Hello fellow absinthe fans!
I'm in Ottawa, Canada, and have been a fan of absinthe for quite a few years. My current favourite brand is La Clandestine, a swiss 'bleue', which is available here at the government shop (L.C.B.O.) for the ridiculous price of $99. It's also available over the nearby provincial border in Quebec for $88 which isn't much better, since in Europe it's $65! I'm not a particularily frugal person, but our taxes on liquor are quite onerous.
My current favourite 'verte' is not available locally: Esprit Edouard 72'. I recently imported a bottle from Europe, along with a bottle each of Roquette 1797, and La Berthe de Joux (both from Pernot et Fils in Pontarlier and neither available locally either, boo!).
Previous brands I have tried included Un Emile 68, Un Emile Sapin, Absente (yuck), Taboo (yay Canada!), Lucide (funk smell, ugh), my goodness so many others I can't remember.
I've collected some silver plated spoons from Frenchman (why did he switch to boring stainless? Sigh), a few carafes that never worked as well as hoped, and one czech fountain which is way too short for my glassware: french Pontarlier and Torsade glasses.
I do enjoy turning people onto absinthe for the first time, with the ritual and history thereto..although I hate having to counter the false views re thujone and the so-called 'bohemian method' with fire.
I'm on twitter too. Say hey sometime! (Bilingue, anglais/francais)