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M_Glenn

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  1. Moved. Back in Southern California - specifically, Santa Ana. Not sure what local places have/serve Absinthe, but I've got my private stash. On a side note-- up in Monterey County, on the Big Sur Coast-- Nepenthe is a rather interesting, fairly-well-known to locals restaurant-- and last time I was there (shortly before leaving Monterey a few months ago), I checked their booze list: they have Absinthe! Three varieties even! Emperor Norton -- I haven't tried that, doesn't seem to be too well-regarded; St George -- NOT one of my favorites, but at least it's the real deal; and La Sorciere Verte -- which I have enjoyed, and currently still keep a bottle of that in my Absinthe cabinet.
  2. Late to this topic, but-- I almost always take my absinthe with sugar. Tastes much better that way to me. I also drink hard cider and flavored liqueurs (usually as flavor shots added to soda). I don't drink wine and I usually don't drink beer (don't like the taste, stopped forcing myself to try it socially when I rediscovered hard cider). I haven't drunk most hard liquor varieties in years (mixed or straight)-- closest I come to that is still drinking Southern Comfort (usually mixed).
  3. Sorry I'm late-- welcome to the WS. And hey, SF? Not too far from where I'm at in Monterey-- nice to see some more folks in California on here.
  4. Welcome-- sorry I'm late joining the party. I might be the odd one out around here, but I quite like Lucid. It was my first (real) absinthe, and it's still my basic standard-- IMO quite drinkable for ordinary absinthe-sipping occasions, and any other absinthe I drink needs to be at least as good as if not better than Lucid (yes, there are plenty of drinks out there that are better-- but Lucid's still good stuff). So-- my recommendation: if you can get your hands on Lucid, go ahead and get it-- it's a good one to start with.
  5. Hadn't met you before, but welcome back!
  6. Jade Nouvelle Orleans. Nicely louched with ice water and two sugar cubes. Tasty and relaxing...
  7. What Gwydion said. I personally like Lucid quite a bit, regardless of its limitations. Ummm... with respect to the above poster, I think St George must be an acquired taste-- I hated it when I tried it, haven't seen any reason to revise my opinion of it.
  8. Observation from a sort'a newbie: Absinthe is sufficiently alive in the market in my current area (Monterey, California) and the area I just moved from (Orange County, California) that some of the major/expected brands aren't too hard to find. In Orange County, Total Wine and in both areas, BevMo, carry Lucid, Kübler and La Clandestine... Mansinthe, La Sorciere Verte, and Leopold Bros were on some of the shelves-- tryin' ta remember if one or more of the other decent brands was on the shelves down in Orange County (there were some of the decidedly lesser brands also out on shelves too). In Monterey, the better liquor stores also carry a few bottles of Absinthe in their selection-- in addition to the predictable ones (Lucid, Kübler, La Clandestine and some cheap'n'nasty brands I shall not list by name here), I've seen Mansinthe, Leopold Bros, both varieties of La Sorciere, Butterfly, Vieux Carre, at least one of the Ridge distillery bottles, and two varieties of Jade. So, it may be a niche market compared to other products, but it's doing well enough to be stocked and sold around here instead of being run out of town and ignored. It's also worth noting-- I picked up my first bottle of Leopold Bros and my second bottle of Lucid back in 2013 from a local liquor store that carried them in Kansas (specifically, in Junction City), back when I was stuck there for a job from 2012-2014. If it's made it to Kansas, it's got better market penetration than folks might be giving it credit for.
  9. Ah, Lucid-- still one of my favorites. I take them all with sugar, and it works out for me.
  10. thank you Lily for bringing it up, and thank you Gwydion for posting the link-- manuals retrieved. I'm finding them educational already.
  11. Drinking Mansinthe tonight. And, completing the 9th review (last so far)-- covering all 9 of the real absinthes I've had the privilege of drinking. Pretty good way to round out the set.
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