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Absinthe on a Budget: An Oxymoron?

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If I was short cash I would being buying arak until I saved enough to order a decent bottle of Absinthe. Considering how thin Lucid is.... The bottle may not last you as long as long as a similar sized bottle from other sources.

 

Chris is right, the big bottle of blanchette is a good deal.

 

Serpis is always cheap too.

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Just placed my order, hours after convincing myself I didn't need to spend my money on such an expensive drink. I guess I'm officially addicted.

 

1 70cl Mansinthe

2 1L Duplais Verte (one for my brother)

1 50cl Duplais Balance

1 20cl Jade Edouard

1 20cl Jade NO

 

I went through Lion, since it came out less than ldf considering the number of bottles I purchased. In the end, it's just not possible; absinthe on a budget is an oxymoron.

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Keep reminding yourself that absinthe averages out to about $5.00 - $7.00 per drink. You can't order a martini in a major US city nowadays for under $10.00.

 

Let's face it: you can't afford not to drink absinthe.

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I like the way you think, Brooks. Give that man a cocktail on the house!
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And you don't even get a real Martini for that $10.
Exactly. You're better off buying something dirt-cheap and real, such as absinthe.

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I agree. Have a taste of it fresh tonight, then set it aside and try again tomorrow night to see how the flavor has changed with the aging.

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Pan Buh makes an important point. Absinthes do change after opening, often becoming mellower and rounder.

 

Peridot's raves about Brevans convinced me to buy a bottle. I wasn't crazy about the first glass — found it harsh. Two days later I had another glass, and couldn't believe it was the same absinthe. The edges had vanished, and it was smooth and delicious. (Thanks, Peri. :cheers: )

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I agree with the some-now-some-later approach. Why deprive yourself? You deserve it. You've already waited 5-7 days for it to arrive! :cheers:

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Perigord's raves about Brevans convinced me to buy a bottle. I wasn't crazy about the first glass — found it harsh. Two days later I had another glass, and couldn't believe it was the same absinthe. The edges had vanished, and it was smooth and delicious. (Thanks, Peri. :cheers: )

 

Drink it now Brooks. If it ages anything like the predecessor (P31V) it won't improve any more than it has. So far the P31V is the only absinthe I have the hasn't improved dramatically with age.

 

TSR: Louche up a few Duplais Verte's tonight, why not? :thumbup: I waiver on my favorite absinthe between the Duplais Verte and Balance but usually settle on the Verte as my favorite non HG. In fact I may join you after work (my green hour is 10pm tonight).

 

"Absinthe on a Budget: An Oxymoron?"

 

Not if your budget is equal to a small third world nation.

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MT, you and I must have had the same train of thought. I broke out the Duplais verte, skipping over the two Jades, the new Mansinthe and the DV counterpart Balance. The first thing I noticed upon opening the bottle was the amazingly strong scent of alcohol that tinged my nostril hairs. Second thing I noticed as I poured was the most brilliant of green color. Best color I've seen in an absinthe yet. I'm on my third glass now, and this is definitely a great absinthe. Reminds me a bit of the Eichelberger.

 

Cheers everyone! :cheers:

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Pan Buh, Brooks- Absolutely right. Maybe I hadn't noticed before because I wasn't looking for it, but the day or two aging definitely makes a difference in balancing out the different flavors. I tried the Duplais today, and it tasted as though I'd made it with a cube of sugar, which I haven't added to absinthe in over a year. Very sweet and had a more balanced flavor, whereas on Thursday it was anise dominant.

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