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#1 stardust

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:00 PM

I was at a bar in Santa Monica called the Basement Tavern on Sunday, and I noticed this miniature absinthe fountain. I asked the bartender about it and he said it was given to them by Pernod. Has anyone seen a fountain like this for sale? It's the perfect sizre for one or two glasses of absinthe, and looked to me like it would travel well.

I'm hoping this has a more generic manufacturer, and that it's not exclusively from Pernod. I'd hate to have to buy a bottle of that crap to get this.

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#2 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:48 PM

I've seen a few at local bars here, and they were given by the Pernod rep as as well. It's common practice (although illegal in many states) for distributors to give bars branded items like this (and bar mats, signs, glassware, mirrors etc.), making them feel obligated to continue buying the brand. As far as I can find, these aren't available commercially and Pernod had them made for this specific purpose.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:25 PM

It looks like Pernod commissions the modern gear from a designer, Pierre Gonalons, so I would bet Pernod makes it exclusive.
http://www.pernod.ne...absinthe-ritual

I can't find a point of sale for it.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:25 PM

I don't understand why fountains such as this do not have extended feet from each corner to make them more stable. Situated at the corners they wouldn't get in the way of your glass and would make it much less likely of tipping over. But what do I know? :unsure:
I know I like absinthe and that's all that matters. :drunk: And that little emoticon. Yeah, I like it too.

The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


#5 fingerpickinblue

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:30 PM

The fact that they all say "Pernod Fils" on them makes it all the more painful.
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:21 PM

There are so many small fountains out there that are nicely designed....

#7 Père Ubu

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

Especially Baub's.

Lucid also pimps a line of cool stuff. Period sure gets behind some seriously nice gear. Too bad Pernod put all their energy into propaganda, which leaves no energy for a quality drink.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:04 AM

The fact that they all say "Pernod Fils" on them makes it all the more painful.


I hear you. My husband bought for me a bottle of Pernod as a surprise gift. Poor man did not know what he was doing... We only drank one glass to try it. It is sitting in the shelf ever since.

But thanks for the Pernod link, Louchey. Some of those images can make for good desktop wallpapers.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:44 AM

A friend of mine has a husband who works for a local bar. Lucid gave that bar a fountain, and I think the husband ended up with it, even though he's not into absinthe. I don't know about the size of it though.

Especially Baub's.


Hey, it's not the size of the fountain that matters but what you louche with it. Yeah, that's the ticket. :twitchsmile:

My husband bought for me a bottle of Pernod as a surprise gift. Poor man did not know what he was doing... We only drank one glass to try it. It is sitting in the shelf ever since.


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A little technological fix to a spiritual problem.


#10 Clement Arnoux (Aggelos)

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:47 AM

Actually you can buy it :)
But you have to go for the whole set, the "pernod cube bar"
http://www.the-boile...r/#.ULS1uFJJRyY

Costs an arm and a leg, sold with Pernod bottle.

I have been aware of its existence for a long while, having discussed with Gonalons for an article in La Gazette. Pernod never gave their green light for the article to be published. I can give some facts on his work though
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:03 AM

Those (what I assume to be) spoons are damn ugly.
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#12 Derrick

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:10 AM

Agreed.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:09 AM

They double as a latch.

A little technological fix to a spiritual problem.


#14 Todd

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

ok, Im a little lost. I clicked the link but It doesnt show It. takes me to some boiler maker article.ok after a quick world search I did find It. I wonder If there are other types out there. a small fountain like this would be perfect for my setup, but I get to nervous to order anything from overseas.

Edited by Todd, 01 December 2012 - 08:22 PM.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:48 PM

I found a new addition to lucid products a glass 2 spout fountain. for $47.00 us

http://www.brandpoin...omotional Items

It doesnt say about how large It Is.
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I prefer to decant my champagne to reduce bubble feel and open the flavor of the wine.

#16 redwun

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:17 PM

I just can't get myself to buy gear.Another bottle of absinthe always wins out. :fork:
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:44 PM

Yep. A sports bottle usually works for me, and being that I'm consuming in 2012 instead of 1912, I'd really like to see a line of modern absinthe gear. You artists?
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:23 AM

Grim once pointed out to me that a chilled, almost frozen water bottle with the lid slightly unscrewed can drip rather nicely. Hold on to that lid though, I've had one drop into a glass on more than one occasion...especially with the cheaper water bottles that have a smaller, thinner lid. That's usually what I end up using for a glass or two of absinthe, even with a few fountains in the closet. It's less work and uses less ice, especially when I keep a half or third frozen water bottle in the freezer.

A little technological fix to a spiritual problem.


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Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:12 PM

I hear that there's a guy who makes fabulous ceramic fountains .... :g:
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#20 stardust

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 04:25 PM

Patience is a virtue, I suppose...


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#21 Georges Meliès

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 06:13 PM

I was intrigued by this little fountain when I saw some in cafés and restaurants in Paris last summer. I tried to buy one but they were limited to commercial sale, so I was glad when absinthes.com sent out an email offering them recently.

 

It's a very useful little (and I emphasize little) fountain. Much smaller than my usual one.

 

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I like my full-size fountain but it's too heavy and bulky to use regularly. I tend to bring it out only for guests. I use a see-saw brouilleur almost every night. The little Pernod is ideal for one or two people. Small, extremely lightweight, and no more difficult to set up or clean up than the brouilleur.

 

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The stand is stainless steel and is well-made. I like the spiral-brushed finish -- very attractive. The globe is plastic. I would prefer glass, but then again this is lighter and less fragile. Unlike most cheap fountains the spigots are brass and work smoothly, with tight seals and no leaks.

 

All in all, a good item for casual use at a bargain price (IMHO). And a super convenient size.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:37 PM

Now that's the ONE thing from Pernod that I would be willing to buy. 

 

Thank you for the review Georges.


The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


#23 Absomphe

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:53 AM

What he said.


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

You got a problem with that?


#24 TheLoucheyMonster!

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 08:26 AM

Looks like a smart choice for a commercial bar or restaurant, 

easy to clean, and maintain,

does not take up as much space,

and less likely to break.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 03:01 PM

And just you take a gander at this handy dandy lil see saw brouilleur by ole Penroid.  

 

http://www.absinthes...roducts_id=1085

 

Cute as a button I tell ya.  :twitchsmile:  :heart:

 

 


The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 03:11 PM

Not too shabby.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 05:53 AM

I was given one of these miniature fountains after the absinthe discussion I hosted in Manhattan a few months ago.  I love it.  It's perfect for doing reviews, since it's small and portable and easy to clean.  I'm aghast that it costs $100 though.  I certainly am not trying to criticize Absinthes.com, as I love their site, but unless this is dramatically different than the one I got, I don't know how to justify that cost.  Maybe Pernod is charging them an arm and a leg for wholesale prices.


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#28 Georges Meliès

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 10:38 AM

Compared to the other choices out there I don't really think the price is out of line. Even a see-saw brouilleur runs $60 and up. There are less expensive fountains on the market but they are clearly cheaper in construction, right down to plastic taps. And the serious fountains are very far north of $100.

 

The cheapest fountain currently listed on eBay is $84.80 with shipping. It doesn't say the material but the taps appear to be plastic, and it ships from Czech Republic. The least expensive on absinthes.com is $60.50, made of glass with plastic taps. I'd rather pay the premium for a better-built one in stainless steel with solidly-made taps that don't leak and would be hard to break.

 

I'm loving mine. It's so lightweight and easy to use (especially to clean) that I'm using it every night. I much prefer it to the brouilleur I normally use. The plastic globe no longer fazes me. It looks great and isn't fragile so overall the fountain is a very solid yet largely carefree device.

 

It's only suitable for 2 people, however. But I have my large fountain if we have guests.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 09:17 AM

Mine came in the mail last week, and I've been using it pretty frequently. The important parts of this fountain are metal, and the reservoir is acrylic, which makes this a convenient travel fountain. The fountain can be taken apart and cleaned as well; you can remove the taps with a 10mm wrench, and then unscrew the stand from the acrylic reservoir, and then carefully separate the reservoir from the metal baseplate. Taking it apart might further facilitate it's transportability.

It's really the perfect size for one or two glasses of absinthe, and it doesn't take an entire tray of ice cubes to chill the water. I feel like it's $100 well spent.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 09:30 AM

The fountain's maiden voyage...

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