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Vieux Pontarlier - What's The Word?

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Golly, now you've gone and gotten me more excited than a puppy with two peckers. The Jade PF 1901 is one of those that I've been dying to try, given the overwhelmingly positive response exhibited here on the boards and in the reviews. I haven't had the guts to pull the trigger on a bottle purchase yet (mainly because my bride would disapprove of the expense rather vociferously).

 

Don't you just hate it when the wimmin' start gettin' all vociferous?

 

So if the VP is very reminiscent of the PF 1901, and available easily in the US, I can't wait for my order to arrive on Tuesday!

 

It's gonna be a happy Tuesday!

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Open the Sirene.

From my experience, it goes from mildly curious to very good after opening and a little time. I was delightfully impressed.

 

I must concur. At first the grain base kind of put me off, but as that oderiferous sharpness cooled out in days. In the time I've gone through the bottle(not a long time) it has smoothed out considerably smellwise and tastewise as well. Now at less than a third full it's a much smoother product, and in a short time. I will definitely sit on my next bottle a bit longer just for science's sake.

 

 

I must say I find Roquette and PF 1901 to be not too similar, the 1797 being a much more forwardly complex and medicinal type thing. It's not bad, I actually like the stuff a lot (although I wouln't drink them with each other).... I just am having an interesting time finding a place for a cross between the two on my theoretical palate.

 

 

As far as VP, haven't tried it, I guess it will have to be a sample in trade, if I have anything in stock anyone's interested in. I ain't buyin' any more Absinthe for a while. Too damn much money. Any of y'all producers or other holders of precious bottles willing to do some sort of work trade are of course a whole' nother story.... :dev-cheers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And spin, if necessary.

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I must say I find Roquette and PF 1901 to be not too similar, the 1797 being a much more forwardly complex and medicinal type thing.

 

I agree, they are quite different. I wouldn't call the VP a cross between the PF 1901 and the Roquette, exactly. If it's between the two, it's closer to 1901, but neverthess it does share some of the "forwardly complex" qualities of the Roquette. It's not medicinal, but its "herbal" characteristics are more overt than is the case with the 1901, which I at least find very subtle and refined.

 

At any rate, though I still slightly prefer the 1901, the VP will be a frequent purchase for me in future.

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At any rate, though I still slightly prefer the 1901, the VP will be a frequent purchase for me in future.

 

Yesterday, I did a comparative review of the Edouard, and the PF 1901, which are posted on the main site. I have been curious for a while now to do a side by side look at the VP and PF 1901. Should be an interesting eye opener!

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I don't normally start the day with absinthe either, but for evaluation purposes, I'm never sharper than I am mid-morning to early afternoon.

 

That oughta' help push you over the edge! :devil:

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I hear that. My prime tasting time is early afternoon, after a small breakfast, a dog walk and whatever household crap I gotta do that day. Then I can chill and actually PTFA to the Booze. Later in the day I drink stuff I already know and find appropos to the occasion.

 

Just for the record I've been hittin' the La Coquette on this cold and snowy day, although the Promethee continues to silently beckon from the shelf, today just ain't the day........

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I'm totally on board with the snow day thing. Actually, I've been on the snow day wagon for the last 4 days. Mostly cool, but I was looking forward to multiple get together and absinthizing opportunities with friends. Oh, well, an excellent occasion to start earlier than usual.

 

Hopefully I'll have the chance to try the VP in the near future, but until then, I'm saving for a certain verte that should be appearing on local shelves.

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Curse your oily hides! A bottle of VP, a Marteau spoon and a bottle of Krahn JUST qualify for free shipping on DUNY. I told myself I wouldn't buy any more until after the new year.

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I just picked up a bottle of Vieux Pontarlier from DUNY last week. I haven't gotten a chance to try it yet (I'm saving it for Xmas Eve :cheers: ) but I chose it based on the reviews written here.

 

I was actually in close enough proximity to drive over there and pick it up from them in person. Their store is officially called Borisal Liquor & Wine and is located on the corner of 4th Ave & 10th St. in Brooklyn. As I pulled up to the store I got scared for a second because they had all of their rolling doors down and it looked closed. Only after I walked up to the front door did I realize that they were in there, closed up and feverishly packing up online orders. Luckily I called ahead and they were expecting me, so they let me in and showed me their selection. They were pretty helpful and nice, they also highly recommended the VP. I was torn between that and the Duplais, but I went with the VP in the end. I'm no Rockerfeller, so it's one at a time for me.

 

This'll be only my second bottle. My first was the La Muse Verte Especialle, ordered from eabsinthe.com (a.k.a. Asanine Shipping Costs.com).

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I just received my order from DUNY 2 hours ago. Now I can get these samples ready for Christmas after all. They are getting air into them as we speak. I'll be having the VP on Christmas Eve.

 

Upon checking my email I also noticed that they plan on having the Leopold Bros. in stock in a mere matter of days and are taking pre-orders right now. I've been meaning to try the "Fair Maiden" sake as well, and notice that a bottle of each JUST qualifies for the free shipping.

 

Time to warm the credit card up again...

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The VP is in da glass! :cheers:

 

While my head is still functional, I believe I'll do a review, but I may not post it until I've had another glass, tonight or tomorrow.

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I'm eagerly awaiting the delivery of my VP (and the other delights that DUNY has sent along), but I'm really kind of worried. The weather has been f$cking stuff up in PDX these last few days. My box was scheduled to be delivered to my office tomorrow (Christmas Eve), but my company will be closed due to the weather. What a pisser.

 

Looks like I'll have the VP to look forward to in the post-Christmas louche-fest...

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My GOD, this is the most tasty out of all the Absinthe's this tongue has tasted. Got my shipment from DUNY alongside a bottle of Mansinthe, and this one by far takes the cake. The Wormwood tastes very fresh like it had just been plucked from the field. With each and every sip it reminds me of heaven opening up, deep down inside my soul.

 

Compared with the Mansinthe, this one earns a whole extra star or two on my five star system, and will be a friend to have around the home year round. Every sip is a delight, now, the only question I have left to ask is just what could possibly be better?

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...which is why I ordered my second bottle yesterday, as my first one is just at half-full right now. I really am drinking the VP in sets of three. That makes for lovely evenings, as I've always told people that with absinthe, "One is nice, two is too much, and three is insanity."

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