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  1. Anything done on the small scale that artisanal absinthe is being made at will tend to be pricey. Even Ted's absinthe's aren't being made on the scale of say Maker's Mark or Buffalo Trace or Beefeater. Plus, absinthes sold at 65-72% ABV are much more concentrated than say 40% whiskey (80 proof).


    Considering that any of the American made quality absinthes when properly watered at 3-5:1 will equal 3 to 5 bottles of wine (by volume).


    Around here, you can get Crane Lake wines for about $4.50 a bottle. So for under $25 you can get five bottles of wine, or pay $70+ for a bottle of absinthe, equivalent to five bottles of wine.


    Hm, I guess you're right baubel!


  2. I wonder, isn't there a little known absinthe effect, only applicable to those who like absinthe, that after the first bottle, you


    • are very confused about which absinthes to buy next, because you want to buy them all, but can't afford it

    • start looking to buy multiple bottles in one order to save on shipping

    • end up spending lots of money on absinthe, because once you've gone through the lot, you now have favorites that you can't live without


    Maybe no one here ever experienced this. But maybe it could be more common than is realized?


  3. Well, I guess that's a good example to use to stifle the rare yet nasty comments that the WS is just a Marteau marketing engine. :cheers:


    As of Monday around noon, DUNY will have more WW and MoL, for those who are into those kind of absinthes. :arrr:



    btw, whatever happened to MeatWaggon?



    (omg, this was my 3500th post at WS).

  4. This bodes well for small distillers. And it's what bartenders and spirits shop owners want to push anyway. ... Much easier to sell, given time.


    Knowledge among the consumer is important too. They have to know why they should pay twice the price or more.


    And I think it's easier to promote a craft whiskey/gin/etc since there's plenty of people drinking those spirits already. Absinthe, people still think it tastes like black licorice, and if you've had one, you've had them all.


    And for a bar that has a couple absinthes: St George and Lucid (or other brands), that they got when they thought they had to have absinthe but now don't sell very well, it's much harder to get them to add to their collection.

  5. The Official NYC Delaware Phoenix Absinthe Release Party

    July 21, 2009

    9 pm until we get tired

    The Richardson, Brooklyn


    Enjoy some well made cocktails, traditional absinthe, and some specially made absinthe cocktails.


    The event is free, but the drinks are reasonably priced.


    Hopefully all the forum folk from the city will be able to come on out and mingle with us. Everyone else is welcome too if you're in the 'hood.

  6. I have friends who love licorice candy. Real authentic licorice candy, that's usually imported. They'd offer me a piece, and I'd take one. I didn't hate it, but one was enough for the next six months.


    Needless to say, the "licorice" flavor of absinthe has never been a problem. I know quite a few people that hate licorice, but like absinthe. Like Gwydion says, absinthe is an herbal spirit based on anise and wormwood and other herbs.

  7. Abs said:

    the Delaware Phoenix creations have had an extremely brief aging...er, I mean resting period, so I don't plan on actually reviewing them for a couple of months.


    If you can hold out, 3 months seems to be the point after which any wonkiness passes. And yes the fresh herbaceousness mellows.


    Thanks for the very good review Jay, I'm glad you're enjoying my simple creations. Glad you're enjoying them too Absomphe!


    Re: batch numbers (Jay mentioned them in his review). These aren't dates as TTB doesn't allow absinthe to have an age specification, but are my batch serial numbers to identify, hm, the batch! Kind of like a lot number if you will.