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  1. Listening to a band called "Kyuss", and drinking a glass of La Maison Fontaine! Perfect combo.
  2. Having a glass of La Maison Fontaine tonight. Love the taste of this absinthe, one of my favorites!
  3. congrats on the name change, and look forward to placing my next order on the site!
  4. Welcome from another Vancouver-ite!
  5. Thanks! Taboo is actually made here in BC, so it's fairly accessible. "Most" liquor stores here carry it. The two bottles with the gold top though were part of a special release through Oxygenee. The flavour is a little more refined than the normal release. I'm having a glass as I type this for ya
  6. I've been away from the forum for awhile, so wanted to post an update of my current gear and selection. Absinthes pictured from left to right include: Taboo, Taboo Gold, Nouvelles-Orleans, La Maison Fontaine, Vintage Pernod Fils, La Clandestine, Roquette 1797, a sampler of Edouard Pernod Lunel circa 1880, and a sampler of an unknown Pontarlier style absinthe circa 1865. Accessories include a spoon holder, variety of spoons, 3 saucers, 3 glasses, an auto-brouillere, sugar bowl, sugar dish, and a fountain.
  7. It was bought from Oxygenee maybe 3 years back.. Not an original, however it does look old for some reason. Needs a polish probably. The ones for sale on the site now seem to be silver in color. I'm glad I was able to get this one, I prefer the gold. While I'm on the subject, I had a question about it's use. As you can see in the pictures, I place the spoon and sugar below the Cusenier brouilleur.. Is this correct? I tried putting the sugar/spoon on top of it but the sugar clogged the small hole.
  8. Oops, I should have clarified this originally.. it's really just one brown sugar cube. I split the cube in half because the whole piece doesn't fit under the auto brouilleur. I find the brown sugar a little less sweet than the white.. I understand it's also less processed than white.. but who knows for sure. I haven't tried it without sugar yet, but plan to this weekend hopefully. I'd love to try it, I'll have to keep my eyes open for some samples/bottles. I noticed you're in Bellingham actually.. I'm down there from time to time, it would be nice to share a drink together sometime! Also, thanks for the compliments on the pictures. Alas, I can't take credit for them though. My good friend is a photographer by trade, so he was kind enough to take them for me.
  9. I was able to pick up a bottle of this cache, and short answer is, I enjoyed it. I would not, however, put it on the same level as pre-ban. Before this I had the pleasure of sampling an Edouard Pernod Lunel c1880, and the experience was very different. What I really enjoyed about the Tarragona is the fact that it was my first vintage bottle. I really had fun opening it up and experiencing the history. It's also a nice collectors item once I drink her up. The bottles definitely were not in great shape and thats why they were offered at a great price. I doubt I will ever have the cash to afford a full vintage bottle in good quality, so this was the next best thing. I've only had the one glass so far, so once I try it again I'll try and post a proper review. Until then, here are some pictures!
  10. Thanks for all the offers to try it for me.. I'm glad everyone is looking out for my health! I decided to uncork her last night and share a glass with a good friend. I'll still have the bottle afterwards, and I get to enjoy the contents! I took some pictures, will post them once they are ready.
  11. I've been away from the forum for a long time, but I found my way back recently as I have a question regarding this cache actually. I was able to acquire one of the A samples.. the label is still, for the most part, intact.. Wanted to get some opinions on what I should do with this though. Should I leave it sealed and keep the intact bottle as a collectors item, or do I open it up and enjoy it with friends? I have tasted absinthe older than this, so it's not a matter of getting my first taste of pre-ban absinthe. I'm just curious to see what some other opinions are..
  12. Just finished a glass of Taboo. Was surprised to see that my local liquor store in BC, Canada carried it, and after hearing about it through Oxygenee, I was anxious to try it. I enjoyed it, but compared to the bottle of Clandestine that I've been nursing, I prefer the Clandestine. Now I need to find a nice night to enjoy my sample of Edouard Pernod Lunel c1880.
  13. Well, I WAS proudly awaiting the arrival of my bottle of Clandestine but it appears the company through which I ordered it is a little unsure about shipping to Canada..grrr :(
  14. Sounds fun, I might have to try it..
  15. Hello! Just finished reading a new book called "The Book of the Dead", by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. One of the main characters in the book drinks absinthe, and I'm happy to report the authors made no mistakes when writing about it's preparation and what-not. Very well researched. It's a great book, and the absinthe reference is nice to see! Chuck
  16. Hello Everyone! I'd like to introduce myself to everyone on the forum. My name's Chuck, and I'm living in Vancouver, Canada. My history with absinthe doesn't go back very far, but my interest in it goes back a few years. I have unfortunately only had Czech absinthe (I know the error of my ways now, believe me!!). I didn't know any better then, and fell trap to the gimmick advertising, etc. Since then I have spent a lot of time looking into the history, the proper method of preparing absinthe (friends don't let friends burn absinthe! haha), and the many wonderful brands available to us. I'm proud to say that I am currently awaiting the Clandestine brand of Absinthe from Switzerland. It's being shipped from "The Absinthe Spoon" in France. I'm looking forward to trying the Jade brands, as well as a François Guy in the future. Well I look forward to spending my time here, and I thank everyone for sharing your knowledge and opinions! Chuck