Answers to common newcomer questions
Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:22 PM
Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:19 PM
Next, I think a better and more accurate way to understand what happens as water is added to absinthe, rather than it "dilutes the flavors as well as the alcohol" is that it actually reveals flavors and aromas to a point. What's the right point? That's up to each individual absintheur. That's why all these methods are just guidelines. There is no absolute right or wrong and you may drink your absinthe any way you like. So ultimately, we are all chasing "a desired flavor result". One thing I would really suggest anyone who drinks absinthe do, from time to time, is follow the instructions in the "Dilution" section that starts with "Another very interesting and informative practice...". It can be very enlightening.
Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:46 PM
While I don't obsess over hitting 12% exactly when casually drinking, I bet I end up close. Honestly I use my nose to tell when an absinthe is ready unless I am reviewing, in which case I measure and use my nose.
Find your taste. My tastebuds are not yours. Over time, experiment again and see if your preferences have changed. I'd bet after a year or so you'll end up somewhere in the range of 10-15% final ABV.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:55 AM
It will vary from absinthe to absinthe. The point is to enjoy the glass. You'll likely get to a point where you don't think about such things, and just add water, take a sip, perhaps add a bit more, then kick back and relax. You'll see the glass will "look" like it's ready... The louche will be at a certain point, the aroma... Your instincts for what you like will clue you in, and you'll know when to stop adding water.
Also, you'll get to know your glasses, your favorite absinthes, and where the various levels fall.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:29 AM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:28 PM
My Pontarlier glasses are here, and this afternoon I'm picking up my bottle of Pacifique at DrinkUpNY. If I don't have a chance to try my first glass today, it'll be tomorrow for sure. I'm stoked!
Edited by Viseguy, 06 January 2013 - 12:33 PM.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:34 PM
Now I just roughly aim for 4:1 and then add water to taste. Besides neat ABV, each brand also has a different dilution that I enjoy. Some absinthes can be very picky about the dilution ratio they are best at. Some can taste amazing at widely different levels, although different aspects are enjoyed at each level.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:07 AM
- Question: Will storing absinthe upright cause the cork to dry out? Wouldn't on its side be better?
Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:13 AM
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