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#1 Brian Robinson

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 08:40 AM

It is with great pride that I introduce the publication of the Wormwood Society's Absinthe Tasting Journal.

This project all started when I decided I needed a better way to compile all of my written reviews than the multiple moleskine notebooks I had hanging around all over the place. So I started to put together a mini book that I was going to self publish on lulu, just to get something well constructed.

When I emailed Gwydion to ask if it would be OK to use the WS tasting system in the bindings, it occurred to me that I can't be the only person who has a ton of reviews and who plans on doing many more. So the collaboration began.

With a bunch of help from Ron in designing the tasting pages, and more help from Gwydion with some of the content and the wonderfully designed cover, we finally have a finished product!

I wanted to make sure it was easy to use, so here's what I did:

1) Soft bound, so it's easy to tote around and isn't too heavy. 9" wide x 7" tall x approx 1" thick.
2) Room for more than 200 reviews
3) Tabbed and alphabetized pages so it's easy to keep track of where each brand is located in your journal
4) Room for an initial review AND a follow-up review on each page
5) Spiral bound so that it will lay flat while writing your review
6) Approximately 30 pages or so of absinthe information, ranging from a brief history for absinthe newcomers to a slightly more advanced absinthe FAQ. Most of this info won't be new to you all, but it's an easy way for you to introduce some of the major points about absinthe to anyone who inquires.

Stay tuned for more info about release dates and pricing. Much of the proceeds will go to the WS general fund which we use for site upkeep, publication of fliers, tasting event expenses, etc. We're working through the last of the wrinkles right now, and everything should be good to go probably by next week.

A sample of the table of contents:
- Absinthe history
- Is absinthe a drug?
- What is thujone?
- How to prepare absinthe
- Is US absinthe REAL absinthe?
- General info on production methods
- types of absinthe (distilled, compounded, macerated)
- How to store absinthe
- Fuille morte
- What to look for when buying absinthe


Here's a picture of the cover:

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I hope you all like it!
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#2 pierreverte

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 08:56 AM

Finally, a good idea becoming reality for a subject that is in a constant state of change!
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#3 Brian Robinson

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 09:01 AM

:cheers:
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#4 peridot

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 09:37 AM

That's very, very cool.

But the board says I'm not allowed to view the cover picture.

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#5 Brian Robinson

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 09:44 AM

What do you mean? You can't see it? Or does it not let you click through?
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#6 rob fritz

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 10:05 AM

I got the same message as Peridot

#7 Jack Griffin

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 11:04 AM

Me too! Congrats Brian, can't wait to get it!

#8 baubel

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 11:17 AM

Cool idea Brian! I like it, but, I got the error message. Here's the text I got:

"Board Message

Sorry, an error occurred. If you are unsure on how to use a feature, or don't know why you got this error message, try looking through the help files for more information.
The error returned was:

Sorry, but you do not have permission to use this feature. If you are not logged in, you may do so using the form below if available."

A little technological fix to a spiritual problem.


#9 techdiver

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 11:36 AM

Same message here, odd that when posting a reply the reduced image shows. Concept looked great at Tales, I may just have to get one. It would motivate me to start reviewing again; besides getting me to open more of those still sealed bottles. :cheers:

#10 Brian Robinson

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 11:37 AM

I'll try posting the image in a different section. Maybe that will do it.
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#11 seeker of truth

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 06:14 PM

Great idea, I am very excited to be able see it!
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 10:02 AM

I'm very excited to get it!
That's great, Brian. I hope you release it damn quick. :cheers:

#13 Brian Robinson

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 10:03 AM

Hopefully in the next week or so. Just waiting on getting a few last edits, then will post the link.
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#14 Brian Robinson

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 10:05 AM

I shoud also clarify: there is room for over 200 'brand' reviews, but room for 2 reviews for each brand, so technically 400 reviews. :cheers:
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#15 Joe Legate

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 10:06 AM

Excellent!
Depending on my state of mind, I could easily make two reviews on many brands. :laugh:

#16 Absomphe

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 01:11 PM

But, since you're now a bona fide distiller, you probably won't. ;)


And I still can't view the cover picture, Brian, but the concept sounds killer! :thumbup:

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#17 Brian Robinson

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 03:31 PM

On either thread?
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#18 Absomphe

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 03:44 PM

What other thread did you post it in?

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#19 Butch Onufrak

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 05:31 PM

What abs said.
This is very cool!

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:47 PM

But, since you're now a bona fide distiller, you probably won't. ;)

Indeed. I stopped reviewing as soon as Jules and decided to go CO. I'll follow the lead of Todd, Gwydion and Marc, striving to be at least half as gracious and helpful. The world needs more gentlemen.

However, Brian & Gwydion's tasting journal is not only a thing of beauty but I bet it will be a very valuable private tool for someone in my position. I'm stoked!

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 10:07 PM

Brian, congratulations for this project !

I am waiting for a link that is accessible.

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 10:30 PM

This is a great idea Brian, and I'm glad it's going to be hitting the presses. Congrats! :cheers:

Out of curiosity, will there be room to paste absinthe bottle labels? I have my own homemade scrapbook of tasting reviews, and the impetus behind it was largely to collect bottle labels in much the same way that some folks collect wine labels in a wine journal (as I do as well), just as an fyi for your consideration.

#23 Brian Robinson

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 03:03 AM

Technically no, but I guess you could use the room that is provided for a follow up review to paste the label. There simply wasn't enough room. Although I guess it wouldn't be too hard to add some blank pages in the back for labels.
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#24 Brian Robinson

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 04:11 AM

What other thread did you post it in?

Looks like you found it. :)
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