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  1. Fantastic news, DP! Though I've been checking in less frequently at the WS, it has been wonderful to see your hard work and tenacity paying off. I, like others above, have put in a good word with Kamal at DUNY about your distillery/absinthe. Hope it is on the shelves soon. Love your pictures/set-up. Classic copper alembic, meet modern heating mantle. After meeting you at Oscar and Hissy's New Year's Eve event (a bit over a year ago), I had no doubt you were headed for success.
  2. What? In questions 4 and 5 not a single option for any of the wonderful Eichelberger absinthe offerings... Guess it is too late to amend the survey?
  3. Sad note. Though I placed my order (I think on the day it was announced at DUNY), I sent a quick email to see what was up with my empty hands and was informed my order was clobbered by the folks at FedEx. Worse yet, though I ordered one of the limited edition Marteau spoons, they were now out of them and no chance to get one. Oh well, at least I know my bottle is being shipped tomorrow. The folks at DUNY are great (personal emails!) and I will continue to support them. Now, if they will only pick up more product from the other WS distillers...
  4. Were you able to pick it up locally, or did you snag a bottle from an online vendor? I have been unable to find it anywhere in Atlanta...
  5. Peridot, We may have a slightly wider array on the store shelves here in Atlanta, but as you mentioned there is a complication: while the likes of Lucid, Kübler (and at one store at least, St. George), the shelves are full of lesser offerings like Mata Hari, Le Tourment, Grande Absente, Absente, and Pernod (yes, that one). I talked to a customer service rep at one of the "Total Wine and Spirits" stores about getting Marteau (they carry House Spirits' Aviation gin). Sadly, I was informed they already carried "a lot of absinthe" and would not be bringing more in any time soon. I recoiled in horror when she said that "great tasting" absinthe like "Le Tourment" should satisfy their customers anyway. If I had not been in such a hurry, I would have encouraged an alternative consideration of the available brands (but that will have to wait on another trip). On an encouraging note, they did have the Holiday package of Lucid with two etched glasses and a spoon at the same price as the bare bottle (~$55).
  6. Be Bop Deluxe - "Sunburst Finish" album. Working on a "Winter Mist" cocktail (by local bartender Stephanie Ruhe, as described in the AJC newspaper this week): Muddle 3 sprigs mint in 1 oz simple syrup Add 1 3/4 oz gin, 1 oz absinthe, 3/4 oz fresh lime juice. Shake with ice, strain into martini glass, garnish with mint leaf. Interesting, but a bit sweet to my taste (I also eschew sugaring my absinthe). Must update my sig after re-hearing the following line in "Life in the Air Age" that goes: "Beneath the stars there are the bars that serve the bitter drink..."
  7. Belated wishes on your birthday, Oscar! Come New Year's Eve, I'll be reminiscing...
  8. If you can forgo the amber glass (just pack it in a protective sleeve/wrapping paper), Check out the following options (really just a starting place, there are lots of alternatives): For a small, screw-cap bottle: Bellolio Glass Bottles 50 ml Here is a 200ml bottle (a little pricey, but nice; if you don't like the std cork, replace as desired...): 200 ml "Bordo" bottle As mentioned by others, sks has nice options, like the following: 4oz bottle with cork These folks also have interesting options: GlassPak A few interesting, but pricey options here: Fantes Cork options: Waterloo Leeners Midwest HomeBrewit and, as mentioned before... Widgetco
  9. Liquid goodies... Mmmm... Hope your birthday celebration was the greatest!
  10. Happy Birthday, ethereal one! Hope the green fairy treated you right today...
  11. An alternative to dropping a chunk of dry ice into a drink is the opposite: get a block of dry ice, chisel out a slight hollow area in the top/middle and pour the drink in. Stir gently with insulated utensils (spoons) until the liquid turns to slush, scoop into glass and enjoy. I saw this done at the World of Coca Cola here in Atlanta (mostly with the various flavors of soda from around the world). I decided to forgo the sodas and try mixed drinks (I was attending a private, after-hours function). Kicked the curiosity factor way up and, needless to say, the line to the dry ice table got pretty long. Some drinks were a delight. Some, like the basic gin-and-tonic, took on a more bitter tone. Bottom line: a great idea for a Halloween party. See cell phone pic:
  12. Thanks, Gimp, for reinforcing the distinction with gin. Here is a quote from a Slashfood web page regarding D. H. Krahn gin: "Many gins brag about being triple or quadruple distilled. The multiple distilling is done for a variety of reasons, but usually to make the gin as clear and neutral tasting as possible, before adding the botanicals and redistilling. D. H. Krahn says that they start with clean neutral spirits and then add the botanicals. After which the gin is only distilled once to 'preserve the fragile aromas and precious essential oils of the botanicals- essences that are lost each time a spirit is distilled.'" I am curious about the fragility of the "aromas and essential oils" (here speaking of absinthe). Is it mostly a case of their being labile (and degrade during multiple distillations) or is it more of a case of dissipation? I usually think of distillation as resulting in a concentration of the "aromas and essential oils", but maybe I am mistaken with macerated spirits (versus mashes, as Gimp noted). If labile, I am impressed by their durability after distillation, as so well recognized in vintage absinthe...
  13. Cogitating on the manufacture and marketing of other spirits and it struck me that some (e.g. whiskey, vodka, gin) are often heralded for the number of distillations before bottling ("triple distilled" etc...). Are there examples of absinthe subjected to multiple distillation steps? Perhaps it doesn't work the same for absinthe? Perhaps something lost in repetition? If there are examples, can someone describe any advantage/benefit in the final product?
  14. Hope you didn't break any taboos on your birthday!
  15. Congrats, Hiram! Can't wait to get my first bottle.
  16. Yikes! Over 3 years since my original post. 'Been away from the forum for a long while (January), feels like I've been in a really long, complicated dream... Hope I can spend a little more time awake and online. Gotta do some catching up with all the great folks here at the WS! Have yet to find any spirit that has the same effect as absinthe on sleep/waking.
  17. Happy Holidays, Everybody! Blanche. Verte. Rouge. Sounds festive to me.
  18. Happy Very Belated, Grouchy! (Man, I've got a lot of catching up to do...)
  19. Ike 70 while listening to "Summer Salt & Subway Sun" by the ever intriguing Eyeless in Gaza.
  20. Ah, "Microcosmos"! I was so impatient to get a copy of it a few years ago that I bought the PAL version and transcoded it into NTSC. Shared with a few family members so they could watch it too. Truly a lovely film. My kids thoroughly enjoyed it as well. The same crew released "Genesis" nearly a decade after "Microcosmos". It is likewise engaging, but nowhere near as enchanting.
  21. I usually verify the night before (actually early morning, same day) online that the package is at the center. I then call between 6 and 7 AM to request they hold the package (or pull it off the truck). I've called as late as 8 AM successfully, but think your chances are better earlier. The main thing is to have the tracking number at hand to relay to the folks at the distribution center. I've had at least half a dozen pick ups succeed in the last year (all that I've tried to have held anyway). Much preferred over missing the drop-off and the agony of waiting another day... Certain monkeys in my area are open late, so I can just plan to pick the package up after the trucks get back to the corral, but I prefer having the package held so it doesn't bounce around in the truck all day.
  22. Another option is to contact the local distribution center (for whichever monkey serves ya) when the item arrives, but before it is loaded on the truck for delivery. A quick phone call early the morning of the predicted delivery and they hold it for me. I stop by on my lunch hour and don't have to worry that they missed me at home, carted it back to the truck, and trundled it about town for another 24 hours. One of the few reasons to get up a little early (for this night owl)... (Oh, my Kübler order, along with a bottle of Sazerac Rye, is scheduled for delivery on Thursday. Yeah!)
  23. Dang! Dilaudid! You've got everyone whipped tonight. Hope they're matching it with some good antibiotics. Make this one a short stay, Alyssa.
  24. Happy Birthday, Andrew! Hope you had a great day! As for mediochre, I'm thinking "feuille morte"...
  25. Happy Birthday (belated), Stephen! How'd the french parlor theme turn out in your living room?