I'm currently 26 years old and from Groningen, a city in the north-east of the Netherlands. Having lurked on these forums and the absinthe reviews for a while now, I figured it was about time to become part of this wonderful community.
My first experience with "absinthe" was a bottle of Fruko Schulz from Czech several years ago. Obviously, that was not worthy ob the name absinthe in any way. Still, I somewhat liked the taste hidden behind all the chemicals, and it caused me to look into absinthe further. Searches on the internet quickly led me to Fee Verte and this website, where I got to read how crappy what I got was compared to proper absinthes.
Finding decent absinthe in the Netherlands is a challenge though. There are two liquor stores in Amsterdam with a somewhat decent offering (about 8 different brands of which a few would be considered as proper absinthes), other than that it's just same same bottles of Rodnik's or Czech crap at local shops.
Not wanting to spend a fortune (for me back then) on a bottle of Duplais, I got myself a Grande Absente. Still a fauxsinthe, but I liked it much better already. Later I ordered a bottle of Pernod, Akveld's Blanche and Akveld's Verte (two Dutch absinthes that I can't find in the review section on the website). The Pernod was obviously not impressive, but the Akvelds were my first tastes of real Absinthe.
About two years ago, while I was in Berlin, I accidentally stumbled upon the Absinthe Depot. If you have never been there and are planning a trip to Germany at some point, I can really recommend it. It is a truly amazing place, even if only to look around and see what they have on the shelves!
I tasted several absinthes there and brought a bottle of Lemercier Amer (also not on the website) home.
A year later I came back and tasted several more absinthes (including a very minty one I really liked but probably should not really be considered absinthe, does anyone know which brand that might have been?). I came home with an other bottle of Lemercier and a bottle of Blanchette (my favourite so far).
I have recently ordered a fountain and a few more bottles (Berthe de Joux, La Clandestine (which I tasted before in Berlin) and Bourgeois), which I hope to receive soon.
I'm looking forward to participating on these forums more. And perhaps you have some suggestions on which absinthes to try next?