The main issue I have is that she keeps publicizing that she has been making absinthe in her kitchen for over 15 years or something. It's terribly irresponsible and could cause her quite a few legal problems if anyone in the proper arenas perks up their ears about it.
I voiced my concern about it and her response was that her lawyer told her it's nothing more than 'marketing fluff'.
She won't be prosecuted for admitting to illicit distilling, they have to catch you at it. However, the TTB takes a dim view of those with a "scofflaw" attitude, so it won't surprise me if things like labels and formula approvals take a while longer than normal to be approved.
In all honesty, she could very well have been legally making 'absinthe' in her kitchen... meaning her product is/was an oil mix. Compounding is perfectly legal- not terribly smart or delicious, but anyone can take a bottle of vodka, add some oils, flavorings, and mixes to it, and be perfectly right with the Feds. That may be why she's so cryptic about her hootch- she knows there are smarties out there (like us) that can see right through shit like that.
Again, I don't want to jump to any conclusions, or at least too many conclusions, until the product is out, we can see the label, and try the product (you go first!).
I talked to a few folks who were at GAAF last year who tried it and if I recall correctly they said it was a maceration, along with everything that implies.
I don't like to intentionally try to damage reputations, so I want to tread lightly, but maybe it would be a good idea to press her a bit more publicly about these unanswered questions.
Well this is her thread here, after all. Although she hasn't logged in since she made her second post up there. I wouldn't feel right pursuing her into other areas of the interweb for answers to our concerns, but I would hope that if she truly cares about about them, she'd address them here.
I did notice that for $2500 you get to see "the distiller in California's Central Valley".
A lot of the marketing for Mariposa does say "biodynamic", "organic", "kosher."
"Biodynamic" sounds great, but beyond the fact that it's more strict than conventional organic agriculture, it's essentially meaningless to the average modern consumer. The vast majority of people, when informed about what biodynamics are, would likely dismiss it as being superstitious. That's not particularly my opinion, although I'm far from well-read on the topic, but it basically has to do with integrating a spiritual element to one's agricultural practice, in particular working in harmony with moon phases and astrological aspects:
"Dynamic Practices influence both biological and metaphysical aspects of the farm by increasing the vital life force and adapting the farm to the natural rhythms of the cosmos."
I'm all for it, but like kosher certification, it only has meaning for those who subscribe to the philosophy behind it. In this case, New Age hippies and pagany-wagany, hikey-bikey types.*
* I have plans for a Druid whiskey, made by Druids for Druids, and ceremonially produced and sanctified. Not joking.