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#1 trizz

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 04:10 PM

So... it's been quite a while since my last post and as the old guard here knows full well I'm no expert palate but I'm going to go ahead and give me $0.02 on this Absinthe Duplais that I got a sample of from Markus (Thank you Markus!) when I ordered a gift set for a friend's wedding.

Bear in mind that I'm comparing this to the Jade ED, Montmartre, and Clandestine that I had ordered originally and have missed dearly since I ran out several months ago.

I find this absinthe to be a delight, it's a verte, has a rather dark louche with no ice or sugar... just cold water. Not as creamy as the Jade and not as complex as the Montmartre but the herbs are distinct with a bold anise start and an almost sweet finish, even without sugar cubes. At 72% the alcohol content is noticable but the maturation process seems to have smoothed that out nicely. The mouth feel is pleasant, not as pronounced as I remember the others being but it's there. Wormwood is definitely well stated and there is something else that my palate just isn't attune to yet... a spice, not sure what yet but I'll find a reference for it later I'm sure.

On a 1 - 10 scale, I'd give this a high 7 or 8. I'm still rather partial to the Montmartre if for no other reason than it's unuqueness, and the herbal clarity of the Clandestine earns it top scores form me.

In short, I'd buy a bottle of this without flincing, it's up there with the best of them in my opinion.

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 04:14 PM

Nice review, and your avatar could inspire a grille, should the right person see it.
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 09:58 PM

FINALLY, Markus just put up litre bottles of the Duplais on his site. Now there's just the waiting for the Balance...
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 11:22 PM

At last! 0.5 Liter bottles should be illegal.
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 11:42 PM

In some cases, 0.1 liter bottles from Markus is more than sufficient. You sample it, you hate it, you sink it, you don't regret it.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 04:06 AM

I don't know about anyone else, but whenever I read Absinthe Balance I can't help but think of of some new running shoe. And I'm sure that if you drink enough of it in one sitting, you won't have any balance left at all.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 08:48 AM

BS"D

I see a bottle of Duplais in my near future :dribble:
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:37 AM

Man...can I justify putting in two separate absinthe orders in the same month? Curse this temptation.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:47 AM

Wait for the Balance
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 12:40 PM

And louche it with your see-saw brouiller.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:42 PM

Is a see-saw brouiller actually coming out? I keep holding off on buying/building a fountain because I live in a small apartment. A see-saw brouiller might be pretty cool, though.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:51 PM

It has already been manufactured but Phil the Frenchman is waiting for more pieces from the factory before officially launching it.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 03:11 PM

Has he priced it yet?

I want one, but I don't think I can swing the price of a fountain for one!
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 04:49 PM

Oxy said the cost would be less than 40 euros.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 04:53 PM

€39.99?
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 05:32 PM

Ha!

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 06:08 PM

Thanks for the great review, Trizz!
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:09 PM

Woot! That's good news.

Wants it...wants the see-saw brouiller...
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:14 PM

Me too. I truly want one. A fountain is too big a deal when I'm just making a glass for myself, and the glass brouilles don't slow the water down enough for my taste.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:45 PM

The Duplais Balance is going to released in the last week of November and delivered in the first week of December.

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 03:48 AM

Though the brouiller looks really cool and I would love to have one,
how do you stop it when your glass is dilluted enough?
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Posted 17 November 2006 - 04:24 AM

You put your finger in the hole.
No, seriously, you have to fill it with water step by step till your glass is ready, more easy than filling it up.

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 05:59 AM

I typically use a guestimate on how much water I put into it based on how much absinthe I have in the glass. Since I'm used to a 3:1 ratio, I just put in three parts water. If it hasn't fully louched by then, I just add some more, but that's rare.
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#24 Wild Bill Turkey

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 10:41 AM

Good question, Grey, I'd assume you'd have to pick it up and move it to an empty glass, like I do with the glass brouilles, unless, like Shabba said, you pre-measure your water.
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Posted 17 November 2006 - 01:13 PM

I remember reading that someone used a marble or bead to slow the drip.
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Posted 17 November 2006 - 02:20 PM

That was me, I used a BB in the glass dripper. They're talking about the 'rocker'.
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 08:27 AM

FINALLY, Markus just put up litre bottles of the Duplais on his site.

WO-HOO!!! :clap:

The Duplais Balance is going to released in the last week of November and delivered in the first week of December.

YEE-HAAA!!! :thumbup:
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#28 trizz

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:10 PM

Duplais Balance? I have been away too long.

This order was for a Kübler gift box for my friend's best man at his wedding, which I happened to be in as well. Regrettably, he decided not to open it on the eve of the occasion. Even more regrettably, I was only able to order the gift set at the time, imagine my joy at finding that Duplais sample with it!
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#29 AlyssaDyane

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:12 PM

You gotta love the free gift with purchase process. It just gives you that little extra smile.
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:30 PM

Indeed...

So, pardon my ignorance, what is a see-saw brouiller?

Edited by trizz, 18 November 2006 - 05:30 PM.

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