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  1. it's probably quite hard to explain unless we try each bottle under the same conditions. possibly the authentique is not one of the more popular ones here in Australia and left on the shelf in summer weather infamous for going over 40 degrees celsius (that's 104 f for ze americans) it could have degraded somewhat. this could be quite an interesting research topic.
  2. i've had pernots shipped very long distances and consumed in very warm weather (positively scorching). i've concluded that pernots are more delicate than others and without a very slow, very cold drip that strikes just the right balance, they tend to become weak and vegetal. BdJ and Bourgeois are my favourite and easy, pleasurable drinking, 3:1 seems to be right. The rest are hit or miss. Authentique is more bitter, tends to come out a bit flat and lacking in mouthfeel. Roquette is more herbal still, quite tempting to overwater at 74% but I would suggest keeping it strong, or else it ends up weak and one-dimensional (just wormwood and spice, not much else). Really most of the stronger pernots suffer from what I think is a lack of anise, it's hard to explain the thin louche in some of them...
  3. Tried it last night along with a Zufanek...the wormwood really shines through in the Terminus (notsomuch the Zufanek), although I'm not too sure what the oxygenated process does for the palate. Smell was rather unremarkable, even when louched there is an strong waft of alcohol on the nose, plus some mint...rather like mouthwash. Does not have the aroma bouquet of the other Jades. On the first sip it is unmistakably a Jade, incredible rounded, almost milky mouthfeel...very much like 1901. Mid palate through the spice punches through and there are sharp notes of wormwood and sweet anise, with fennel and the other herbs dancing in the background. Herbaceous fumes escape the nostril and lead to an extremely long, minty finish. This is one powerful absinthe, as potent as the 1797 but very much superior in the herb balance and smoothness of the alcohol. It is like nothing I've ever tried before but I don't think I can stomach more than one glass. Can't say it's the best either - rather partial to 1901 and Butterfly as my go-to "session" absinthes - but certainly in the highest echelon. Great to have in a rotation and possibly improved with aging.
  4. Surprisingly, I have not been able to get a hold of it locally (seeing how every single bottle shop carries Pernod and Ricard), but I will certainly make every effort to. Maybe they're looking for more sales data before shipping em en masse. I expect good things...
  5. I started out with crapsinth, and now I'm reasonably informed and learning more and more from this site every day. Sometimes you just need to do a little research on whatever takes your fancy, and a little exclusivity isn't bad. That said though, I think that czech absinths should be exposed for what really they are.
  6. thank you for your expert opinion. i wish i had something apropos to add to the discussion, but i don't, so i'll go pour myself a drink now
  7. Any particular reason as to why pontarlian Aa is superior to those grown in any other part of France, or temperate country for that matter? Just asking, because it seems that self-cultivation would obviously obviate such nasty market practices as rumored above...
  8. last night technically, but duplais verte. will have to try another glass sometime.
  9. Just leaving my review here as I think there are some specials on this brand and some folks may consider picking it up... Libertine 55 on an extremely warm summer night, 30 ml with ice cold fountain drip, sugared. Appearance: One of the lighter shades of green, almost olive to the eye, and slightly undercoloured Louche: An incredible louche going almost opaque by 1:1. Massive, billowy clouds permeate through the drink even at a slow drip, with very few oil trails noticeable because of the extremely rapid action. It seems a bit too thick to be true. Aroma: Nothing very discernible when neat, but opens up gradually with water. Anise hits the nose first, followed by the slightest touch of alcohol. Taste: A slickly, creamy mouthfeel, with a picquant spicy head that segues into the lightest of wormwood notes. Even at 55%, a bit of heat. Heavy liquorice and astringency follows afterwards. Subdued herbaciousness, mostly one-dimensional, this one is undoubtedly best sugared because of the sharp anise dominance. Finish: Long spicy finish, with tongue getting gradually number by the sip. Overall Impressions: There's something about this absinthe that makes it quite pleasant at the start, but by halfway through the glass you cannot but help feel that you've been hit by a ten-megaton spicy anise bomb. Palate was very very numb at the end of the session, such that a post-drinking Burger King whopper did not taste like much (!!) Every Czech's nightmare absinthe. If, however, you do enjoy the taste of anise in your drink, which is after all what absinthe traditionally is of course, then give Libertine 55 a try. Needs balance, but for the price, you really cannot complain. Give it a go. 3 out of 5 stars
  10. isn't tabu a legit absinthe? it's no pernod fils, but it's on par with the most commercial of absinthes.
  11. pf1901 with this lush, beautiful epic of a track oh, and it's 1 hour long
  12. Have you considered that a small amount of absinthe (say, 30ml) could have a significant placebo effect towards accelerated lucidity? I drink it myself to get my thoughts moving, but this is no way implying that it is a hallucinogenic, mind-altering substance. At best, it is a delicious, refreshing natural stimulant in the way caffeine gets you out of bed and into the office. There's nothing wrong with that.
  13. yeah, when you're paying 150 and up for any kind of imported absinthe that does not have a local distributor, cost ironically becomes less of a factor at that stage. eventually i do want to move onto MoL etc., but I suspect the next on my list will be un emile or roquette. in all things moderation...sante!
  14. Call me an idiot but I found authentique pretty meh. The aroma smelt promising but I found the spice and ww profile too strong in the mix for my liking, and just a bit of noticeable alcohol heat left after 1:5~ish dilution. I had a clandestine after and that was extremely mellow with almost no attack at all, it's very likable and moderately complex for how smooth it is. The 1901 hits the sweet spot in the middle; the first few sips I had were really creamy and flavourful, but as I neared the halfway mark the power started to build and the herbs really went to work on my palate, such that I could still taste them an hour after. Really in a class of its own (so far). Maybe try the VS? Oh but since you've tried vintage PF (you lucky bugger!) I'm not sure if anything else would impress you.
  15. Introductions are sometimes awkward for me, but here goes...this could be a bit long. I'm a young chap who lives in Australia, currently doing a postgraduate. Australia has a pretty funny absinthe scene, at least from my point of view. People scull shots, set them aflame (usually in an ABC cocktail), think it has strange and mysterious powers...in short, it has quite a reputation. I would not say that the average bloke drinks absinthe for the sake of getting drunk, as there's always cheap, poor quality wine over here. The main draw is probably a combination of both sheer novelty as well as its potency, leading the imbiber to make erroneous conclusions. Leading the charge are our beloved brands, Green Fairy and La Fee (#1 and #2 respectively, if you include Dabel, Koruna etc. as part of the GF range), their reputation naturally synonymous with the spirit itself. As with most young Australians, my experience started with a challenge to scull a shot of Green Fairy with the mates, great stuff! Ok, I kid. It was like drinking a bottle of eau de toilette left in a public toilet for a couple decades. Terrible, rough grain alcohol goes straight to your head, may have damaged my kidneys. Sadly, the first part is true - it's pretty much an quality absinth[e] wasteland over here. To date, I've tried, with appended ratings: Green Fairy F La Fee Bohemien F La Fee Parisienne C- Pernod C Un Emile B Lemecier C I think that's it - have decided not to waste money on the Jacques Seneauxes, Koruna and so on, but for the sake of completeness I shall possibly decide to branch out in the future. I should try my hand at writing reviews, although I'm no connoisseur of liquor. Anyway, one sunny, 36 degree celsius afternoon, I decided to pop down to a bar all by myself. And by sheer luck, there was something expensive called Jade PF 1901 on the menu. I got a glass, got a fountain, got a louche going, and sat there sipping, all alone, in quiet solitude...I still think that moment was an epiphany. And from then on I refused to settle for anything less (unless reviewing). Australia has a clearly defined cultural (some say class) gap, but most of the upper classes seem to prefer wine. Admittedy we do have many wine experts over here, but as for absinthe, time will tell. On the other hand, most of the middle and working class college guys seem to like Green Fairy a lot, and really, who am I to tell them they're drinking the wrong stuff. So what's a person to do? I'm just gonna list my thoughts on the industry next, as I have done some reading. So if TLDR, consider this the end of my introduction, have a great day. Green Fairy & Distributors Without a doubt they have been successful. Every bottle shop chain, dan murphy's, duncans, liquorland etc. carries them. Sometimes you can find LaFee, Mythe, Pernod, Teichenne, Jekyll, but Green Fairy is the market leader, and is promoted from time to time. If it's any consolation at all, their site actually provides accurate information regarding thujone: http://www.greenfairy.com.au/articles/Thujone/11. The bad news is that their drink still sucks. La Fee Rowley is second in line and frankly better poised to expand the market. On one hand, I think he's shady, even shadier than I am. On the other, I haven't gotten round to sampling his new product (not the xs range but the parisienne natural verte) - anyone got any reviews? If it's genuine absinthe, which I suspect it is, then it's not too bad an idea, is it? My standards are rather low in view of the situation; I consider Pernod to be a decent real iteration of the drink. Of course I do not expect to see Jade everywhere and part of the fun is in the exclusivity. And as for the XS range I need more reviews as well, but judging by the horrendous price point I do not expect it to sell well. La Fee is a very confused entity. It's like a vineyard that produces both swill and drinkable stuff, but aspires to a vintage grand cru. Quite absurd. Also their XS range, which I take to be quite good, is really quite difficult to call as their 'original' product moreso than a rebranded, slightly tweaked Clandestine. I have frankly no idea what crafting input Rowley, that french lady and their marketing team could possibly make. I'm not a business student but in my opinion La Fee should concentrate on churning out a decent, mass market, affordable product. Absinthesalon Speaking of affordable, it just doesn't go very well with Australia. A bottle of Jade costs 200 bucks (110 GBP)! Jesus christ. I know it's no fault of theirs, and there's always business overheads, but say, can't anything be done about it? I don't see why prestigious cellars would not carry it in small quantities. I would buy more often if not for the staggering cost. Jade I don't know if Ted is listening, but I do like his website. None of the marketing BS, it honestly looks like an amateur job but that means that he's concentrating on the absinthe. I'm very suspicious of sites with lots of fancy flash graphics nowadays. Two things though, with such prestige already being accorded to the label, there's probably space for more subtle indicators of quality than the site shoving a banner "CLICK HERE TO BUY THE WORLD'S FINEST ABSINTHE!!!", and the address being bestabsinthe.com. Secondly, distribution could be a teeny bit better, although I'm sure it's already being worked on. Also please improve your corks!!! That's it from me, signing off.