Oh wow! Yeah, I'd drip that.
The Bloch Brouille
Posted 19 December 2013 - 08:10 AM
If you want one, now's the time. Only 50 have been made. They will 'officially' release on Saturday but Vert d'Absinthe is offering a pre-order discount starting today -- 79€ instead of 99€. US orders are discounted further because they aren't subject to VAT, but be warned: shipping is very pricey to the US.
I don't expect these will be available for long.
Posted 02 January 2014 - 05:07 PM
I got the 'Art Nouveau' brouilleur today. Very nice indeed.
The metal frame is made from a single sheet of stainless steel, stamped out and die-formed. The brouille is blown glass. It also comes with a glass marble. You may not be able to see it clearly in this photo but there is a flat spot on the marble. Changing the position of the marble in the hole of the brouille can affect the speed of the drip.
It will fit a range of glass diameters. This is my widest glass, an original Pontarlier. It just fits.
With the marble in place the drip is very, very slow. Maybe too slow; I need to experiment a bit more.
Without the marble the water passes in a steady stream. However -- the metal plate, with many very small holes, breaks it up nicely so that it doesn't pour straight into the absinthe.
All in all, this is a very pretty and very functional little tool.
Posted 02 January 2014 - 06:56 PM
Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on
an absinthe a beer bender.
You got a problem with that?
Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:35 PM
I've experimented a bit more with it and have found that it's quite easy to control the flow by turning the marble. It really works great and gives a very gentle drip that is very much like using a fountain.
Now that I have this, and my see-saw brouilleur, I'm afraid my fountain will start collecting dust.... No need to go to the trouble of setting it up when the brouilleurs are so simple and both work so well.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:51 PM
And an excellent post as always Georges. It's been a pleasure to live vicariously through your preban and antique adventures. I agree about the brouilleur being the preferred method.
One question, is the marble flat on both sides?
I have a couple different sized marbles that I use. One makes for a painfully slow drip, the other is more adjustable. For the flat bottomed dripper I just stick a broken toothpick in and away we go.
and the sad silent song made the hour twice as long,
as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.
Posted 04 January 2014 - 07:43 AM
Thanks for the comments. The marble is faceted/flat on only one side. It doesn't take long to figure out how to position it to regulate the flow from a very slow drip to a steady drip to a constant torrent -- same effect as the faucet on a fountain. Just a matter of getting used to it.
I used it last night to prepare a glass and it was perfect, starting out slow and speeding it up after the sugar was dissolved. It's particularly fun with a 'bubble' glass as the slow drip creates a terrific louche.
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