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  1. Songcatcher - It actually still works out cheaper than if they'd just bought a bottle of L'Ancienne by itself and paid for the postage, once you factor in the exchange rates. And it definitely works out way cheaper in most cases than buying Absinthe directly from places in Australia (plus the range we have here is very limited).
  2. Dan - Yes, if it's alcohol or tobacco (or goods in excess of $1000), and the customs duties and taxes haven't been automatically included in the cost of shipping (which in this case they weren't, because I got free shipping with a bulk order) then yes the package will be held by customs pending payment.
  3. I've always refrained from any sort of official review with Absinthe, because I can't seem to get away from a tendency to wax lyrical and most likely have people thinking "How on earth do you get 'baby lambs frolicking to the strains of Beethovens 5th Symphony in a chocolate box meadow scene' out of tasting Jade NO?"
  4. That's definitely one reason I try to look at the customs delay when shipping to Australia as a blessing in disguise. By the time those bottles have flown all the way from Germany I'm more than happy to have them resting in some nice cool warehouse for a month or so until I can save up the money to pay duties and taxes.
  5. My quite possibly shifting at some point in the future, current top ten list: L'Ancienne Jade Esprit Edouard Jade 1901 Vieux Pontarlier Jade VS 1898 L'Entete La Grenouille Absinthe Bourgeois Jade Nouvelle Orleans La Clandestine
  6. My apologies, force of habit I'm afraid, I shall try to remember not to quote previous posts in future.
  7. Going by my musical affectations, and bearing in mind that different people may experience certain tastes in different ways, the Wormwood is the sound of the snare drumming in Ravel's Bolero, it's not the taste of a smoother bass note, it's higher pitched in its astringency and brightness, insistent but not overpowering ~ and then the other flavours begin to come in, the Anise as the flute, having a sweetness with a quality of freshness about it, light, airy, still building on the high pitched snare of the Wormwood, but gradually tempering it, and then the fennel, sweeter still but smooth and beginning to deepen, like the sound of the Clarinet, before the flavours and notes begin to swirl and combine, each still playing their own separate tune but layering one on top of the other now, until finally the different notes build into a butterscotch and honey dripping harmony of after taste ~ and with each sip the symphony starts anew and then builds stronger, as your taste buds learn to sense the different notes in advance and the flavour whorls and dances its way across your tongue.
  8. L'Ancienne, Absinthe Bourgeois, and La Grenouille.
  9. My order finally arrived! First sampling of the 2014 distillation of L'Ancienne has been sampled, and all I can say is WOW! Having never tried pre-ban I have nothing to compare it to in that regard, but purely as an Absinthe by itself it more than delivers - I commented to my husband that it tasted like someone had combined the best aspects of the Jade 1901 and the Jade Edouard into one absinthe and then finished it off with a honey dripping, smooth and buttery finish. It's like tasting a well crafted symphony, just outstanding, I can't wait to try a second glass after it's had a chance to breathe and the flavours to develop more. I have a bit of a quirk where I like to assign musical pieces to Absinthe, and for L'Ancienne I am assigning Ravel's Bolero as it's theme. Kudos to Stefano and Martin for one of the best Absinthes I've had the distinct pleasure of sampling.
  10. Customs duties etc all paid up, countdown to delivery
  11. It'll probably be about another month before our shipment arrives, considering we have to pay duty fees and taxes on it. I'm trying to look at it as a blessing in disguise though, an extra month's worth of shelf aging.
  12. I concur, always time for an Absinthe story
  13. Hahaha, OMG this reminds me of a conversation I had with my Psychiatrist. He knows I'm rather fond of drinking Absinthe and the subject came up during a session late last year, when I asked him if he'd ever tried it. He said he had, at which point the following paraphrased conversation took place: Me: Oh cool, so you've tried Absinthe then, what did you think of it? You didn't try any of the dodgy sh*t they sell here did you? (at this point in time no liquor store in Adelaide sold anything but vomit inducing crapsinthe) Psych: Oh no, my friend wouldn't dare buy anything from here. He went over to Europe and got the proper stuff. Me: Awesome. So you prepared it properly and everything then? Wait, please don't tell me you set it on fire. Psych: *confused look* You're supposed to set it on fire? Me: No, No! Never set it on fire (segue into explanation of the history of the fire ritual and Cszech crapsinthe). Psych: We just drank it straight. Me: You what?! Psych: Well how are you supposed to drink it. Me: (Cue me miming the entire Absinthe ritual) Right, that's it, I'm bringing in a sample of one of the Jade Absinthes next session and I'm going to show you how to prepare it properly. Fast forward a few weeks, and I haul my fountain, replica Torsade glasses, Fleische spoons and prechilled spring water along to the next session. Half my luck the Clinic Director is there breathing down everyone's throats with a surprise Practice audit. So there's me in the middle of a therapy session, performing an Absinthe fountain ritual (I had one sample each of Eddie and NO), whilst my Psychiatrist swaps between rapt fascination watching the louche unfold, and nervously checking the door every few seconds lest someone decide to walk in while his patient is preparing to serve hard liquor. Now I'm not completely irresponsible, I knew he still had to see patients and drive home, so I poured off a small amount in a glass for him to try, and then drank the remainder myself. He takes a few mouthfuls, immediately starts writing down brand names and places to buy whilst exclaiming how tasty it was, and 'Wow, that looked nothing like the stuff I drank". At this point I find out the 'Absinth' his friend had assured him was 'the proper stuff', because it came from Europe, was actually a bright fluorescent green coloured Czech Fauxsinthe, purchased back in the mid 90s, that tasted like some strange mix of sweetened licorice flavoured Vodka. Cue me face!palming, whilst my Psychiatrist looked rather sheepish and said (paraphrased) "Hey, it was the 90s, I did stupid sh*t when I was younger - at least this time I didn't just slam down straight shots, oh gawd I can't believe I did that!" I haven't asked him yet if he's actually purchased any Absinthe since then (I gave him the details for Absinthes.com, Rueverte.com and Absinthe Classics), but judging by the look of delicious revelation he had on his face when he took his first sip of quality made traditional Absinthe, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he's already stocked up. ,
  14. Order was shipped today, got the confirmation notice a few hours ago :groupwave reversed:
  15. Yes, they are sister companies (as was stated to me in an email communication sometime ago when Absinthe Classics no longer stocked a particular Absinthe and referred me to their 'sister company', Absinthes.com). Both have excellent service, but I find myself using Absinthes.com more now due to their wider range. Rueverte.com which comprises Absinthes.net is also part of the same company. And echoing praise for Stefanie and Absinthes.com in general. Awesome customer service, they actually ship to Australia, great range of products (ignoring the minor percentage of crapsinthe they stock), delivery times are excellent (and they inform you if any delays are going to be expected) - I have not had one bad experience with them, and have no hesitation recommending them to anyone looking to buy Absinthe.
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