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#511 Absomphe

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:58 PM

[quote name='Jay' date='Feb 27 2012, 05:03 PM' post='267047']
Congratulations on your 2,000th post, FPB! :cheers:

Indeed!


Lightweight. :laugh:

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:42 PM

Lightweight. :laugh:


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:41 AM

Yeah, that's a day's work for you!


Fixed for complete accuracy. :laugh:

Edited by Absomphe, 12 March 2012 - 04:42 AM.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:18 AM

Please excuse my ignorance,but what would be some examples of a non-commercial absinthe?

Edited by redwun, 05 May 2012 - 03:19 AM.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:26 AM

Not always but non-commercial absinthe is frequently a reference to hobby distilled absinthe. There are numerous websites and forums dedicated to such activity. We acknowledge they exist but discourage open discussion of illegal activity.

One other source of non-commercial absinthe would be R&D projects from legal distillers. In both examples, the amount of absinthe would be quite small, say a very few bottles.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:00 AM

Another example would be pre-ban absinthe. It exists but isn't in many stores.......commercially.

I've tasted prototype absinthe and "one off" absinthes. And on the all too familiar "One off, never to be duplicated" but still someone (conveniently) finds a stash of same for later sale.
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 05 May 2012 - 05:26 AM

Thanks! I kinda figured the "moonshine" variety qualified.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:34 AM

No, it doesn't. We must keep a level playing field. We all run in different circles. ;)
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 05 May 2012 - 05:50 AM

non-commercial absinthe is frequently a reference to hobby distilled absinthe.



Thanks! I kinda figured the "moonshine" variety qualified.



I meant to say qualified as non-commercial.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:52 AM

Please excuse my ignorance,but what would be some examples of a non-commercial absinthe?


Why, :censor1: :censor3: and :censor2: , of course. :)

Edited by Absomphe, 05 May 2012 - 07:01 AM.

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

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:41 PM

My list is in no particular order.My mood dictates what my favorite is. 1) Jade Edouard,2) Brut d'Alambic essai #2, 3) VP, 4)Sauvage, 5) Berthe de Joux, 6) Jade NO, 7) L'Ancienne, 8) Marteau, 9) Ridge Verte, 10) Pacifique

Edited by redwun, 10 May 2012 - 01:35 AM.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:23 PM

Mine, also in no particular order:

1) Ridge V, 2) Pacifique, 3) Butterfly, 4) Duplais V, 5) Jade NO, 6) Obsello, 7) l'Italienne, 8) Duplais Balance, 9) MoL, 10) hmmm, jury is still out... maybe Jade Eddy, maybe Enigma, maybe VC if it's aged enough.

Also, I have yet to try Marteau and Sauvage. I'm guessing one or both of them will find a spot in my top ten.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:39 PM

I'm guessing one or both of them will find a spot in my top ten.

One would but I think they'll push a couple over the line. Just my silly opinion.

I've not tried Butterfly yet. I don't know where to get it. :)
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:47 PM

1. Meadow of Love
2. Meadow of Love
3. Meadow of Love
4. Meadow of Love
5. Ridge Verte
6. La Grenouille
7. Berthe de Joux
8. PF 1901
9. V.S. 1898
10. Walton Waters

Still waiting to try the Blues Cat, as well as several other European brands, including La Coquette, Belle Amie, L'Ancienne, and Sauvage (if it's ever re-released). :devil:

Edited by Alfred Jarry, 09 May 2012 - 07:18 PM.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:51 PM

Sauvage (if it's ever re-released).

Start saving your pennies and be patient. :pirate:
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:04 PM

I've not tried Butterfly yet. I don't know where to get it. :)


I bought it at Soho Wines in London. Oh no, is it not available online? :huh:
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:06 PM

Absinthe Butterfly

Edited by Alfred Jarry, 09 May 2012 - 07:13 PM.

"Anti-alcoholics are unfortunates in the grip of water, that terrible poison, so solvent and corrosive that out of all substances, it has been chosen for washing and scourings, and a drop of water, added to a clear liquid like Absinthe, muddies it."

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:10 PM

Sauvage (if it's ever re-released).

Start saving your pennies and be patient. :pirate:

Aye Aye, Captain. :pirate:
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:37 PM

Thank you Mr. Jarry. :wave2:
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:19 PM

Absinthe Butterfly

I had the pleasure of sampling early prototypes of Butterfly and I was pleasantly impressed. My only disappointment is that an original, pre-ban American absinthe recipe is being produced in Europe and not readily available in the US. My delight is that an original pre-ban American absinthe is being produced.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 01:30 AM

I can get these four in order: 1) L'Ancienne, 2) Brut d' Alambic essai #2, 3) Sauvage, 4) Jade Edouard

Edited by redwun, 10 May 2012 - 01:33 AM.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:09 AM

Absinthe Butterfly

I had the pleasure of sampling early prototypes of Butterfly and I was pleasantly impressed. My only disappointment is that an original, pre-ban American absinthe recipe is being produced in Europe and not readily available in the US. My delight is that an original pre-ban American absinthe is being produced.


Yeah, particularly amusing as it says BOSTON right on the label.
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:58 AM

:laugh: Kinda interesting how things just sort of happen.

Thank you all. ;)
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 03:03 AM

I've noticed a lot of the "big dogs" (pardon the phrase) or shall we call them "Old Timers" (you know who you are) haven't posted their top ten fav commercial brands in a long time... YEARS, in fact. So many new absinthes have come on the market in that time. It would be interesting to know how your lists have changed since 2007 or 2009...

When I first started drinking absinthe and joined the WS, one method I used to decide what to buy was to analyze the top ten lists. But many of the lists are old. Could use an update to reflect all the great US absinthes available now.

Edited by crow, 21 May 2012 - 03:13 AM.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 03:22 AM

Absinthe Butterfly

I had the pleasure of sampling early prototypes of Butterfly and I was pleasantly impressed. My only disappointment is that an original, pre-ban American absinthe recipe is being produced in Europe and not readily available in the US. My delight is that an original pre-ban American absinthe is being produced.

I share Joe's disappointment that Butterfly is not, yet, readily available in the USA.

We showed it to a few people when I was in Boston last week, and they seemed to like it too!
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 03:27 AM

:laugh: Ridge will never be a "Big Dog" but I certainly feel my age some days.

I'm hesitant to say anything about any other producer although if you glean my posts, my favorites are pretty easy to spot. I just wouldn't want to slight a colleague by word choice or even omission.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 06:38 AM

I've noticed a lot of the "big dogs" (pardon the phrase) or shall we call them "Old Timers" (you know who you are) haven't posted their top ten fav commercial brands in a long time... YEARS, in fact. So many new absinthes have come on the market in that time. It would be interesting to know how your lists have changed since 2007 or 2009...

When I first started drinking absinthe and joined the WS, one method I used to decide what to buy was to analyze the top ten lists. But many of the lists are old. Could use an update to reflect all the great US absinthes available now.

(finally) tried Blues Cat yesterday, and I gotta say... Quite smitten.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 06:40 AM

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 06:55 AM

I've noticed a lot of the "big dogs" (pardon the phrase) or shall we call them "Old Timers" (you know who you are) haven't posted their top ten fav commercial brands in a long time... YEARS, in fact. So many new absinthes have come on the market in that time. It would be interesting to know how your lists have changed since 2007 or 2009...

When I first started drinking absinthe and joined the WS, one method I used to decide what to buy was to analyze the top ten lists. But many of the lists are old. Could use an update to reflect all the great US absinthes available now.



A lot of absintheurs here don't care to make a list. Mostly because, as the wise manatee points out, tastes change every time you reach for a bottle. It's what you're in the mood for. We have a list in our minds of absinthes we like, and are glad to have in our collection. But that's really the extent of listing or ordering goes.

It's not about having a single favorite, or ten favorites. It's more like going to your stash, perusing the bottles, and pulling out a few for drinks that evening. Or morning. Or whenever. It's okay to make several trips to the stash. Maybe some you haven't drank in a while. Or even ones you haven't pulled cork from yet.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 08:10 AM

For me, there are some brands that I'm embarrassed about not having purchased a bottle yet, but I need a bottle to drink a bit of them before putting them in my top 10.

I could just take my top 10 reviews, but just because I reviewed something well doesn't mean it's a favorite.

Not that I'm a big dog, but my list is sorely outdated as well.
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