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Hi everyone!

 

I first discovered absinthe when I read about it in a casual book about organic chemistry where the author decribed it as van Gogh's downfall and how it was banned. Ever since then I have learned so much more about absinthe and how what I read in that book is wrong.

 

The first absinthe I bought was Jade Edourd back in 2005. Since at the time it was so expensive and a hassel to get it I have taken a hiatus from absinthe until this year when I found out absinthe was legal and that there are many great absinthes availiable and made here in the states. The same bottle of Edouard that I bought 5 years ago just ran out and I am ready to try other absinthes.

 

However, my inexperienced palate never got pass the anise in the flavor profile. I supose I was too egar to just try the good stuff that I skipped trying introductory brands. So now I'm starting fresh and working my way up since introductory absinthe is readily availiable at my liquor store and bars. However even those are expensive and the supply is limited in Texas so its a slow process.

 

I should also mention that everything I learned about absinthe I learned from here and La Fee Verte, so I have been hanging around for a while but have just decided to join.

 

Oh, and you can call me Lanessa just to make things easier.

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I hadn't touched my bottle for a long time and I was like "How long ago did I get this?" and saw the 2005 stamped right on it. I probably should have not finished it now that I think about it but I still have the bottle. Just can't bring myself to throw it out. I want to say that when I first started to research absinthe Jade wasn't in production yet and I got it soon after they were available. But it was a long time ago and I've never had a good memory.

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I know but when I read the review and I hear other people describing how they detect sutle hints of other flavors I think that I'm missing something. I guess its like how I can't detect chocolate or berries or some other hints that I hear people say are in wine or cigars. I'm hoping that with more experience I will be able to detect those sutle hints and can tell the difference between a moderate and high quality absinthe. Right now they just kind of tase similar (blasphamous I know).

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Welcome to the Forum.

 

I don't see much sense in going back to a "beginners" absinthe (like, Lucid for example) after the Jade. If you look at the DUNY offerings, I would suggest Duplais Verte, Vieux Pontarlier, Pacifique or Vieux Carre. These are all fine choices and I doubt you could go wrong with any of them. No matter which you choose, louche a glass and read a few reviews as you slowly sip it. You will be able to identify those different flavors in no time. :cheers:

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Believe me Joe I would jump on the opportunity to buy any one of those. I already have a hit list of which ones I want to buy. Unfortunately the economy has not been kind to us and even bringing myself to pay for a cheap absinthe like Kübler is difficult. My plan is to sample different brands at a local bar and work from there. Once I graduate in December and get a job I will definitely be getting more. But I'll have to stick to Catskills since DUNY doesn't ship to Texas :thumbdown: I'm even thinking about asking a friend or relative for Meadow of Love as a graduation gift.

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Howdy Podner. :cheers:

 

 

The first absinthes I tried were Jade and Clandestine. I still have my first--although long empty (:thumbdown:) bottle of Edouard.

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Welcome :wave2:

You say you're just north of Houston? Would you be near Conroe? I only know that area because I've been to the Texas Renaissance Festival a few times. By the way, it's arguably my favorite renfest.

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Unfortunately the economy has not been kind to us
There are a lot of us here that understand exactly what you mean. If you pick up a bottle of something a little unusual (not Lucid or Kübler) but it doesn't really tickle your fancy, there are several members here that would probably be willing to swap sips of this or that. It is a fairly inexpensive way of tasting several different brands without sinking a fortune in full bottles. :cheers:

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I am in The Woodlands just 30 minutes away from Ren Fest. Jeez it's been years since I've gone.

 

Joe, perhaps you're right. I will have to go to the next get together in Houston and bring a good bottle.

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Drive down to Spec's and get a bottle of Herbsaint Original, you can train on that, and it will taste better most of the stuff Spec's has on the absinthe shelf.

 

Blame the messed up distribution system we have. cough cough re*****c sucks cough cough

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