Wow! thanks for the warm welcome!
I've just started drinking absinthe in the last month, and absolutely love it.
I had basically given up on alcohol in general because it gave me migraines and made an old ulcer flare up. Absinthe does neither.
Jonathan, yes the same OC, in So Cal. are you ordering online? Silverlake Wines in LA stocks a few choice brands, and the guys there are so helpful!
A little about me, I'm a makeup artist in LA and have been fascinated with Absinthe since I heard about its use by some of the greatest artistic minds in history. Especially since artists occasionally suffer "creative block", I'm always looking for a way to keep that "third eye" open.
The end of this summer, on location at a photoshoot I saw a bottle of Lucid and saw that it was absinthe. I thought "No way, that's illegal, isn't it?" and went home and googled it. (of course)
Through links on their site, I eventually found your forum and reviews, among many others. I started with Obsello, and my New Year's gift to myself was a bottle of Marteau.
A friend of mine was living in Washington State for a while and recommended Marteau and Pacifique (which is hard to get a hold of, no one sells it in So Cal and the source many use in NY is almost always out when I check!) So Pacifique and Vieux Carre are next on my wish list. Feel free to send me any of your recommendations as well!
And thank you again for the warm welcome:)