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  1. Did I say that? What I said is that while most other drinks shut down brain function, Absinthe amplifies certain brain activity. I happen to have a thin wall between the conscious and subconscious. Most alcohol I drink shuts the door. Absinthe puts down the red carpet. A psychologist told me that about 1% of the population has this condition. I have a mild case where medication isn't needed. Also, it's not hallucinations like you are thinking. It's hard to describe.
  2. That was my point. Although Absinthe IS a drug just like any alcohol. The problem is that people are expecting an LSD trip when they drink Absinthe because of all the hype. If, and it's a big IF, you are susceptible to low grade hallucinations (as I am) Absinthe increases that effect. Other drink effects: Moonshine makes me stupid, Tequila...let's just nudity and violence are often involved, Beer = sleep, Wine is distracting etc. You are correct that Absinthe will not make you an artist. But if you are an artist, or writer, it might bring to the surface ideas that were already there. But so might Scotch or brandy.
  3. I have to agree with OP. Absinthe does have a different effect on me than other alcoholic beverages. The basic mechanics I think are the dichotomies that Absinthe causes. Alcohol tries to shut down brain functions while the herbs in Absinthe open the throttles on the mind like some suicidal engineer on a freight train. I think also that the individual is the key. If you have a creative mind absinthe will help the ideas flow. I do know one thing for a fact. I had four doses of VS 1898 and scored 500 points higher than I ever had on the Wii game Wake Rider, or Wave Rider or whatever it was.
  4. Kübler is also a great value. When I run out of the imported stuff, my fallback is Kübler. Even though I'm not a big blanche fan, it's well balanced. I speak of the 45 as I don't think the 53 is available where I am.
  5. I'm not a real beer drinker. In fact, my taste in beer is very questionable. However, while I was in France a friend of a friend introduced me to Leffe Beer. Not sure if it's available in the states though. The Leffe from the tap was very tasty indeed!
  6. I just got back from Paris and was somewhat taken aback as to the lack of Absinthe culture. As others have said, it (Absinthe) is still treated as taboo. I found my way to La Fée Verte and was very happy with the atmosphere as well as the selection. I highly recommend this bar/cafe. Also, just at the end of the street is the Pere Lachaise cemetery.
  7. Thanks Everyone for the warm welcome!
  8. Hi! I'm new to the board, but I've been enjoying Absinthe for quite some time. In fact, right at this moment, I'm drinking V.S. 1898. I'm an ex boxer, ex truck driver and for the moment languishing in I.T. hell. I'm not an Absinthe snob but I believe that it should be strictly defined. Hobbies include photography, restoring old cars and becoming a writer. It also should be noted that I only have two toast. "L'chaim" and "To absent friends".
  9. Hi all, I'm new to the board but not to Absinthe. I have also run afoul of the dreaded LTV. I should have known better. I should have read the label. Maybe I was seduced by the bottle. Anyway, this stuff makes my eyes itch and I have warned everyone, with whom I have Absinthe related conversations with, to avoid this brand.