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Am I missing something here?

Same as me........sounds more like an inside joke.

 

BUT I try not to let anyone think I may know anything.

 

I'm a pretty smart guy unless I talk or type. <shrug>

 

<--------- Dumbass!

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Seriously, I'm not sure how juicy fits as a good descriptor of absinthe. For wine, I think it works great. Taboo, with it's distinctly fruit base could be described as juicy, perhaps. Even wine based absinthes that I love (Marteau, the Jade line, etc...) aren't really juicy in the way one might describe it. I'm finding the word choice a little confusing.

 

Am I missing something here?

 

Juicy, as it's applied to absinthe, doesn't so much refer to a quality of the base, as it does a characteristic of certain wormwood strains that seem to impart almost a "Juicy Fruit" flavor similar to the gum, but more natural tasting, and less sweet.

 

A couple of notable absinthes I've found with this attribute are Berthe de Joux and Sauvage.

 

I hope this clown has been of some help again here, my friend. :laugh:

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Abs, that's actually a great way of describing what I meant. The older versions I had were a bit more subtle, even having tea-like notes. I do understand how "juicy" can be confusing. Frankly, I chose the word casually, to describe a profile more packed with flavors, spice, tingle, and a thicker mouthfeel. Hope that helps.

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I've seen 'juicy fruit gum' mentioned many times in the past, but 'juicy' by itself isn't a natural progression of juicy fruit. Personally, I don't think 'juicy' fits in well as a descriptor either. In fact, for some reason, I find myself actually irritated by that term. But, to each their own, I guess.

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I would say that perhaps that "flavor" causes extra salivation, but in that case the only thing that's juicy is my mouth, not the absinthe itself.

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Scott, to be honest, and not at all to attack you, but I think that you may have unconsciously started using the term after you saw Abs use it, as he was the only person I've ever seen use that term, and it just recently popped up.

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I don't recall Abs using the term... but I took up naked pogo-sticking while wearing a red rubber nose because I saw him doing it...anything is possible. Here's what the dictionary says. Apart from the "full of juice" the other descriptors are appropriate for what I intended to say.

 

adj., -i·er, -i·est.

Full of juice; succulent.

Richly interesting: a juicy mystery novel.

Racy; titillating: a juicy bit of gossip.

Yielding profit; rewarding or gratifying: a juicy raise; a juicy part in a play.

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If you're going to get snippy Ambear, the way dictionaries work, is they give a description, then an example.

In this case, the descriptor is "richly interesting," with the interesting novel being an example.

It could easily have been:

 

Richly interesting: a mysterious, smart young women with dramatic haircut and a cool, well-spoken boyfriend.

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Juicy:

 

ADJECTIVE.

Thick and curvacious

 

 

How the UrbanDictionary works. This was the polite definition.

 

 

Anyone can build a dictionary.

Not everyone can build an absinthe like Rob's VC. JMHO

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Yeah, I've seen juicy strewn across too many fat, saggy asses to really take it seriously as a word anymore. I do like succulent, but I also have some weird word associations with that as well.

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Not everyone can build an absinthe like Rob's VC.

 

True, true... Rob is an artist.

 

I didn't Ambear was being snippy. I thought she was just taking a novel approach. B)

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I didn't really think so either... just playin', hence my example of "richly interesting."

 

Ambear, I'm on your side about those "Juicy-assed pants." The other day I saw a little girl with that across her butt who couldn't have been more than 4. Ya gotta love Long Island.

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I would say that perhaps that "flavor" causes extra salivation, but in that case the only thing that's juicy is my mouth, not the absinthe itself.

 

I've used "juicy" as a descriptor a couple of times (BdJ, Perroquet, Pacifique), usually in the finish section to reinforce the comment about it prompting salivation. I, however, was referring to the general impression of the finish being "juicy".

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Scott, to be honest, and not at all to attack you, but I think that you may have unconsciously started using the term after you saw Abs use it, as he was the only person I've ever seen use that term, and it just recently popped up.

 

Brian, you silly noob, I'm a long way from the first to use that term. :laugh:

 

The only reason you're laboring under that misapprehension is onacuz you never joined that evil Louched Lounge. :laugh:

 

Juicy Fruit, or just plain juicy were used to describe the wormwood found several HGs back in 2003-2005, and I think that descriptor is fitting when applied to an absinthe that is loaded with beautiful Pontarlier wormwood...it makes one salivate profusely, and the effect and resulting flavor is very similar to what a taster experiences after biting into a juicy orange, or even more to the point, a citric and bitter grapefruit.

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I'd be happy to continue this discussion in a more appropriate thread but lets return this thread back to its original program.

 

Rob and VC are both very, very good! :cheers:

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The only reason you're laboring under that misapprehension is onacuz you never joined that evil Louched Lounge. :laugh:

I wasn't saying you're the first person EVER to use that term. I was saying you're the first person to do it here in the forums.

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Indeed it is, and I've been out of it for far too long. Double entendre! Ha!

 

There's always my favorite usage of the word

. :laugh:

 

That guy needs to watch his language. Where's he been? Racial slurs? Derogatory terms toward women? :dry:

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I received my bottle of Vieux Carre a while back. I was quite eager to try it. When I opened it and took a smell I could tell immediately that it was of a different quality than the previous absinthe I had tried. The aroma opens up quite nicely when diluted with water. It doesn't sting the nose with strong alcohol as did the La Fee. It is actually quite pleasant to simply smell for a while before drinking.

 

It has a nice strong menthol flavor upon hitting the palate and has a wonderful after taste of spearmint. The aftertaste is fantastic. It was delicious and reminded me strongly of something very particular and I couldn't quite place it. I read the ingredients and found spearmint listed. That is absolutely the after taste. It reminds me of a spearmint gum.

 

The first time I tried it with the usual sugar cube per glass and had three glasses. I had only planned on having one or at most two (I could only take one glass of the La Fee at a time and never had more than a few sips of the Pernod) but it was just so damn delicious.

 

The sugar seemed to be a bit much, especially when having more than one glass and using an entire sugar cube per glass. After a few weeks I got out the Vieux Carre again and this time didn't bother with the sugar. It is my firm belief that Vieux Carre is of such a high quality that sugar is something a bit like a perversion. I found a very noticeable improvement in taste without the sugar. It was also far easier to distinguish the flavors. The sugar seems to muddy the absinthe.

 

I have only had a few very horrific excuses for absinthe so far, so Vieux Carre is certainly the best I've had. However, Vieux Carre is now easily one of my favorite drinks period, absinthe or not.

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I would not confuse the quality of an absinthe with whether or not you think it needs sugar! I agree with you; VC is best without. There are some very fine absinthes however, that I do enjoy with sugar. In some cases, it brings out hidden or subtle notes. Don't forget, it was the common way to prepare the best absinthes from the Belle Époque, that we now consider benchmarks.

 

There is a common position among many that they don't use sugar anymore. This is a personal choice, not an evolution showing one's degree of experience or expertise. It is a personal journey of discovering your preferences. I only sugar certain absinthes, but these few open up nicely with sugar, for my tastes.

 

I bring this up only for the reason that some new to absinthe may start avoiding sugar, even though they enjoy it in absinthe, only because some veterans don't use it, and feel it is a goal to reach that position.

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Agree. I almost always drink absinthe in a "punch" ...that is, with sugar, water, lime juice and cucumber slices. I said to my husband one day that I need to start training myself to do without the lime juice and cucumber, to drink it more often in the traditional way, and he said, "Why? If that's the way you like it, stick with it." He's right. Drink it the way you like it. Sugar, no sugar, champagne, Sprite, lime juice, cucumber... root beer? (I suspect my leg was being pulled on that one.)

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Funny, a little (half cube) of sugar is mandatory for VC in my case. But I do enjoy it a lot. At the moment it is my favorite decanter, a job the bottle does very well. Maybe I need another decanter, one with VC still in it. :)

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