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  1. One night, when I was very busy and tired, I was getting into a bottle of something (VdF, I think), and grabbed a glass that I had poured, but had forgotten to add water. I realised about half a second in, but my body was already committed to the movement.


    To quote ralph wiggum, "It tastes like burning."


    It must have been pretty funny to watch.

  2. Don't have a citation for this, so flame away if I am wrong, but as I understand it, the EU laws have a 10 mg/L limit on drinks and 35 mg/L limit on anything classified as Amer or "bitters". Some absinthes which have gone over the 10 mg/L limit label themselves as Amer, such as the Blanchette.


    It's been discussed here before. If you hunt around, you should be able to find the exact wording of the law (or at least a link to it).

  3. I'm in love with Lavender. It makes great tea, and is wonderful in martinis and absintinis. 2 parts Lavender infused gin, a dash of absinthe (more on the bitter side ie Lemercier Amer) and finished with a lychee... mmmmm.


    Other great things you can make with lavender include Roast Lamb or pork with Lavender, or if you've got access to it, Kangaroo fillet with Lavender is incredible. You can also make (and in some places even buy) Lavender Honey and Jam, Lavender muffins, Lavender Shortbread and Lavender Sorbet, which is really yummy.


    Most of the recipes I use I found on the web, but there are lavender cook books around. As for buying it, I would just grow it. Lavender will grow pretty well without your help so as long as you have access to dirt you can more or less be guaranteed of a continual supply of clean, fresh, organic and most importantly free lavender. In my neighborhood, it's actually considered somewhat of a weed.


    Remember, Lavender is a sedative, so much so that old lavender farms used to have problems with workers falling asleep on the job. So don't operate heavy machinery.

  4. Note sure if it's the same everywhere, but in Australia, you can bring 2.25L of alcohol with you without having to declare it (if bought using duty-free concession). Airline Companies have rules about how much alcohol you can bring on a plane too.


    But if you're taking into the states, it's still contraband, so I think that means the maximum you can bring in is however much you can sneak past customs without them noticing.

  5. I've read in a few similar threads that shipping to Australia is risky and unreliable.


    Personally, I've never had this problem. Everything I've ordered has always turned up on time and intact.


    I've used LdF, Markus, Phil the Frenchman and once Alandia, and I don't have anything negative to say about any of them. I would definately recommend all of them, LdF is lightning fast as is Markus, and both responded to all my queries within 24hrs (which is pretty good turn around considering the time zone difference).


    For anyone in Australia I would recommend the above-mentioned, especially those who have a 100% not-received replacement policy. I'm not going to pay out on vendors I haven't used, but I did look up Absinth24, and decided to use someone else.

  6. :laf:


    That's the funniest shit I've seen all day.


    Seriously? Some loser takes a salad spoon with holes in it welded to a 6 inch bolt and calls it an Absinthe spoon?


    But someone will buy it. Hell, the ninja apple got bought for $20 bucks, so I don't see why this can't make some dough.

  7. In my experience, every absinthe has its own personality which you need to get to know. I try not to drink more than one kind of absinthe in any sitting, although there are some combinations that I find compliment each other very well: (right now I'm drinking Clandestine and Lemercier Amer 72, which I find are excellent when paired together).


    Some absinthes stand up to the test better than others, like the Jades, but there are plenty out there that don't break down as well, but are still very enjoyable, like the Montmartre. I guess what I'm trying to say is that whilst deconstructing an absinthe is good in an analytical sense, it won't really give you a greater appreciation of the drink. What it may do is give you a better understanding of why you like it (or don't like it), which has more to do with you than the drink. If that's the path you want to take, I would suggest the following:


    1. Don't just taste the absinthe itself, consider all factors - Your environment, What kind of day you've been having, Time of day/week etc. These are all factors that will influence your perception.


    2. Never drink for the sake of analyising. Drink because you feel like drinking and then analyse the experience. As with anything, forcing the moment for the sake of endeavour is a sure fire way to lose touch with the experience.


    3. Don't analyse something you're not familiar with. Have a few glasses in a personal context, then try and break it down. You wouldn't write a review of a ferrari having never driven a car before... feel comfortable with the breadth of what's available before trying to analyse something.


    4. Last, but not least, think about what matters to you, and try and understand why you enjoy drinking it in the first place. Are you a fan of sweetness, the smooth, anise side of the drink? Or are you a herbalist who can't get enough wormwood and angelica? Or maybe you care less about the taste altogether and are more into the ritual. Understand you own motivation and your own pallet and what it is that you are looking for before trying to analyse what the absinthe provides.


    Personally these days I prefer not to be so critical of everything I drink. I find I prefer to think of it more as an ethos than as a review board. The more I break something down, the less I appreciate it for its uniqueness. And absinthe, of all things, is incredibly unique. If you want my personal advice, (and this goes for everything, not just absinthe), only ever analyse that which you intend to produce. Understanding something in terms of it's componet parts is only of value if you intend to try and recreate it. Otherwise, let it interact with you on an instinctual level. The brain exists to serve the body; The heart exists to serve the soul.

  8. Hello and Welcome.


    For me, Aroma, mouth feel, Taste are the big ones... although I do like a thick louche (which I find makes a difference to the feel of it).


    Check out the Absinthe Scoring Sheet on FeeVerte.net. It has some really good pointers on what you should be looking for when trying a new absinthe.


    The thing NOT to do, IMO, is to be too analytical or deconstructionist about it. Absinthe, more than any other drink, is about the complete experience. Certainly when trying something for the first time, don't stress too much about evaluating all its individual qualities. The only thing you should pay attention to is how much you're enjoying the experience.

  9. 1. Kübler 53

    Equal with

    1. La Valote Martin




    3. La Valote Bovet

    4. Elixier Pay du Fees

    5. François Guy


    Haven't tried the others, but I would definitely say that the La Valote and the Kübler are like brother and sister to me. They go together so well, so if you like one you'll almost certainly like the other. The La Valote Fornoni intrigues me...


    PS: What about these boys makes them 'Big', exactly?

  10. I wouldn't say "Shadow"... but I agree that Joy Division had something that New Order were never able to recapture.


    Waiting for the Sirens' Call... yeah, I bought it like five months ago and I still haven't listened to it. It's a good thing I don't buy absinthe like I buy records; i'd have hundreds of unopened bottles going to waste on shelves in my living room.