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Hello all! Ive been lurking rhis site for some time now checking the reviews on different Absinthes, and finally decided to join. The first time i ever tried Absinthe, i was in a club back in 2005? with my ex, who was obsessed wirh Oscar Wilde and Sylvia Plath. We watched in eager anticipation as the bartender mounted a spoon on the glass (a whisky tumbler) poured a shots worth over 2 sugar cubes then proceeded to light it on fire. (Which was contrary to the way i had seen it poured in movies) after letting it burn and watching the sugar caramelize then light the contents of the glass on fire. He then poured water in it to almost the rim of the glass. By this time i remember thinking that this was going to be an awful experience and watched as my ex took the first sip. She loved it! I smelled it once, and reluctantly took a sip. Boy was i wrong! It wasnt awful - it was VILE. I attribute the taste reminiscent of a cross between cheap liquified black liquorice, burnt marshmallows and BILE! Due to this horrid first experience i stayed away from absinthe for a long time and never looked back. I am married now, and my wife and i are constantly milling around for new things to try. We were out of alcohol one saturday and decided to go into the liquor store for a restock. Before we hit the rum and vodka aisles which used to be our favorite poisons, but are still staple items in our home, we walked past the absinthes. I paused and picked up a bottle of Pernod. She had never had absinthe before, so i told her about my god awful first experience which made her nervous about trying it despite my telling her that it was served improper. I put down the Pernod and grabbed a bottle of Absente. We took it home and served it up properly. Despite being an oil mix anise bomb, we actually enjoyed it! We have been working on going through the different crapsinthes and worked up through the ansente, grand absente, mephisto (gross) to the genuine absinthes in an effort truly appreciate "the real stuff." last bottles we bought were lucid and Pernod, Which we totally and thoroughly enjoyed - the rest is history. Now next to my Vodka and her rum we always reserve at bottle of at a mininimum Lucid. as a christmas present to each other we are going to order 1901 and Terminus. Thank you to everyone for posting reviews so we know what to and what NOT to buy! Cheers!