So I picked up a bottle of Grande Absentina recently and tried it for the first time last night. I poured a shot into a glass, then used an absinthe spoon to strain a sugar cube with ice water untill it was about 2/3rd water. My first impression was that it had a strong licorice smell, similar to Jager but not quite as strong. A friend and I each downed a glass, the taste wasn't over powering but it seemed to cling to the inside of your mouth.
i've done some research and there seems to be a huge, huge, HUGE, variety of Absinthe on the market, i'm just curious as to how the american absinthes compare to their european cousins and even if there's any similarities. I did find something that was explaining the different spellings for Absinthes, and that Absinth and Absintina weren't real absinths(i didnt notice absintina on my bottle till i bought it)
Also is it true that some absinthes contain hollucinogenic(i know i butchered that word) properties?