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Hi, my name is Tom and I've been lurking around here for a month or so and finally decided that I would like to get involved in this community. I hope to learn more about this great drink, as this site has helped me to do already.


So how did I discover Absinthe? well I had it on holiday in Croatia a few years ago, and didn't think much of it, I'm not sure what it was but I'm pretty sure looking back that is was some form of Czechsinth (judging from the neon green colour). Anyway I drinking it not knowing how much better real absinthe could be. About a month ago I bought a bottle of Apsinthion Absinthe in my local Supermarket, and it was not great, but knowing that Supermarkets do not always stock the best in the way of Spirits I went online to see how it compared, I could only find one review and it was very negative, So seeing how as i hadn't found it too bad I thought lets see what I can find out. after a short search i found Alandia, and looked at the site, looked at the bottles they sold, and fell for their marketing (yes i know it was a bad move). So I bought a bottle of what they said was their "best seller" Strong68. whilst waiting for that to be delivered I started looking for reviews form other places about what I was going to get and came across this site. Since then i have read this site a lot and I have decided to try a third time, this time with a bottle of Jade PF1901. I decided on that by looking at this site and taking the highest reviewed bottle and just going for it. Anyway, that bottle is now on my shelf and as of this point unopened, I hope that it will be a step up form what I have experienced before, although I have enjoyed them, I do not feel they are a good representation of absinthe. I hope to continue to improve my experiences and share in the community here.

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I'm thinking I will open this tonight, I want to do this properly so does anyone have and advice on ratios to use? And I have always used sugar, but from my reading I may not need to with this, am I correct?

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So, as I type this, I have a glass of PF1901 sitting beside me ready to be drunk. This will be my first taste ot "real" Absinthe. Lets have a taste!

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OH MY GOD! that is nothing like what i've had before... so much deeper, and more complex. it feels very different in my mouth, I don't know how to describe it well but I'm sure people know what i'm talking about. Just wow! *takes another sip* Now i think i can begin to understand all the hype about good Absinthe, and why you look so poorly on the bad stuff. Thank you wormwoodsociety. :worshippy: Cheers to you all :cheerz:

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I'm late to the party but welcome here! I enjoyed reading your reaction to the 1901. It really is eye-opening when you first move up from either poor or mediocre absinthe and suddenly understand what all the excitement is about. You picked a great one for your first "real" experience. You're hooked now, there's no turning back. :thumbup:

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Welcome, 1901 is my favourite of the Jade line.. I usually have sans sucre about 3:1 with this. A little sugar at first does not hurt.. tip is to consume approximately 100 ml and in a month of sitting, the oxygenation will further enhance whats in the bottle. If you're patient enough to try this.

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Thanks for the advice, I think that following some experimentation sugar is unneeded. I'm not sure I can wait a month :P maybe I should have bought two bottles!

 

Also thank you all for all your welcomes! Nice to know your such an active and welcoming group of people. :)

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I was in the similar boat as you not long ago, I started with bad then moved on to couple of mid range absinthes then went on to try all the Jades - 1901, Eduoard, VS 1898 and New Orleans. When you start at the top though..the disadvantage is this is your benchmark and most others will fall short of it!

 

My advice would be to try a few ultra premiums to compare and contrast. Absinthe in a bottle is a very dynamic drink and ones palate can vary as the drink complexity can also vary across bottle stages. If the first taste is good, then further sitting will make the next taste even better with time, to an extent of course. Then you try other varieties and your palate changes with that!

 

In order to compare with the Jades I would suggest some of the lines from Claude Alain Bugnon - Butterfly, Angelique, Sade. Then on to Pernot range of Roquette 1797, Berthe De Joux, Authentique. These are usually available now but can dissapear anytime I guess. (Well I missed out on Sauvage) If you are patient then you can really reap the rewards of different flavours coming through varying bottle stages.

 

I havent really had a lot of experience with the US absinthes, apart from Walton Waters which I really enjoyed but its of a different class to the top French or Swiss. This is one which is set apart from the more 'traditional style' lines I listed - its more a blend of nouveau flavours with traditional methods which I really enjoy as something different, like La Grenuoille!

 

Then theres Blanches and Bleues!! But thats another story I guess.. :twitchsmile:

 

Nonetheless welcome to the new adventure.

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