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#1 Ian Hutton

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 11:18 PM

Hi, I'm not exactly new around here but I haven't posted to any absinthe forums since 'going commercial' around 10 years ago. So here's a quick resume for other newcomers.

After a lifelong fascination with absinthe and all things absinthe I bought Phil (Frenchman)'s antique collection and started the online absinthe antiques shop absintheoriginals.com sometime around the turn of the millenium. After a few happy years tracking down rare and wonderful spoons and glasses LDF was created to make real absinthe available again (back in 2002 there was only really Czechsinthe around). The first absinthe to be imported into the UK was Un Emile 68 from Pernot fils, closely followed by Verte de Fougerolles from Paul Devoille. A couple of years later we hooked up with Ted who was looking for a European distillery to produce Jade in and introduced him to Franck at Combier which led to the commercialisation of Jade Liqueurs.

Since then I have sold off the antiques business and started the inevitable 'brand building' by developing LDF's own products the Enigma range and Nemesinthe a (gasp) 'absinthe par essences'.

So I am breaking purdah and will now start to contribute more to WS, be gentle!

#2 Alan Moss

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 11:50 PM

Welcome, Ian. :cheers:

"Coming in from the cold?" Aren't you just back from India, and doesn't that mean you're coming back to the cold UK? Thanks for bringing the rain with you.

Since then I have started the inevitable 'brand building' by developing LDF's own products the Enigma range

Whatever next? Twitter? :devil:
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#3 Ian Hutton

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:38 AM

Thanks Alan. You're right, it hasn't stopped raining since I came back from Goa and it is about 20 C colder too!

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:11 AM

Welcome Ian!
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:39 AM

Welcome to the Forum. :cheers:

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:00 AM

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:43 AM

Greetings, Ian! :cheers:

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:08 AM

Welcome, Ian! I love LDF.

I'm leaving for London in a few days. Where do you recommend I go for absinthe, bar/restaurant and retail? I'll be staying in the Knightsbridge area and so far have plans to go to the Brompton Bar and Grill (very close to my hotel) and Nightjar. I have a list of places that supposedly serve absinthe, but do you have any personal favorites?

Thanks.
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#9 Père Ubu

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:44 AM

Welcome to the forum! :cheers:

#10 Ian Hutton

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:32 AM

Welcome, Ian! I love LDF.

I'm leaving for London in a few days. Where do you recommend I go for absinthe, bar/restaurant and retail? I'll be staying in the Knightsbridge area and so far have plans to go to the Brompton Bar and Grill (very close to my hotel) and Nightjar. I have a list of places that supposedly serve absinthe, but do you have any personal favorites?

Thanks.


Hi Crow. Soho Wine supply in Percy Street W1 is the best for retail absinthe sales. They have a good range and are very knowledgeable, no gimmicky drinks unlike other outlets in London. Most regular bars and speakeasy bars will serve absinthe in cocktails so if you want to taste the absinthe traditionally served then The Nightjar and Brompton Bar are probably the best choices, both have websites so you can get a feel for them in advance. I've been out of London since October so there may be new venues which I am unfamiliar with.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:34 AM

Welcome Ian. It's a long way from lunch at the Gare du Nord.

If you don't like anise at all, you're not likely to care for any decent absinthe, as absinthe is an anise flavored drink. It's kind of like asking if there are any good beers that don't taste like hops or malt.----Hiram

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:05 AM

Welcome aboard, Ian! :cheers:
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:09 AM

Welcome to the forum Ian! :cheers:
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:26 AM

Soho Wine supply in Percy Street W1 is the best for retail absinthe sales. They have a good range and are very knowledgeable, no gimmicky drinks unlike other outlets in London.

Thanks, Ian. Yes, Soho Wine Supply has been recommended to me by others. Looks like it is the place to go.
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#15 Ian Hutton

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:36 AM

Welcome Ian. It's a long way from lunch at the Gare du Nord.


Hi Marc, was it Gare du Nord or Gare du Lyon? Either way it is a long way in both time and space!

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:46 AM

Welcome Ian, your customer service and personal touch always impressed me. I suggest LDF to friends on a regular basis. Welcome.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:47 AM

Hello and welcome! :cheers:
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:15 AM

Welcome Ian! It's been far too long since I've ordered anything from LDF, but it was always my preferred European absinthe source. I'm almost out of VdF (I bought it before the name change) so I'm sure I'll buy a few bottles of Enigma once I jump over a few other financial hurdles.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:24 AM

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#20 Ian Hutton

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:38 AM

Welcome Ian! It's been far too long since I've ordered anything from LDF, but it was always my preferred European absinthe source. I'm almost out of VdF (I bought it before the name change) so I'm sure I'll buy a few bottles of Enigma once I jump over a few other financial hurdles.


Thanks. I promise that I haven't come back to promote either LDF or Enigma but I'll just say that the Enigma verte and Enigma blanche recipes are exactly the same as they always were when it was plain old VdF and BdF.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:07 AM

Welcome, Ian! :cheers:

It's good to have you here. Make yourself at home.

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#22 Ron

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:56 AM

Hi Ian! Welcome here.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:11 AM

Hi, I'm not exactly new


I remember you. Do you remember that passion fruit absinthe experiment? ;)

#24 Evan Camomile

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:24 PM

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#25 Ian Hutton

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:29 AM

Welcome, Ian! :cheers:

It's good to have you here. Make yourself at home.


Thanks for the warm welcome Gwydion.

#26 Ian Hutton

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:31 AM

Hi, I'm not exactly new


I remember you. Do you remember that passion fruit absinthe experiment? ;)


Passion fruit absinthe? I remember lots of unusual experiments back in the day.

#27 AiO

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:48 AM

Welcome, Ian! It's good to have you here. I guess there's room for one more... :wave2:

Cheers,

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#28 Artemis

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:56 AM

Yes, passion fruit. Unusual it was, and would still be today.

It was pretty good.

For an English absinthe, anyway. :laugh:

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:09 PM

Welcome, Ian. :cheers: (Are we being gentle enough? ;) )
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:50 PM

Welcome!
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