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Everything posted by Marlow

  1. I watched "The Seven Samurai" the other night...that's definitely a two glass film (Duplais Verte, in this case).
  2. L'enjôleuse... There's really nothing like it.
  3. It's always hard to pick a favorite...lately, I've been in the mood for La Coquette more often than anything else. I guess that's why the bottle is empty, alas!
  4. I'm glad to hear that the Marteau will be available again before too long...this is very good news. However, I do have one question... Who the hell is that guy in the black hat?
  5. Just polished off the last of a bottle of Walton Waters... <sigh>
  6. For what it's worth... I started with a mouthwash dispenser set upon a largish candle stand...it served, but was ugly and awkward. I then bought a 2 spout fountain from Maison d'Absinthe (now, sadly, out of business, or so I gather). I then bought a 4 spout stainless steel fountain (also from MdA, but I think one can get the same elsewhere). I wish I had just bought the stainless steel at the outset, not because of the number of spouts, but rather because the quality is higher than any other on the market that I know of. As the saying goes, if you buy quality, you only cry once.
  7. It's not mystique...it's the real deal. I suspect you'll be very happy with your purchase.
  8. A limit of $30-50 won't make it easy. I think I would go with Obsello in that price range, as it is pretty good tasting and fairly typical of verte absinthe. Vieux Carre is a little overly spicy for my palate, though you'll find that others here like it fairly well. If you can go as high as $65, you could get a bottle of Vieux Pontarlier, which is really excellent absinthe. Congratulations on avoiding the Green Devil pitfall, and welcome.
  9. A couple years back, I would have said go ahead with the Lucid, but now there are much better absinthes available that are similarly affordable. Absente? Don't waste your money. The list you posted looks pretty respectable overall...as I said above, I would start with a more standard absinthe. Beginning your exploration with something off-beat such as Nouvelle Vague (coffee, right?) or Montmartre (cinnamon) might skew your expectations, but I daresay neither will do lasting harm the way Czechsinthe would. NB: this is the nice absinthe forum.
  10. While you're at it, why don't you drive a railroad spike through your foot, just so you can be sure that it's a really really bad idea? Sorry, let me try to be helpful, if it's not too late. I think you are over-thinking this problem. Stop worrying about minty notes versus licorice notes versus whatever. Stop worrying about shaving a few bucks off the price here or there. If you are new to absinthe, you would do well to choose a quality and not particularly eccentric brand that will give you a baseline for what to expect. If you choose any of the following brands, most of which are available at DUNY and all of which are very good, you will be fine: Vieux Pontarlier Duplais Verte Pacifique Marteau Walton Waters If you want to drop some serious $$ on a great product, then any of the Jades are a great choice. Also, there are Roquette, Doubs Mystique, etc. Read the reviews on the main Wormwood Society site. Note that those absinthes that have both a high average score AND a high number of reviews are likely to be good choices. Once you've learned what absinthe is about, by all means try something unusual such as L'enjoleuse or Montmartre. As for Stong68...really? Please, learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the phoney absinthes. Good luck with your purchase.
  11. Ding ding ding! And I love the new Matter offering...I think I know where I'll be directing my next purchase...stand by, LdF.
  12. I'm not certain what you are referring to precisely, though I've no doubt arguments over matters like this can get heated at times. But in any case, greedy or not, the VdT producers have banded together in an attempt to force their competition out of the market. Questioning their motives doesn't constitute vilification in my book. Nor does boycotting their products. Not exactly like you and Marc and Gwydion, etc, none of whom have attempted anything at all similar to the IGP bid, as far as I know. I wouldn't call the VdT supporters of the IGP "evil," but I would call them "unprincipled." I find that hard to believe, but even if it were true, they are still treating Matter rather infamously.
  13. See Zman's post above...the IGP bid is an anti-competitive measure, pure and simple. Boycott VdT!
  14. Snipping to highlight key points: Okay, with the caveat that your arguments are...challenging...to decipher, I will attempt to sum this up: Boycotting doesn't work, but minor loss of income (for the VdT producers, or the Cubans) would be effective/cause hardship, but boycotting will not make any difference, so we should attempt to create "trade bargains." All I can say is, I wouldn't let you wire my house. That's right, he's the treasurer...just flipping beads on the abacus...poor blameless fellow....
  15. I'm sure my personal boycott will have little influence. Nevertheless, I refuse to spend my money in support of knavery, and so I'll tilt at windmills instead. And who knows, maybe I won't be the only one...
  16. So, five more years of boycotting La Clandestine and all the other VdT absinthes? Too bad, but what must be must be.
  17. My wife and I were watching an old 1987 BBC dramatization of Dorothy Sayers' "Strong Poison," and to my surprise in one scene I saw servant pour a glass of yellow-green spirit, to which she added water. It wasn't so much a power louche as an "insta-louche," but given that the drinker was an aging actress/dancer (with a slightly scandalous reputation, in her day), I assume the drink was meant to be taken to be absinthe. The Lord Peter mysteries are set in the 1920s, so post ban, but that would fit. No idea what the producers actually used to create the effect, of course. Anyone ever see this scene?
  18. One more vote for the Roquette...never mind the light louche, it's an absinthe to remember.