Greetings from the City of Orange, California!
While I am but a babe in the (worm)woods, I have undertaken the education of myself and my friends on the subject of absinthe to the degree that many would call an obsession.
I want to thank all the fine folks at the Wormwood Society for making my foray into glacial sagebrush territory a most enjoyable one. I would not think to embark on such an adventure without a trustworthy compass. The absinthe reviews have been a big help. My thanks also go to Ted A. Breaux for providing the other necessity for such an expedition – an inextinguishable light!
My journey began in February 2011 when one of my friends announced that she had bought some absinthe. I had first heard of absinthe in my college freshman art history class and have been intrigued by Degas' L'Absinthe ever since. Little did I know that I would ever get a chance to taste the stuff, so I naturally jumped at the opportunity.
Not having done any research at this point, I had no idea what to expect. What my friend had was a mini bottle of Le Tourment Vert. She poured me about an ounce and I sipped it neat. You might be surprised that I was not put off by it, but it went well with the chocolate-covered marzipan that I was nibbling, and the instant all-over warm fuzzies felt lovely on a chilly winter night.
I wanted to try more, but was not yet prepared to shell out the bucks for a full 750 ml, so I purchased a mini bottle of Grande Absente, an absinthe spoon, sugar cubes, and a Pontarlier glass at my local BevMo (after going on-line and learning about the absinthe ritual). I was hooked from the start by the ritual and accoutrements.
Once I decided to purchase a full bottle, I went to High Time Wine Cellar. I knew I wanted to start with an affordable traditional verte, and with a little assistance from the knowledgeable staff, chose the Vieux Pontarlier, which I really enjoyed. I have since had La Muse Verte, Lucid, St. George, Vieux Carre, Kübler, and Duplais Verte. I am also in possession of a bottle of Jade Nouvelle-Orleans, and although I'm dying to try it, I'm saving it for a special occasion. Here's hoping such a worthy occasion presents itself soon!
I recently chanced upon a 2-spigot glass absinthe fountain for half the cost I've seen on-line, and so my enthusiasm for sharing the Emerald Muse with my friends has grown. Alas, even after tasting a traditional absinthe prepared the French way, my friend who gave me Le Tourment Vert said it was really cool, but she still prefers to drink it neat!
I have not yet decided on a favorite brand, so my approach at present is based on the advice of a popular song, that being to "love the one you're with!"
And so, I have come here to continue my education, and to learn what they did not teach me of in college. Having never joined an on-line forum before, I hope that you all will have patience with me and forgive any blunders I make, which I hope will not be of an unpardonable nature. I am no computer wiz like my husband, who is a programmer. I'm just an absinthe-minded artist!
I hope that I have not carried on for too long.
Vive la Nouvelle Belle Époque!
Kelly A. Smith