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Dr. Noir

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  1. It's a toss-up. I'm with Verte, definitely an Artemisia. Looking at the close ups, I was going to say absinthium, but in the picture with the sandal, it looks like the scale of the leaves is too small and fine. I'm going to say it's Powis Castle. If it's absinthium, it should start to send up some flowering stalks before long. If it grows more bushy and tree-like, it's PC.
  2. Here we stand In a special place What are you gonna do here? Now we stand In a special place What will you do here? What show of soul Are we gonna get from you It could be deliverance Or history under these skies So blue Could be something true... ...but if I know you Youll bang the drum like monkeys do
  3. NO. Who are YOU? Aside from the biological fact of being in the Hill's family, what is your connection to absinthe? You haven't shown any knowledge whatsoever of absinthe history, you've shown that you really don't know anything about distilling either, why should we take your word for it? You guys make the claims, since history suggests otherwise, we don't believe them until you back it up. Can you get it though your head that that doesn't mean squat if all they could do was teach him to make fake absinthe? Simple: it wouldn't sell otherwise. Hill's is an unremarkable liquor with a strange unplaceable taste. If you didn't tell someone it was absinthe and gave it to them, they'd say "What is this crap?" Says who? I don't have to. I've tasted it. It's not absinthe. Absinthe is an anise drink. Hill's or anyone who claims there is a Czeck absinthe tradition are the ones that have to do the proving, not us. There is no evidence of this, what more proof do you need? We have a member in the Czeck Republic. PAN BUH!! Where is that boy?
  4. I checked, it's not in the FAQ or anywhere else on the forum who exactly discovered wormwood and first used it in a medicine. After doing some research in the Akashic Record, which is the only place you're likely to find such data, it seems it was discovered by an early hominid whose name cannot be rendered by written characters, but equates in meaning to "Bill, that moron who will eat anything he picks up off the ground." It was first used in medicine by an irate Cro-Magnon cavewife (14 years old) who was attempting to poison her aging husband (25 years old) so she could run off with that hot young stud (16 years old) who lived in the mountains over by Don't Drink It, You'll Die, River. The wormwood expelled the husband's worms, which were robbing his body of nutrition. Once he got back on his feet, he smashed in the young stud's skull with a big rock. Hiram, you really should put that in the FAQ. It's bound to come up again.
  5. Not everything will dissolve in alcohol that diluted. But it's not just a matter of the alcohol retaining it's extracting properties, it's also a matter of too much water extracting things you may not want. FYI
  6. 85° is the ABV arrived at by a century of experience. Conventional wisdom is that it dissolves just the right amount of oils and just the right amount of water-soluble compounds. One could fudge a few degrees either way, but not by much. I'm among those who feel that the importance of grape spirits is over-rated and superstitious. That's not to say that it shouldn't be used when possible, but the principle reason for stressing the use of grape spirits at the time was most likely political.
  7. http://www.3dchem.com/molecules.asp?ID=142 "Don Walsh, who undertook the update of this page, is an organic chemist living in Bangkok, Thailand, where he serves as managing director of Jade Liqueurs Co.,Ltd. He was, some three decades ago, a research assistant to Prof. Emeritus Jack H. Stocker of the University of New Orleans -- which city, also his home town, was center of American absinthe culture until the ban in 1915. Mr.Walsh can be reached by email at cjade@ksc.th.com." http://www.chateaujade.com/ <-- not work safe http://www.aboutus.org/ChateauJade.com "Contact Don Walsh bkkrules@hotmail.com +1 773 889 3757"
  8. It happens. If the clumps don't always form, but sometimes do, and it's not process related, to what would you ascribe the difference?
  9. I believe it has to do with temperature and timing. It doesn't happen all the time, so it can be avoided; it's not a normal and desired result of coloration, so I'd call it an error. That doesn't mean the process is flawed, it's just an executional mishap.
  10. Resulting in pretty much the same thing, but only if one can make that chardonnay as clean and sweet as the brandy. The grape-spirit used for pre-ban was not common brandy, which is distilled from wine, it was marc, which as pointed out above is distilled from pomace. It's known as grappa in Italy.
  11. It's a controversial topic. Some believe that grape spirit is superior, based on the fact that quality pre-ban was made with it. The supposition that the spirit had significant residual wine flavor and aroma has led some modern distillers to use less-than-clean base, resulting in absinthe that smells of wine vinegar. There is a probability that the reason grape-based spirit was used is because it was perceived as being healthier than beet or grain spirits and that this was an attempt to counter the anti-absinthe lobby's charges. I'm of the opinion that the spirit, regardless of source, was as clean and neutral as was possible and that therefore, any completely neutral, well-distilled base will make a good, clean-tasting absinthe today. Others here will strongly disagree, but pending the discovery of a sample of the pre-ban base that was used, it's all conjecture.
  12. Sit it in a sunny window for a day or two first. Cosmetic or not, I'd consider a yellow blanche flawed, or at least not ready to sell. However, it may not affect the flavor in a negative way.