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  1. Thanks, Fingerpickinblue. I wish forums had "Like" buttons. That seems odd to me, too, that a distributor would actually be behind that BS story, either. I think the only beef any distributors would have against absinthe is that there's not enough call for it around here for them to bother with. Wisconsin is beer country by far, with wine a moderate second and brandy/more traditional booze third (brandy old-fashioneds, usually the sweet variety, are kind of the State drink). I have given my friends samples of absinthe, but not a one of them can get past the anise flavor--with most of the comments being "If I wanted licorice/anise drinks, I'd just do shots of Jäger." (Sigh) Such is the mentality here in the Upper Midwest... But yeah, a LOT of people around here like to pretend they're an authority on things about which they know absolutely nothing.
  2. Haven't posted in a while (life's been getting in the way this winter), but I felt I needed to share this latest insult I received against our favorite beverage. I stopped this afternoon (Saturday, March 3rd) after work at the local grocery store in the same Wisconsin town where I work to pick up some soda, and while I was there, thought I'd stop by their liquor department to pick up some rum for mixers, as I was out. I also thought I'd see if they had any absinthe. (The vast majority of stores in this part of Wisconsin between the Fox Cities and Milwaukee don't; if they have anything, it's usually Kübler blanche.) I asked the clerk who was there (who turned out to be the department manager) if he had any, and he said something to the effect of, "No, I don't carry it. I can order the Americanized version of it from my distributor, but he doesn't handle the real stuff because it has methyl alcohol in it." Well, you can imagine the intensity of the "W. T. F. " running through my brain. "Americanized version??" Is there even such a thing?? Having all I could do to retain my composure, I tried to tell him that real absinthe does NOT have methyl alcohol in it (NO consumable alcoholic beverage does!!), that the real deal was readily available here in the U.S., and that I could get him plenty of information on it (intending to print him a copy of the WS fact sheet). His reply? "I don't care to have any information on it because I'm not getting any" and walked off waving his hands in the air. The man's demeanor and body language told me that he KNEW he was propagating a bold-faced lie, whether his own or the distributor's, and was only too glad to keep on doing it. If this misinformation did come from the distributor, what would they have to gain by it? If they just don't have enough call for absinthe to be bothered with getting it, then why not just say so? What's in it for them to lie about it?? I can get all the genuine absinthe I want--but only if I'm willing to drive at least an hour away. Needless to say, I forgot about getting any rum from this liar either, and just walked out of the store without making any purchases at all--even left the soda sitting right in the cart in the store. I don't know how many members we have in Southeastern Wisconsin, but the store in question was Mountin's Piggly Wiggly in Mayville. PLEASE do NOT patronize this store, especially the liquor department. I absolutely cannot in good conscience give money to anyone who willfully spreads lies and misinformation about ANYTHING, not to mention absinthe. There is enough mythology, lies, innuendo and deliberate misinformation going around about absinthe without financially enabling people to continue the campaign against it. Didn't we just go through similar crap about 100 years ago?? Seems things haven't changed. If anyone has any thoughts and comments on why either liquor stores or some distributors would continue to willfully spread lies about absinthe, even when confronted with the truth, please share them. Thank you. -Tom M. "KaiserFrazer67" Southeast Wisconsin, U.S.A.
  3. Been a while since I've posted as well. Oakfield, Wisconsin, USA. Near Fond du Lac, about 60 miles north of Milwaukee.
  4. What I've noticed in my experience here in Wisconsin are two main factors, in addition to those you have mentioned: 1) The massive, MASSIVE amount of ignorance and myth burying the truth about absinthe: I just came back from a Christmas visit with my cousins, one of whom is in her mid-20's. She told me she sampled a shot of it--undiluted--and some of the Czech crapsinthe to boot!-- and (naturally) found it to produce nothing but a horrible burning sensation. I had to explain to her "that's not how you drink absinthe; you dilute it with water" and then proceeded to tell her all about the Wormwood Society website and how to get herself educated on absinthe consumption and history. I was glad to clear up her misconceptions, but as much as young people surf the 'net regarding everything else, you'd think people would spend 5 lousy minutes to do a little research into how to consume absinthe, if they're in a frame of mind to try it... evidently not. The problem sadly seems to be, for many, is that they prefer the fiction over the truth. Whether it comforts them more, or justifies their rationalizations more, or just is more exciting than the truth, the average American psyche--especially among our youth--seems to be VERY hard to penetrate in that regard. 2) The average American, especially the average Wisconsinite, has little desire for anise/licorice, especially in alcoholic beverages. When describing absinthe to my friends and family, and offering to give them a louched-up sample, the offer is almost universally declined on the basis of "I don't like licorice/anise and I can just drink Jägermeister/Anisette/some other anise liqueur if I were really that into it". It's very hard to explain to a population who has never tasted anything made with actual green aniseed that it is different than licorice or star anise. The VAST majority of all "licorice" candy is actually flavored with star anise--even that which can be bought through the Internet from overseas (I've looked). The little Flavigny aniseed mints are available here through the Internet (and they are good, BTW), but that's about all I've found. Nothing seem to be made anymore with actual licorice root extract, so the idea that licorice, star anise and aniseed actually taste differently from each other is lost on the American public. What Americans also don't understand is that the other herbal oils in absinthe contribute to the overall flavor of the drink so that the anise taste is made more subtle and balanced by the other flavors. Those whom I've convinced to try a sample still can't seem to get past the anise flavor. Yet they will throw all kinds of money away on consuming some of the most atrocious swill--alcoholic or otherwise--ever to be peddled in a can or bottle. I believe it was H. L. Mencken who said, "No one ever lost money underestimating the tastes of the American public."
  5. Taking a break from the Lucid to finish off the dregs of a bottle of Bacardi Select in some Wild Cherry Pepsi. In a mason jar.
  6. Cheers! Glad to see a fellow Wisconsinite on here! Are there any good liquor stores in your area who might have a different brand of absinthe? Haven't seen anything other than Lucid, St. George, Kübler 53 Blanche, Pernod Original, the Ameriques, and the junk from Mata Hari, Absente and La Fee. Always looking to try something good yet different, but I'm thinking I'll have to resort to the Internet for that.
  7. I hope things are starting to pick up: I'd just posted a pic to my Facebook page of a bottle of Lucid, a Lucid glass with an ounce of the product in the bottom, an absinthe spoon atop the glass with a sugar cube on it, and a bottle of spring water, with no more of a comment than "Ready to louche up a great tasting and relaxing drink! For more info about absinthe (especially busting the myths about it), please visit The Wormwood Society's website and Facebook page:" and then provided the link. I had gotten a couple positive comments, but then one idiot posted: "Just don't murder your neighbors..." After waiting to cool off for a few minutes after seeing that, I then replied: "And this is why I provided the link above. There's been so much idiotic mythology regarding absinthe, it's proving almost impossible to fight. This is what the WS does: provide factual historic and scientific information in an effort to dispel the myths. The only drug in absinthe is alcohol. Please visit The Wormwood Society's website and get educated. Here's a direct link to their FAQ:" and provided a link to the WS FAQ page. The ignorance and stupidity dies pretty hard, folks. We have a LOOOONG way to go. Let's all keep up the good work.
  8. Ugh! I do remember taking a teaspoonful straight once, without water, and it was actually a little more tolerable.
  9. Vieux Pontarlier is one of those near the top of my "to get" list along with Pacifique and the various offerings from Jade, Ridge, Emile Pernot, Delaware Phoenix and Marteau, most of which I'll probably have to track down online. I've heard many good things about it. Trouble is, there isn't much available here on the shelves besides the brands I've mentioned in my intro, and what is there also shares shelf space with [shudder] Mata Hari, Absente, and La Fee, which I won't touch with a 10-foot pole. I haven't yet taken the time to explore Madison or Milwaukee, which are a bit more culturally savvy towns; hopefully I'll find some better stuff on the shelves there. I may go back to the "Original Recipe" Pernod once in a while, although it's generally a few bucks pricier than the Lucid. Our local Festival Foods carries only Kübler 53 Blanche, whose reviews here are generally favorable; I may break down and get a bottle eventually.
  10. Hi Everyone, Glad to finally be able to introduce myself (had to hurdle a few bugs in the process). I'm from Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, and I discovered the wonderful world of absinthe a little over a year ago while trying to satisfy my curiosity about it online. This led to the purchase of my first bottle of absinthe: Pernod "Absinthe Superieure". Mind you, this was not their current "Original Recipe" offering; this was the first "re-introduction" with the artificial coloring. This was before I found the Wormwood Society website, and was going by the strength of a name and a reputation from history. Well, I was rather disappointed, to say the least. I don't know if any of you have heard of an old patent anti-diarrhea medicine called "Paregoric", but it was still available by prescription back when I was a kid in the 1970's, and one of the very few patent meds that actually did what it was purported to do. It's not a taste you forget. Well, this Pernod reminded me quite a bit of that nasty old elixir, probably since it also contains anise and alcohol (along with other "good stuff" like tincture of opium, benzoic acid, camphor and glycerin) and it also "louches" when water is added (Mother's attempt to dilute the taste of it). Long story short, there was no getting through the Pernod without a considerable amount of sugar! Shortly after, I discovered the Wormwood Society and quickly got an education on absinthe, and read your reviews on what was out there. Undaunted, and strengthened by my newfound knowledge, my next purchase was a bottle of Lucid, which I found to be MUCH better--as different as night and day. Due to both price and availability in my area, it continues to be my mainstay absinthe (at the moment). I find it to stand on its own quite well without sugar, although I will use a bit on occasion. Since then, I have also discovered Wisconsin's own homegrown absinthes from Great Lakes Distillery: Amerique 1912 Verte and Rouge, and have come to enjoy them both as well. I was also relieved when Pernod came out with their improved "Original Recipe" and found it to be obviously better than the first bottle I bought! Still, it wasn't quite as good as the Lucid, in my opinion (still needed sugar). I thoroughly enjoy the articles and reviews I find on this site, and it's always fun to read what people have to say in the forums here. I always learn something new every time I come here. I'm also always on the lookout to try another good quality absinthe. I haven't yet gotten the ambition (or money) to purchase one of the high-end absinthes online, such as the Jades, but that will change soon. There isn't much in my area; mostly Lucid, Pernod, the Great Lakes offerings, and, unfortunately, the usual "fauxsinthe" from Mata Hari and their ilk (which I avoid like the plague). I do love to go on road trips, and I'm willing to travel a few hundred miles for a good quality bottle of something different. As my user name suggests, I do love antique and classic cars, especially those known as "orphans" which aren't made anymore. I am the proud owner of a 1954 Kaiser Manhattan, and can hardly wait for winter to be over with so I can bring her out once a few good spring rains wash the salt off the Wisconsin roads! I'm glad I discovered The Wormwood Society and I'm happy to be a part of it. Hope to talk more with you soon. Na Zdrowie! -Tom- "KaiserFrazer67"