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  • Birthday 02/24/1981

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    Birmingham, Alabama
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    I like absinthe, absinthe, absinthe, oh and absinthe. Favourite ones currently are Berthe de Joux, Walton Waters, Meadow of Love, Ridge Verte, Pacifique, Belle Amie, Brevans, Balance, Wormwood Blanche, and some non-CO's.

    I'm into graphic art, music, cooking, sci-fi, fantasy, baseball (White Sox) and baseball history, NCCAF (Alabama), NFL (Saints), whisky, and beer. I was a fencer in college; it's the only sport in which I've ever competed seriously.
  1. peridot

    Vieux Carre

    I meant the acridness in star anise. Minty is totally fine.
  2. peridot

    Vieux Carre

    I'll probably pass then. I'm sensitive to that flavour and don't care for it. Thanks for the heads-up.
  3. peridot

    Vieux Carre

    I never got around to trying this. Considering picking up a bottle, but I'm reading about star anise in it. How noticeable is it? As in, does it contribute that annoying acrid flavour that is present in most absinthes that rely on or have too much star anise?
  4. Thanks, guys. Man, we're recycling Birthday threads now? Woosh.
  5. peridot

    Red Absinth

    Red Absinth: awesome, or the awesomest?
  6. Modern ones tend to be heavy with star anise and most of them are oil mixes. Obsello is good, though. Easily the best one I've had by a mile.
  7. peridot

    Volume 4?

    We're not doing anything really organized right now. We're keeping things open and if anyone wants to submit we'll gradually build up a collection. If we get enough material we'll do a new volume.
  8. In late '04 I did some (poor) research and ordered some Absente. To my uneducated palate it was pretty good. When I realized you could order proper absinthe I did (this was in '05). Again, I didn't know much yet so most of what I got was pretty bad, mostly oil mixes. None of it was Czechsinth but it wasn't much better than Absente. Still thought it was pretty good. Next order a month or so later I got some Swiss blanches and Jade NO and realized just how shit the earlier stuff was. Within two months I had bought nine bottles, four of which were good. Not really any cool stories involved, but I have some fun memories going through all of it from the terrible to the excellent with my friends. In '06 I joined here and then really started learning.
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    One to avoid: Berger

    It is bad and they should feel bad.
  10. Before I knew anything I bought an absinthe pipe. It's been nine years and I still have no idea what use I could possibly put it to, but it's pretty and I don't want to throw it away.
  11. Fountains are awesome but expensive and fragile enough that they can end up smashed even a brain fart during otherwise careful handling. I second the idea of using carafes. And that personal touch is pretty classy.
  12. peridot

    which Jade should I try next?

    Why can't the absinthe of the past be replicated? Well, my thought on that, with the caveat that I'm not a distiller, is that it's a combination of age (100 years in the bottle can't be matched by modern absinthes) and the fact that no absinthes by modern producers taste the same as each other either. There's a lot of room in the world for different absinthes, and trying to perfectly replicate a dead brand is less interesting to me at least than making something new and amazing. I mean, it's not like every preban brand tasted the same, either. If everyone was duplicating preban absinthes there would be a lot of great absinthe in the world to drink, but my favourite modern brands wouldn't exist.
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    which Jade should I try next?

    It's totally worth it for the experience. It will put modern absinthe into better context.
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    Ghost vapors?

    It's not uncommon for random food and drinks to remind me of some overtone of absinthe. Not a predominant flavour like anise or wormwood, but one of those things that results from weird interactions. It's usually fleeting and I can't analyze it mentally before it's gone.
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    which Jade should I try next?

    Pretty sure it's not the Pontarlier wormwood causing the flavours I spoke of. I really enjoy that wormwood in other absinthes, and it has a character that jumps out at me. I've always assumed it was the base causing Jade funk, because I remember Blanche de Fougerolles being really sweaty, too, and that had a similar base if I'm not mistaken. Before I had preban, Edouard was how I imagined preban would taste. Then I had 1910 Pernod Fils and, despite sharing some auxiliary similarities, the difference in character was absolute and overwhelming. Edouard was dark, heavy, and kind of reminded me of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Pernod Fils was shockingly summery and crisp. It took me aback.
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