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Please excuse my ignorance,but what would be some examples of a non-commercial absinthe?

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Not always but non-commercial absinthe is frequently a reference to hobby distilled absinthe. There are numerous websites and forums dedicated to such activity. We acknowledge they exist but discourage open discussion of illegal activity.

 

One other source of non-commercial absinthe would be R&D projects from legal distillers. In both examples, the amount of absinthe would be quite small, say a very few bottles.

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Another example would be pre-ban absinthe. It exists but isn't in many stores.......commercially.

 

I've tasted prototype absinthe and "one off" absinthes. And on the all too familiar "One off, never to be duplicated" but still someone (conveniently) finds a stash of same for later sale.

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non-commercial absinthe is frequently a reference to hobby distilled absinthe.

 

 

Thanks! I kinda figured the "moonshine" variety qualified.

 

 

I meant to say qualified as non-commercial.

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Please excuse my ignorance,but what would be some examples of a non-commercial absinthe?

 

Why, :censor1: :censor3: and :censor2: , of course. :)

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My list is in no particular order.My mood dictates what my favorite is. 1) Jade Edouard,2) Brut d'Alambic essai #2, 3) VP, 4)Sauvage, 5) Berthe de Joux, 6) Jade NO, 7) L'Ancienne, 8) Marteau, 9) Ridge Verte, 10) Pacifique

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Mine, also in no particular order:

 

1) Ridge V, 2) Pacifique, 3) Butterfly, 4) Duplais V, 5) Jade NO, 6) Obsello, 7) l'Italienne, 8) Duplais Balance, 9) MoL, 10) hmmm, jury is still out... maybe Jade Eddy, maybe Enigma, maybe VC if it's aged enough.

 

Also, I have yet to try Marteau and Sauvage. I'm guessing one or both of them will find a spot in my top ten.

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I'm guessing one or both of them will find a spot in my top ten.

One would but I think they'll push a couple over the line. Just my silly opinion.

 

I've not tried Butterfly yet. I don't know where to get it. :)

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1. Meadow of Love

2. Meadow of Love

3. Meadow of Love

4. Meadow of Love

5. Ridge Verte

6. La Grenouille

7. Berthe de Joux

8. PF 1901

9. V.S. 1898

10. Walton Waters

 

Still waiting to try the Blues Cat, as well as several other European brands, including La Coquette, Belle Amie, L'Ancienne, and Sauvage (if it's ever re-released). :devil:

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I've not tried Butterfly yet. I don't know where to get it. :)

 

I bought it at Soho Wines in London. Oh no, is it not available online? :huh:

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I had the pleasure of sampling early prototypes of Butterfly and I was pleasantly impressed. My only disappointment is that an original, pre-ban American absinthe recipe is being produced in Europe and not readily available in the US. My delight is that an original pre-ban American absinthe is being produced.

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I can get these four in order: 1) L'Ancienne, 2) Brut d' Alambic essai #2, 3) Sauvage, 4) Jade Edouard

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I had the pleasure of sampling early prototypes of Butterfly and I was pleasantly impressed. My only disappointment is that an original, pre-ban American absinthe recipe is being produced in Europe and not readily available in the US. My delight is that an original pre-ban American absinthe is being produced.

 

Yeah, particularly amusing as it says BOSTON right on the label.

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I've noticed a lot of the "big dogs" (pardon the phrase) or shall we call them "Old Timers" (you know who you are) haven't posted their top ten fav commercial brands in a long time... YEARS, in fact. So many new absinthes have come on the market in that time. It would be interesting to know how your lists have changed since 2007 or 2009...

 

When I first started drinking absinthe and joined the WS, one method I used to decide what to buy was to analyze the top ten lists. But many of the lists are old. Could use an update to reflect all the great US absinthes available now.

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I had the pleasure of sampling early prototypes of Butterfly and I was pleasantly impressed. My only disappointment is that an original, pre-ban American absinthe recipe is being produced in Europe and not readily available in the US. My delight is that an original pre-ban American absinthe is being produced.

I share Joe's disappointment that Butterfly is not, yet, readily available in the USA.

 

We showed it to a few people when I was in Boston last week, and they seemed to like it too!

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:laugh: Ridge will never be a "Big Dog" but I certainly feel my age some days.

 

I'm hesitant to say anything about any other producer although if you glean my posts, my favorites are pretty easy to spot. I just wouldn't want to slight a colleague by word choice or even omission.

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I've noticed a lot of the "big dogs" (pardon the phrase) or shall we call them "Old Timers" (you know who you are) haven't posted their top ten fav commercial brands in a long time... YEARS, in fact. So many new absinthes have come on the market in that time. It would be interesting to know how your lists have changed since 2007 or 2009...

 

When I first started drinking absinthe and joined the WS, one method I used to decide what to buy was to analyze the top ten lists. But many of the lists are old. Could use an update to reflect all the great US absinthes available now.

(finally) tried Blues Cat yesterday, and I gotta say... Quite smitten.

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I've noticed a lot of the "big dogs" (pardon the phrase) or shall we call them "Old Timers" (you know who you are) haven't posted their top ten fav commercial brands in a long time... YEARS, in fact. So many new absinthes have come on the market in that time. It would be interesting to know how your lists have changed since 2007 or 2009...

 

When I first started drinking absinthe and joined the WS, one method I used to decide what to buy was to analyze the top ten lists. But many of the lists are old. Could use an update to reflect all the great US absinthes available now.

 

 

A lot of absintheurs here don't care to make a list. Mostly because, as the wise manatee points out, tastes change every time you reach for a bottle. It's what you're in the mood for. We have a list in our minds of absinthes we like, and are glad to have in our collection. But that's really the extent of listing or ordering goes.

 

It's not about having a single favorite, or ten favorites. It's more like going to your stash, perusing the bottles, and pulling out a few for drinks that evening. Or morning. Or whenever. It's okay to make several trips to the stash. Maybe some you haven't drank in a while. Or even ones you haven't pulled cork from yet.

 

But that's just my thoughts.

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For me, there are some brands that I'm embarrassed about not having purchased a bottle yet, but I need a bottle to drink a bit of them before putting them in my top 10.

 

I could just take my top 10 reviews, but just because I reviewed something well doesn't mean it's a favorite.

 

Not that I'm a big dog, but my list is sorely outdated as well.

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