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  1. I've got about 60 gallons of it in various stages of fermentation (or in bottles) in my basement. Tonight, however, I'm enjoying a glass of Verte de Fougerolles. Wes ðu hal, Dakini Painter. The nice, simple meads are often the most complex!
  2. I'm afraid I must be blunt: ad hominem attacks and misrepresentations such as those in your essay are profoundly dishonorable, regardless of whatever excuses you might offer for them. As one who resorts to such attacks, you risk being categorized with your ideological allies who have themselves proven dishonorable, even if you only resort to some and not all of their tactics. Whether you have specifically deleted comments to your particular blog is not the key issue here, as I suspect you well know.
  3. I suspect that, as you subject the details of the arguments advanced by the Czecha (ha ha), you'll notice the same patterns that others have. First, three logical fallacies are predominant in their writings, being the argument ad hominem, poisoning the well, and the hasty generalization. The blog essay to which you linked is an excellent case study, particularly with regard to the first two. Moreover, as was discussed here recently, the Czech "absinth" supporters, when they can, control the debate in an effort to ensure that the best arguments countering their claims are not heard at all (witness their deleting comments posted to their blogs), which is ironic in view of the blogger's claims about "control" of Wikipedia, for instance. Finally, when pressed, they simply refuse to speak to the issues of the historical record and scientific truth. Instead, they assert the validity of their "counter science," (edit: passing reference to Intelligent Design removed; I do not wish to inadvertantly spark an off-topic debate, and the analogy was imperfect in any case). Suffice it to say, the "counter science" seems aptly named, though by accident rather than design. At the risk of resorting to clichés, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. In the interest of science, I've tasted a Czech "absinth" product. I did not like it, not because it tasted "Czech," but because it tasted terrible.
  4. Citing "subtle forms of ethnocentrism" as the reason that people don't like their swill strikes me as a desperation tactic. The fact is, you cannot sell a drink that tastes like it came out of a car radiator forever...especially when there are real absinthes to be had. Among many misleading comments, the blog author's suggestion that Hiram's long-standing efforts to disseminate truth about absinthe in fact arise from financial motives is particularly egregious. Long-time readers of these boards know better, of course. And this: You're here to enjoy life--not sip desperately on a drink that took ten or more minutes to prepare... That's just sophomoric.
  5. Fair questions, all of these. I've recently read through a lot of the discussions of Lucid here, and I was surprised by how much some dislike it. I belong to the camp that finds it fairly enjoyable, but that said, I had a glass of Jade Edouard and one of Lucid in sequence last night (by way of an experiment), and certainly the former was far superior. So, taken as given that Lucid is pretty good and not excellent, why pay $60+ per bottle for it? Only because it's not $120 per bottle, and because Lucid and Kübler are all we have here in the States (without resorting to "flying monkeys," of course). I am willing to drink a "pretty good" absinthe most of the time, if that lets me keep my finer absinthes for special occasions. Absomphe's point about mediocre beer is well taken, but on the other hand, really excellent beer, while more expensive, doesn't hit the wallet but so hard. I will also confess to wanting to support Lucid because they were first to kick in the door here in the States. However, should it turn out, for example, that the St. George proves far superior, and if the St. George is distributed here in the east, I would likely make it my every-day drink. On the subject of Lucid's own merits (or lack thereof), I find that more than other absinthes, Lucid benefits from sitting in the glass for a good while after the initial louching. The tail end of each glass tastes much better than the beginning, and I believe that to be more than just the influence of alcohol on the senses.
  6. Has anyone in the Washington, DC area seen Lucid or Kübler on ABC or liquor store shelves? Lucid's website does not specify any distribution in the DC area but also states that the list of vendors on their site is not exhaustive. Though neither Lucid nor Kübler is a favorite, they have the virtue of being comparatively affordable (and reasonably drinkable, in my opinion). I'd like to know of a local source. But perhaps DC is still in mail-order Limbo....
  7. Wherebouts in the DC area? I'm 5 minutes from IAD. Not far from Frederick, MD. Thanks to all for the kind welcome.
  8. Hello everyone, I've been reading these fora for some time, and finally decided to join and say hello. I've been enjoying absinthe for...well, a while now, and due in large part to the information at this site, I started with Jade rather than some horrible swill, so thank you for that. I live on the edge of the greater Washington DC area, and in addition to absinthe and other fine spirits, I enjoy literature, history, music, hiking, and travel (when I can get away) -- all the usual things, I suppose. This forum seems a congenial sort of place. I look forward to the conversation. Cheers.