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  1. Abaxial, thanks for sending us an email (a reply is in your inbox), we don't always have as much as we would like to browse the forums and so we might never have been aware! As everyone is saying here, unfortunately it is something that does happen from time to time (although fortunately rarely). Fortunately the Jade absinthe inside the bottles will still be in excellent condition. Trying to stay as true as possible to a traditional production and bottling has many advantages, the brittle wax is perhaps one of the more controversial elements. You'd have to ask Ted!
  2. You can also do this without the shoe, against a wooden post or well established tree that won't be damaged, although nowadays I'd be wary of provoking the tree gods. My brother was with some friends and attempted the trick... resulting in a red puddle and shards of glass!
  3. That is a wealth of information! I find it bizarre that you could put horse chestnuts in a drink but not bison grass, they are something I would not have considered edible!
  4. I'm currently working with a Pontarlier distillery on a new soft drink beverage product offering for the US market, called Thujone COLA, with genetically engineered wormwood.
  5. What my twin from another mother said. I thought distilled water wasn't meant to taste very good?
  6. Well, we have a few more very interesting things coming this week so if your curiosity were piqued, you could get them all together and take advantage of the free shipping! *runs and hides*
  7. I know I sound like some terrible thujonist type person, but I'm slightly suspicious of FDA-permitted bison grass vodka, the particular taste can only really come from coumarin as far as I'm aware! Maybe they are just under the radar of the FDA!
  8. I'd try a vodka first. I think Bogumil made the absinthe with only a few herbs deliberately.
  9. Sounds good! Might be one for private enjoyment if you make some Montana Zubrówka, sadly you wouldn't be allowed to sell it on the US market because of the regulations.
  10. Having drunk Zubrsinthe and Zubrówka many times, I still can't find a satisfactory way to explain the flavour!
  11. (Sorry, I wasn't trying to suggest that the discussion was because it was by Bogumil, I have seen the threads on the other Bourbonnaise absinthes here. There is also no discussion of Zubrsinthe over at Fee Verte. I was surprised Phil hadn't mentioned it here. But anyway, none of that has anything to do with the drink itself!) Bison grass is sweet, and I can't quite pin down what the smell makes me think of, it's not vanilla (at least for me) as one of the names suggests: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hierochloe_odorata I'm not sure where you'd Zubrsinthe in France exactly, you're more likely to bump into a bottle of Versinthe to be honest! The green colour is really quite impressive:
  12. I was surprised to see there was no discussion at all of Zubrsinthe here, as the idea is so curious! I know its original creator is perhaps persona non grata here. I tasted Zubrsinthe at the Boveresse festival in 2009 and was incredibly surprised that not only was it drinkable, but in fact rather good, almost certainly owing to its simplicity. The idea was to take a blanche distillate of just wormwood and anise, and colour it with the type of aromatic grass used to flavour Zubrówka vodka. Interestingly, the chemical coumarin which comes from this plant, is restricted in the US, so the versions of bison grass vodka available are sort of like the 'Absente' of bison grass vodkas, either with something else to approximate the flavour, or with some kind of process to remove the coumarin. Sound familiar? : ) In Poland Zubrówka is usually drunk alongside a glass of apple juice, which is on my list to try with the Zubrsinthe. Or mixed together.
  13. Ambear, glad you like it. I think it's quite hard not to love!
  14. Clément, that looks like a very finely crafted stick! I hope at some point it will be just a fashion accessory for you, though it looks like you have a positive way of thinking - if you're going to use a stick, you'll do it on your terms. In style!
  15. This thread is ripe with potential. There's a website out there catering for every taste. In the case of absinthe it would be the Wormwood Society or Absinthes.com, and if you want to combine absinthe with the theme of Artemis' post, there's always the Lounge!
  16. Thanks! Actually it is a stone ledge, but the floor would have some advantages, namely after drinking the absinthe after all the takes, you don't need to move. Fortunately I resisted drinking on the job. I save that for days operating heavy machinery.
  17. I can have extra insulating, bump resistant wrap sent to you!
  18. Flames, burnt sugar, absinthe shooters - exactly what you'd expect from an absinthe ritual video on Youtube. Unfortunately due to reasons of historical accuracy, having a conscience, and not wanting to, the short video I put together on Friday features none of these things. We thought the world could do with a better carafe for serving absinthe, and as usual they'd already done things better a hundred years ago, so a reproduction was in order!
  19. Saint Antoine definitely recommended, and well, almost local for you!
  20. I'm not sure how I missed this post before. Best post in ages!