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  1. I put a spell on you, birthday girl! Radio Blog link to "I put a spell on you" by the man himself
  2. It is looking more likely that I will be traveling to Portugal this coming June (20-24th) for a meeting at the Hotel Villa Rica in Lisbon. I'd appreciate any recommendations on available Portuguese absinthe. If travel is necessary (you mention artisanal absinthe available in rural communities/fairs in the Northern parts of Portugal, I might give in-country travel a try (with sufficient guidance, of course). I may make a side trip to Madrid (is driving there, rather than flying, worth considering?). Perhaps this would afford additional opportunities to see more of the country. I know no Portuguese. I'm not sure if my colleague from Brazil will attend the same meeting, but if so, travel should be that much easier... How likely is it that my English-centric language skills will get me by in Portugal or should I expect difficulty? (For what it's worth, I had problems navigating Little Havana [Miami] several years ago because my Spanish is so wretched...) If I cannot get "quality" Portuguese absinthe, are other alternatives (e.g. Spanish) available? I have so far refrained from purchasing from Fine Spirits Corner because of the exhorbitant shipping costs...
  3. Hiram, I am assuming you speak of the little red sampler that came with the Ike? I have yet to try it myself, so will be curious as to your take on it. Straight? "Prepared"? If I read the label correctly, it says it is only 22%...
  4. Don't look now, but I spy the Mark of the Beast! Perfectly round, indeed! Finocchio Fennel
  5. Happy Birthday, demise1983! Just remember, liver punnishment is nothing to pun about.
  6. Kalispell. Beautiful place. I passed through (all too briefly) about 15 years ago on my way from the "Going to the Sun" Highway. Making a beeline back to the pediatrician in Logan, UT to find out what was happening to son #1 (~2 years old at the time). His "slapped face" rash had me and the wife pretty rattled. Turned out to be Fifth's disease. Missed seeing the Sawtooth range in Idaho on account of our hasty return, but the peace of mind knowing he wasn't going to croak was a lot more precious. Gotta get back out that way!
  7. With enough spice, every thread is new. Besides, you must get credit in Heaven every time your thread is "renewed"...
  8. Yeah, I made the leap and ordered two bottles of the Ike. The near universal acclaim among the WS folks had me in giddy anticipation. It's nice having the risk pay off every once in a while... Can't say that for some of my earlier orders.
  9. Though my exposure is still limited, I'll offer this opinion: The strangest absinthe so far: Leone [i'll keep it if only for its novelty sake] Least favorite: either the "La Muse Verte" or the "Moulin Verte" [the last two not so much because they are wretched (like the concensus about most Czech stuff) but rather they are more harsh and unbalanced than the others I've tried]
  10. Criminy, Conju! I figured you'd seen one too many of those floaty heads. Where've you been? A lot has happened since the end of November. Now that you've finished the fougerolles, any opinions on the recent crop being extolled by the rest of the WS corps? I am trying the Eichelberger 68 this evening (no, early morning) and find it just terrific. It is definitely smooth. Too many other COs constrict the ol' esophagus or burn the tongue, but this one is a keeper. Not sure about the "waxy" note mentioned above, but the "earthy" notes are there, without any bite or funk. I don't "get" the comparison to the Montmarte; for me the Ike is vastly superior.
  11. Happy Birthday, GrayWolf! The mind reels: corsets, taxidermy, celtic jewelry, absinthe... Hope it's a great one!
  12. Happy Birthday, Gimp! (I think I found the 10th survey. Guess who filled it out...)
  13. Given that the last courier from the moon returned on December 19th, 1972, I'd wager the cost was prohibitive. Plus, given the limited commercial absinthe availability during the early 70's, I'd also wager some sort of time travel would have been required. Verte Luna or bust...
  14. Happy Very Belated! This calls for Champagne, Charlie! Or is it "Death in the Afternoon" 'round here?
  15. Happy Birthday! You're not infected are you?
  16. Happy belated SlackDay! Book 'em, Slacko!
  17. I have a bottle of the first edition Montmarte. Unlike most other absinthe I've tried, I find I like this less each time I try it. Not entirely sure what isn't working for me, but it must be the "cinnamon", 'cause even the extreme bottle of Leone I picked up last year calls me back, but the Montmarte looks to languish in the liquor cabinet. I had the good fortune (thanks Atlanta WS'ers) to try the second edition, and I find it considerably better than the first. Still not appealing enough to buy a bottle. There are too many others I like better, and enough new entering the market to keep me busy for a while...
  18. I picked up a couple of different kinds of T-corks this last year and found the following to be best: Kristal T-corks Available from a variety of vendors, the last batch I got from the following source: T-cork source: Northern Brewer I'll second that! Drinkable absinthe, but no contest winner. The cork a sad loser...
  19. I love it. Between Andrew's sleuthing and the well of knowledge at Wikipedia, I'll never be able to look at kittens the same again. And for all the feline fans here at WS, I'm doing my part to save the kitties...
  20. Actually, I do not have any explanation for the little figure (I just picked it up after a google search 'cause it looked funny). But now that you mention it, it does resemble the brown one. I referred to the "pwned" label. My kids pointed it out to me in reference to gaming and other online/forum challenges. Here's the wikipedia definition: The verb to pwn (past tense: pwned, pwnd, pwn'd, pwnt, pooned) as used by the Internet gaming subculture, means to beat or dominate an opponent. While it probably originated as a typing error of the word own, it is now used intentionally by many members of the subculture. The term has become so ubiquitous in Internet circles that it is often used outside of gaming contexts; for example, "He just got pwned in that debate" or "The hunters pwned that bear."
  21. Happy belated! Perhaps Hiram, the Monarch. WoodNymph, the Heiress Apparent.
  22. Welcome! Great intro. As a Lovecraft fan, have you seen the "new" silent version of Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulhu" distributed by Lurker Films? A triumph of retro-silent film making.
  23. Clearly photos were withheld...
  24. Dagnabbit! There's that still life I was wondering about! 'Guess I'll just have to champ at the bit a little longer...