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  1. Happy Birthday, MoMo!


    Most birthday revelers extend a hearty exhortation to enjoy l'heure verte, but given your necessary restraint (at least until October), might I suggest you indulge your other obsessions. Especially TV or film.


    To that end, might I suggest the following:


    Not knowing your tolerance for the strange, here is suggestion for a cheerful little animated film from Bill Plympton titled "The Tune". Safe for kids.




    If you can tolerate the bizarre, this dark fable is a real treat. Not for kids. Maybe not for you until after your second arrives... From Jan Svankmajer: "Little Otik".



  2. Hiram,


    To what extent is it lucrative? Is the markup on the product exceptionally high? 50%? 100%? I have no way of knowing. I assume a markup on the shipping/handling, but to what extent? I do not mean to badger, just curious. Should we expect more vendors to enter the market or is it pretty much saturated now?

  3. Whatever the absinthe is being aged/blended in, it must do SOMETHING to the absinthe, since older bottled Edouard seems to have the same bright green tint it had when it was new (mine from June 2005 has the exact same colour it did new).


    OK, now I am curious. If your June 2005 bottled/distilled? Ed was originally bright green and persisted with its bright green color (I am assuming you mean nearly a year later), then please add a comment regarding the taste. Has it "mellowed" or "aged" and thus lost its "acridness and empyreume" in a manner like this latest batch of Ed? Or is it maintaining its original, rebellious kick? I am just trying to follow the discussion and figure out if Ted is really, truly perfecting the aging of his product or if this latest batch is a product of happenstance. If the persistent green of the earlier batch never properly ages/mellows in the bottle, then is the new version attractive for its maturity (before bottling) and worth the lost hue?

  4. Of the roughly 25 commercial absinthes I've tried, I will probably buy one third of them again (when I run out). I've only had the Jade N.O. to date and rank it quite high. The VdF was "different", as Hiram stated in his review and although it is more intense (and "sweet") than I prefer, it is also on the repeat list. From the Spanish universe, I've only had the Segarra 68, so any comparison there is pretty meaningless. The top of my list is packed with Swiss products (CLB and their ilk) and, more recently, German (Eichelberger) and a couple of French offerings (including the oft ridiculed FG).


    So much for my taste. ;)


    If my reading of this forum provides any insight, it is that with new releases, there is usually a flurry of attention, often praiseworthy to a fault. Then the naysayers chime in and more considered reflection is applied. Enthusiasm is tempered and even recanted. Sides are taken, but sometimes nostalgia kicks in and all is forgiven. Until the next release hits the streets.


    Accounting sounds too much like work or a vocation.


    Absinthe as avocation. Yeah, that's the ticket!

  5. I came across a new magazine on the newsstand yesterday: "Imbibe".


    Imbibe Magazine


    Given the issue on the stands is their first, I have no idea whether they will make it or not. Or if they will do the topics they cover any justice. Nevertheless, may I suggest we send a few emails or letters suggesting an article on our favorite spirit? The editor might find the topic interesting, and who knows, perhaps commission an article from one of our own WS members. It certainly wouldn't hurt to get a jump on the idea (before something disappointing rolls out).

  6. How should I feel about the news that my ex-wife is getting married?



    Sorry for the poor bastard that is marrying the ugly lying bitch?



    Glad to see Shai took such a big step up.


    Having been in the same boat, I must concur with Pensieve. I recommend bemusement and ultimately indifference. After all, once a pattern is set, paying any attention is little more than ambulance chasing...

  7. I guess my question about this device is mostly driven by some of the "rectification" comments from earlier threads/topics. If a simple pot still is likely to let the less desirable volatile substances through (requiring rectification or re-distillation), then why not go with this sort of design from the get-go? Looks like it might be "tuned" to yield the appropriate product without the extra distillation runs. Then again, maybe I just don't understand the "art" of getting quality product from a simple pot still. There's a lot I don't understand...

  8. Actually, it is a close-up of one of my Hoya carnosa (wax plant) blossoms. If I draw back a bit, you can see what the umbel/cluster looks like. One thing I really like (besides the whole wax/velvet look) is that the blossoms smell like chocolate. Really! I had one of these in college and it drew people from throughout the dorm when it was in bloom! My current specimen takes up the whole corner of our bedroom window, but it is spectacular this time of year...





  9. To quote the manufacturer's site:


    Fully tunable over a wide range of production.  For those interested in beverages (and residing where it is legal to produce them), this tunability allows the production of any desired product from ultra-pure 96% alcohol to very high quality whiskey, brandy or rums (see below)


    Proving my ignorance, is the production of absinthe so different from whiskey/brandy/rum that the device wouldn't be suitable? I got the impression that you simply "opened her up" (flow, not packing) to let more of the essential oils and other volatiles through. If this unit is truly overkill and a simple pot still would suffice, why bother suggesting the use in the other applications? Yeah, $$$ is probably the reason, but if this is that versatile, perhaps it is worth the money?