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Hi Everyone,

 

Glad to finally be able to introduce myself (had to hurdle a few bugs in the process). I'm from Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, and I discovered the wonderful world of absinthe a little over a year ago while trying to satisfy my curiosity about it online. This led to the purchase of my first bottle of absinthe: Pernod "Absinthe Superieure". Mind you, this was not their current "Original Recipe" offering; this was the first "re-introduction" with the artificial coloring. This was before I found the Wormwood Society website, and was going by the strength of a name and a reputation from history. Well, I was rather disappointed, to say the least. I don't know if any of you have heard of an old patent anti-diarrhea medicine called "Paregoric", but it was still available by prescription back when I was a kid in the 1970's, and one of the very few patent meds that actually did what it was purported to do. It's not a taste you forget. Well, this Pernod reminded me quite a bit of that nasty old elixir, probably since it also contains anise and alcohol (along with other "good stuff" like tincture of opium, benzoic acid, camphor and glycerin) and it also "louches" when water is added (Mother's attempt to dilute the taste of it). Long story short, there was no getting through the Pernod without a considerable amount of sugar!

 

Shortly after, I discovered the Wormwood Society and quickly got an education on absinthe, and read your reviews on what was out there. Undaunted, and strengthened by my newfound knowledge, my next purchase was a bottle of Lucid, which I found to be MUCH better--as different as night and day. Due to both price and availability in my area, it continues to be my mainstay absinthe (at the moment). I find it to stand on its own quite well without sugar, although I will use a bit on occasion. Since then, I have also discovered Wisconsin's own homegrown absinthes from Great Lakes Distillery: Amerique 1912 Verte and Rouge, and have come to enjoy them both as well. I was also relieved when Pernod came out with their improved "Original Recipe" and found it to be obviously better than the first bottle I bought! Still, it wasn't quite as good as the Lucid, in my opinion (still needed sugar).

 

I thoroughly enjoy the articles and reviews I find on this site, and it's always fun to read what people have to say in the forums here. I always learn something new every time I come here. I'm also always on the lookout to try another good quality absinthe. I haven't yet gotten the ambition (or money) to purchase one of the high-end absinthes online, such as the Jades, but that will change soon. There isn't much in my area; mostly Lucid, Pernod, the Great Lakes offerings, and, unfortunately, the usual "fauxsinthe" from Mata Hari and their ilk (which I avoid like the plague). I do love to go on road trips, and I'm willing to travel a few hundred miles for a good quality bottle of something different. As my user name suggests, I do love antique and classic cars, especially those known as "orphans" which aren't made anymore. I am the proud owner of a 1954 Kaiser Manhattan, and can hardly wait for winter to be over with so I can bring her out once a few good spring rains wash the salt off the Wisconsin roads!

 

I'm glad I discovered The Wormwood Society and I'm happy to be a part of it. Hope to talk more with you soon.

 

Na Zdrowie!

 

-Tom-

"KaiserFrazer67"

 

 

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Glad you're trying the world of absinthe. To come clean: I drink Pernod and Vieux Pontarlier and sometimes St Georges. I think all are fine. They are locally available to me. I certainly agree that the artificial Pernod was bad; but I truly like the "original" Pernod. And the Vieux Pontarliar, if avaiable, is fine, I think.

But check out the things you like. That's part of the joy of it.

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Glad you're trying the world of absinthe. To come clean: I drink Pernod and Vieux Pontarlier and sometimes St Georges. I think all are fine. They are locally available to me. I certainly agree that the artificial Pernod was bad; but I truly like the "original" Pernod. And the Vieux Pontarliar, if avaiable, is fine, I think.

But check out the things you like. That's part of the joy of it.

Vieux Pontarlier is one of those near the top of my "to get" list along with Pacifique and the various offerings from Jade, Ridge, Emile Pernot, Delaware Phoenix and Marteau, most of which I'll probably have to track down online. I've heard many good things about it. Trouble is, there isn't much available here on the shelves besides the brands I've mentioned in my intro, and what is there also shares shelf space with [shudder] Mata Hari, Absente, and La Fee, which I won't touch with a 10-foot pole. I haven't yet taken the time to explore Madison or Milwaukee, which are a bit more culturally savvy towns; hopefully I'll find some better stuff on the shelves there. I may go back to the "Original Recipe" Pernod once in a while, although it's generally a few bucks pricier than the Lucid. Our local Festival Foods carries only Kübler 53 Blanche, whose reviews here are generally favorable; I may break down and get a bottle eventually.

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Greetings from the Bay of Green.

Cheers! Glad to see a fellow Wisconsinite on here! Are there any good liquor stores in your area who might have a different brand of absinthe? Haven't seen anything other than Lucid, St. George, Kübler 53 Blanche, Pernod Original, the Ameriques, and the junk from Mata Hari, Absente and La Fee. Always looking to try something good yet different, but I'm thinking I'll have to resort to the Internet for that.

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I know Wollersheim very well. Nice caves, but the wine is ... Well, that was almost forty years ago. I would be very interested to hear about their forays in absinthe.

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