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  1. Haven't posted in a while (life's been getting in the way this winter), but I felt I needed to share this latest insult I received against our favorite beverage. I stopped this afternoon (Saturday, March 3rd) after work at the local grocery store in the same Wisconsin town where I work to pick up some soda, and while I was there, thought I'd stop by their liquor department to pick up some rum for mixers, as I was out. I also thought I'd see if they had any absinthe. (The vast majority of stores in this part of Wisconsin between the Fox Cities and Milwaukee don't; if they have anything, it's usually Kübler blanche.) I asked the clerk who was there (who turned out to be the department manager) if he had any, and he said something to the effect of, "No, I don't carry it. I can order the Americanized version of it from my distributor, but he doesn't handle the real stuff because it has methyl alcohol in it." Well, you can imagine the intensity of the "W. T. F. " running through my brain. "Americanized version??" Is there even such a thing?? Having all I could do to retain my composure, I tried to tell him that real absinthe does NOT have methyl alcohol in it (NO consumable alcoholic beverage does!!), that the real deal was readily available here in the U.S., and that I could get him plenty of information on it (intending to print him a copy of the WS fact sheet). His reply? "I don't care to have any information on it because I'm not getting any" and walked off waving his hands in the air. The man's demeanor and body language told me that he KNEW he was propagating a bold-faced lie, whether his own or the distributor's, and was only too glad to keep on doing it. If this misinformation did come from the distributor, what would they have to gain by it? If they just don't have enough call for absinthe to be bothered with getting it, then why not just say so? What's in it for them to lie about it?? I can get all the genuine absinthe I want--but only if I'm willing to drive at least an hour away. Needless to say, I forgot about getting any rum from this liar either, and just walked out of the store without making any purchases at all--even left the soda sitting right in the cart in the store. I don't know how many members we have in Southeastern Wisconsin, but the store in question was Mountin's Piggly Wiggly in Mayville. PLEASE do NOT patronize this store, especially the liquor department. I absolutely cannot in good conscience give money to anyone who willfully spreads lies and misinformation about ANYTHING, not to mention absinthe. There is enough mythology, lies, innuendo and deliberate misinformation going around about absinthe without financially enabling people to continue the campaign against it. Didn't we just go through similar crap about 100 years ago?? Seems things haven't changed. If anyone has any thoughts and comments on why either liquor stores or some distributors would continue to willfully spread lies about absinthe, even when confronted with the truth, please share them. Thank you. -Tom M. "KaiserFrazer67" Southeast Wisconsin, U.S.A.
  2. For artists is absinthe very interesting element/substance...especially for visual artists. Metamorphosis of colors, structure and consistency of liquid..Alchemic dance of water and oil.. Magical game of light, mist and shapes of clouds... For time to time, themes of mysterious absinthe seep also into my creative work. In this topic, i would like to show some of my paintings and drawings.
  3. Well a drinking quote, but it can most certainly applied to drinking absinthe. I recently read The Book of Absinthe by Phil Baker. This quote by Guy Debord stuck out to me. "First, like everyone, I appreciated the effect of slight drunkenness; then very soon I grew to like what lies beyond violent drunkenness, when one has passed that stage: a magnificent and terrible peace, the true taste of the passage of time." This is what time tastes like.
  4. Hello everyone and thanks for the warm welcome over in the Newbie section. As I mentioned on that thread. I am a new Absinthe drinker that is somewhat limited by what Absinthes I can and cannot drink as I am a religious Jew and adhere to strict Kosher laws. The only thing that could make an Abnsithe not Kosher is its use of grapes, brandy, wine etc in its Alcohol base. This is made somewhat easier in the US with ingredient labeling laws . However, most websites for the importation of Absinthes are not very helpful disclosing what base the alcohol is. My goal here is to create a short list of Absinthe that: A) Are certified Kosher and by whom Could be Kosher (because they are distilled using grain, beet sugar, honey or adhere to the strict guidelines behind a kosher grape product). Is it all grain all the time. Do they also make a wine based absinthe. If so are the same distillery equipment used etc. Its important to note that for some Jews, this information is ok while others will not partake of the drink unless it has a Kosher certification or is listed on a Kosher supervised service website C) For sure uses grape products. I have reached out to a few distilleries, all of which have been very familiar with the issues involved. What I have learned is that being brand specific is no longer good enough as some brands will have a variation of both or will make other type of spirits with grape bases. When that is the case deeper questions must be asked. As learn more I will ad to directly to this post BASED ON PAST THREADS & EMAILS AND MORE, HERE IS WHAT I HAVE LEARNED SO FAR: WITH KOSHER CERTIFICATION Lucid - OU - Parve Doubs Premium Absinthe - London Beth Din - Parve Pernod Absinthe - 40% - London Beth Din - Parve (I am the one that pointed out to them that the PERNOD ABSINTHE 68% Vol listed on p.113 of The Really Jewish Food Guide 2014 as approved Parev is now made with grape alcohol and is therefore NOT KOSHER.) COULD BE KOSHER (Product Specific) La Muse Verte Pacfique Vieux Carre Kuebler Tenneyson Absinthe Royal Vilya Meadow of Love Walton Waters Marteau Belle Époque (NOT the Master's Reserve, which IS made with grape spirits) Versinthe (Liquoristerie de Provence) Artémisia-Bugnon La Clandestine Absinthe Angélique Verte Suisse - 70 cl Absinthe Butterfly Matter Luginbühl (Tempus Fugit?) Duplias Verte Mansinthe OriginalAbsinthes.com Absinthe Original (I know I know) Absinthe King Gold (Again, I know I know) COULD BE KOSHER (BUT NEEDS TO BE PRODUCT SPECIFIC) Un Emile (Emile Pernod) F Guy Lemercier La Fee NOT KOSHER Any of the Jades :-( St George Pernod PERNOD ABSINTHE 68% Absinthe Pernod Rocette Traditionelle Fguy La Fée XS Francaise Emile Pernot Absinthe Vieux Pontarlier
  5. Hello compañeros, Absinthe Tigres de la Ira (from southamerica, Argentina) is visiting PDX, anyone in town who will like to taste it and give as their thoughts? Salud! https://www.facebook.com/LosTigresdelaIra
  6. Drink it if you got it! Post a pic of you drinking absinthe, and tell us what you're sipping and what you have going on! Here's me drinking a very tasty La Pontissalienne. I have chicken Tikka Masala in the crock pot and no responsibilities for the rest of the day
  7. The things went this way: In South America -as in Spain- Absinthe was known as "Ajenjo". In Argentina between 1890 - 1914 existed the only absinthe´s disteillery in South America that I have record named Ajenjo Arbide ("The distillery was a small one, and it was not in the city of Buenos Aires, but in the town of Rosario, about 300 kilometers north of the capital city") [1]. By the other side Pernord Fils was distribuited in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, that caused that Absinthe was also known as "Pernord" and with this name Absinthe appear in some tango lyrics. The other name used to reffer to "Ajenjo" in Tango Lyrics was "Suisse". After this brief history introduction I want to post in this topic Tango songs about Absinthe or in connection with. To the begining, the most famous of them: "Copa de Ajenjo/Cup of Absinthe" COPA DE AJENJO (not is the best "video", but maybe is one of the best interpretations of the song) L: Carlos Pesce. M: Juan Canaro. I Suena tango compañero, suena que quiero cantar, porque esta noche la espero y se que no ha de llegar, y en esta copa de ajenjo en vano pretendo mis penas ahogar; suena tango compañero, suena que quiero llorar. II Pensar que la quise tanto y embrujao por sus encantos hoy perdi la dignidad; soy un borracho perdido que en la copa del olvido busca su felicidad; son caprichos del destino que lo quiso una mujer, si esta marcado mi sino quien sabe si ha de volver... pero yo la esperare!... Suena tango compañero como una recordación, si lloro porque la quiero, son cosas del corazón! Sirva otra copa de ajenjo que a nadie le importa si quiero tomar, porque esta noche la espero y se que no ha de llegar... My translation: I Sounds, tango my friend, Sounds, cause I want to sing, This night I wait for her And I know she´s not gonna arrive, And in this cup of Absinthe In vain my pains I want to drown, Sounds, tango my friend, Sounds, I want to cry. II I loved her so much And haunted by her charms Today I lost my dignity; I`m a hopeless drunk That in the cup of the oblivion Wants his happiness; Whims of fate are That a woman loved him, If my fate is marked Who knows she´s gonna back… But I wait for her! Sounds, Tango my friend Like a rememberance, If I cry cause I love her, Is because things of the heart are! Serve another Absinth drink Nobody cares if I´m gonna get drunk, Cause this night I wait for her And I know she`s not gonna arrive… [1] This information was provided by Oscar Vicario, the great grandson of one of the proprietors and published at The Virtual Absinthe Museum.
  8. Hello Everyone, My name is Jerry and I live in Sunny Florida on the once quiet West Coast just outside of Tampa. I have been visiting this site for quite some time and thought it was time to join. I have been drinking, sharing and enjoying my absinthe with friends and family. I started quite by accident about two years ago when a friend suggested we get a bottle of Lucid. From what I was told that was not a bad start. However, I started experimenting to expand my taste and enjoyment of absinthe. I have been enjoying Paciifique (my favorite so far), Rigid Verte, and Walton Waters, just to name a few. Some were not so enjoyable such as the Green Fairy. When I heard about Marteau Master's Reserve I knew I had to try it. I am anxiously awaiting my first bottle to arrive so I can expand my knowledge and delight my taste buds! I will share with all of you once I have tasted and I am sure enjoyed my upcoming experience.
  9. When in Belgium, the Floris bar is quite the nice place to go when in Brussels. I love the place and the staff. Unfortunately, though, the place can get a little crowded and rowdy, due to the high tourist populace of the neighboring Delirium Bar, and I am the type of person who dislikes crowds. But I found one of the best places I have ever been to, in Gent (about an hour north of Brussels via train). It's called 'Old Fashioned', and that's exactly what it is. You walk in and it is dimly lit, the two smiling bartenders are adorned in Belle-Epoque-era clothing, there is old jazz/club/cabaret music playing softly in the background. I went in at around 23:00 after a concert in Gent and was surprised to see such a calm, relaxed, yet fascinating place. I did not really know what their selection was, so I asked the gentleman to bring me anything 'decent'. He brought me an Un Émile 68 bottle with an accompanying carafe full of ice-cold water. The only issue I had was that the place is expensive. My glass cost about 11 euro, whereas I know that I could get the same drink at Floris for about five. However, the atmosphere of this place was top-notch, and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the Western European area who has a little bit of cash to part with. I did not see much of their selection, so I am unsure as to how their menu looks, but I would recommend anyone to go solely for the purpose of stepping in a time machine for an hour or two. Here is a video of these two gentlemen at the establishment (odds are you will be there during nighttime, though, and the place will have an entirely different feel to it).
  10. Does anybody have available/could send me a copy of: P.E. Prestiwch. (1979). Temperence in France: The Curious Case of Abisnthe. Historical Reflections (Canada) 6: 301 ? I've got some additional articles and such that I'm looking for, so if anyone has a minor library I can raid, I'd really appreciate it. Cheers!