthe suggestion as well, and I'm glad I asked. Lucid getting the thumbs down doesn't surprise me too much...it seemed to me like the "commercial" absinthe of the lot (I mean, it was once featured in The Colbert Report...as much as I love that show, that seemed a little odd to me). I might have to try Pacifique myself and just decide if it's for me. It's encouraging to hear that Obsello is good, as I've seen it fairly dirt cheap compared to some other absinthe's. I must say I'm disappointed that Kübler is a skip, as there are some places very near me with a pretty great deal - 45$ for a liter bottle of the stuff. After reading the reviews of Vieux Pontarlier and Duplais Verte, I'm definitely going to give both a shot (though probably only after following Joe Legates much appreciated suggestion of splitting the cost with a friend...I only saw the Duplais for 70ish). All input greatly appreciated!
  18. Greetings, everyone! As a relative newcomer to drinking Absinthe, I must say I've been thrilled to start reading more and more about the green fairy. I've tried to do a bit of research on my own, at least enough to not be a disgrace to absinthe drinking society (i.e. I've already talked a friend out of the flaming sugar technique...), and have tried to investigate brands (largely using the excellent review system on this site!) However, I am unfortunately a senior in college, and as such, am on an extremely restrictive budget. I understand that absinthe is not something to buy on the cheap whenever it can be helped, but if I want to enjoy any at all, I don't have much of a choice. Through my own searching I've seen a few brands come up repeatedly that might be good for me, either by virtue of easy access or relative cheapness for being at least a reasonable "everyday" drink: Lucid, Pacifique Absinthe Verte Superieure, Kübler, Obsello Absenta and Mansinthe. Admittedly, I was somewhat surprised by that last one. I thought before I stock up on anything in particular, I should ask the good, knowledgeable people of the Wormwood Society for advice and make sure I was doing justice to the drink! So, what should I be on the lookout for as a quality budget absinthe? I'm trying to stay under 60$, and the further down I can go and still retain a manner of quality, the better.
  19. Hello, Wormwood Society! It's good to finally sign up. I've slithered my way through the forums frequently for quite some time now, but for whatever reason never opted to sign up until now. Looking forward to being part of the community!