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Absinthe minded Atlanta

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Greetings from Georgia. :cheers:

 

I do remember hearing about Absinthe many years ago from a friend. He described it as "an illegal alcohol drink that will make you see things". I actually did some research and found out that it was illegal *kinda sorta* in the US and pretty much dropped the subject shortly after.

 

A couple weeks ago I was googling...Wormwood. That is the name of one of my favorite albums by a band called moe. and I wanted to know what the word meant. After digging through a few links I discovered/remembered...Absinthe! That is where I saw that word before!

 

After a little more digging I saw that it was also now legal and available in the USA. I then found this wonderful forum (Wormwood Society :thumbup: ) about Absinthe and read quite a bit. I read the FAQ along with lots of other info and was intrigued by the notorious reputation this drink has. The obvious thing I was suprised to see is that the effect this drink imparts on one consuming it is quite fancified.

 

The whole ritual of preparing this drink is also very alluring. Youtube provided ample inspiration here. The 'louche' is a reward.

 

I read some of the threads/reviews about the various brands available including Kübler and Lucid. My local beverage shop has these two as well as Grand Absente and two others I can not perfectly remember (La Fee or La Muse?) Hmmm?

 

I picked up a bottle of Lucid. It was not the cheapest ($59.99) but seemed to have good reviews or least I remembered seeing information that this was pretty much an authenthic Absinthe. Some of the other Absinthe products were packaged with spoons...very tempting but I chose Lucid with no spoon. Just the two eyes peering at me.

 

I have never tried absinthe before until this past Friday night. I found a pretty cool old glass in our hutch. It is not a proper absinthe glass but it is demarked in a way with faceted sections. Once I poured the first drink from a shot glass I saw that two squares of the facets on the glass equaled one shot. I had picked up some sugar cubes for the occasion and used a fork as an impromtu stand-in for the ceremonial slotted spoon.

 

Now I just needed a decent way to drip water into my concoction. I found a clear lime green water bottle that my kids use. I tested the drip rate and it was controllable as I could partially open the 'pop top' and really slow the drip...and it was a perfect green.

 

I prepared a glass with my improvised tools I had found around the house. I could not resist taking a whiff of the bottle of Lucid after I opened it. The aroma was good...imparting an immediate medicinal quality. I also got some notes of licorice and other wonderful things. I love complex Belgian ales of the Trappist variety so my nose and palate was somewhat prepared for Absinthe.

 

After a 5 minute Louche I was ready for my first sip. Mmmm! Good stuff was my first thought.

 

Three glasses later ... and the color green was suddenly very important. I did not notice (before) how close the green of the sports bottle matched the color of the Absinthe. I also became much more appreciative of the fact that the facets on the glass provided an easy way to quantify the drinks I was preparing.

 

I started to feel the effects at this point. I was certainly aware of the fact that I was drinking a beverage that was 62% ABV. The Belgian ales I favor are around 8-10% ABV. The curious thing is Absinthe is more like driving fast with the brakes on. It seems to afford a level of clarity that I don't experience with other drinks. I also notice an almost adoration of mediocrity - facets on glasses and the efficiency of forks vs. slotted spoons and such.

 

My sincere appreciation to the Wormwood Society for enhancing my Absinthe experience. :cheerz:

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I also agree, especially if you keep in mind that it's the beginning of a (hopefully) long and fruitful absinthe journey, and that there's much, much bettger out there waiting for you.

 

Welcome! :cheers:

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I also agree, especially if you keep in mind that it's the beginning of a (hopefully) long and fruitful absinthe journey, and that there's much, much better out there waiting for you.

 

When you're ready/have the $, try the Kübler for an anise-forward experience.

 

Welcome! My best to the ATL! :wave2:

 

Edit: Thank you, word filter, for the umlauts! I wouldn't have known how to do that mahself.

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Thanks to all for the kind welcome.

 

....aren't you up a little late?

Indeed I was up late but the schedule today was light. I had also drank a few glasses. I guess you could also say I was starting very early. :twitchsmile:

 

That's a fine introduction.

"Driving too fast with the brakes on," is a nice bit of imagery.

Definitely a push-pull type feeling.

 

When you're ready/have the $, try the Kübler for an anise-forward experience.

 

I did got a clarification of what was available at my local beverage shop - Lucid, Kübler, Mata Hari, La Torment Verte and Grand Absente. The last two are the ones that were boxed and included spoons.

 

Kübler will likely be next. I think it was actually less $ than Lucid? I am looking around for other options as well. Maybe an internet purchase?

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Kübler has always been my drink of choice when I didn't know what I want. The price is about the best as well. The first two you list are probably the only ones from that list that I'd buy.

 

Good luck and happy hunting.

 

:cheers:

 

<---------- doesn't like bad absinthe. :twitchsmile:

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Hey there,

 

Nice to see another Atlanta native on here. I'll vouch for Kübler, our local shops have it, you get a free spoon, and you get 1000ml for about $50 (what I've seen anyway).

 

Just thought I'd say hello.

 

-Wesley D.

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