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  1. Couldn't agree more, Brian. I ended up buying a bit more this summer to have on hand. I love it.
  2. This is a true work of art: a solid sterling silver replica of what is arguably the most beautiful absinthe spoon ever made. The original spoon by Armand Frénais cost 3.50F at the turn of the 20th century -- a fortune for the time, and nearly as much as a dozen ordinary absinthe spoons. Kirk's hand-made replicas list at $375 at absinthes.com, with a couple of weeks delay for completion and shipping. I am offering this carefully used example for immediate shipment at $300 postpaid (US). It works as well as it looks; the thin veins of the leaf cause the water to drip through in very small drops, and if you use sugar the veins prevent any large pieces from falling through. The picture doesn't do it justice. It's a gorgeous spoon.
  3. Finally back from France and Les Absinthiades. I came back with a few goodies but this is by far my most special: an original Frénais spoon. I seriously never thought I'd be able to get one. (If anyone is interested in Kirk Burkett's superb solid sterling silver replica of the Frénais, please PM me. It's a gorgeous spoon but now it is superfluous to my collection.)
  4. And I am a HUGE fan of the see-saw brouilleur, which is a close replica of the original Cusenier. It works great and is fun to watch. Guests love it. I have glass and metal ones but I rarely use them. I prefer the see-saw. Your mileage may differ.
  5. There is apparently controversy over bubble glasses, with some people believing that these were never originally used for absinthe. Marie-Claude Delahaye has put that to rest with an amazing discovery: a French patent from 1856 plainly illustrating and describing a bubble glass specifically described as being made for absinthe. The details are on her blog: http://absinthemuseum.auvers.over-blog.com/2015/06/1856-le-verre-gaillard-premier-verre-reservoir-pour-l-absinthe.html Even if you don't read French the illustrations tell a story. Great research!
  6. I tried it again tonight. Seriously lovely stuff. Talk on the French forum is that this will be a big hit at Absinthiades in October. I'm curious to see.
  7. This has been discussed recently with some enthusiasm on the French forum but I haven't seen it mentioned here. Devoille released a limited edition of 3000 bottles of an absinthe that commemorates the centennial of the 1915 ban. All of the herbs, except for Spanish anise, were grown by Devoille in Fougerolles. I bought two bottles from absinthes.com and it is remarkable absinthe. Beautiful thick louche. The flavors are not particularly rich, unlike Jade, but the balance is amazing and it is incredibly complex. It reminds me of Butterfly in terms of body but with way more complexity and balance. Seriously good. For the price it's incredible. I'd buy more if I hadn't already extended my budget with l'Ancienne. In addition the bottle is classic, with deep antique style punt, and the label is also a lovely throwback. REVIEW PAGE UP
  8. I was pre-occupied when absinthes.com announced their pre-order. When things settled down I looked again and of course it was gone, and I was bummed. I had also missed seeing this thread. Then a couple of weeks ago Gee13 mentioned in an email that Alandia might still have it. I checked, they did, and I ordered 2 bottles. They came today. <== Insert jumping for joy emoticon here Normally I would never open a bottle that had just arrived a few hours earlier after a long trip from Europe. I am all too familiar with bottle shock from my previous career in wine. But my impatience won out and I decided to give it a try, understanding that it will be much better in a few weeks. Wow. Even with jet lag this is absolutely amazing. I don't have as much experience with pre-bans as many people here but I have had the chance to drink 7 or 8, some of them more than once, so I have at least some frame of reference. L'Ancienne is almost scary close. It's awe-inspiring. Now I understand what all the excitement is about. I'm very glad to get a couple of the last bottles from this batch. I'll try to let one age for a couple of years -- if I can restrain myself.
  9. That's a relief to read. I checked my one unopened bottle and that's the lot I have. (I can't remember if my first bottle was the same lot or not.)
  10. This is amazingly cool. A handmade bubble glass in ouraine (uranium glass) made by a very skilled glassblower in France. Check out his video to see how much work goes into it. It's a real eye-opener which makes me appreciate my antique glasses all the more. But the video convinced me to buy one of his bubble glasses. It came today and it's stunning in every way. Not cheap but considering the work involved it's fair. Shipping to the US is expensive but there's no VAT so the final cost is actually LESS than it costs French buyers for a purchase plus shipping.
  11. This is a beautiful hand-blown reservoir glass made for Jade Absinthe, with the name laser-etched under the rim. It is a gorgeous shade of pale green which glows in sunlight and fluoresces brilliant green under UV. $65 postpaid, US only.
  12. After all the hoopla with VdT trying to take ownership of the name Absinthe, and finally accepting the decree and moving on to a more logical (and limited) IGP of Absinthe de Val-de-Travers, now it seems a group of producers in the area want out of that altogether because the rules would be too strict. The original French press release: A quick and dirty translation:
  13. Wow, a well-written and accurate article! What a rare delight! Kudos, that's both great publicity for Pacifique and for absinthe in general. (Edit: spelling)