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#1 staggbr

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:27 PM

Hi,

Over several months I've been learning about and making spirits and cocktails. More recently I've taken an interest in absinthe, but have never tried it. I've noticed that you need to spend about $150 - $160 AUD to get a respectable absinthe, so I've got a few questions before lashing out to buy one.

First, there is a lot of interest surrounding absinthe, but I could spend an equivalent amount on about 4 other spirits which would really develop my liquor collection and cocktail repertoire, so I was wondering if it actually a particularly enjoyable drink?

I'm considering Mansinthe at $140 AUD, or Duplais Blanche at $145, or Jade PF 1901 at $199 or Jade VS 1898 at $199. Which is the Jade varieties is better? And is it worth spending the extra money on the Jade varieties listed?

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:38 PM

Welcome to the forum. :wave2:

Just my humble opinion that all the Jades are worth it ........ to me.

Duplais Blanche is a good drink.

I've never tried Mansinthe. <shrug>

If you are concerned about money then maybe the Mansinthe and Duplais would be good to start.

If you like those then the Jades will really be eye openers.

Of the things you listed, none are bad. Really!

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:39 PM

Welcome staggbr. You are correct that absinthe can be an expensive proposition, and thus a risk for someone who has never tried it; however, no one can predict if you personally will like it and view it as worth the money. Obviously those of us who are regulars on the forum enjoy it and believe it is a worthwhile pursuit, but that doesn't mean you will. I remember taking my first leap of faith and ordering 3 bottles to the tune of around $300 US. I'm not suggesting that you should do the same, but obviously curiosity has brought you here. Only you can decide if it's worth it to pursue that first chance purchase. For a beginner, I'd suggest starting with one of the less expensive options you have listed, as that should be sufficient to tell you if you'll like absinthe as a beverage overall. From there you can always move up the scale. Spend some time reading the review section on the main page. That should provide you with some idea of which bottle you may want to start with. :cheers:
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:07 PM

Read, read, read. Everything you want to know about absinthe and more, is right here at your clicky tips. :wave2:
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:21 PM

I my opinion, I would choose the Jade PF1901 out of the ones you mentioned. :cheers:
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:23 PM

Welcome to the Forum! :arrr:
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:40 PM

Welcome!

I might be the only person on this forum who isn't crazy about the jades. I've tried 1901 and eduaord... my husband and most others seem to love them. Duplais verte and duplais balance are two of my favorites, but I've never tried the Blanche. I think of those you mention, mansinthe is the least well received. Read the reviews.

The best thing to do is to try to find bars that serve absinthe and taste it there before you commit to a bottle. Problem is, unless you're in a big city or you get lucky, most bars either don't have it or if they do they could have crappy stuff that might turn you off.

Personally, I have never been enthralled with any particular type of alcohol until I tried absinthe. I''ve only been drinking it for six months and I still can't believe how willing I am to shell out the big bucks to explore what my husband calls my "beautiful obsession." In my opinion, it is worth every cent.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:06 PM

Crow has some very good points. In particular, I would suggest that the Duplais is probably a better entry level absinthe than the Jades. I like the Jades and the Duplais but if I was giving advice to a friend that hadn't tried absinthe and was putting his/her own money up, I would recommend the Duplais Verte. It is a well-crafted absinthe, darn tasty and completely approachable. The Jades are more complex but that's not a bad thing, either. Certainly, Duplais is more affordable and since it is a high quality absinthe, I would steer you in that direction until you knew absinthe was a likeable drink.

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(Would you like for me to relocate this thread to the Newcomers section?)

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:30 PM

Thanks everyone for the helpful and encouraging replies! Joe - Please feel free to relocate this thread. My apologies for not even noticing the newcomers section. Kind regards,

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:34 AM

Welcome to the forum! :cheers:

Follow the spectacular advice already given, and the yellow brick road should lead you to where the green fairy resides in oz. Somewhere in here is a thread about a good absinthe bar in oz. If you can visit it, you could buy a glass, let them prepare it for ya, and see if you like it.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:51 AM

Read, read, read. Everything you want to know about absinthe and more, is right here at your clicky tips. :wave2:


What he said.

And, personally, I'd go for Pacifique or Meadow of Love over any of the choices you mentioned, and that would be from a taste and value perspective.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:16 AM

Hey! I agree with the clown! I would also add Obsello (Spanish and reasonably priced) and of course Duplais Verte to his list. All mild and very tasty.

Actually, now that I think of it, Duplais Verte is slightly more tangy than the others. One of my favs, though.

Edited by crow, 01 March 2012 - 05:19 AM.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:03 AM

And, personally, I'd go for Pacifique...

The "150-160 AUD" wasn't a good enough hint for you, Abs? :laugh: Tell Zman to get his ass in gear and ship a boatload of absinthe to Australia! ;)

Enjoy yourself, staggbr. :cheers:

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 07:08 AM

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:35 AM

Howdy Podner. :cheers:


I agree with Joe. Duplais Verte is an excellent introductory absinthe.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:57 AM

I guess the real problem is that I think the verte is not an option...I've never tried Duplais Blanche, but it's supposed to be pretty decent. Mansinthe is fairly simplistic as far as flavors go, I've found it good to sample out to people at parties.

The bottle of Jade 1901 I got was ok, but I really like the VS. That's been a turning-point absinthe for quite a few friends that I gave lesser-quality absinthes to who thought absinthe was tolerable...once they tasted the VS you could see the light come on and they were quite impressed (and covetously guarding their glass.)
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:10 AM

Welcome, staggbr! My advice would be too go with the Mansinthe out of the ones you've listed. It's a verte (which, in case you didn't realize, means it's a green absinthe, as opposed to the white blanches), it's average but representative of absinthe in general so that you can decide if you would like others, and it's the cheapest.

Also, don't forget that absinthe is quite unlike anything else, so it may take two or three glasses (not necessarily in one night) before you can determine if you like it or not.

Good luck!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:16 AM

...And, personally, I'd go for Pacifique or Meadow of Love over any of the choices you mentioned, and that would be from a taste and value perspective.


The airline ticket might eat up any savings. :)

Edited by Miguel, 01 March 2012 - 10:20 AM.


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:20 AM

Here is an article on the BBC about a good absinthe bar in Austrailia. I don't know how far are you from Sydney, but the write ups and reports, sure look good.

Edited by Miguel, 01 March 2012 - 10:21 AM.


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:08 AM

The "150-160 AUD" wasn't a good enough hint for you, Abs? :laugh:


For sopme damnable reason, every time I see AUD, I think it's referring to Austrian currency.


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Edited by Absomphe, 01 March 2012 - 02:55 PM.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:10 PM

That's still a hike from Washington and NY.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:36 PM

Welcome to the forums. :wave2:

If you can make it to that bar linked to above, try some glasses of the stuff before buying a whole bottle.

If you can't then, I'd try the Duplais first. If you find that you really enjoy absinthe, then shell out money for some of the Jades. Since you are just curious I'd start at a lower price point.

For what it's worth Jade 1901 and VS are good, but Jade Edouard and Nouvelle Orleans are mighty fine in my book.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:36 PM

Personally, I have never been enthralled with any particular type of alcohol until I tried absinthe. I''ve only been drinking it for six months and I still can't believe how willing I am to shell out the big bucks to explore what my husband calls my "beautiful obsession." In my opinion, it is worth every cent.

I can so relate to this! I have always been a beer drinker, and mead when I was making it, and have passed on most spirits, but now I have 8 types of absinthe representing 6 distilleries and all three colors, and will continue to expand my cabinet of bottles!

I still drink beer every now and then, but I generally have a glass of absinthe most every night of the week.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:50 PM

Greetings, and welcome to the WS!
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:19 AM

Right! Welcome to WS! (from another relative newcomer!) :wave2:
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:23 AM

Welcome and good luck with your search. :cheers:
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:27 AM

All sound advice. Greetings, staggbr! There are a great many cocktails (both modern and classic) that are made with absinthe. There are a lot of mixed drinks that are made better with absinthe as well. Welcome! :arrr:
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:17 AM

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I still drink beer every now and then, but I generally have a glass of absinthe most every night of the week.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:48 PM

I haven't had a glass in over a week.

First we were away in Boston and then I got sick. Finally well enough to make merry.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:10 AM

Welcome! :cheers: The aforementioned bar looks like a great starting point. I'm still partial to PF 1901 since it was my first Jade. You can order 50ml samples online, but you won't find any of the Jades there.


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