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  1. Auguru

    Absinthe prices

    For what it's worth, I just returned from Europe with 3 bottles of absinthe (70cl each) [yeah, I know only one is actually worth drinking]. No problems at customs whatsoever. I just indicated on the customs form 3 bottles of liquor and there was no question. No inspection. There were all kinds of folks around me that had multiple bottles of Scotch, Whisky/Whiskey, wine... Seemed like no big deal. I have a bottle of the Lemercier Absinthe Amer 72. Not at the top of my list, but quite drinkable.
  2. A brief update: I never heard from The Traveller, so didn't run into him while in Lisbon. While in London, I did pick up a bottle of Jade Verte Suisse (at Soho Wine), which I will be trying later tonight. Had a chance to try the La Fee at a pub and found it a bit too thin and a bit too sweet, almost candy-like. Consequently, I did not pick up a bottle. While in Lisbon, I picked up a bottle of "Absinto" from Neto Costa (Portuguese). It had a sticker on it proclaiming it the "Silver Medal Winner" at the 2005 "Brussels Spirits Award". Says it is 57%. Tried it last night. Sinked it halfway through the glass. A disappointment, but one I hand anticipated. Glad I only paid about 11 Euros for it. Also picked up a bottle of Rodnik's Absinthe (70%, from Spain). Like the Neto Costa, it has an artificial green color. Neither louched. The Rodnik's at least had a more realistic wormwood flavor, but it is another I will never buy again. It was likewise cheap, at about 12 Euros. I ran across old bottles of Pernod pastis in a couple of stores, but did not buy. Saw bottles of Trenet, but steered clear. Never saw any sign of artisanal absinthe, but I was mostly confined to Lisbon and did not get to see much of the marketplaces where that kind of thing might show up. Lisbon itself (and a brief visit to Sintra) was great and given a chance, I'll have to go back. Soccer/Football fever was in high gear there and I enjoyed the enthusiasm at the bar on several occasions.
  3. I'll be making my first trip to London this Thursday. I'll only be there a couple of days, but would appreciate any suggestions for pub/bar/clubs and absinthe. More importantly, suggestions for readily accessible vendors/liquor stores (besides the Gatwick airport)? I'd like to pick up a bottle of Jade Blanchette, among other possibilities. The LdF site has a couple, but they do not mention much beyond the Emiles, Fougerolles, and Jades (excepting the Blanchette, of course). A couple of days later I'll be in Lisbon for a meeting. Same questions. Much obliged in advance for any guidance.
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    Happy Belated, Daemon! I suspect, the story of all our lives...
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    Happy Belated, JP! Has your "nom de plume" anything to do with these jolly fellows:
  6. Auguru

    You Jane!

    Happy Belated, Jane!
  7. Happy Birthday, Trainer! As a native (now transplanted) of the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix), let me recommend the shade. Becoming nocturnal helps, too. Remember, it only seems like Hell. More ice! More absinthe!
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    Dang, another year older already? That's not even dog years! Better invest in a Dorian Gray knockoff, right away. Picture of Dorian Gray - Television Personalities
  9. Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'll try PM'ing The Traveller and see if we can meet while I'm in Lisbon.
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    Happy Birthday, Green!
  11. Auguru

    Newbie to say hello

    Welcome, Hair! Let us know what you try and any favorites.
  12. Auguru

    What ya drinking tonight?

    Grim, I gotta ask. You must have the patience of the saints. Do you load up the ice and wait for it to melt into the absinthe? How long does it take, depending on room temperature, 'natch?
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    Laboheme Orchid!

    Happy Birthday, LBO! Itinerant. Orchids. Absinthe. May you and the monkeys always land safely.
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    Happy Birthday, 2LY! Here's to curious intersections!
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    Sheesh. I'm away for a couple of days and, well... Happy (Belated) Birthday, "Lord High Everything Else"!
  16. Happy Birthday, Mrs. Hiram! Perusing your profile, I spy among your interests: Perhaps drunk-dialing (heck, sober-dialing) the following fellow would cap off a birthday celebration. Get GrayWolf on the phone for added color. He turns his attention to the fleshing wheel [Hard to top your orangutan story from last year.]
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    Happy belated, DesertWolf (and daughter)! Here's to iron horse reveries.
  18. Auguru

    Ello there

    Lest I am mistaken, your avatar is a cross between a ring-tailed lemur and a seagull. Or some other shore bird. If there was a cat involved, you really do have a way with vats.
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    Wikipedia, Absinthe

    I guess I'm dense. Or didn't get a chance to read the earlier incarnations of the wikipedia site. Who were the opposing forces. Who "won"?
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    Prototype #27

    Grim, am I mistaken or have you been expanding? Avatar-wise. I am looking forward to the reviews on the prototype. Gathering up resources for my next order and can use advice.
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    It would appear that reaching down an evolutionary rung or two for a mate has been tried before. There's genetic proof: Human and chimp ancestors interbred?
  22. Auguru

    Ello there

    Welcome, Ring! Lemurs are the shit! Or is it shizznit? Shizzle? Better go check with the kids...
  23. Auguru

    François Guy?

    I do and I like. I have no problem with simple: it makes the really good stuff stand out. I'll even purchase FG again, after I exhaust the "must try" list. Well, after I restock the priority bottles that are empying at an alarming rate...
  24. Auguru

    What ya drinking tonight?

    You're right. Why not bring them all together...
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    What ya drinking tonight?

    Wincing at my own crudeness, I have to ask: OR