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  1. Seborasinthe sounds like a European 80's cover band. A-Ha, Depeche Mode, kajagoogoo, that sort of thing. I guess that would be more like Seborasynth.
  2. My impression of the Lucid, while yummy and legal in the US (Thank you Viridian and Co.), is that it a bit thin on the flavor. Maybe because of the wormwood thing, I don't know. All I know is that unless I mix it at 1:2ish all I get is the sting of high proof alcohol. About the ol' FG. Really that's nothing but mouthfeel. My friend (who I've introduced to absinthe and she loves it) calls it buttery. And she's right. Very thick. So tonight, I've combined the two (Lucid:fg 3:2) and I must say, a rather satisfying combo. A little heavy on the anise touch but all in all a rather well rounded apertif. Cheers.
  3. Is it my imagination or is there a citrus (read: orange) smell to the louche? I like it. It's hard to detect in the tasting of it though. Methinks the delicate flavors are usurped by the presence of the strong alcohol. My taste buds are wasted I guess.
  4. Mint Juleps and my banjo on the front porch.
  5. Although it does seem reasonable that if you market the product to those that already want it then it can be shown that "sales are way up and inventory is way down" in the boardroom. That way more stores will want to carry it and sales will go up. Unless there's something they don't want us to know about it, like it is actually cat spray or something like that. Which can't be true because I don't think that the FDA would approve that stuff either. So what are you waiting for? I'm talking to you Viridian. Give me my Lucid!
  6. Yes, as a matter of fact I did. I thought the VS had the same feel too, though not as much. That's OK because I like mint. Adds a little, I don't know, zazz to the whole affair.
  7. Wow, what a treat. I think of the 3 I enjoyed the NO the most. Maybe because it was the third one I tried. Those first two are good and all. But the third one. That's where the fun starts.
  8. Tonight I sample the Jades with the lady and enjoy a little Carnivale. It's the little things, isn't it?
  9. Yeah, it was tough but I gave it my best. Even still, I wanted to give it a fair shake, hence the more thoughtful review. I needed something to compare my anticipated loot to. Lootto. Sounds like a Lucas character.
  10. Probabaly be better if trucks would stop burning holes in the bridge. Ouch!
  11. So last night, my girlfriend and I tried the "Grune Fee" with umlaut and all. Her boss brought it back with him from his trip to Vienna. Just a sample, hardly enough for one glass each. This is my review. I am not very familiar with absinthes in general. The ones I have had have been oil mixes. First things first: No anise. No anise. No sparkle on the toungue. No minty afterbite numbness. No uplifiting of spirit with each taste. So it goes without saying, no louche. NO LOUCHE. Ok, a little. But no swirly little smoke trials dancing around in my glass. Just all of a sudden... cloudy. What? Color before and after was very thin green, like a green apple liqeur or body spray or something. Also, a very distinct overripe banana/apple aroma. What? Is there something in wormwood that smells like overripe bananas. Maybe it was that particular batch. I should write the company. It is the schnapsmuseum after all. Maybe they didn't clean out the vat or something. In any case it was so overpowering that I couldn't really get a grasp on any of the other, more subtle flavors. The wormwood was quite pronounced though. Dark and woody and bitter. And there was a linger of something akin to cinnamon. All in all, an unpalatable apertif of a late october orchard. With cinnamon. I tried to like. I really did. I drank the whole thing even. Please hurry, LDF. My tongue is burning.
  12. Stumptown What was almost called Boston by the flip of a coin. Shanghai City The accidental metropolis Portlaaaaaaaaaand, Oreegaaaaaawn!!!
  13. My girlfriend's boss recently visited Vienna and he visited the Schnapsmuseum and brought us back some Grune Fee. We are going to give it try and settle in for a couple of episodes of Carnivale. I know that the Grune Fee has a bad rep 'round these parts so I guess I don't know what I'm getting myself into. Wish me luck. I'll give you the full review soon.
  14. OK. I'd be willing to do it. I have some suisse/french stuff coming my way already. I'm really new to this absinthe thing so I don't have a biased opinion about what I like in an absinthe. I like to think I have good taste in spirits. I would say I am a good candidate. Lay it on me Tom, just a 20cl bottle will do. I will be fair and honest.