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Georges Meliès

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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)
  14. Funny you should mention it. Just the other night I posted about it in the 'what are you drinking' thread: I was really surprised by my positive reaction. I have barely enough left for one more glass but now I'm curious. Was it aging/aeration? Just my mood? I don't know. But for the only time in a year I actually liked it. A lot. I sure didn't feel that way the first several times. Of course, it's also entirely possible that the batch I have has nothing to do with what you bought, or what I might buy if I go to BevMo tomorrow.......... I'm not strongly inclined to buy more, despite one pleasant experience, when so many absolutely great absinthes are available through absinthes.com with minimal effort, at similar price. Jade Terminus, anyone?
  15. Welcome from a fellow Californian (coastal, however).
  16. I got mine tonight. I normally never open any bottle until it has had a chance to settle down and 'rest' for a week or so. Shipping takes a toll. But I couldn't resist. For now, I'll leave my note as one word: wow. I have little doubt that it will be even better after it has had some time to rest and aerate. But what a start. Even under far less than ideal circumstances, this stands out as something absolutely incredible. I already have 3 more bottles on order. This is something I do not want to run out of. Shortly I will be tasting Ted's eau-de-vie-de-vin used for his absinthes. I probably should wait and let that rest a bit too, but once again I'm impatient. Time to relax with a good digestif and read for a while. (Edit: spelling)
  17. My bottle has cleared Customs in San Francisco so I'm counting on receiving it tomorrow. Can't wait!
  18. Over a year ago I bought a 20cl bottle of St. Georges (local to me) and wasn't very impressed. I drank it a few times and was surprised by the deep feuille morte color, and not excited by the flavor. I can't remember the last time I had it, but tonight I pulled out the bottle, with barely two glasses worth left, and tried it. I don't know if the aeration did it, or my palate has changed, but whatever: I seriously enjoyed it. Not the greatest absinthe I've had by any stretch. But damn good, which I very definitely would never have said before. I really can't believe it's the same bottle. Despite the feuille morte color it louches well and green, and has (at least tonight) very complex and balanced flavors. Who knows? I may actually end up buying more, after previously having written it off. Maybe I was just in the right frame of mind tonight, but for the first time ever I truly enjoyed it.
  19. Absinthe makers are finally getting it right, but journalists continue to get it totally wrong. That's disgraceful. He could have done at least a little bit of research before pumping out that drivel.
  20. I've had this fountain for a year but have only used it on a few rare occasions so it is essentially still in new condition. Made of nickel-plated cast and machined brass, with mouth-blown globe. Approximately 18" tall. I'm offering it here first; I'll post to eBay on Sunday if it doesn't sell before then. $125 postpaid (US only). It will ship 'knocked down' for safety. Assembly is a simple matter of screwing the shaft to the base, and the globe to the shaft. Takes barely 1 minute. If you would like additional (and larger) pictures just PM your email address to me.
  21. Welcome, from a former Boulder-ite (I miss it...).
  22. Those of you who don't read French probably missed Marie-Claude Delahaye's blog entry about an Edison recording of "La Fée Verte", along with a reproduction of the sheet music with full lyrics. It's an interesting bit of French history, a part of the seemingly relentless campaign to demonize Absinthe in the years leading up to WWI. I've been collecting phonographs and records for over 50 years; I decided it would be fun to upload a video of this particular record: . I translated just a couple of refrains in the description to give an idea of the 'tone' of the lyrics. Absinthe=evil.