Hello, the first thing I am going to do is admit to my mistake. I lit absinthe on fire.
My story. It all started well over 10 years ago, maybe over 15, when I saw an add in a magazine for absente. I was intrigued, I always wanted to try it, and searched for a bottle. I finally found one and purchased it for $120. Now you have to understand that I have always loved those 19th century posters, particularly the ones by Toulouse-Lautrec and have been infatuated by the era and all the art that came out of it. Suffice it to say, and pardon my French it "sucked b@llz".
Fast forward to a few months ago. I was in a gas station/liquor store(high end liquor, they have a nice selection of single malts, which I do have a very limited amount of knowledge) when I saw a bottle of Abyss. Not wanting to make the same mistake I did a lttle research, apparently not enough, found out real absinthe was now legal and purchased it for $80. I didn't know anything about the ritual just mixed sugar, water and Abyss. I didn't really like it. Researched some more and discovered the ritual and tried again, still wasn't to fond of it. So, I thought to myself, why not dip the sugar cubes in the absinthe and light them on fire(I'm using two cubes now) and caramelize the sugar, maybe that would make it taste better. Guess what? It did, doing this made the Abyss drinkable for me.
More research. Wormwoodsociety.org is found!
My education starts. NO MOR BURN! I apologize for my past transgressions against the community and humbly beg your forgiveness.
I go back to my gas station and ask what else they can get and they tell me Lucid. O.K. WS says Lucid is a good middle of the road absinthe, a place for newcomers to start, so they can fully appreciate higher quality product later. I purchase, another $80. I actually like this. Half way through the bottle I stop using sugar. More research and I find that I am over paying for sh1tty absinthe and decide to go to Bevmo and get La Clandestine.
Holy f ' enn sh... This stuff is so good. The way it tastes, the way it feels, the way it smells, of course now I'm feeling like I know a little bit about absinthe so I decide I might as well try the highest rated stuff I can get my hands on; Meadow of Love. So I place an order with Catskill Cellars (wonderful shop to order online from) and receive my package on Tuesday(4 days ago)....
Words can not describe how much I love MoL(so I won't even try). My advice to anybody new to absinthe? Just go to the review page and purchase an absinthe on the first page. Don't waste money on anything sub par. After having the La Clandestine I can't even drink the Lucid, it taste horrible.
Well, that's my story. I'm not the best story teller. I really appreciate all the knowledge and advice I was able to find on the website and the forum and I look forward to the journey ahead...
Thank you to the WS and all the members for all your help.