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#1 Adam and Steff

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:21 PM

for the last week or so my wife and I have been tripping and stumbling our way into the world of absinthe. living in houston, texas you don't hear much more than the usual gossip regarding the green fairy so when years of curiosity finally got the better of me I hopped on the internet. I found that absinthe was not only no longer illegal but that you could purchase the real deal online. my "research" from this point consisted basically of me jumping from site to site searching for the most expensive and attractive absinthe available. only after purchasing a bottle of absinthe king of spirits gold and a bottle of absinthe35 did I find the wormwood society and your reviews of the products I had just squandered so much money on. I quickly sent an email request to the vendor, simply named buy-czech-absinthe.com (my cheeks redden with embarrassment at my own obvious folly), and requested an immediate order cancellation and refund. that was all of four days ago, I've yet to get confirmation of my refund, and I get the sinking feeling that this "absinthe" which I've now heard nothing but negative things about is going to show up on my doorstep. in the meantime I've also purchased a spoon and glass set from absinthiana and three more bottles of absinthe (la grenouille, alandia suisse verte, and alandia strong68) two for their respectable flavor and one more for effect. so, I'm expecting some form of absinthe any day now and however it turns out I'm thrilled to have found such a direct outlet for information on the subject.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:24 PM

Greetings! :cheers:

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

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#3 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:30 PM

Welcome. :cheers:

Sorry to hear about the rough beginning, but how are you gonna know until you know? Y'know?

three more bottles of absinthe (la grenouille, alandia suisse verte, and alandia strong68) two for their respectable flavor and one more for effect.

Here's some more unfortunate news: that whole "effect" thing is basically bullshit. Sure, some folks feel a little less stupified when they drink absinthe, and there can be a brief little glow about 15 to 20 minutes in (anethole is a mild stimulant), but it's not very obvious. And drinking more absinthe just makes you drunker.

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#4 Adam and Steff

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:48 PM

thank you! as I come to understand and respect what absinthe truly is I am also learning what to/not to expect from it. and fortunately I didn't pay anything near what the kosg cost for all three of the others combined :thumbup: the more you know!

#5 Julie Legate

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:30 PM

Czech Strong68 was my first absinth. I avoid it to this day. Joe and I tripped and stumbled our way to quality absinthe too.
Welcome! :cheers:
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#6 TheLoucheyMonster!

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:45 PM

Welcome!
La Grenouille, and the Suisse Verte are both good introductions to absinthe.

Just a little note, it really helps if you capitalize, per the rules (Link, #3). It makes things much easier to read. :twitchsmile: Maybe also break up a long post into paragraphs as well. :police:

Other than that, great introduction post. :cheers:
I am sure you will find a Texan or two will have some suggestions what is available in your area. I think you will love this place, and all the resources here!

Edited by TheLoucheyMonster!, 03 March 2012 - 05:35 PM.


#7 techdiver

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:30 PM

Strong68 was my first as well, and I forget how much sugar I added by the time I gave up and donated the bottle. Maybe 3 cubes. Welcome. :cheers:

#8 Père Ubu

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:41 PM

Welcome to the forum from Rosharon TX. :cheers:

The main Spec's (smith st.) does have Vieux Carre, which is IMHO a very good absinthe.
For others there is Catskills Cellars. Exellent service and selection, not a bad absinthe in the bunch, and some very reasonably priced ones too. an order of Pacifique, Meadow of Love, and Ridge Blanche would get you a very nice selcgtion and free shipping. so would Pacifique, Ridge Verte, and La Clandestine. Or just about any combo that puts you over $150. She does not sell a single crappy absinthe, they are all good.
Check out our preferred vendors list, it will steer your straight, and avoid peddling to vendors of ill repute.

If you haven't got travel plans for June, the Great American Absinthe Festival in Montana would be a great way to learn and meet some of the nicest/coolest people on this green earth.

There is a very decent and cheap substitute available in Houston, with a slightly biased historian that comes with it. It has the picture of the Old Absinthe House in nola, on a yellow label. It's called Herbsaint Legendre.

The anvil bar has a good rep, but I do most of my absinthe drinking at home.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:12 PM

Welcome to the WS! :cheers:
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:23 PM

Most of us have made that rough start. It's ok to admit. ;)

Welcome to the forum and as one member posted, The FIRST ever Great American Absinthe Festival will be in Whitefish, Montana. It's still early enough to get decent flights and there are some rooms left at the Kandahar Lodge.

Love to have you. There will be some very good booze and better people at this event.

Welcome to the forum. :cheers:
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I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:42 PM

Thankfully you made your way here so soon into your absinthe adventure. Welcome. Jump on and enjoy the ride. It's gonna be a long trip :biggrin:

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#12 Hedonmonkey

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:47 PM

:cheers:

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#13 Joe Legate

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:52 PM

Welcome to the forum. :cheers: Many of us had a very rough start so don't feel embarrassed. Maybe that's why we stuck around, to help others avoid our mistakes.

There will be some very good booze and better people at this event.

That could be the understatement of the year. ;)

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:56 PM

That could be the understatement of the year.

I like to start early. ;)
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.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:08 PM

Welcome to the forum from Rosharon TX. :cheers:There is a very decent and cheap substitute available in Houston, with a slightly biased historian that comes with it. It has the picture of the Old Absinthe House in nola, on a yellow label. It's called Herbsaint Legendre.

The anvil bar has a good rep, but I do most of my absinthe drinking at home.


It's Legendre Herbsaint Marion Legendre liked having his name first.

Anvil is excellent for cocktails, or swing by AvantGarden....don't go to Absinthe, they still do the burning sugar cube nonsense.
At the close of the day drink an Herbsaint Frappé,...Legendre Herbsaint, always served when absinthe is called for.
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#16 Bluewolf Pete

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:46 PM

Welcome! :arrr:
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:10 PM

:wave2: Welcome!
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:51 PM

Hello & welcome to the WS! :cheers:
I know I've definitely had my share of mediocre and flat-out bad absinthe along the way, many others here will tell you the same. It's a learning experience. :laugh:
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#19 baubel

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:04 AM

Howdy Podners. :cheers:

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#20 AiO

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 05:02 AM

Greetings--it's all uphill from here! :cheers:
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:14 AM

Greetings and Welcome! :cheers: As The Man says, how you gonna know until you know? Truer words were never spoken.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:34 AM

Hello and welcome! :cheers:
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#23 Adam and Steff

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:47 AM

Thank you all so kindly for such a warm welcome! You guys truly have a wonderful community here and I look forward to sharing as well as learning. I'll keep you all posted and let you know my first impressions!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 03:22 PM

Welcome! :cheers:
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 03:24 PM

Welcome!

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#26 Evan Camomile

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:15 PM

Welcome! My first "absinthes" weren't much better.

Your taste buds will tell you everything you need to know when you crack open those bottles.

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