Hello everybody. Let me intoroduce myself. My name is Barski, I know that name sounds East European but I'm actually Dutch. It's a nickname a buddy of mine came up with many years ago and it sort of stuck to me. Some of you might know me a little because I've written a few scattered posts at the feeverte forum. When you google my name with the word absinthe added you will find out I've been writing on other forums (Dutch and German) aswell. Not if that's interesting but just to show I'm no newbee. Anyway, forgive the usual typos, I do remain unquestionalbly Dutch allthough I'm not from Holland (that's just the part of the country where we stuck all the people who want to live in Amsterdam). ;-)
Anyway, I've been an absinthe enthusiast for 2,5 years now and I particularly like Swiss Blanches, the Martin being my favorite. Have bought Absinthe over the internet from the beginning but I decided last year that this small country could use it's own brand of distilled absinthe. Therefore I now own a small firm that exists mostly on paper but I've got my hands on some very interesting recipes that I would like to bring to life. I'm currently searching for a distller to work with. Unfortunatly we have very few distilleries left in this country. Only a handfull of them have suitable stills but at 450 liters those are too big for experimenting with (also some of those still haven't been used for ages). So last year I worked with a distillery in Nijmegen who was interested in making an absinthe and we tried to create a "Dutch blanche". Unfotunatly, because they only had a reflux still at their disposal the result was unsatisfactory.
I haven't given up on introducing my own "Dutch" absinthe and it's my hope that I'll be able to find a distiller who has suitable alambics or, if that doesn't happen, that I can start a small distillery myself. Till this very moment there's hardly any distilled absinthe for sale in the Netherlands an in the meantime this country is flooded with Czechsinthe. For now there's only Helfrich making a commercially available distilled absinthe and even he syas it's not easy.
I realize I haven't told you much about myself. I work as a part-time librarian at a Dutch university to make a living and besides being very interested in absinthe I do have some other hobbies. Distilling is one of them and it's semi legal in this country (like growing weed). The word here would be "gedogen", look that up in a Dutch English dictionary. Anyway, my other hobbies are drawing, photography and restoring old Pentax cameras. Right now I'm designing labels for absinthe bottles trying to comebine the old with the new. Okay, I think I'll leave it at that.
Nice to meet you all