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Here is The Hierarchy, in order of preference:

 

The best Artisinal Absinthes

The best Vintage Commercial Absinthes

Mediocre Artisinal Absinthes

Best Commercial Absinthes

Arak, or Raki

Mediocre Commercial Absinthes

The Best Commercial Pastis

Crap

 

So what would be a source for Artisinal Absinthe?

 

And what are your brand preferances with in each catagory of your Hierarchy

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:wacko: I too bow to the to Belgian king.

 

The pun was to guessing the origin (you're preference in beer) stradling the fence (France and Germany). In my opinion though, French Bier blows German away. Paper covers rock :harhar:

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'So what would be a source for Artisinal Absinthe?'

 

I don't think that question can be answered here. ;)

 

edit: well, to a point anyway

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Oud Bruins, not restricted to, but concentrated in Flanders, are light to medium-bodied, deep copper to brown in colour. They are extremely varied, characterized by a slight vinegar or lactic sourness and spiciness to smooth and sweet. A fruity-estery character is apparent with no hop flavour or aroma. Low to medium bitterness. Very small quantities of diacetyl are acceptable. Roasted malt character in aroma and flavour is acceptable, at low levels. Oak-like or woody characters may be pleasantly integrated into overall palate. Typically old and new Brown ales are blended, like Lambics.

 

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I said Pre-Commercial.

 

 

"The views and opinions expressed in this post are strictly those of the post author. The contents of this post have not been reviewed or approved by the WS." :devil:

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Hey Jack,

 

Sorry to see this thread so late. You (and others) have been mentioning arak for a while. Could you suggest a brand and where I might find this delight?

 

I've made some visits to our finer liquor stores on the island, but not much washes ashore here in the middle of the sea.

 

Thanks.

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I said Pre-Commercial.

 

 

"The views and opinions expressed in this post are strictly those of the post author. The contents of this post have not been reviewed or approved by the WS." :devil:

The preceding message was sponsored by the Evil Absinthe Syndicate™.

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The best French Bieres de Garde blow away any German bier.

 

However, most German bier is better than most French biere.

 

Jack is right about the Belgica stuff, except for Stella Artois, which is glorified Bud.

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The Stella I had at the brewery many moons ago was way better than the product now marketed under the same name in the States. Not that it was a great beer, just better than the current stuff.

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Most French beers are crap, but I agree the "Farmer brews" brewed on the Belgican border tend to be quite grate. I like some of the German smoked beers - they're nice and burnt.

 

Arak ain't easy to find in WA state. http://www.liq.wa.gov/services/brandsearch.asp It used to be easier, but the government employed over-payed clerks at our liquor stores don't give a rat's ass about their customers.

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Lynnwood West, store #61 I think, is bringing in another 12 bottles for me.

 

Y'all can have some if ya like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actually I have checked and it is store #144, not #61.

175th and Aurora in Snohomish county.

Edited by G&C

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I have a bottle of Al Wadi Arak that a friend brought over once.

 

Is this considered a decent brand?

 

My buddy and i drank it back in the summer when he came for a visit, but i had a glass last week and I found it ok, not great. It made me want absinthe...I was out of absinthe last week.

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Here is The Hierarchy, in order of preference:

 

The best Artisinal Absinthes

The best Vintage Commercial Absinthes

Mediocre Artisinal Absinthes

Best Commercial Absinthes

Arak, or Raki

Mediocre Commercial Absinthes

The Best Commercial Pastis

Crap

 

So what would be a source for Artisinal Absinthe?

 

And what are your brand preferances with in each catagory of your Hierarchy

 

I wouldn't disagree with that list.

 

Graham: Have a look ovah myah.

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Ill keep an eye out for Razzouk. While my 'hood is mostly Latino, Jersey City is one of the few places in the country with a large middle eastern/muslim community. The closest liquor store to my home caters to that community a bit more than to the latinos. I think there is a fairly wide range of araks there.

 

and speaking of latinos...ever try agua diente, the colombian anise drink? mmmmmm

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Here is The Hierarchy, in order of preference:

 

The best Artisinal Absinthes

The best Vintage Commercial Absinthes

Mediocre Artisinal Absinthes

Best Commercial Absinthes

Arak, or Raki

Mediocre Commercial Absinthes

The Best Commercial Pastis

Crap

 

Awright, how often do you get to the bottom of the list? And please favor us with the best source for "crap"...

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Nice little artisanal distillery not far from me.

They're doing some interesting stuff, so far I've made no inroads with the distiller in trying to get an aniseed liquor made.

 

edit: I have no idea what they mean in their vodka description.

It's distilled from a fermented apple mash, nothing else.

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