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  1. Hi Folks! It's been awhile since I've dropped by but I'm still kicking!
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    It's About Time!

    Welcome home!!
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    Vieux Carre

    I got a bottle today from my wife today. While passing through New Orleans on her way home from Gulf Wars (SCA Interkingdom war that takes place in Lumberton MS) she'd stop and pick up a souvenir for me. So, tonight I've had my first glass of VC.
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    Finally got a bottle! Top Shelf!
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    What ya drinking tonight?

    Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure. My wife got home from Gulf Wars 22 this morning and brought me a bottle as a souvenir. She really does love me!
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    Delaware Phoenix Distillery

    I'm diligently awaiting Catskill Cellars getting MoL and WW back in stock so I can order moreQ Come on early February! ! ! ! Oh wait . . . it is early February . . . :-)
  7. Greetings Folks! I've been contemplating trying absinthe for some time but believing, as many people do to this day, that it is illegal in the US, I never pursued it. On top of that, I am primarily a beer drinker and drink hard liquor very rarely. That being said, I am fascinated by all things old and though I have done medieval recreation for over twenty years, I have recently caught the Steampunk bug and have therefore started researching all thing Victorian/Late 19th-Early 20th century. And that is how I come back to my interest in absinthe . . . :-) This time around I started thinking about making some of my own, as I am a home-brewer and maker of liqueurs, but when I discovered that absinthe is, in its purest form, a distilled liquor, that shot that thought in the foot, or head! :-) I looked at a few of the local liquor stores and found that the local ABC carried several brands. (Lucid, Absente, Grand Absente and Pernod) This of course posited the question . . . Which do I buy? That is what brought me to this site where I found the reviews invaluable! I have since purchased a bottle of Lucid and my wife, a friend, and myself tried some this past weekend. Initially I prepared it with no sugar and a 1-4 mixture of absinthe to water. It developed the louch described by many and smelled wonderful. My wife liked the flavor but wanted to add sugar so we ended up adding the sugar to her glass. Our friend did not like the absinthe, even after the sugar was added. For my part, I enjoyed it immensely. My wife was surprised that I was interested at all because, as she says it, "You hate licorice!". In point of fact, I do not like licorice, the candy, not because of the taste, but because its rubber, or feels like it when you eat it. At this point I am committed to picking up several other brands, especially as the reviews here state, nearly universally, that Lucid is an ok beginning absinthe, but that there a many that are far better. I'm also planning on holding an absinthe tasting party with a few of my more adventurous friends! :-) Eric Smith
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    Greetings from the Space Coast

    Greetings again Folks! Its been nearly a year since I've been able to drop by. Still kicking, though its time to restock my cabinet . . .
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    What ya drinking tonight?

    Soda water from my Sodastream!
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    Show Us Your Stash!

    Wow! I feel . . . so . . . inadequate! Now I have something else to strive for!
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    Show Us Your Stash!

    I've got to pick up more WW and MoL . . . Oh, and more Ridge V and B . . . and Amerique 1912 Rough and Verte! . . . Oh, and some Marteau! Maybe I need to get a real cabinet to hold it all in! :-)
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    Show Us Your Stash!

    Correct in one! :-)
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    Show Us Your Stash!

    Lets see if this works! This is my stash! The big bottle in the background has five gallons of blackberry melomel that will be ready to drink in August.
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    Absinthe Marteau and Gnostalgic Distillery

    Moooiiiiisssssst! Oh, by the way . . . any idea on when . . . oh, say DrinkUpNY might have Marteau in stock? They have a listing for it but has been "Out of Stock", for understandable reasons, for as long as I've been hitting their site.
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    What ya drinking tonight?

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    Newest batch of Meadow of Love

    I need to get an order in for both Meadow of Love and Walton Waters soon. I realized this last weekend that I was running way to low on both!
  17. Hi Folks! I spent yesterday evening hanging with friends celebrating, among other things, St. Patrick's Day and managed to introduce a few more people to the REAL absinthe and when I woke up this morning, and checked my email, I found the latest OED Word of the Day was amazingly relevant! Your word for today is: absinthe, n. and adj. absinthe, n. and adj. Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈabsɪnθ/, /ˈabsãt/, U.S. /ˈæbˌsɪnθ/ Forms: 18– absinth now nonstandard, 18– absinthe. Etymology: < French absinthe highly alcoholic bitter spirit distilled from wine mixed with wormwood (a1804 or earlier: see quot. 1804 at sense A. 1), transferred use of absinthe wormwood (see absinth n.). Compare earlier absinth n. With use as adjective compare French absinthe having the yellow-green colour of absinthe (1925 or earlier). A. n. 1. A highly alcoholic bitter aniseed-flavoured spirit, usually green in colour, traditionally distilled from wine flavoured with wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and other herbs, and served diluted with sugared water. Also fig. Absinthe was popular among French artists and intellectuals in the late 19th cent., but was widely banned during the 20th cent. at the instigation of wine producers and temperance campaigners. This ban was usually linked to the alleged toxicity of wormwood (which contains small amounts of the neurotoxin thujone, found also in plants such as sage and tansy). Cf. absinthism n. 1804 Man in Moon viii. 58 Burgundy, followed by caffeè and the most exquisite liqueurs, absinthe, and abricot. 1842 Blackwood's Edinb. Mag. 52 494/2 We took a glass of absinthe to compose our nerves. 1861 Times 25 Mar. 8/6 Algeria‥imports great quantities of Burgundy wines and absinth. 1887 Pall Mall Gaz. 4 July 7/1 Absinthe‥contains several ethereal oils. 1915 W. S. Maugham Of Human Bondage xliv. 215 By virtuous perseverance he had learnt to drink absinthe without distaste. 1929 Havana: Mag. Cuba 26 Jan. 45/1 The ‘Zazerac’ is a wicked one, blended with absinthe and Bourbon whiskey. 1951 C. Gohdes in A. H. Quinn Lit. Amer. People iii. xxxv. 710 One who likewise had sipped the absinthe of disillusionment. 1970 ‘E. Queen’ Last Woman i. 15 That retractable bar‥[is] stocked with everything from absinthe to zubrovka. 1997 Icon Thoughtstyle Mag. Apr. 42/2 Modern absinthe has its origins in Couvet, a small village in western Switzerland. 2003 P. Martin Mammoth Bk. Cocktails iv. 381 Absinthe, 2oz. Absinthe (Pernod or Ricard, absinthe is not in production), ½oz. Anisette, ¼oz. Orgeat, 2 dashes Angostura Bitters. 2. The yellow-green colour of this spirit. 1872 Young Englishwoman Dec. 644/1 Absinthe, pale green. 1938 J. Cary Castle Corner 33 A sunray was turning the rollers from hawthorn to absinthe. 1952 Morning Herald(Uniontown, Pa.) 13 Apr. (advt.)13/1 The Continental French Purse‥in Gaboa Cowhide agleam with tiny jewels‥Wedgewood Blue, Mist Grey, Absinth, Red or Navy. 2004 Observer (Nexis) 16 May 11 A small combination of colours, distinctively her own—absinthe, crimson, arsenical green, royal blue and blood orange. B. adj. Of the yellow-green colour of absinthe. rare. 1963 Harper's Bazaar May 41 An absinthe suit with a deep draped armhole. Compounds C1. General attrib. and objective, as absinthe drinker, absinthe glass, absinthe spoon, etc. 1854 Househ. Words 23 Dec. 441/2 Bank notes, Napoleons, and five franc pieces are strewn on the table amidst absinthe glasses, dominoes, decanters, and cigar ends. 1863 Mountain Democrat(Placerville, Calif.) 1 Aug. 1/5 The absinthe drinker returns from his Journey into the Sahara laden only with imbecility. 1889 Bird o' Freedom 7 Aug. 3 An absinthe tumbler which caught him a nasty crack across the dial. 1905 Westm. Gaz. 4 May 12/1 Some statistics‥of the growth of the absinthe habit in France seem to justify the alarmists who speak of the beverage as ‘the green peril’. 1921 T. Maynard Divine Adventure i. iv. 48 The second debater gesticulated with an absinthe spoon, as he spoke. 1997 Icon Thoughtstyle Mag. Apr. 42/2 You pour one or two inches of clear absinthe into a glass, then balance a trowel-shaped absinthe spoon across the rim. 2003 N.Y. Rev. Bks. 20 Nov. 13/1 The Metropolitan Museum was still wrangling over whether Impressionism‥was something invented in the absinthe shops of Paris. C2. With reference to the yellow-green colour of absinthe, as absinthe colour, absinthe-coloured, absinthe green, etc. 1877 Edwardsville(Illinois)Intelligencer 12 Sept. 2/5 Among the newest shades are these suggestive names‥toad in moss green, absinthe green‥and matador red. 1883 M. E. Braddon Phantom Fortune II. ix. 221 Mr. Meander fell into another rhapsody over those classic cups and shallow little bowls of absinthe-coloured jade. 1908 W. G. B. Murdoch From Edinb. to India & Burmah v. 43, I remember‥the absinthe colour of the Nile with pale blue reflections. 1928 Harper's Mag. May 728/1 Her complexion was absinthe-color, she was French, and her name was Marthe. 1946 J. R. McCarthy Fire in Earth 210 They are called ‘fancies’, the rare stones of well-marked colours. They may be‥absinthe green, golden brown, orange, and every colour and combination of colours extant. 1974 H. R. Lane tr. C. Simon Conducting Bodies 8 Surrounded by divergent rays of light, like a sunburst, in an absinthe-colored sky. 2004 Guardian 11 Oct. 6 At Rochas, a wickedly dark absinthe green was the perfect shade for all those darkly chic silk separates. One of my guests told me that the three absinthes I made for her (Amerique Rouge, Ridge Verte, and Clandestine) all made the half-bottle of a French Absinthe she has at home that her husband and she brought back from France in 2005 taste like crap! She also noted that the half-bottle at home, that is in a clear bottle and has been stored with the rest of their liquor in the open liquor cabinet, is still a bright green color. I remain, fighting the good fight!
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    Advice for a beginner

    Right! Welcome to WS! (from another relative newcomer!)
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    Advice for a beginner

    I can so relate to this! I have always been a beer drinker, and mead when I was making it, and have passed on most spirits, but now I have 8 types of absinthe representing 6 distilleries and all three colors, and will continue to expand my cabinet of bottles! I still drink beer every now and then, but I generally have a glass of absinthe most every night of the week.
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    What ya drinking tonight?

    Meadow of Love! Slow and sweet!
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    Amerique 1912 Absinthe

    My wife says that, next to the blanches we have the Amerique does indeed look orangish-yellow. I haven't had a chance to check myself but as my wife is an artist, I trust her statement. (Just not sure what fusia is!) As for the flavor and the nose, I like both lots, though the flavor does come across a bit rougher than Lucid but less so than Pacifique. My wife's favorite is still Ridge Verte while I'm split between Walton Waters, Meadow of Love, Ridge Varte and, well, everything but the Lucid but including the Amerique Rouge! Now to order a bottle of Amerique Verte! ~ M
  22. Hi Folks! I'm a big fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and have recently started through them again, cuz they are that good, starting with book 1, Storm Front. In the book Dresden is looking for an evil sorcerer , cuz that's what he does, that has been killing people all over town. As the story moves towards the final conflict, he walks into the evil sorcerer's house and finds a bunch of crates and boxes filled with an odd assortment of materials, including a collection of "ancient liquor bottles full of an almost luminescent green liquid". "Absinthe" he says. In examining the bottles closer, he "could almost taste the madness that swam latent in the liquid." Dresden concluded, after examining the contents of the other crates and boxes that, with the absinthe as the base, and the other ingredients at hand, the evil sorcerer must have been making the dangerous Third-Eye, the newest drug to sweep the streets, leaving its victims mad from visions of great and horrible darkness . . . Now, I like the Dresden Files books and have been reading them for much longer than I've been enjoying absinthe, and I plan on continuing to read them all the way through book 23 when I am certain Dresden will save the multi-verse, single-handed, with one hand tied behind his back, and a blindfold on, but when first I read this one, and second, third and more times, I completely missed the reference. I also plan to continue drinking absinthe . . . Maredudd
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    Amerique 1912 Absinthe

    I guess it could be describes as yellowish-orange, but it tastes good. My wife doesn't care for it, but she's not much for alcohol anyway.
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    Amerique 1912 Absinthe

    I've got a bottle of the rouge on its way to FL from Binny's even as I type this! My wife and I are looking forward to trying it! I got a question . . . I got my bottle of Amerique Rouge, and it is anything but rouge. I'll try to post a pic later, but I'm wondering if rouges can fade to yellow?