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Hiram, have you tried the St. George?
A friend came over with a bottle last night. While it's not exactly my taste in absinthe, I'd suggest anyone who doesn't want to acknowledge this as absinthe should try it first. It's no more idiosyncratic than Montmartre.

 

It louched well and I found the initial flavor very nice and interesting, but the finish left a lot to be desired. My friend had the same impression and was visibly disappointed, since this was his very first taste of absinthe. Then we made a couple glasses of a different brand and his face lit up. I think we have another absinthe fan.

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Then we made a couple glasses of a different brand and his face lit up.

 

Funny, ejellest seemed to have this reaction to the St. George itself...

 

Of the group, two of us exhibited a strong stop-light red flushing of the face and upper body after consuming a glass or two. We both stopped drinking the St. George, and shortly returned to normal color. The rest experienced no ill effects at all. We had all consumed (more or less) the same food and beverages during the course of the afternoon and evening.

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Ok, today St. George Distilleries announced the release date for their second batch to be February 3rd. I decided to go back to The Jug Shop's website to get placed on their waiting list again. It turns out they are jacking the price up on the second batch by $20! I paid $69.99 for my first bottle, now they are asking $89.99! It's not worth that much to me. I think I'll wait and call around some more to find a better price. I wonder how many of the other distributors are going to raise their prices also, just because they can? ;)

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I was gonna try to sweet talk one of my sister's friends into buying me a bottle on release day, but I found it instock at the local BevMo earlier this week. Grabbed a bottle and it's sitting on my shelf waiting for a special occasion.

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It sent St. George an email voicing my concern over how their choice of distributors are abusing their consumers. I was very polite. I'll let you all know what they say...if they write back.

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They've got a cool video on their site with Lance discussing at length their methodology and the herbs he uses. Despite what some have said about the resulting product, his sincerity and obvious knowledge of what he is trying to create are impressive. I just wish I could try some of the result!

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I'll let you all know what they say...if they write back.

 

FYI, I got this from Lance today:

 

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the heads up. We haven't, nor do we intend to, raise our

price. I'm not sure what we can do about retailers making unfair

markups, but I'm looking into it. In the meantime, nothing speaks

louder than the dollar when it comes to consumer choice in the

marketplace. I'd recommend buying from retailers who don't take such

an opportunistic markup.

 

Thanks again,

Lance Winters

Sent via smoke signal.

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I picked up some bottles of the first batch at Bevmo when it came out. Bevmo isn't even listed as a distributor, but if you want to buy one without the ridiculous markup, try them, as they sold it to me for $75.99 a week after the original release date.

 

This batch will be 7200 bottles (I'm told, compared to 3600 for the first batch), and you shouldn't have any problem getting this release.

 

I don't work for Bevmo, but I just thought I'd give a heads up of which stores I confirmed carried it in December. I called today, and most of them don't know if they'll be getting any, but that was the same response I got in December. Check their website for numbers, and they'll hold it for up to 24 hours for you.

 

San Jose

Santa Clara

Sunnyvale

Mountain View

Redwood City

Gilroy

San Bruno

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I contacted Wally Wines about pricing and availability for the next batch. Here is their response:

 

Dear Customer,

 

Thank you for contacting us.

 

I have cc'd David, our spirits buyer, who will be in touch with you regarding St. George Absinthe. If you would like to contact him by phone, he is available at the store at extension 127. The most recent price for the St. George was $99.

 

Sincerely,

 

Eric Lawrence Brown

Wally's Customer Service

1(888)-9-WALLYS

 

It looks as though they plan on screwing people over also. It doesn't look as though I'll be getting a second bottle any time soon. :thumbdown:

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Wow. It's only $75.99 at BevMo. And they still carry the first production run. If you have one close, I'd try to see if they have any or if they'll be getting any in the near future.

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The biggest Bevmo in San Francisco not only didn't get any, but the manager that was working on the day I asked about it , two weeks ago, stared at me pityingly while I tried to convince him that there was an absinthe made in the bay area that had been available at other stores nearby. He patiently explained to me that the three absinthe products Bevmo carries (Absente, Kübler and Lucid) were not real absinthe, and there was, of course, nothing being manufactured in this country. It took all of his retail discipline not to call me a moron and have me escorted from the store.

 

I thought of taking my bottle over there to show him, when I finally got one, but I'm assuming they will just get an allotment of the second batch, and it will be more fun to go point it out on his own shelf.

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I could see the above plan turning into a strange Seinfeldian caper. When you go to the store once they have it stocked that manager won't be working, then the one time you go in and that manager is there, they will be out of St. George; Finally you will walk to the register one day, bottle in hand and get rung up by that manager, and he probably won't even notice.

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Chuckle...

 

Even if St. George did show up, he would likely be so busy dispatching 'gators, he wouldn't have time to make it to Tales. Maybe after a dozen or so, he might get thirsty and need a drink? Odd that the distiller at St. George Distillery is named Lance, no?

 

~Erik

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The folks did a good job getting the word out but Tales would be a terrific place to play. I'll bet Ann could make it happen if Lance were up to it.

 

Tales is where I first saw St. Germain, which a lot of folks really like. That was but one of the newer things available.

 

Let's think about it. Lucid, Kübler and St. George. All set up for the cocktail hour.

 

Just a thought. :)

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