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  1. The bags were made by my friend Annie here in Walton, on her 1946 Singer sewing machine. The drawstrings are hand braided by her too. The bags were designed to fit the bottles.


    Their original purpose was to protect the bottles while they were at the store. Some stores have a lot of indirect sunlight and the color was fading more than I'd like. And customers worried that there was a problem. So this helps alleviate that problem.


    The cost to make then is $5 which includes materials and some cash for Annie. So if someone really wants a bag they should mail me $5 and their address, and whether you want red (for MoL) or green (for WW). Checks, cash, money orders, bearer bonds all accepted.

  2. I just picked up a bottle of the High West Rendezvous Rye and it's great for sipping.


    I think this is the whiskey that won the ADI craft distiller Best of Show. Too bad they don't make it themselves. I'm not saying you shouldn't buy it, because it is good whiskey. You just need to know what it really is: whiskey made by the major distilleries that doesn't fit into their portfolios or blends.



  3. Certainly the Duplais manual was in print for a long time, and was widely copied and imitated/paraphrased. Presumably it was widely read, but does anyone know the size of the editions?


    I almost became an archeologist on college. (Probably should have.) One of the academic "battles" was between the dirt diggers (archeologists) and the book readers (historians). Each thought their view of the world was more correct. They were in fact complimentary (obviously).


    With absinthe, there's this one book, Duplais. There's probably some others but it's a slim amount of information. And we don't know how accurate it is based on other sources of information to corroborate it, especially with respect to recipes and protocols. And I don't think any existing French or Swiss producers are doing to say whether the methods described are or are not accurate or to what degree. And we don't have any old bottles of the cheap or even average absinthe of the day.


    Even a lot of relatively recent history (say US 19th century) has lots of books written from that era. And while generally accurate, archaeologists have found out a lot about how people lived that you couldn't learn from old books because it wasn't written about. Maybe it was just too mundane.


    A lot of old books are interesting to read. But I'm also interested in seeing hard science backing things up. And if there really were regional absinthe styles, we should be able to find newspaper articles defending one style over another, and perhaps other references. Perhaps someone whose done this kind of research will share that information and we'll all learn together.



  4. compared it to a reliable source for the Nimes herb bill, like the one in Duplais...


    Is it reliable? What evidence do you have that it's reliable? Do you have a brand that was produced in Nimes during the day? If so, how do you know that that particular brand was indicative of the brands produced in that area? How do you know that that one brand isn't an outlier? How many brands were produced in Nimes during the day? Why would you think that they all tried to create the same thing? If you have a brand that was made in Nimes during the day, do you have a GC/MS analysis of its composition indicating that it even comes close to the ingredients listed in Duplais? Are there other sources (that don't simply copy Duplais) describing the ingredients/herb bill of absinthe produced specifically in Nimes for the populace of the region?

  5. Believe it or not, that glass held a beautiful milky white louche as light as the saucer and sugar cubes. Funny things happen in photography I guess.


    That's great to know! I'd alwayswondered what was going on, and so perhaps something in the colloidal photography process. Very interesting. Thanks for the pictures!

  6. Too bad they didn't try and protect their "absinthe" going back to the early 90's


    It would've been rather hard, given it was illegal to produce in Switzerland at that time...


    And yet, ironically, the VdT clandestine distillation of la bleues during the many decades of the ban is probably the covert "rationale" behind the entire claim.


    Not that I'd expect that argument to be presented in court, however. :twitchsmile:


    Yet they wish to protect "La Bleue".


    I doubt anyone will go after them for their illegal gains and unpaid taxes for all those years. Certainly wouldn't want that to happen to them.

  7. They believe Oliver's distillery is insignificant anyway. They're also gracious enough to point out that he can still make products for export only (for the time being). Generous lot, them.



    Certainly Matter is small compared to the Czechs, though Duvallon says the artificially colored absinthe comes from Germany (I'm sure some does). But it's much better to say "We traditional Swiss absinthe producers are being trampled by big bad Germany" instead of "We traditional Swiss absinthe producers are being trampled by little tiny Czechia".