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A quartet of fairies

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I received my quartet last Sunday (ordered the previous Monday)

 

1. Nouvelle Orleans

2. L'esprit D'Edouard

3. Duplais Verte

4. Mansinthe

 

The metaphor I keep thinking is "pearls before swine."

I am no connoisseur. Your senses are educated and mine are not yet.

Now, those of you who have grown each of the herbs used in the distillation of absinthe

intimately know how each one smells and tastes.

 

Describing various absinthes is like reviewing music.

If you don't know what a baritone sounds like, you won't be able to pick the instrument

out of the orchestra. I know the taste of anise and coriander, but not wormwood or hyssop.

 

I did not use sugar with any of these, just a very slow icewater trickle from a separatory funnel.

 

Taste is, of course, as much a function of smell as of taste.

When you drink, some of the liquid will splash up on the backside of your soft palate,

the gateway to your sinuses.

 

I have never been in an alpine spring meadow on a mild spring day.

I do know that absinthe (and anything else) will taste differently depending

on whether you are inside your house (no matter how clean it is) or outside.

Hopefully, the atmosphere in your village is fresh and unpolluted, as mine is.

Try a comparison of your favorite absinthe inside and outside. Take a few

deep draughts of air before sipping.

Therefore, consider the quality of your ambient breathing space.

 

I compared them all both inside and outside.

Get out and walk around in your yard while you are sipping.

 

What do I think of them? I will say I love each of them. Each one is quite different.

The N.O. is the most light and delicate. I love the understated subtlety.

Edouard is said to be the essence of the Belle Epoque and I wish I lived in France then.

The Duplais is bolder and my favourite of the first three.

Mansinthe is the liveliest aroma and flavour with

a prominent herbal component that can only be wormwood.

Sorry, uneducated palate.

I must taste each of these herbs individually first to be able to pick them out of the lineup.

The color is a clear, clean jade green. Fingers or legs as they are called are evident.

The louche does not begin until the glass is half filled and the final

is very pearlescent. Alright, I'll put my cards down; I have tried some of the finest

and this one is among them.

 

This is what has gone down since early August, my first experiences with absinthe:

 

1. La Fee Verte (2)

2. Jade PF 1901

3. Bairnsfather Bitter

4. Nouvelle Orleans

6. L'Esprit D'Edouard

5. Duplais Verte

6. Mansinthe

 

Hello, my name is Phil and I am an absinthoholic. I must be; I don't enjoy anything else.

Oh yeah. The Bairnsfather. This was definitely created to punish the newbies. :puke:

I do not know anything about Marilyn Manson except that his real name is Brian Warner

and he is an Alice Cooper wannabe in a pathetic goth ass-clown getup.

But if he is thrilled with absinthe enough to spend beaucoup francs to create something special

and bring the baby to production I will forgive it all.

I will even take advice from my ex-wife.

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Thank you so much, dear Brooks, for your kind regard.

I'm only two years and seventy days older than you.

One day we should sit down and share some stories and absinthe.

I will be in New Orleans when that event happens.

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I know the feeling, believe me. But you haven't.

 

I've long since given up trying to make the cut around here. Honestly, there's no pressure to, because as a group we're all over the map. We've got hardcores who really know their stuff. We've got amateurs like me, who know what they like but who wouldn't know hyssop if it stabbed them in the neck. Some of us have tried absinthe only once, and some of us have never tried it. Kick back and enjoy yourself....and everything else will fall into place. :wave2:

 

So you've got two years and seventy days on me. That's good! Last week I discovered that Absomphe is younger than both of us, which shocked me, since I'd long assumed him to be in his late 80s. I'm not saying he's not old, because he definitely is, but not AS old as he would have us believe.

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I am an absinthoholic. I must be; I don't enjoy anything else.

Absinthe is kind of screwed that way.

 

I'm Wild Bill Turkey, for frick's sake. I was born in an oak cask with bourbon in my baby bottle.

Now all I drink is absinthe. And water. And Coke.

 

I still like the taste of the drinks I used to enjoy, but now when I drink bourbon or rhum or just about anything else, I just kind of wish I had a cold refreshing glass of absinthe instead. I feel like I'm listening to my favorite 80's band on a cassette player while my current favorite band is playing live in a small club down the street.

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Absomphe's age has been mentioned as being in the triple digits.

I like thinking of him as the venerable sage (or irascible curmudgeon).

I really enjoy his posts.

 

WBT, as W.C. Fields once said, "I wasn't BORN, I was squeezed out of a wet bar rag."

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Thanks so much for being a fan, Swatantra.

 

Don't throw accolades, just throw money. :yahoo:

 

Irascible curmudgeon seems much more on target than venerable sage, though.

 

Seriously, I'm not even role playing, except for the slightly exaggerated age references.

 

If every newcomer to this forum were as enthusiastic, and as on point as you are, I would have become a banished, teetotaling anachronism ages ago.

 

Now back to my standard morning eye-opener, Crystal Geyser...it makes a great hair of the dog, after an evening's debauchery with Fiji water.

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I'm Wild Bill Turkey, for frick's sake. I was born in an oak cask with bourbon in my baby bottle.

Now all I drink is absinthe. And water. And Coke.

 

yummmm.... Sorry to get off topic but I enjoyed a very nice bottle of Eagle Rare 17 last night with a bunch of friends at the lounge of the local cigar shop. It was a long overdue evening...

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