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  1. Very briefly: Our newsletters are meant to entertain, inform and hopefully sell some absinthe. I see Marc's mails before they go out, but I rarely edit them, because I want his personality and his French sense of humour to shine through, which I think it does. As regards the Sauvage: At the time of the initial release, there was a miscommunication between Marc and myself on the one hand, and the distillery on he other, as a result of which we were both completely unaware that they had run out of bottles, and so kept the last 60 litres of the Sauvage distillation en vrac. We found out very shortly after the launch, and initially intended to sell this additional stock as a Christmas edition, with a seasonal-themed label. Come Christmas, and unfortunately the glassworks were still out of stock of this bottle, so this plan had to be shelved. We had in the meantime obtained a small quantity of new season wild wormwood, not enough for a full scale production run, but enough for a 60 litre micro distillation. We decided to distill this with a wine alcohol base, and mix it with the existing older Sauvage stock, to create a Sauvage variation that was not necessarily better than the original, just different. There is - definitely, no more Sauvage en vrac after this release. There will likely be a further new distillation of Sauvage, but late 2012 is the very earliest possible release date, and it may well be held back until 2013, we'll have to taste and decide nearer the time. Generally: We tell the truth as best we know it in our newsletters. Sometimes, with the benefit of hindsight, we later find out that what we thought was correct, wasn't. This is what happened here, it's happened to us before, and I'm sure it will happen to us again. Anyone stressed or losing sleep about this, can instantly restore their equanimity by clicking the handy "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of every mail we send out. Lastly: As a sign of our veracity, and as a goodwill gesture to our friends at the WS, we extend a cordial invitation to all members to come to the Pernot Distillery. One of our rectifying dwarves will give you a personal tour, take you down to the Sauvage Vault, give you a chance to feed the two pit bulls and offer you a photo opportunity with the mountain troll, whose cage faces directly on to the Moat of Eternal Fire in front of the vault doors. It's traditional and regarded as lucky to throw a few coins into the Thujone Ponds on the way out.
  2. I work tirelessly behind the scenes at FV, concentrating particularly on the veteran members with volatile or aggressive personalities. I'm constantly emailing them with guidance, and PM'ing them to remind them to behave as we expect. I meet some in person, and talk to many on the phone, always encouraging them to follow at least our minimum basic guidelines. Despite all this, I'm sorry to say the level of vitriol and gratuitous abuse at FV, both in general and in particular as it's directed at newcomers, remains disappointingly low.
  3. Frequently? Really? You know this how? And would you like to give a single example of a newcomer being met with unjustified vitriol at FV?
  4. You're right, drying the wormwood under incorrect conditions is probably the no.1 error made by many modern producers. There's a reason so much care was devoted to this in the pre-ban era.
  5. Best to ask some of the people who tasted it at Le Soliat...
  6. I should mention that although only now ready for release, the Sauvage was entirely distilled (and traditionally coloured) 15 months ago, so it's had the same type of pre-release ageing that was standard in the pre-ban era. I'm using increasingly long ageing for the Roquette as well, this will continue to be a feature of all future Archive Spirits releases.
  7. Very soon, it's bottled, we're just waiting for the labels from the printer. If you join the Emile Pernot email mailing list, you'll get notified the minute it goes on sale.
  8. The Sauvage 1804 is made from wild-growing PONTARLIER wormwood - this is what makes it especially interesting, this is the direct natural descendent of the wormwood used for the very first absinthes in the late 18th century. We were particularly careful to harvest only from isolated plants in extremely remote and high altitude parts of the surrounding Jura mountains, none of this came from within 20km of a cultivated field, or anywhere near ANY modern agriculture for that matter (absinthe grows wild on the roadsides in some of the small villages around Pontarlier, but these bushes are likely descendants of garden or cultivated plants). Only this hand gathered wild absinthe was used in the Sauvage, it was not "topped up" at all with absinthe from cultivated plants. The Sauvage will be available online only through the Emile-Pernot website (with newsletter subscribers getting the first preference), and in the real world, only at the Pernot distillery itself, and in Frederic Rosenfelder's absinthe bar in Antibes (which is the single coolest place to drink absinthe on earth, imho).
  9. Oh dear me. Get out on the wrong side of bed did you, pierreverte? This has been previously covered in some detail at Fee Verte, but for those interested: RueVerte was set up from inception to be a one-stop absinthe supermarket, selling the full range of modern products, of all types and qualities. During the Belle Epoque there were high-end fully distilled absinthes, and absinthes made from essences. There were absinthes made in the classic areas of France and Switzerland, and absinthes made in many other countries, in most cases of inferior quality but serving the particular tastes of their local market. There were absinthes in non-traditional colours, like red or pink. There were sweetened absinthes, and there were sparkling absinthes. There were even absinthes made without wormwood. The same is true today, and RueVerte sells a broad range of these products, just as a supermarket might for instance offer everything from grade A organic grain-fed prime fillet to budget frozen burger patties. Consumers seem to get their head around the concept that these two extremes still fall under the broad category of "meat", and I'm confident that customers of RueVerte are similarly able to understand that the category of "absinthe" might encompass a diverse range of products, some wildly dissimilar. The key point is that these products are accurately described, in a way that will inform, but not mislead the consumer. We strive to do this at RueVerte. FAQ information is accurate. Essence based absinthes are described as such. Flowery and gushing quality descriptions are not used for non-distilled absinthes. Absinthes actively recommended by us are always distilled. RueVerte sells hundred of different absinthes, has thousands of lines of description, and is available, or will shortly be available in 4 different languages. With this sort of volume it's perfectly possible that errors will creep in, or that information from the manufacturer's promotional material will be used in an uncritical way. We're continually aiming to weed out examples of this, and where they are brought to our attention by customers, or by the good people of forums such as this one, we act immediately. Andrew White, known I think to many of you here, joined us recently specifically tasked to improve the quality and refine the accuracy of our descriptions. As I said, we don't always get it right, but when we find errors we correct them, and I'd invite the members here to compare our description of a typical Czech oil mix: http://www.rueverte.com/product_info.php?products_id=366 with, to take an example entirely at random from another well known supplier's site: http://www.absintheonline.com/acatalog/Nem...inthe.html#a555 Of course, the question you may be asking, is why do this? Why sell such a broad range of absinthes, from so many countries, in so many styles? Why not sell only the very best of the best? The answer is that there are two reasons, one based on altruistic considerations, the other based on hard commercial reality. I've been open and upfront about both reasons before, here they are again: The altruistic motivation: You can't convert online purchasers of Czech oil mixes to higher quality and more traditional products unless they visit your site in the first place. So the choice is ignoring them entirely and leaving them to buy at sites that are riddled with misinformation and deliberate untruths, or providing them with the products they are looking for in an environment where they're given accurate information, and hopefully over time encouraged to try something more authentic. The page previously referred to in this thread is a good example: http://www.rueverte.com/absinthes.php?pays=czech_republic A customer might reach this page because he was looking for Zelena Musa. He'll notice however that Martin Zufanek's La Grenouille is our top recommendation in this category. Hopefully, he'll eventually try it, or Martin's St Antoine, or the Oliva on the same page, all of which will set him firmly on the path towards traditionally distilled absinthes. So our target market for non-traditonal Czech-style absinthes is those customers who are already buying them (the vast majority of the market in Germany, and in many other European countries, is for Czech-style absinthes). I see nothing at RueVerte that would lead a newcomer to these absinthes, and a tremendous amount that would steer them away from products like them, and encourage them to buy something properly distilled. It'll come no doubt as a shock to those of you who know me only as a mild and saintly, Dalai Lama type person, dispensing folksy absinthe-related apercus and distributing alms to the poor, but there is also a hard commercial reason behind our selection of products at RueVerte, or, as one might put it: The non-altruistic motivation: You can't survive in the long term in the absinthe distribution business without volume. The online side of the business in particular is littered with the bleached bones of former sites (is that the skeleton of eAbsinthe I see by the waterhole? Is that the ruins of the Absinthe Museum of America I see peeking through the shifting sand dunes?). Volume enables you to provide low prices, cheap shipping, and effective pre and post sale service, the four things customers quite rightly demand. It's the reason supermarkets sell frozen burger patties alongside the grain fed fillet, and it's the reason RueVerte sells the widest possible range of absinthes, to the widest range of customers. It's the reason LDF developed Nemesinthe, and it's the reason, to take another example entirely at random, why Tempus Fugit, distributors of superb products like Vieux Pontarlier, also sell Mansinthe. So there you have it. I make no apologies for the wide range of products RueVerte sells, we'll continue to do so, and we'll continue to endeavour to describe them accurately, price them fairly, and ship them efficiently. If there are errors in our descriptions, bring them to our attention, and we'll correct them. And lastly, for those of you who like pierreverte prefer to buy from a site selling only the very finest naturally distilled, traditionally formulated absinthes from the historic absinthe homelands of France and Switzerland, may I suggest RueVerte's sister site, shipping out of our same offices in Freiburg (and benefiting from all the economies of scale I mentioned above): http://www.absintheclassics.com/
  10. Offended? Really? Offended?? Time to butch up, you big girl's blouse. And so, stepping gingerly over the shattered china tea-cups and spilt petit-fours that now litter the deep-pile carpeting in this salon, I hurriedly take my leave, and say to you all: "Good day, Sirs!"
  11. Thank you for your sincere good wishes, Joe. I'll approach the week now with renewed optimism, you've given me the strength to go on.
  12. The American Violin Museum? That's the one located next to "Joe's Discount Fiddles To Go" isn't it?
  13. Note to Admin: I'd enjoy this even more with soft violin music playing in the background. Possible?
  14. You're talking about the Absinthe Museum of America as if it was the Guggenheim or the Met. It's not. It's a couple of rooms created by René' adjacent to his shop in NO, set up for the purpose of attracting traffic to his business, which is effectively the "Museum" gift shop. It's an admirable venture, but with all due respect in ultimate purpose no different from something like the Virtual Absinthe Museum, an information resource expressly set up to draw on-line traffic to my commercial websites (for which reason by the way, I never have, and never would solicit donations). The pious declarations here of how desperately you all wanted to buy the Pernod so that you could denote the empty bottle to the Museum ring hollow - the "Advisory Committee" wanted to buy it so that they could get to taste an unusual vintage absinthe, and preferably pay as little as possible. If you were prepared to pay "twice" what it sold for, presumably you think that this is what it's worth: in which case, since you were all motivated only by the purest altruism, why didn't you just offer the vendor this generous sum in the first place?
  15. The "wandering opportunist" who bought the bottle is known to me: he's a knowledgeable vintage absinthe aficionado with several year's experience - and he had just as much right to buy the bottle as anyone else here. Anyway, let me not get embroiled in the local politics here, those "Advisory Board" members sound pretty intimidating. Oxygenee Knight Commander of the Golden Wormwood (Second Class) Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Governors, Fee Verte Global Absinthe Research Foundation, and Bar and Grill.
  16. Quite possibly, I was only briefly involved in this right at the beginning.
  17. I've no idea at all of what she eventually got for the bottle, but unless I'm missing something, I don't see what she or the eventual buyer did wrong. If this buyer managed to shut out other potential purchasers, he was only doing what EVERY prospective purchaser tries to do in this type of situation.
  18. The seller sought to maximize her revenue from the bottle. What's greedy about that? She doesn't have any obligation at all to sell the bottle for a "reasonable" price, she's perfectly entitled to sell it at a ridiculously high price, if she finds someone who, for what ever reason, is prepared to pay it. This kind of public or semi-public auction always ends in tears, which is why, while I'll often make an initial offer, if it's not accepted, I don't participate further.
  19. My facsimile is scanned from a copy in my own library. As Zman says, the original is a scarce book.
  20. We usually ship single sample bottles by Airsure, a priority, signed for, airmail postal service. Higher value shipments (usually over £500) go by trackable courier. Hdtv00 placed his order on the 20th, the Sunday before Christmas. The last month has been an exceptional period - there have not only been the usual seasonal backlogs, but the extreme weather conditions - a once in 40 years event both here and in some parts of the US - have resulted in a minority of parcels experiencing unusual delays. Our local post office here has been closed for stretches of several days at a time, and we went for more than a week without a single FedEx pickup. I've written previously to hdtv00 to explain all this, and also to emphasize that we stand unconditionally behind everything we sell: if the parcel doesn't get through safely, we will replace the shipment, or refund the purchase price in full. Our standard procedure is to do this 6 weeks from order, in the case of parcels sent by airmail. Notwithstanding this, I don't want anyone to ever regret ordering from us, and hdtv00, for whatever reason, seems not to accept the delay, nor my explanation, nor the cast-iron nature of our delivery guarantee. I'm not comfortable dealing with anyone who doesn't seem to accept my bona fides, and so I've accordingly gone ahead and refunded him in full today, the entire original purchase price has been credited back to his card. When his sample does arrive, which it'll no doubt do in the next day or two, it'll be on the house.
  21. That was a beautiful bottle and very unusual with the original straw wrapper. When I found them originally, I kept one for myself, and I've always rather regretted selling even this one! I had two more Pernod bottles in last week, but they sold immediately. May have another pre-ban bottle available later in the month, contact me for details.