Alright, so I want to learn about you all, and see how you all came to love our green friend in common. Maybe we can even tell stories we can laugh at each other for.
So I wanted to ask how you were introduced to absinthe, and how it all developed for you?
Regarding my own personal story, I had always heard about this stuff from the rather gothy crowds in my music circles (as they had been themselves introduced by it via their common love of horror films and certain musicians). I didn't know anything about it, though.
So, my first experience was shortly after I moved to Belgium. I was brought out on the town and they gave me a flaming shot (yeeeep).
I think the reason I wasn't completely turned off is because whoever poured the glass used a shot of something which was actually decent, and through the caramelized and bitter taste I noted hints of something I liked in it.
A week later, I did my research and found, to my delight, that the traditional serving method included water dilution. I went out and tried some with this method and was instantly hooked, because now I could actually taste the stuff that I had liked in that bizarre experiment the week before. Between the herbal taste and the never-ending amount of historical quirks about this drink, it eventually became 'my go-to drink'. Within the same month I ended up ordering 'supplies' online and finding old absinthe spoons in clueless antique stores and resale shops who had no idea what it was for.
All I have to say is I am thankful that whoever poured that initial glass gave me something which, at its base, tasted decent.
Otherwise I would have missed out.