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  1. I'm still working on my own blog post re: a meetup with the west-coast marketing rep for LTV which occurred ten days ago, but I'll throw in a quickie 2 cents here.


    I, too, got a chance to try the reformulation but - long story short - it's still nothing I'd go out of my way to drink.


    I've more to say, but I'm saving that for a fuller entry when it's not late at night and I'm loopy on fatigue. ;)


    (And the way said marketing rep winced as I tried - for the third time - the current product and pulled a face like a cat tasting something unpleasant almost made me feel bad for being honest. Almost)


    I'll post more within a day or so,


    - Johanna

  2. Howdy gang!


    Long story short, I was tidying up my pantry on Saturday night, saw my bottle of L'Artisanale and picked it up fondly, wishing I still had a drachm or two of it left.


    (Yes, I keep all my old absinthe bottles. Don't you?)


    Imagine my surprise when said bottle sloshed.


    I've got approximately 2fl oz left. I'll measure it tonight, but I believe it's at least that much, maybe a little more.


    EDIT: Sold! Thanks a lot, folks!

  3. aww, to heck with it...


    I've created absinthe_info on twitter.


    I know, I know, the signal to noise ratio is so high, I might as well spit in a rainstorm for all the good it'll do but I'm a glutton for punishment.


    If folks would like to take a collective approach, I'll share the p/word with whoever would like to join in the tweeting, just as soon as I've tweaked the email settings so they're not pointing to my personal account any more...


    (a shame there's no 'team tweeting' setup like there is on blogspot/blogger for collective projects)


    - Johanna

  4. Gosh, Alan, you found the EXACT guy that set me off.




    It was someone else, yesterday.


    And someone else the day before that.


    Hm. Maybe I'll create an absinthe-specific Twitter ID, rather than making my absinthe tweets amongst all my other ones (same username as here - blatant plug!).


    I'm hardly an expert, but I'm certainly better off than almost everyone else I've seen proclaiming expertise.


    Or maybe we could have a shared acct? Folks log in and make tweets/reply to #absinthe tweets as they're found?


    - Johanna


    PS - thanks for the kind words, OMGBill!

  5. A thousand apologies if this has been mentioned already - I've been away for quite a while.


    Am I allowed to (metaphorically) punch in the mouth the next person on Twitter whom I encounter claiming to be an absinthe expert but proves, within two comments (sometimes even less!) to be almost completely ignorant on the subject?


    Seriously. I've really had enough of those yahoos, now. I've resorted to doing occasional recs and comments but talk about needles and haystacks...


    Hoping everyone has been well in the meantime.


    - Johanna

  6. Thanks for the advice, Johnny!


    As it happens, the Cluebat From Above has whomped me across the noggin, rather forcibly, and I won't be painting it, after all - but I'm definitely saving what you've said for future projects, as I've made a few horrible mistakes in my time...


    (meanwhile, I reserve the right to cover up the supply company's brand name on the samovar with a colorful sticker or two...)


    - Johanna

  7. You silly boys. Although you've a point. I tend to wander around in my undies in the summer - the joys of living in California in a house without A/C...


    (we shall now pause for a moment whilst certain members of this forum giggle like nine year old boys...)


    As it happens, I've decided to paint it. What the hell. If I don't like it, I'll get busy with the paint-stripper. No worries. ;)


    - Johanna

  8. Being unemployed, I'm easily amused.


    I just found the below - I'm guessing it was a samovar and thank god it was apparently never used for coffee - at the thrift store for $4. Whee!




    Sure, I can't see the ice-water inside but it's a damn sight more portable than my glass "fountain" (a two gallon sun-tea jar) and it's kinda cute in it's way. Aside from those handles. I wish I could remove them but that would make transportation a bit tricky. Maybe I'll replace them... To the hardware store!


    I'm thinking about spray painting it enamel-white and stenciling it with an art-nouveau-ish stencil I have on hand. Anyone got any tips for prepping supershiny metal? Else I'm just hittin' it with my good ol' grey primer and hoping for the best...


    - Johanna


    PS - yes, I'm still alive. Barely.

  9. Hendrick's used to be my favorite, but now I'm <3ing Broker's gin. I'm a silly goose because I like how the bottles come with derbys on them.


    Y'know, I happened into a bottle of that a few months ago (long story) and I rather liked it - quite light, but still v. aromatic, I thought. But I couldn't bring myself to actually BUY a bottle of it, because of the aforementioned derby. It was just a bit too silly, even for me. :)


    - Johanna

  10. When I can afford it, I love Plymouth in a martini. A friend of my has a bottle of the Navy Strength and is willing to trade me a measure of my Emile for a tot, and I can't wait to see what that's like.


    I love Hendrick's simply over ice, or with tonic. There's something in that lovely cucumberiness that's impossible to resist.


    On nights when I'm not made of money, I use Beefeater's. I find it to be a good "everyday" gin.


    Unfortunately, I have discovered - the hard way - that I absolutely cannot have more than four or five ounces of gin in a single evening (no matter how long that evening happens to be) lest I really regret it the next day, and sometimes the day after. *sigh* It must be the juniper...


    - Johanna

  11. >Fortnum & Mason no longer sell it. I spent a long time looking and couldn't see any sign of any absinthe


    F&M still sells Un Emile 68


    Seconded. I picked up a bottle in the second week of February (and was very glad I did so. Nummers!)


    On a related note: beware the selection at Heathrow Duty Free. When I was there in Feb '08, they only had two incredibly awful brands. Sebor and something else that escapes me, but it was some other crapsinthe that I was NOT willing to buy, even at Duty Free rates. I'd heard that they used to carry La Fee and Mansinthe, and maybe they did, but there was no sign of it during my time there.


    - Johanna

  12. Update from the Hangar One newsletter:


    Absinthe Verte Available in the Distillery Store


    We have the St. George Spirits Absinthe Verte available for purchase at our distillery store. The 3rd batch was bottled on February 29th and will be shipping to bars/retailers throughout California in the next few weeks.


    Guess they sold out on the second batch without making it to the distributor.


    Most amazing price gouging seen so far:


    Bottle from the first batch of St. George Absinthe at Wine Impressions for $150.


    Blimey! I somehow missed the newsletter re: batch 3 (I think my gmail ate it as spam). I'm rather keen to compare it to batches 1 & 2, but my credit card can't take any more abuse. I'll have to stop by the distillery and settle for a single glass. Woe!


    As for gouging, some would-be entrepreneurs were asking for ridiculous prices on Craig's List for the first batch (at least $150 - then things got silly once the parody posts started, which was a bit of a relief) but those were individuals, not retailers.


    - Johanna

  13. I really need to sit my butt down and write a review but, of the two releases, I find myself liking the second batch a LOT more.


    The strange menthol-like after-taste that I was getting in the first batch seems to be completely gone, for a start.


    However, I think some people will NOT like it, because it's dialed back the anise quite a bit (yes, yes, I know it's not green anise), allowing some other flavors to come through more distinctly - notably lemon balm and mint, imho...


    More when I'm not about to go vamoosing off to forn parts, I promise!

  14. because there's no direct line from Piccadilly Circus to Tottenham Court Road.


    Ahh, the deceptiveness of the Tube map. It's a work of art, I acknowledge that, but man-oh-man, it's deceptive.


    As I'm planning out my day, I'm printing out Googlemaps of the spots I'd like to hit and using *those* to figure out the walk or Tube? type decisions. As long as I keep the scales of the maps in mind, I shouldn't come a cropper!


    Thanks for the referalls. Yours is the second thumbs-down I've heard re: Vinopolis' selection, so they're definitely off the list.


    - Johanna

  15. (Yes, I know I'm replying to myself. I'm eccentric that way)

    It's part of your charm. :)


    Ahh, flattery will get you everywhere.


    And... Fortnum's has absinthe? Score! I'm planning to stop by there to get a few foodstuffs for my dad, so that would be v. convenient!




    - Johanna


    PS - no, you didn't show me how the costume turned out. Were you happy with it?

  16. Howdy all,


    I'm spending nine - count 'em, nine - hours in London on Friday and I'm looking for somewhere to buy absinthe that isn't a) Heathrow (a lousy selection, by all accounts) or B) Gerry's Liquors in Soho.


    The latter place was recommended on some other absinthe-y forums but, upon browsing their selection, I don't think it's worth hauling out to Soho for. Clandestine seems to be the only brand on their entire list that I'm willing to even consider - and, yes, I emailed to ask if they had a larger selection in their brick-and-mortar store and was told that they didn't.


    I'm going to be spending most of the day around South Kensington and Piccadilly (and on to Paddington at day's end) but can hop the Tube pretty much anywhere.


    The only other place I can think of would be the booze shop associated with Vinopolis, but I believe it specializes in whiskey and wine - despite offering absinthe tastings at the venue...


    So, um, help?




    - Johanna

  17. When I saw them at the St. G's release-day hooraw, I had to have one - even though that meant only buying one bottle of absinthe, instead of two. Cursed budget!


    I think the entire line is gorgeous, and their sturdiness is a big plus when one has a cat that is *fascinated* by the smell of absinthe. If he sticks his nose in it (as is his wont and he moves faster than I can) at least I can be sure it'll probably stay upright.


    Being able to pay a couple of dollars less ($68 instead of $74) and having the glass in-hand, immediately, was a big plus, too - although my husband is vexed he apparently put in an order for my Xmas present. That's okay, I told him, I want more than one glass in the collection. ;)


    I think the purchase was well-worth the price. I'm very pleased with it. :)


    - Johanna