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#1 Absomphe

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 07:42 PM

I think Shabba had a good idea, so I'll begin.


1) Belle Amie

2) Jade PF 1901

3) Roquette 1797

4) Jade Edouard

5) Duplais Balance

6) Marteau

7) Duplais Verte

8) Jade Verte Suisse

9) Eichelberger

10) Jade Nouvelle Orleans

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 08:07 PM

Are you mad, Absomphe? ;) Clearly, the top ten are:

1) Jade PF 1901

2) Jade Edouard

3) Marteau

4) Jade Nouvelle Orleans

5) Duplais Verte

6) Blanchette

7) Eichelberger

8) Jade Verte Suisse

9) La Clandestine Originale

10) Duplais Balance

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 09:06 PM

This is tough. I assume that we only list products currently produced/ available. This is actually kinda tough and I can't say all of them will be in perfectly numerical order.

1. Belle Amie

2. Eichelberger 70

3. Brevans

4. Clandestine Recette Marianne

5. Jade Edouard

6. Duplais Balance

7. Marteau

8. Montmartre

9. Doubs Mystique

10. La Ptite

Sad as it is, I've still never had Blanchette or Roquette. And PF1901 doesn't make my list because I just plain don't like it.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 05:23 AM

Wow, Tough call Here's mine:

1. Jade PF 1901

2. Belle Amie

3. Jade Edouard

4. Duplais Balance

5. La Clandestine Charlotte (wine based)

6. 1797 Roquette

7. Marteau

8. Duplais verte

9. Jade Verte Suisse

10. Jade Nouvelle Orleans


I have not yet tried the Doubs Mystique.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 08:05 AM

OK, after some soul searching and quiet contemplation, here's what I came up with:

1) Bell Amie
2) Jade 1901
3) Roquette
4) Marteau
5) Ike Verte 68
6) Jade Eddy
7) Montmartre
8) CCC
9) Mytique
10) Jade VS

This may change a bit when I go down and review what's in my cabinet. I might have forgotten someone.
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 08:45 AM

Are you mad, Absomphe? ;)


Madder than hatter eating a Christmas fruitcake, but I should think you'd know that by now, T. :twitchsmile: :laugh:

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 09:13 AM

Ok:

1.) Belle Amie
2.) Jade PF 1901
3.) Jade Edouard
4.) Roquette 1797
5.) Duplais Balance
6.) Combier Blanchette
7.) Montmartre 65
8.) Verte de Fougerolles 72
9.) Jade Nouvelle-Orleans
10.) Kübler 53
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 10:11 AM

1. Doubs Mystique
2. Belle Amie
3. Jade Verte Suisse
4. Roquette 1797
5. Alandia Epoque
6. Jade PF1901
7. Jade Nouvelle Orleans
8. Jade Edouard
9. Combier Blanchette
10. Brut d’alambic

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 12:12 PM

Alright, here's my go at this little exercise.

1) 1901
2) Blanchette
3) Duplais
4) Belle Amie
5) Mystique
6) Clandestine
7) NO
8) Marteau
9) Edouard
10) Balance

Of course I'm sure this would change if you asked me my top 10 COs tomorrow morning, so I guess those anti-introspectivists may be on to something after all. :twitchsmile:
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 01:06 PM

After virtually no contemplation and introspection, I offer the following:

1. Jade Eddy
2. Jade N.O.
3. Jade PF 1901
4. Eichelberger 68 Verte Ltd.
5. Jade Verte Suisse
6. VdF
7. Lucid
8. Kübler
9. Montemarte
10. Duplais Balance
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 02:20 PM

Difficult to make it as much, but:

1. C.F. Berger
2. L'Artisanale
3. Helfrich verte
4. Montmarte
5. Verte de Fougerolles
6. La Pt'ite
7. Blanchette
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 02:47 PM

If L'Artisanale were a valid choice I think all of us would have had it in our lists. And I would have had Wormwood Blanche, definitely. And if vintage absinthe is valid then I know Absomphe would have listed Pernod 1914.

But you do bring up another absinthe I've sadly not tried: Helfrich.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 03:14 PM

You are correct, Sir! I believe he has violated the intention of the thread.
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 03:52 PM

What makes Berger HG then, if not the best of CO's of heyday? Nowhere there was stated that Top Ten should refer to current situation on the market, the fact that some absinthes are not available, either because of being discontinued in a sense, or having the status of vintage, does not make them not exist anymore.
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 04:22 PM

Taking argumentation lessons from Studiofox, eh? ;)
I believe the intention was,"Your 10 favorite COs currently available."
Now, that's not difficult, is it? B)

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 04:30 PM

Yeah, Boggy, I mean I love Berger, and Edouard Pernod, and Pernod Fils, and all those other archaeological finds, (hell, I was almost ready to shell out two fiddy to jmfake for that bottle of L'Artisanale, a post moderne archaeological find...NOT) butt for pity sake , get with the 2007 program, already, mmmmkay, buddy? :tongue: :cheers:

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 04:32 PM

I would think the point of this exercise is to give newbies an idea of what sort of drinks tend to be preferred by the locals. How useful is this to anyone if there's stuff in people's lists that's extremely difficult to get ahold of? I'm sure some people here could post their entire top 10 COs without having a single absinthe that can be acquired outside of Oxy samples or auctions.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 05:55 PM

Hummm...Good question..
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I will get back to you after I try the Roquette I received today, cause the list could be close..
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 06:17 PM

Zacktly, I'm as green as tomorrows chlorophyll and I'm waiting out this thread with (baited?) breath, cross referencing each new list as it appears and I am finding these lists incredibly help full. I don't think excluding or allowing hard to find/exclusive brands or prohibitively expensive types from the lists is an issue as I am capable of determining what is available from what is not, and what is within my budget.

If I am talking out of turn please accept my apologies but being a certified newbie a thought I would add my two cents.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 06:30 PM

These lists are very helpful. Find the ones that appear most and juggle your money.

On that note, if you buy some mentioned on this list and don't care for it........someone will gladly take it off your hands. ;)

I'm still working on my list.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 06:43 PM

:cheers: Me too
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 07:04 PM

I believe the intention was,"Your 10 favorite COs currently available."

Exactly.

The idea was to replace the old thread that was done more than a year ago with an updated one (albeit less scientific) to show people what our current favorites are.

Obviously we could make a list of our favorite HGs or vintage brands we've tried, but that wouldn't really be beneficial to anyone new. ;)

It's very interesting to look back and see what has had some staying power during this influx of high quality brands, and what's dropped completely off the map.
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 08:40 PM

My list would look much like T73's.....but I haven't tried the Belle Amie yet. I am one of the oddballs who likes Angelique so I would substitute that for the #6 Blanchette.
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Posted 25 December 2007 - 01:16 AM

Taking argumentation lessons from Studiofox, eh? ;)


Oh, I am sure his list and mine will strongly differ.

get with the 2007 program, already, mmmmkay, buddy? :tongue: :cheers:

If I get all these brand-new offerings I need to finish and/or reformulate the list, I will :cheers:
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Posted 25 December 2007 - 03:44 AM

Hey Bluescat,

I enjoy the Angelique also.

Maybe if we had a top 15....

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 10:22 AM

OK here we go...

1. Jade 1901
2. Jade Edouard
3. Balance
4. Roquette
5. Duplais
6. Eichelberger
7. Jade VS
8. La Valote - Martin
9. Jade NO
10. La Valote - Formoni

Once I found the right water ratio for the Roquette it was wonderful, so it did change my list..
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Posted 25 December 2007 - 06:52 PM

I cannot offer a "top ten," but I would like to list my "top tier:"

1. Jade PF 1901
2. Roquette 1797
3. Jade Edouard
4. Jade Nouvelle Orleans

I just tried the Roquette for the first time, and it exceeded all my expectations. Wonderful!
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 01:56 PM

8. La Valote - Martin


Nice seeing this listed! i'm a big fan of the Martin 72.
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 05:20 PM

1) Belle Amie

2) Doubs Mystique

3) Jade PF 1901

4) Roquette 1797

5) Jade Edouard

6) Duplais Balance

7) Marteau

8) Duplais Verte

9) Jade Verte Suisse

10) Eichelberger


My revised top ten list because I was a dumass, and forgot to include the Doub Mystique the first time around...must be the excessive thujone intake :rolleyes:, or more likely, the usual senility. :twitchsmile:

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 06:16 PM

Yeah I was going to question you on that. I don't see how the Doubs Mystique could be left out of anyone's list (if they have tasted it)!


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