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#481 Pčre Ubu

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 05:04 AM

When given samples of 'magical' pontarlier Aa, it reminds me of Montana Aa, but not as bold. Aa in WWB is nice, but when compared back to back with Ridge Blanche, it comes up a bit short.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:04 AM

Yup.

Montana AA seems closer to our local Lambrook Silver, but just a bit tamer, and more refined.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:11 AM

There are some mighty fine R&D wormwood distillates up that way. Mighty fine, indeed. When they're cut down to whiskey strength, they make for mighty fine sipping.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:36 AM

... a bit tamer, and more refined.

That's because of the pure rain and glacier melt that waters the A.a.

And bear piss, most likely. ;)

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:04 AM

While I like most of the brands on skow69's and Miguel's list, Pacifique, Leopold, Marteau or that stuff Cheryl makes in upstate NY does not take a backseat to any of 'em. I know I'm prejudice but America's absinthe will rival anything from Europe.

Joe, my friend, I hope you don't mean to imply that I favor European brands to the exclusion of Americans, because such is not the case. Pacifique, Leopold, and Marteau are all on my wish list. I don't know who Cheryl is, but Walton Waters, Vieux Carre, and both Ridge offerings are there, too. So many absinthes, so little money. I just discovered this wonderful beverage a couple months ago, and I've been drinking my way through a survey of recommended brands just as rapidly as my Visa card allows ever since.
I've also sampled a different vendor for each order, chosen by recommendation. Thanks to you and Miguel, Catskill Cellars will be number 4.
I think you guys tend to take your knowledge and experience for granted. I feel like Columbus wandering through the jungle on Hispaniola. Everything is strange and unfamiliar. And there are traps along the trail! I lost some precious time when I fell into the Gert Strand pit, and I just narrowly avoided the King of Spirits snare.
So thanks again for the reviews and recommendations, guys. They are my textbooks and you are my professors. Studying them has made each successive order better than the last. I can't wait to see what lies ahead.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:12 AM

And bear piss, most likely. ;)


I'm jealous.

I think it's slug excretion that gives the Lambrook Silver its own special character. :laugh:

Edited by Absomphe, 28 December 2011 - 11:13 AM.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:16 AM

I don't know who Cheryl is

Cheryl Lins makes Walton Waters and Meadow of Love absinthes plus I have heard she makes some good whiskeys.

As for you spreading the wealth among vendors, I do the same thing. They all appreciate it. Cheers!
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:19 AM

When given samples of 'magical' pontarlier Aa, it reminds me of Montana Aa, but not as bold. Aa in WWB is nice, but when compared back to back with Ridge Blanche, it comes up a bit short.

I'm wandering through the jungle again. Aa is obvious, but I'm dieing to know what "WWB" is.
Would you spell it out for me, please?
Wormwood Blanche?
Walla Walla Blanche?
Willy Wonka Blanche?
Do you guys do this just to torture me?
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:23 AM

World of Warcraft Blanche?
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#490 Brian Robinson

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:25 AM

WWB - Wormwood Blanche
Mol - Meadow of Love
WW - Walton Waters
CLB - Clandestine La Bleue (La Clandestine)




I know there's more, but I can't think of them off the top of my head.


I think I'll make a thread about it for newbs. :)
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:25 AM

WALTON WATERS! of course. Cancel the emergency. Sorry.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:31 AM

WWB is Wormwood Blanche. WW is Walton Waters.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:33 AM

WwB - Wormwood Blanche
Mol - Meadow of Love
WW - Walton Waters
CLB - Clandestine La Bleue (La Clandestine)




I know there's more, but I can't think of them off the top of my head.


I think I'll make a thread about it for newbs. :)

That's probably a real good idea. But I probably won't read it. It's too much fun trying to solve the puzzle. This is the only time I've ever given up and asked for help. Not thinking right today, haven't had an asbinthe yet.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:34 AM

World of Warcraft Blanche?


::::facepalm:::: ;)

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:43 AM

WWB is Wormwood Blanche. WW is Walton Waters.


WOW! This is the first I have heard of Wormwood Blanche. I just read the reviews. I'm sorry I missed it!
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:03 PM

It was quite good. I would have eagerly paid for it. But Ridge has a similar Aa flavor, and a lot more going on. Sauvage is another Aa happy booze.
The l'arty, with the same Aa flavor as WWB, was amazingly awesome. I was bummed when reminded that it was an extinct species. But it is the reason I jumped on the Sauvage.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 06:35 PM

It was quite good. I would have eagerly paid for it. But Ridge has a similar Aa flavor, and a lot more going on. Sauvage is another Aa happy booze.
The l'arty, with the same Aa flavor as WWB, was amazingly awesome. I was bummed when reminded that it was an extinct species. But it is the reason I jumped on the Sauvage.

Cool! Your comments about Montana wormwood this morning caught my attention, also. All I know about Aa so far came from the bags I got from Kirk last week. [And I can't say enough good things about Absinthehebs.com.] When I stuck my face in that baggie, the heavens opened and angels started to sing. If I could have crawled inside it, I would still be there. So naturally, I went to the Ridge to check it out. Imagine my excitement when I read that they would sell their surplus herbs. But when I click on the link to buy some I get a 404 error.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 07:04 PM

The herb-selling business has taken a backseat to making absinthe (and gin). Just shoot me a PM and tell me what you want. It's no problem. I like things all nice and friendly, anyway.

Joe, my friend, I hope you don't mean to imply that I favor European brands to the exclusion of Americans, because such is not the case.

I didn't think that for a moment. ;) While I'm partial to what's being produced in the US, I have tremendous regard for many of the European producers. Even though we have not met in person, there are several I consider friends and colleagues. Like many of my real life friends, I rarely pass up an opportunity to tease my online friends, too. It is extremely rare when I am ever malicious but I am frequently devilish. :devil:

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 07:30 PM

I get a 404 error.

Yeah! What gives?!
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 07:33 PM

Allow me to introduce you to my Tech Dork. :laugh:

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:47 PM

I don't know who Cheryl is

Cheryl Lins makes Walton Waters and Meadow of Love absinthes plus I have heard she makes some good whiskeys.

As for you spreading the wealth among vendors, I do the same thing. They all appreciate it. Cheers!


Cheryl's Rye has already gotten noticed in the national press. Good for her!

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:53 PM

Cheryl's Rye has already gotten noticed in the national press. Good for her!


You had me at "Cheryl's Rye has already gotten noticed in the national press."

But really, thanx for not saying "Good on her!"
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:18 AM

And bear piss, most likely. ;)


I'm jealous.

I think it's slug excretion that gives the Lambrook Silver its own special character. :laugh:


One of my favorite moments this past RMGH (and there were SO many) was being able to compare Lambrook Silver with Montana Aa directly. Both so good, and yet so different. Yum!
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:23 AM

Allow me to introduce you to my Tech Dork. :laugh:


:laf:

So, that's what you're calling him this week?

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:28 AM

It was a beautiful day on the left coast, gentle reader. The sun was warm in the sky. A uniformed courier arrived midday, dispatched from Catskill Cellars. All is right with the world
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:09 AM

Any absinthe from Catskill Cellars should be in your top ten. *thumbs up*
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:46 AM

And Julie even higher than that. :)

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:36 PM

Well, this all started nearly two years ago when I decided to use my 1000th post to reveal my first "Top Ten" list. Since that post, I have tasted about 25 more commercial absinthes, and I must say that things are progressing very positively in this world. Many of my selections in that first list have survived, but there are some newcomers. Just for everyone's info, this list is in alphabetical order, and not in order of preference. And just as I said in May, 2010, if the list were a little different, like "The Only Ten Absinthes You Can Drink For The Rest Of Your Life", some things might change, to make sure I'd stay happy.





<------ #2000



The List

Jade Edouard
La Berthe De Joux
L'Italienne
Marteau Absinthe de la Belle Epoque
Meadow Of Love
Pacifique
Perroquet
Ridge Extrait d'Absinthe Blanche
Sauvage Extrait d'Absinthe
Walton Waters



The absinthes that have dropped off my May, 2010 list;

Blanchette - Still a favored blanche. REd'AB is simply formidable. LMF considered, star anise gets in the way.

Doubs Mystique - A benchmark in its day. The improvements in the category have simply out-run it.

Jade PF1901 - Still awesome, but so many fine Pontarlier types that are cleaner, and more well-mannered.

La Coquette - A similar fate as the 1901, only in the highly herbal category.

A couple of absinthes that I considered, but just couldn't shoehorn into the list;

L'Ancienne - An audacious effort. I have the 2011, which I think is just under-aged, and under-developed at this point. I think it simply needs more time to really show its stuff.

Ridge Extrait d'Absinthe Verte - At the rate I've gone through this one, you'd have thought it would have made the list. Just too many good strongly herbal-driven vertes to choose from.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:03 PM

Congratulations on your 2,000th post, FPB! :cheers:

Thanks for sharing your updated list, as well as a little bit of insight into the whys and why nots of how you arrived at this updated Top Ten list. One minor aside is that I don't believe all of the ones in your Top Ten are currently available for purchase (via retailers, at least). Regardless, you've got a few of my own faves up there, so I congratulate you on your good taste!

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:52 AM

This will be fun to revisit in a couple years:

So far I am here:

1. Pacifique
2. Ridge Verte
3. Ridge Blanche
4. Leopold
5. Obsello
6. Meadow of Love

Even though I haven't tried 10 the other three will not make my top 9:

Mephisto
Grande Absente
Kübler

Christy's would be:

1. Obsello
2. Leopold

apparently she likes the grape base.


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