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I'm always struck by the people in the audience who laugh for the wrong reasons. And I love listening to the people who get it.

 

Absinthe is kind of like that.

 

Oh dear me yes, on all counts.

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that might explain why I need a box of kleenex after I sneeze five times...

 

Excuse me sir, could you please pass me the ground black pepper?

 

Much better, thank you.

 

Cheers!

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It tastes great.

It has a rich history which is just as fun to learn about as it is to actually drink.

Louching up a glass gives an experience different from any other drink.

I've been able to chat with fine folks like yourself about something we mutually enjoy.

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Any other drink is just that, a 'drink'. Absinthe is an experience.

 

Before Absinthe I really only saw the negatives in liquor. Absinthe has shown me the positives!

 

Somehow, every glass seems like an adventure, full of surprise and wonder.

 

In this day and age we do everything too fast. Absinthe asks politely not to be rushed.

 

No other drink puts on a show like Absinthe.

 

The ritual for me is half the fun, but only Absinthe makes it worthwhile.

 

How else could I slip back in time 100 years but with a sip of Absinthe?

 

Enough is never enough, there's always one more spoon, or book, or bottle!

 

Well said! :cheers: (The WS is Awesome!)

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What a great idea for a thread. :)

 

-It tastes wonderful. Different brands have different tastes and I love branching out into this brand or that, and then doing the research on it, and the tangents that brings up.

 

-Because it has a long and colorful history that I don't want to see lost.

 

-I really find it interesting how that history is used now that it's legal and marketable. How many people try it for the reputation, and love it for the taste.

 

-Because it gets so many people to slow down and enjoy the ritual of preparing a great drink. There is something to be said for waiting sometimes. It makes me appreciate my drink more.

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First comes the visceral. I have to like it to give a damn. And I like it.

 

Then my taste for the fringe comes into play and finds charm in the grey areas, complexities, and colorful history of the stuff.

 

After that my obsessive nature is appealed to in it's ritual, process, and the detritus of that history.

 

I'm the same with guitars and such :)

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I love Absinthe for the same reasons I adore Art: both slow time to a crawl and expand consciousness in a soft and gentle way impossible to find almost anywhere else. Both demand contemplation, a refined sense of style and taste, and are only truly understood and appreciated by a small minority of caring, enlightened souls. Absinthe and Art can transport you to another time, both can bring music to mind. Both can help you touch the sublime.

 

Great thread. :cheers:

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Any other drink is just that, a 'drink'. Absinthe is an experience.

 

Before Absinthe I really only saw the negatives in liquor. Absinthe has shown me the positives!

 

Somehow, every glass seems like an adventure, full of surprise and wonder.

 

In this day and age we do everything too fast. Absinthe asks politely not to be rushed.

 

No other drink puts on a show like Absinthe.

 

The ritual for me is half the fun, but only Absinthe makes it worthwhile.

 

How else could I slip back in time 100 years but with a sip of Absinthe?

 

Enough is never enough, there's always one more spoon, or book, or bottle!

 

Sublime. What more to say?

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Now due to the lack of blood going to my brain I have totally forgotten what comical statement I was going to bless this room with. :dribble: All I know it was going to be a real side splitter.

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I love this sentiment

 

"-Because it gets so many people to slow down and enjoy the ritual of preparing a great drink. There is something to be said for waiting sometimes. It makes me appreciate my drink more."

 

The ritual of it really is the icing on the cake. Of course Absinthe tastes amazing, and the barware is neat, but similar to the sake or tea ritual, it promotes social interaction: Pouring for one another, the louche being a conversation piece.

 

I am a fan of the Belle Epoch era of visual art and music as well, and having the absinthe in a way gets my imagination going to a idealized better time, before there was eating burger king on your lap in the car on the way back from the office, or pounding a can of coors light on the couch while watching tv... (haha)

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You know, I could give a thousand reasons... or none at all.Both would make an equal amount of sense.

 

Originally? I was a 19 year old 19th century lit major, and all these great writers all were writing about this one funky beverage.

 

Being the libertarian 19 year old I was (no one is gonna tell me what I can and can't do) I inquired to my profs... who were dating. So partner A tells me that he and partner B were headed to Portugal in a few weeks. They brought me back some, and I have been a devotee ever since. (in 96, Portugal was absinthe valhalla, for all you late-comers, haha!)

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