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#1 Blue Star

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 08:52 AM

We are thinking to have some merchandise available to promote our distillery's absinthe when we start production. But instead of just getting a name or logo imprint on a conventionally manufactured glass or absinthe spoon, we would also like to offer limited artisanal handcraft products to emphasize the artisanal handcraft approach we plan for the absinthe. So, we are thinking about a hand-blown pontarlier glass and cast metal spoon by US artisans. But these would not be cheap, perhaps $50 for a glass and $30 for a spoon. I am interested in feedback on what kind of market there might be for such items.

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 09:01 AM

very small
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 09:12 AM

very small


Thanks, although numbers would help. A dozen won't work, but a couple hundred would for the spoon.

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 09:14 AM

You could probably sell 10's of them.
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 10:39 AM

Sounds about right, unfortunately.
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 11:26 AM

Sounds about right, unfortunately.


Disappointing. I had hoped there would be a market for quality between the stamped metal spoons and the silver work by Kirk.

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:19 PM

Several crafters have done such ventures, but I didn't hear many huge success stories about it. Obsello had a pretty cool laser cut spoons, but I don't think that even those were wildly successful.
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:24 PM

The number of absintheurs is pretty small. The number of absintheurs who use spoons is even smaller.
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 04:20 PM

Sometimes I wish that I used spoons, I have quite a few that I never use but look so pretty.

The glasses may sell better.

I've heard of people picking up bottles of absinthe because a spoon was included. These spoons tend to be much cheaper though.

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 07:19 PM

When Riedel produces an absinthe glass, maybe there's room for something artisanal.
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 07:23 PM

They haven't been interested for years...
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 07:29 PM

Just my point.
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 08:39 PM

From time-to-time, I'll have an art student looking into making a few spoons for us. It hasn't panned out yet although I've seen some cool designs that the students apparently received good grades for.

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 08:51 PM

They haven't been interested for years...

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 01:25 PM

Here is a Riedel option for absinthe tasting...I think they discontinued it - it's got kind of a clunky base (they occationaly show up on e-Bay), and they could not be convinced to enlarge the reservoir (only 2cl) and make it into an absinthe glass.

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The Simon Pearce-Tempus Fugit Pontarlier glass. Completely artisanal, correctly dosed, magnificently clear glass cullet, light weight, yet as thick as an original, amazingly sturdy. Not sure how anyone could make anything better. At $68 retail, the pricing is completely in-line with the rest of the Simon Pearce collection, but most absinthe drinkers won't pay Riedel Sommelier Wine Glass Series prices for absinthe glasses, unless they buy an original. Some day, this will change, but not anytime soon...

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:25 PM

Thanks, that's helpful.

Here is a Riedel option for absinthe tasting...I think they discontinued it - it's got kind of a clunky base (they occationaly show up on e-Bay), and they could not be convinced to enlarge the reservoir (only 2cl) and make it into an absinthe glass.

The Simon Pearce-Tempus Fugit Pontarlier glass. Completely artisanal, correctly dosed, magnificently clear glass cullet, light weight, yet as thick as an original, amazingly sturdy. Not sure how anyone could make anything better. At $68 retail, the pricing is completely in-line with the rest of the Simon Pearce collection, but most absinthe drinkers won't pay Riedel Sommelier Wine Glass Series prices for absinthe glasses, unless they buy an original. Some day, this will change, but not anytime soon...


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Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:26 PM

The idea of that Reidel glass, for wine, was to fill it to the level you see in the pic, and then lay it on its side, and roll it to coat the interior walls (kind of like tipping a properly proportioned snifter on its side to fill). It was a bad idea for wine tasting. I know where there are some if anyone is interested.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:47 PM

I was curious about the Simon Pearce glasses and Pierreverte set me straight. He said they could be used in hand to hand combat. I really enjoy the Simon Pearce glasses I have.
They have a nice heft to them and the things are smooth. True works of art.

If you find some, you will not regret buying them. JMHO
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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:04 PM

Collect 'em all!!

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:30 PM

I agree whole heartily!
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

#21 Père Ubu

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:40 PM

Love of France carries those me thinks.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:44 PM

I'm in PV. Where do I order a couple? I need some nice solid glasses for casual non-antique nights.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 06:18 PM

http://www.loveoffra...fault.aspx#C145

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:13 PM

The Simon Pierce glasses are very nice. I love mine. I'm also easily amused and like to run a wet finger around the rims of some of them to make them sing.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 04:43 AM

Very nice Phoenix!

And the shelves full of good booze.....yes, I'm green with envy.

Calendar worthy for sure.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 06:57 AM

Ah yes...I'm seeing some good stuff back there. And Kübler.

I've always wanted some of those glasses since I came across them online a while back...but at the time those glasses were a little too pricey for my bottle of Lucid. :twitchsmile:
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:44 AM

Phoenix, those photos are great.
Good to see you again BTW!

#28 Père Ubu

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 09:04 AM

Gorgeous photos!

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 09:04 AM

Indeed! :cheers:

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 09:12 AM

Just noticed my link was for cell phones. Here is the link for PCs.


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