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! :-)