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Absinthe-Minded Professor

Hello Green Fairy Fanatics! Or, Blended Absinthes Anyone?

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Greetings everyone,

 

I'm a professor of Asian Religions and have been an amateur absintheur since 2008, as well as a WS lurker for nearly as long. After trying a broad range of absinthes, from the Jade Liqueurs selections, la bleues like La Clandestine and La Capricieuse, and several others, I ultimately enjoy the Jades the most, with the Roquette 1797 a close second. I'm introducing myself now not only to express my appreciation for the Wormwood Society openly, but to also reignite a discussion on blended absinthes that I haven't seen talked about really since 2008. As a fan of the Jades, my trinity has become the PF 1901, VS 1898, and, recently, the Terminus. Since I'm equally a fan of blended whiskies and wines as I am of their non-blended cousins, I was curious if any movement has been made on good blended absinthes? What little discussion I've seen seems to suggest it's a waste of time (and good absinthe) at worst, or at best a way to raise a poor absinthe up by blending it with a superior absinthe.

 

Lately I've decided to experiment between the Jades, since I figure similar origins might help, and so long as the result is good I'm not really wasting anything in terms of proportion. I blended half ounces of the 1901 and Terminus to make a full 1:3 glass, and have done the same with the 1901/1898 and 1898/Terminus. So far I've been pleased with the results--the starting color and louching between them have been especially vivid, and I've enjoyed the blended complexity of taste and bouquet. So far the 1901/1898 blend is my favorite, though, my girlfriend prefers the 1898/terminus. I've yet to go further with 1/3 blending, or even moving between brands, but I'm tempted to. Frankly, I was inspired by the blending set of distilled botanicals that Jade put out recently. I was just curious if anyone else has done similar experimenting?

 

By the way, as I type this I'm enjoying a lovely "untainted" glass of Terminus.

 

Cheers,

 

Absinthe-Minded Professor

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Welcome! I could see using a blend with an Absinthe that uses a unique blend of herbs, such as a Ridge Verte, or their Blanche. Very unique wormwood they got there. I need to get my hands on some more now that I think about it. :g:

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Welcome!

 

I blended Lucid and St. Geore once. That ended my blending experiments quickly. Maybe higher quality brands would fare better as your experiments indicate.

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Welcome to the Forum.

Blending sounds like it might be a fun evening with friends but most of the distillers I know put a ton of time and effort into their herb blending long before it went into the bottle. ;)

But like I said, it could make a pleasant reason for an absinthe party.

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:cheerz:

 

Welcome.

 

I've never really been too tempted to blend, but now that I think of it, I should have tried this with the bottle of Obsello II I had a year or so ago... At first I thought I really liked it, but it was short lived. I gave the rest to a friend who loved it, but maybe I should have tried a blend first? I do wonder how that would have worked out. It's a thought, but ... I really just prefer to keep it the way it is.

 

I agree with Joe, the distiller (nah, artist, imo) puts a lot of time, effort, energy and devotion to making a great absinthe. For those successful enough to do so, I don't think I would want to "ruin" it by mixing an inferior absinthe with it.

 

As long as you enjoy it, that's really all that matters, right? ;)

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