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  1. Many "vintage" absentas are actually really really good. None of the modern comes even close. Haven't tried vintage Deva, but the Montana is amazing. The modern Montana 68 is a disgrace in comparison to the original.


    WhyteKnight... If you swing the money for it, I'll be happy to test it. Considering they lowered the price tag from 10.000 to 2.000 in a couple of months, I'm guessing in six months time they should cut another 80% off the price, and THEN it might be worth thinking about buying. Or... Some sucker will actually be buying it at somewhere between 1000-2000 Euros.. Bah!

  2. The one at Alandias site is probably from around 1960 or so, that's my guess. At least it looks that way. The price tag at 2.000 Euros is just plain silly. What's even more silly is the fact that they had a bottle of ca 1950 Tarragona that sold at 3.000 Euros! Fools.



    Edit: WhyteKnight. Yup... I was thinking that very same thing...

  3. Also you can generally find them much cheaper on eBay. Like here. The current "buy now" price on the Eiffel Tower spoon is $10.50 with $1.00 for shipping.

    I can personally vouch for this vendor. He has great prices, low shipping, and he's fast, friendly and courteous.


    Oh yeah... I generally recieve packages from him within 4-5 days from ordering. And that's across the Atlantic. Excellent service - great prices.

  4. I posted this over at the Lounge earlier and I figured I'd post it here as well.


    I got a little sample of the Kübler 53 and I tried it yesterday.

    I can only say that I was pleasantly suprised. In my opinion it's a rich improvement from the Kübler 57.


    The burnt tone on the 57 is long gone. Instead it's got a rather floral "bouqet", rich in fennel. It actually has a little of that "baby powder" mouth feel as the BdF, but not as complex in taste. It louches in an instant after only very little water, but it doesn't have any extreme anise/star anise taste.


    I'd say that this is actually a huge step up from the K57. There are better CO blanches out there, BdF for one, but the Kübler 53 is very nice. I'm not that fond of the low ABV but hey, less water...


    Compare it to HGs? Well, the ones that came to mind while tasting it was that it actually reminded me of one ET and one Moonman blanche. Asking me for what number of each is like asking Michael Moore to be truthful (in yer face!). Ain't gonna happen since I don't remember.


    All in all, a decent blanche (bleue!?), a huge leap forward from earlier Küblers.

  5. Thanks Jack.


    And I couldn't agree more. The higher end of the commercial scale is to me, a good example of good absinthe. The non-co's that I've had have been of diverse quality some good, some really good and some plain awful.


    Oil mixes will never cut it.


    I did an experiment myself once, with the infamous Gert Strand essence. 1 part absinthe essence and 2.5 parts pastis essence in a 55-60% alcohol produces a mix that was way better (and cheaper) than many commercial oil mixes available. Not saying it was worth drinking, though.


    Either way, thanks for lay out.