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I see another fellow member from hades has also reintroduced themselves...it is actually only a few degrees hotter than hell now, as it is, "winter." I am a Noob's Newb with absinthe, and have been trying to figure some of this stuff out for a while...finally decided that it would be easier to ask the professionals. I first really became interested in absinthe about a decade ago when I read a book about a guy using it as a way to escape brain cancer issues (and no kiddies, I'm not recommending this...cancer feeds on sugar--alcohol being a great source). however, at the time I was reading, it was illegal in the USA (and I'm not rich, and I can't play guitar or bagpipes yet) and my best alternative was chartreuse. This was the, "USA" closest thing to absinthe, as the author I mentioned above stated that anything is the US at the time was fake, or a small fortune. My interest was reinvigorated when I came across a random advert for the stuff, which led me to research, and then to BevMore (best option I have currently). I went based off of the quickest google search reviews I could find, and settled on a bottle of Pernod. I performed the traditional ritual with spoon, sugar and ice water, and I almost killed the bottle until I thought better of it. Three 1.5 ounce shots felt like the equivalent to a fifth of vodka to me, but I didn't feel like Monday was coming like I would have with the vodka. I did some more reading and researching, and St. George was my next stop (don't hate me). It wasn't awful, but it wasn't awesome either. This led me to grand absente, which I think was much more relatable to the Pernod. After some minor perusing, I now fear I have committed a few absinthe sins (don't worry, I didn't lite anything on fire), and am hoping for some guidance on a budget. I started developing some major health issues at the ripe old age of 22, have had just about every medical exam I could afford (can't now with....well, lets not go there ). About a year ago, I went on a business trip, and booze ...wasn't optional, so I imbibed (prior to that I only regularly drank at New Years, and weddings). I couldn't believe how well I slept, and how not-crummy I felt the next morning. Good clean alcohol (vodka, tequila, moonshine....and absinthe!) actually help me escape for just a little while. I could go on, but hopefully you were too inebriated to get all of that . I'm hoping to find some affordable options for Arizona, and some pointers to steer me towards to better options to enjoy my remaining time. Cheers, SHA