The Absinthe Tasting went well, though I did have a few hiccups along the way.
My wife started on my outfit late and ended up working on it until around 6:00 pm which put us on site at 10:00 pm. I immediately pulled out my stuff and went to the hall where the Streampunk Ball was to occur. This picture shows Dr. H. G. Brasington's Parlour d'Absinthe
before I added my stuff. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture after I had set my stuff out. I'm still holding out though for the possibility that someone else did and that I can get a copy of it. Despite running late, by 11:00pm the party was in full swing
I followed my original plan for the most part, sitting four people in each group. We talked a little about absinthe; its history, the hype, and some of what real absinthe is about. I did have a few people that had already done some research and new how much credence to lend the hype. The rest of the folks were more than willing to listen and walked away with a better understanding of what absinthe is.
I had on hand two blanches and five vertes, one of which was Lucid. I let each group sample three absinthes, starting with a blanche, as was recommended in this thread, then we sampled a verte. We rounded out each round with Lucid, which, though I think its ok, is the least of the 7 absinthes I had with me that night. The first round went well with three of the customers walking away with the name of at least one absinthe to look for and plans to pick it up. This picture
is of the first group. Here is a second picture
of the first group. Does anyone want to take a shot at which absinthes you can see over the ladies shoulder?
Unfortunately, while preparing the first sample for the second round, I got distracted during the measuring and mixed it a little strong, like 2:1. I figured that out when one of the customers commented that it tasted like grain alcohol with a hint of licorice. I tasted it and realized my mistake and remixed it. The rest of that round went smoothly. Here is a picture
of the second group, with a few additional folks hanging around and absorbing the atmosphere.
Throughout the night I only had one incident where someone walked up looking for free alcohol. I told the individual that he was welcome to have some but he would have to wait and then join the next group and partake of the tasting. He ended up hanging out until the official tasting was done and then I let him sample each of the seven absinthes on hand.
In the end, I had a few folks that decided absinthe wasn't for them, but I also had more than a few folks walk away with a glass of absinthe in hand and the names of a couple of absinthes to look up. The wonderful lady that set up the "Parlour" for me, and by the way providing most of the steampunk decorations for the hall, was very pleased at how the Absinthe Tasting party went. All told, I think it was a smashing success.
One final note, I had worked up a handout to, well, hand out, using a number of the articles found here on the WS site, including a review of each of the absinthes I had on hand. I sought out and received permission from the original authors to include the articles and reviews but in the end I had a problem with my printer and then didn't get the opportunity to stop by the print shop to get them printed, so I ended up winging it. I do plan on tweaking the handout and using it at future such parties.
Edited by Maredudd, 02 January 2012 - 09:10 PM.