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.