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#2221 Jack Griffin

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 05:04 AM

I'm sharing a post I made on Vilya's Facebook page, and on my FB "Absinthe Antiques" group, from yesterday.  These guys deserve the accolades, after tasting this new batch of Vilya Blanche:

 

Dear Joe and Jules, I'm enjoying a glass of a very recent Vilya blanche, the latest to arrive on my doorstep. I thought I'd let you know my thoughts. Please forgive me if I am verbose...I'm going to have fun with this, so be warned. First, the aroma... wonderful, fresh, clean... As water was added the scent of the best (and there are only a few that I would call great) Swiss la bleues rose from the glass, but with something else... I would call it complexity, but that word is too harsh for the soft edges of other elements that I noticed. I actually found myself smelling the absinthe over and over again, before I took my first sip. This first sip revealed a perfect blend of the herbs, and an amazing wormwood. The lightest of pepper and citrus built slowly in a gentle tingle in the finish. This is hands-down, the best blanche available in the USA, and I would put it up there with one or two very special Swiss la Bleues. It is better than 90% of the euro blanches or la bleues I've had, and I've had a lot of them. It is artful, and delicious. I can only imagine how this will taste with a little age on it. When someone here in the USA asks me what to buy, this will be one of the suggestions every time. For people who think they don't like blanches...they have not had this. There is a purity here that cuts right to the heart of absinthe. In a blind test, I would NEVER have guessed it was from the USA, and I mean that in a way to honor your herb bill; many people feel only euro wormwood is good enough, they clearly, have not tasted this. I'm so happy to know you, and to have seen your passion grow into art, in such a short time. I will repost this on my absinthe antiques group, BTW. It's the right thing to do... people should know about this absinthe.

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 08:50 AM

Damn Scott, you've made me want a blanche for the first time.


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#2223 Absomphe

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 08:59 AM

You're still not getting Joe's Bud Lite™, Scott. :tongue: 

 

But after reading that paean to Vilya Blanche, I might just have to keep some on hand, particularly in the summer.


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#2224 Joe Legate

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:48 AM

Thanks, everyone.  We finally had a little time to sit down and honestly ask ourselves, "Can we do better?"  The Blanche was our first target for improvement and despite the pimples (how Julie describes a young absinthe), we think the improvement is notable.  Strangely enough, the herb bill is relatively unchanged.  Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks!   The vast majority of the "new and improved" is still comfortably resting in the distillery.  We'll let everyone here know when it ships to our distributor.



#2225 OMG_Bill

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 07:26 AM

Looking forward to it Joe.

 

Cheers!


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 05:27 PM

I've only had one bottle of each of your offerings (waaaay back when it was Ridge) but they were both on my favorites for sure. I wish there was a place that stocked you locally, it would make it so much easier for me to pick up more.

 

I think your blanche is my favorite of the blanches we have had.



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:10 PM

Does Catskill Cellars stock the newest batch?



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:58 AM

Just bought a bottle of your Verte and had two glasses on Sunday, never had such a nice Absinthe before absolutely wonderful.

 

I was surprised to see it was available at a local Bevmo and bought it on impulse on the spot. Must have been there a while because it still had the Ridge Distillery label and the batch number written on the side was 54.



#2229 Joe Legate

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:00 AM

Does Catskill Cellars stock the newest batch?

This batch is still comfortably resting in the distillery.  We'll keep it there for as long as possible. ;)

CC is great for trying to keep everything they can in stock.



#2230 Jack Griffin

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 07:08 AM

Batch, schmatch... just buy some.   :cheerz:



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 08:26 AM

Maybe he meant do they stock the newest label?

The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:26 AM

I've seen talk about how great a batch is from time to time, and thought "I have to get some!"  Sometimes it's possible, and others, not. I'd imagine distribution has just as much to do with it as the production.  I remember recently Joe posted about I believe, batch 77 being very special. By the time Catskill Cellars had Vilya in stock, they were way past that batch... I loved it anyway.

 

At this point, I've decided not to concern myself about batch numbers, and just support the distillers I care about, by buying whatever is available, when I'm in the market to buy something.  With certain absinthes like L'Ancienne, for example, we know there's only one batch per year (or two) and only so many bottles... that's a different story.



#2233 Joe Legate

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:00 PM

True, true...  Please bear in mind, we are perhaps the country's smallest micro-distillery and a "Batch" for us is laughably small for any distillery of size.  We don't mind.  We treat each run of the still lovingly and tend to it personally from start to finish.  There aren't many distillers that mean "Small Batch" as definitively as we mean small batch! :laugh:



#2234 Ron

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:20 AM

Bring a bottle or three with you to the super secret thing later this month, yeah?


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#2235 Joe Legate

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 03:15 AM

They are already there waiting for us.  :secret2: 



#2236 greytail

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 07:22 AM

Bring a bottle or three with you to the super secret thing later this month, yeah?


Now it is no secret.
Nos adepto quis nos mereo. Nos mereo quis nos adepto.

#2237 Absomphe

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:01 AM

Sans details, I vote yes.


Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:30 PM

I shouldn't think wedding bells should ever be a secret.

Yes, it's true.  Ron and I are getting married. :euro: :heart: :holiday:



#2239 baubel

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:35 PM

Congratulations!  :cheerz:


A little technological fix to a spiritual problem.


#2240 fingerpickinblue

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:24 PM

I can't think of a better looking couple.


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#2241 Ambear

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:08 PM

Guess Evan and I will run off with Jules then.  :holiday:


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:18 PM

They'll make some pretty rugrats, too. Likable, even.
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#2243 Ron

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 12:16 AM

Now it is no secret.


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#2244 baubel

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:36 PM

Nice idea.


A little technological fix to a spiritual problem.


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 05:42 PM

As promised, a few photos from a very special event:

  Bride, officiant and Groom in action.

 

Excellent refreshments!

 

MPC & Ron

 

Brenda, Bill, Ron MPC

 

The Groom

 

The Evil

 

Maggie the Cat and a random stalker

 

Lots of old friends meeting again

 

Yeah, we had a great time!

 

Thanks, Nathan.  Much love to you and your bride and many, many years of happiness. :cheers:



#2246 TheLoucheyMonster!

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:28 PM

congrats an cheers to all! :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:



#2247 Hedonmonkey

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:57 PM

:cheers:


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#2248 Absomphe

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:31 AM

Hearty congrats! :b-day:  :b-day:  :b-day: 


Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

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#2249 Evan Camomile

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 09:01 AM

Congratulations! :b-day:  :cheers:


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 10:47 AM

Congrats to you both! And holy crap, that's some serious beard representation there.


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