There were discussions with the reporter, yes:
Jim Winslett Here's his response: Thanks for reading. A couple of things: Anybody looking for the real absinthe experience is not going to like this stuff. It doesn't look like it, doesn't contain Thujone and doesn't react to water.
Gossamer Fury also doesn't taste of licorice. It has a mild herbal flavor. I'm pretty sure, as a much more refined drinker, you'd hate it, though I have to say, the finish was suprisingly smooth.
With my history of the drink, I tried to point out in the beginning of my story that absinthe was kind of a legendary thing and came with both history and baggage. It was celebrated, but blamed for a lot of things and there was some bad, bathtub absinthe out there --of course, there was a lot of bad, bathtub everything out there at the time and absinthe kind of got railroaded due to circumstances.
If I'd had a bit more time or presence of mind, I could have gone into that. Still, I doubt that anyone would see what I wrote as definitive on the subject, though it might encourge a few people to try either Gossamer Fury or the real thing if they see it around.
As far as my descriptions, I used what I had at my disposal, which was limited to a few people I'd spoken with who'd tried it over the years and their experiences varied. The only absinthe I tried was some homebrew he had, which looked like stagnant pond water and tasted like lawn trimmings soaked in paint thinner.
It did turn kind of white with a little water. I didn't like it.
Absinthe has only been showing up in local liqour stores in my area in the last five or six years, though in small quantity, limited variety and typically at a price that is well beyond someone like me who by circumstance tends to be a $10 bourbon driner.
Anyway, I apologize for any and all shortcomings. I appreciate you pointing them out and as feeble a response as it is, I did the best I could with what I had in the space I was alotted. August 18 at 9:21am
As for http://www.absinthe-review.com/ - it has been discussed here before and apparently the author has a rather large axe to grind with certain members here...