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#1 kadavyr



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 09:09 PM

Helo Everyone,


I'm fairly new here, been lurking for a bit and finally decided to make an account.

I've always been interested in Absinthe, but living in Ontario, Canada, my options have always been limited.

Plus it doesn't help that the longtime GF had bought into the whole "absinthe drives you crazy" malarky.

Don't worry, I've since set her straight, hence this post!


I was in New Orleans on vacation last year and got to have my very first taste of Absinthe during a fancy meal at N.O.L.A.

From what I can tell from general opinion and review here, I was pretty lucky since my first experience was with a glass of Jade Nouvelle Orleans

I figured, if the drink is named after the city, how can I go wrong!


I was a bit worried about overdiluting it, so I opted to drink it straight, and I've gotta say, I loved it!

I know I may have missed out on quite a bit of the complexity, but after doing a bit of reading here, it looks like I may enjoy it even more after diluting it properly.


I did have a couple of questions, however.


1) Does the glass size/shape make THAT big of an impact on the taste? I know with whiskys and wines, the glass can have a pretty big impact on the overall taste. Does absinthe suffer as much if I was drinking it from an "Absinthe" glass or perhaps a flute as opposed to a mug or a tumbler?


2) Mostly for the canadians out there (ontario in particular) I know there have been a few threads about ordering online and some shipments getting seized. I was looking at absinthes.com and was mulling ordering a few bottles but I just wanted to know how often people run into problems, or if its gotten better/worse? I'm near Ottawa, if that makes any difference.


Anyways, Just wanted to take the time and post to say thanks to everyone here for the dearth of knowledge this site provides. It make make me a bit jealous of some of you when  reading some of the posts, but it always makes for a great read and an even better resource.




#2 Brian Robinson

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 09:43 AM

Welcome!  Jade N.O. is an enviable beginning!


As for your questions:


1) Any alcoholic beverage will benefit from the right type of glass.  That doesn't mean that absinthe will taste terrible out of a tumbler, but you can definitely add some complexity with the right glass.


2) I haven't heard much in regards to shipping issues, but Alan Moss might have some ideas.

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#3 Derrick



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 09:46 AM

Welcome!   :cheers:

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 09:57 AM


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#5 Alan Moss

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:23 AM

I haven't heard much in regards to shipping issues, but Alan Moss might have some ideas.

Absinthes.com say they can deliver to Canada, so they can! And they always guarantee their shipments.

Ontario is not easy for absinthe: we had La Clandestine there last year, and I enjoyed drinking it at the Absinthe Café in Ottawa. The LCBO is out-of-stock right now, ditto for Vieux Pontarlier.

If you ever want to improve the situation in Ontario, complain to the LCBO. Some members here did that in Quebec, and they have a much better range there now. While your choice in Ontario is between Lucid and Hills, in Quebec they have a choice of 11 different absinthes.



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:43 AM

Absinthes.com is wonderful (so long as you know to stay away from some of the more putrid stuff they sell). Lots of nice places in the U.S. that ship as well... not sure if they ship to Canada though...


A lot of new members are Canadian though - so perhaps they will chime in!


In any case - welcome  :wave2:

Edited by JosephLabrecque, 14 March 2014 - 11:44 AM.

#7 Zman (Marc Bernhard)

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 12:15 PM


If you don't like anise at all, you're not likely to care for any decent absinthe, as absinthe is an anise flavored drink. It's kind of like asking if there are any good beers that don't taste like hops or malt.----Hiram

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 01:45 PM

Welcome and cheers kadavyr! :cheers:
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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:43 PM

"Dearth" notwithstanding...


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1. A scarce supply; a lack: "the dearth of uncensored, firsthand information about the war"
2. Shortage of food; famine.



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 05:04 PM

Welcome! :cheers:

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 06:16 AM

Greetings! :cheers: 

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:43 AM

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 03:30 PM

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