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#1 density

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 11:42 AM

I got the email from Albert at the Spirits Corner today saying that he is now selling Obsello. I had not heard of this one, and did a brief search through the forums. There is not much mention of it, but it looks to be coming USward. In the meantime, all you rich people can go buy lots of bottles of this stuff and tell me how it tastes. The wiki article suggests it has a different anise in it, know anything about that?

I live through you, so discuss this product for me.

Edited by Hiram, 17 June 2008 - 07:41 PM.
Correct typo in title.

Sorry, I was never good at short answer.


#2 Joe Legate

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 11:52 AM

The product is made using only whole herbs and contains no artificial flavoring, or coloring agents.

The description is cool and a review at our friend Hartsmar's Absinthe.SE is even more promising.
I hope it becomes available here at only $34.80 a bottle!

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 12:44 PM

It won a bronze medal at the S.F. World Spirits Comp.


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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:42 PM

Sounds promising.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:51 PM

I was looking forward to trying this as soon as I read the original discussion. Hope to see it soon, and I hope it ends up being decent.
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Posted 15 June 2008 - 05:16 PM

I can't wait. Between all the new and pending releases and our pal DP's promising endeavor, the future looks good. :cheers:
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#7 Jonathan D.

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 07:37 PM

Their FAQ is well written and from what I can tell, accurate.

http://obsello.com/obsello.html

Real nice website too, although obviously in the world of beverages this doesn't mean much.

Only concerning item is that it's rather low in alcohol percentage (50%).

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 10:15 PM

Wow, that website of theirs makes me feel like I'm about to sit down at a baccarat table with 007.

They also play a different background song every time you visit the site.
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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:47 PM

Ooh, I love the website, bottle artwork, and the spoon is beautiful. Good to see some more modern absinthania that's made with taste.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:54 PM

The site crashes Firefox 3.0 beta 5, so I can't look at it yet.

#11 Retrogarde

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 05:09 PM

Hmm, what is a "respectable amount of Thujone" as they put it?

I do dig the javascript though, and the spoon is mighty pretty. Too bad the holes are so big; half your sugar cube will end up at the bottom of your drink for sure! Nevertheless, I like the curved handle.
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#12 Danny Hawaii

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 05:16 PM

Yes, that thujone comment is the only turnoff.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 05:46 PM

In the F A Q, they say it's 10 ppm.

I still don't get why they decide to mention it at all. Well, I guess I do. But creating more market by propogating the myth aint cool, even if on other parts of the site they make specific mention of how absinthe isn't any different than other alcohols, and that it won't make you crazy or see things. :twitchsmile:
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#14 Jonathan D.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 07:49 PM

The flowy menus and cool soundtracks are really quite mesmerizing, big kudos to their web designers.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 09:33 PM

"If you have come into contact with a bitter absinthe, please dispose of it in a manner that will prevent anyone else from drinking it."

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Yeah, lose that "respectable thujone" line, and I'm pretty happy.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 11:53 PM

We tasted the final version with Hartsmar in Pontarlier and it's not that good, too minty, we had to sink it.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 12:03 AM

Mint. It'll kill the best of absinthes.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 12:36 AM

This is his fourth version and according to Hartsmar, the previous ones were promising but then he changed something that altered the product.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:01 AM

Dammit. :thumbdown:
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#20 Jonathan D.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 06:06 AM

Blast and I just ordered a bottle last night.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 07:10 AM

Sorry for your (money) loss DL.
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 07:14 AM

Unfortunately not, the peasantry use all my feces for their arcane rituals performed in my honor.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 07:22 AM

We are honored to have it. You are the most generous, DL.

Humbly,

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#24 Pan Buh

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 10:22 AM

Poo flinging is not an arcane ritual. It's just something to do sometimes. When you're being shat on.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:05 PM

The Obsello folks have registered, but are having network issues; the validation notice bounced back. They'll be along to answer concerns at some point.

Obsello, email me a phone number and we'll get it sorted.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:30 PM

In the F A Q, they say it's 10 ppm.


If that was mine, I'd be concerned. Why? Because it's right at the limit of what's allowed. What happens with next year's crop of AA and unbeknownst to themselves, go over the limit. If the TTB tested their product in a random selection, and were found to be in violation, that would be bad for them and for all other manufacturers.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 05:31 PM

That's a good point, no one really need that kind of attention now do they?
It's a shame if the suck factor is really that high, the bottle and label are very nice looking though.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 05:44 PM

Found some interesting product shots of Obsello and their cocktails on Flickr.

I'd really like to try an absinthe mojito:

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#29 Retrogarde

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 07:09 PM

Hmm, that's some mint in there, yes? But wasn't mthuilli complaining that mint was the problem with Obsello?

Aha! Just think of it as a premixed Absinthe mojito in a bottle!

Nevertheless, I am game to try a sample when it hits the shelves. Could be mthuilli just had a sample from a bad batch??
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#30 Jonathan D.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 07:28 PM

I only know how to send samples in the present unfortunately.


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