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#10026 - 07/02/08 09:37 PM Absinthe
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I thought that Xear may have mentioned Absinthe previously but nothing showed up on the "search" function. I'm looking into purchasing a bottle of Absinthe and I'd like to hear what others think about it. Any recommendations?

I happened to stop at the liquor store today and they had their generic Absente, which I assumed would not be the proper way to go. If anyone out there has an opinion on this subject, I would surely like to hear it.

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#10027 - 07/02/08 09:52 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: I.C. Graves]
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I like Green Fairy and Dabel on the Czech front and LaFee or Pernod (orig) in the French corner \:\)

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#10069 - 07/04/08 02:21 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: I.C. Graves]
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I have never tried the stuff myself, but one of the radio shows I regularly listen to used to have an asinthe show. They would drink bottles of it on the air and often had some bigwig supplier on the show to pimp his product. I think most of what you can find in the States is a substitute product. Much the same way the Jack Daniels or Smirnoff line of bottled drinks are just flavored malt beverages. If you like black licorice or Sambuca, you might enjoy absinthe. Also, I have heard that unless you have a real bottle, imported from Europe, there will be no thujone in it. And don't expect to trip the light fantastic. You won't experience monsters coming through walls or visions of importance. Just a different type of drunk. Perhaps this link will help you green fairy
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#10085 - 07/05/08 10:36 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: fakepropht]
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You will have to try to import the genuine article from Romania, the Czech Republic or elsewhere outside the EU. The EU, US, and Canada limit the thujone levels to 10mg per liter. In most cases this is considered 'thujone free.' Quebec does allow 15mg/L but the eastern European blends are (for the moment) as close as you can get to the real thing.

The only problem with the Slavic blends is they may lack some of the artistry of, say, a classic French blend. Of course, the taste of wormwood is so bitter that I am pretty sure you would need well developed taste for the stuff to really notice the difference on the palate. I personally do not have enough experience with it to have acquired the taste. However, if you are looking to chase the fairy, that little fucker is found in the Czech stuff! A word of caution, you will need to get drunk on it to get the desired effect. At that point, it may not matter much.

I think the biggest draw of absinthe is the ceremony of the absinthe party - using all of paraphernalia for the specific purpose of imbibing absinthe.
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#10086 - 07/05/08 01:04 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Fist]
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Thanks for the information. I've been reading up on the subject to make an informed decision. I've found a few online stores that have absinthe with up to 35mg/L of wormwood (Thujone) and that is what I'm looking for. There are also small bottles of concentrated absinthe, but I can't find any info on the wormwood content of these.

http://www.absinthebuyersguide.com really seems to be the most helpful site.

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#10087 - 07/05/08 02:06 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: I.C. Graves]
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Thanks for the link. It seems that new bottlers are reviving old recipes. I am pretty sure they are doing their level best to either skirt the law or scam the consumer. Their thujone levels seem to be sort of a mystery. Some claim 'max' levels which could be little more than maxing the 'thujone free' legal limit of 10%. Others claim 'max wormwood' which gives no indication of the amount of thujone found actually found in the drink. What is at issue is not the quantity of wormwood used on the front end of the distillation process, but rather the amount of thujone actually extracted on the back end of the process.

Please link a few brands that you might recommend. I will personally buy a few of them and send a sample to an analytical lab. I will post the results here.

Of course, thujone is not the whole story here. I think the stuff should be reasonably drinkable if sugar and water are used. In most cases I think anise does help to offset the bitterness.
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#10092 - 07/05/08 05:10 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Fist]
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Years ago, I had my own recipe for making it. It has been so long, I can't find it now. Wormwood is available at any herb store. It seemed like a relatively easy process, or else I wouldn't have been interested in distilling my own. Back in the day, they used pure grain alcohol. That's where the true trouble lies. Drinkers didn't know they were slugging back a glass of 90% straight alcohol, and paid the consequences after a couple. The same results could happen today if you bought a six pack of beer, not knowing it was say 25% alcohol, but oh so tasty. Luckily, most jurisdictions require strict labeling and control over spirits and high octane brews. So if you get anything other than a Budweiser, it will be labeled with the percentage. That was not the case back in absinthe's heyday.
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#10123 - 07/07/08 06:29 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: fakepropht]
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Hot Off The Press

LaFee Absinthe US Launch Night

"The World’s most iconic absinthe proudly unveiled stateside at an exclusive launch event in the Openhouse gallery, SoHo, NY.

At an exclusive launch event in the expansive white space of the Openhouse gallery in SoHo, New York, brand owner George Rowley and world-renowned absinthe historian Marie-Claude Delahaye played host to over 200 industry professionals including top mixologists and bar-owners from across the nation.

Installations conceived with Saatchi of London and inspired by the works of Toulouse Lautrec, Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet were on display for all to enjoy – as well as a canvass proudly bearing Marie-Claude'’s blessing of La Fée Absinthe Parisienne: This formed a fifth installation involving the ‘traditional serve’ bar itself – presented by 42Below Cocktail World Cup winner Michael Russotti. Bathed in soft green and white light our guests interacted with these works and one another, as their palates were pleasured by a range of drinks which embrace the qualities of La Fée Absinthe Parisienne."

I just received this in my e-mail \:\)

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#10185 - 07/12/08 04:49 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: I.C. Graves]
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I just this evening had my first dance with the "green fairy" the results of it I will go into in just a moment.

I have gone through a few bottles of Absente and it was too strong. Not so much in flavor but in alcohol content, 110proof I believe.

Tonight I purchased (at cost) a product we have just begun to carry at the store I work at called St. George distillery absinthe. Same flavor; kind of like a licorice bomb going off in your mouth. I had two glasses and I have to tell you I am totally un-impressed. My final decision on absinthe is that it just is not for me. I'm not really into licorice to begin with so licorice flavored liquor is just not for me. Incidentally, no trippy absinthe high. Couple glasses of wine would do pretty much the same thing at least that is my observation at this point.

Now onto thujone.

In speaking with a sommelier friend of mine I learned that thujone percentages can be affected by the type of spirit that is used in the making of the absinthe. For example, many of the EU brands, while steeped in history, tend to be made from spirits that can be less pure. These impurities, free radicals that can occur during the distillation process tend to bond with the thujone to create a higher percentage. This is however "dirty" and can lead to stronger hangovers and in large enough quantities is poisonous. So while many look for the highest percentage they can find it may not be in their best interest once you understand how that percentage works.

Either way I think absinthe is one of those things where it is best used in moderation. In the same way that some can reap a creative benefit from one hit of weed or find themselves on the floor from a whole joint. That is a similarity that I can see.

So in the end I would say, if asked, save your money.

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#10310 - 07/20/08 07:29 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: delusion]
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I have found any percentage over about 70 pushes the flavour beyond any level of enjoyment. A little like, if a chili is too hot for you, you can't enjoy its subtle flavours. I also like to drink mine – French or Bohemian – in the traditional French manner with sugar and water. I love the flavour. I also love the different form of inebriation I get; drunk body, sharp mind. It's unfortunate that your experiences have been such a let down.

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#10314 - 07/22/08 04:02 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: Mercury_Templar]
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Agreed.

The same gentleman that I mentioned in my post had made some of his own once when he was younger. According to him, the stuff had dripped on the table and proceeded to eat away the varnish on the table. Higher Thujone is the desired absinthe but I'm not convinced the after effects are worth it. Also I had heard too that the higher the Thujone percentage and or worm wood included that the more bitter it will be.

MORE BITTER?!?!

I'm sure out there in the world it is available at a cost that is a little easier on the wallet but even then I'm not sure I'd be into it. While the "buzz" is different I don't know that I appreciate the flavor of it enough to justify the price. I can handle the taste, but for that kind of investment you should actually enjoy it rather then just be able to "handle" it. Which is exactly where I am with Absinthe as I have experienced it. Where I work I sell one more comercial absinthe product for about 70 bucks the higher end one for 120 but if you don't enjoy the flavor then you've wasted money on either. For 120 dollars I could buy enough Ayinger celebrator to last me 2 months...binging. In the end I get far more satisfaction because I love the product. Talk about a magical elixer!

Was beer to abstract? Feel free to insert your favorite tequila instead. The argument works as well I think.

cheers!

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#10344 - 07/25/08 02:09 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: delusion]
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Well, it looks like I'll have to put this experience on hold again. I thought that I would be able to afford something decent since going back to work, but I ended up quitting. 12 hours a day in a sweatshop just doesn't work for me.
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#11259 - 09/07/08 12:09 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: I.C. Graves]
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Thx for the link. I'm going to have to try this when I come back stateside for leave sounds interesting but expensive, I guess if you want quality you gotta pay for it.
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#11281 - 09/08/08 08:19 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: Ringmaster]
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Okay I decided what the hell is $289 of my life and got 2 bottles I guess I'll find out if it was worth it in a month.
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#11286 - 09/08/08 10:23 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: Ringmaster]
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Sambuca seems a much better drink according to my palette but don't serve it to me flaming, you are just burning the precious alcohol off of it in my mind. As for absinthe, I'd say it has more bark than bite but all seem to have the same general taste and overall effect.
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#13108 - 10/21/08 02:09 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Cody]
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i am not a big fan of the stuff,
but i have a friend who knows someone who tend to business between Germany and the Czech Republic.
He tends to bring over the stuff labeled Black Absinthe 80%

but i am not a big fan of it.

i will stick with drinking cognac or Glenmorangie whiskey =D
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#13109 - 10/21/08 02:10 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Marilyn]
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i managed to find a pic of the stuff they get.

80% / 160 pr.
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#13341 - 10/23/08 11:42 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: Ringmaster]
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 Originally Posted By: ringmaster
Okay I decided what the hell is $289 of my life and got 2 bottles I guess I'll find out if it was worth it in a month.


Well, now that I had the opportunity to try it... Decent enjoyed it but pricey however what isn't nowadays.
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#18804 - 01/24/09 10:36 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Cody]
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the best way to drink the absinthe is to put a sugar cube on the neck of the bottle and sip it through the sugar cube! it softens the sharp taste and really works a treat! i dont see the point setting good shit like absenthe on fire it takes from it not as good a drunk from it! dont set the shit on fire! \:\) im irish! trust me
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#18910 - 01/25/09 02:47 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: annieoracle]
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I have always preferred the traditional way of drinking absinthe. I've never noticed any difference between setting on fire or not aside from the taste. I went to a restaraunt a few months back for my sisters birthday and was surprised to see absinthe on the drink menu. It wasn't bad, but still not as good as the real stuff. Oddly enough I hate black licorice but love the taste of absinthe and Jagermeister. I know that black licorice and absinthe get their distinct flavor from anise, but I am not sure about Jager.
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#19249 - 01/28/09 11:54 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: 6Satan6Archist6]
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MMMM that picture looks very tasty. I enjoy drinking absinthe. On my birthday I made a glass for my friend she converted right away. I love the way it makes me feel so relaxed and cleansed at the sametime very dreamy ineed.
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#19806 - 02/06/09 06:58 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Linaka113]
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Boil it and drink it, i've heard it's better than inhaling petrol.
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#19819 - 02/06/09 07:54 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: joseph oreilly]
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You are an idiot. Boiling alcohol before you drink it is counter productive if you are trying to catch a buzz.

If you like inhaling petrol, you would absolutely LOVE drinking bleach. Seriously Joseph, give it a try; grab a bottle of Clorox and see just how fast you can down the entire container. Wow, what a rush.......
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#21001 - 02/22/09 08:42 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: I.C. Graves]
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Even though the legal Absente they sell here in the states only has the southern wormwood, I still enjoyed the process of drinking it, and the buzz as well. It was worth the try. It definetly was a different kind of drunk. I would describe it as a more active drunk. What Im curious about is this;

If you drink a large amount of the stateside stuff will it have the same effects as the real deal?

Even if it did Im not going to attempt it;(my tripping days are over) Just curious.

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#21067 - 02/23/09 11:25 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Enslaved]
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Just a little history lesson for you guys. Thujone, from wormwood, is not some magic mushroom extract. It will not make you lop off ears or go on some trip. It is not related to THC. The levels in todays mix are not near what they were in the "good old days". But even in the good old days, they were not that high. High doses of thujone have been shown to produce muscle spasms and convulsions. Far higher than what you would find in today's or yesterday's absinthe. In the good old days, absinthe was distilled from pure grain alcohol. Meaning it was almost pure alcohol. Wormwood, and other herbs, were added to the mix to make it taste good. Knock back a few glasses of 100% alcohol and tell me you won't hallucinate, lop off ears, and see Jesus. Absinthe is mearly a legend larger than life. You are not getting some secret magic elixir. You are not tripping. You are getting drunk and living the legend that you have built up in your mind. Save your money, get a good bottle of vodka, and a mixology book.
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#24269 - 05/07/09 09:05 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: fakepropht]
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Most of the hype about Absinthe was propaganda perpetrated by the winemakers because it was costing them money.
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#24447 - 05/11/09 12:03 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Sharschosen]
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I've only ever had absinthe once when a friend of mine brought back several bottles after he'd been on holiday (can't remember where he went I'm afraid). The taste wasn't terrific, I'm not a big lover of aniseed and absinthe has quite a strong aniseed flavour even when sipped through a sugar lump. As for the effects of it... It got me drunk enough to not remember anything that happened over the course of the night and I ended up waking up on a bench somewhere in Manchester. Amazingly I hadn't been robbed, shot, arrested or spat on (which, if they had happened, would have most likely occurred in that order).

I agree with fakepropht, there are far better ways to leave yourself completely vulnerable in the middle of the night.

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#25030 - 05/27/09 09:53 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: Saligia]
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I’ve never tried Absinthe (I really don’t feel like kickin’ down $70 just to try something for the first time), but I’ve always been curious about it. I am especially fascinated by the ritual involved in setting up the drink. The water fountain, sugar spoon, the dripping process, stirring. I like regiments like that. It’s sort of old world romantic.

So, to you Absinthe vets/lovers out there, my questions is this:

I’ve read about the taste and the buzz (so with the Black Absinthe 80 do you chase the Black Fairy?) in this forum, but what about the consistency?

From the looks of the product, after the water is poured over the sugar and into the glass, it would appear to be quite ‘thick’, for lack of a better word, and chalky.

Is Absinthe smooth and creamy as it goes down, like, say, coffee, is it no different than say any other alcoholic beverage, or is it thick like watered down syrup with a chalky after effect?


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#25679 - 06/15/09 09:22 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Cody]
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i think i enjoy the ritual of it more enjoyable that the actual drink its self. that maybe the fact that i haven't had the real deal from Czech.
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#25683 - 06/15/09 10:00 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Azza]
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Wow, I almost forgot all about this topic. I did end up trying some Absinthe at a Halloween party last year. It probably wasn't the best atmosphere to do so but the host had a bottle and I had been talking about it for a while. I can't remember what brand it was.

I was disappointed to learn that he did not have the proper utensils or perform the ritual involved. He just kind of dumped it in a glass and stirred in some sugar with a spoon.

By the time I tried it, I had already drank a few bottles of beer and smoked at least 1 lefty and was feeling pretty good. After I started to drink the Absinthe, I did notice a difference in my buzz. I become quite mellow and relaxed while I enjoyed the stiff drink. Nothing exciting happened but I did feel as though this would be better appreciated in a dark, mellow atmosphere as opposed to a loud party. I can see how it would be conducive to a creative state of mind.

I would consider this to be along the lines of Salvia or 'shrooms in the way that it would be a nice experience once in a while. Something out of the ordinary.

Not sure if I want to pay big bucks for a bottle though.

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#25777 - 06/19/09 10:49 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: I.C. Graves]
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I dont think anyone has mentioned the actual absinthe ceremony thingo.
Put a bit of absinthe (usually green) in a goblet
Place a holed spade over the top (decorative spade trowel thing with graty holes)
Place a sugar cubeon the top.
Pour icy water over the cube until dissolved into the absinthe.

I havent tried it but thats what I saw on wiki, and some weirdo french guy on youtube, and it seems the most traditional way of drinking it.



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#25823 - 06/20/09 09:16 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: Atralux Lucis]
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I've tried absinthe with the sugar and water, it's OK but honestly, if you get one that's not paint thinner I prefer to drink it straight. La Fée is a really nice one, but to be honest, it tastes lack-lustre when you add sugar and water.

Avoid the high alcohol percentage absinthe. The best absinthe is about 40-50%. The active ingredients are the anise and the wormwood. No-one wants to drink pure alcohol, it doesn't taste nice.
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#32020 - 11/20/09 09:28 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Cody]
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Eabsinthe.com has a decent selection. Absente is not absinthe, wrong type of wormwood. It only taste similar due to added synthetics. I reccomend avoiding the brand lucuid. Very low quality. Also the brand sold as 'red absinthe' is bad bad. Though there are a few good absinthes that are red. La fee is in my opinion the best commercial brand. Though the absolute bests are usually limited runs by small stills in northern France. You occasionaly see those online.
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#32055 - 11/21/09 12:08 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Sceevin]
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I tried the real stuff in Prague, wormwood and all.

I have to be honest and say that I thought it was vile. Just the taste...it’s makes me what to dry heave.

My girlfriend on the other hand thinks it’s the best thing since vibrating cock rings.
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#32093 - 11/22/09 02:25 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: Room 101]
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The ritual is very Important. If the absinthe was made properly, then it should trun white gradually as you do this (louche sp?). You put one ounce of absinthe in the glass, then add a cube of sugar onto a slotted spoon. Slow drip ice water over the cube and down into the glass. You should add aprox three ounces of ice water while avoiding getting ice into the glass.
There is also the 'bohemian' way. This should only be do e with cheap absinthe. Could be a way to make absente drinkable. Though, it is my opinion that absonte should be avoided like the plague. You add the ounce of absinthe to the glass. Then you put a cube of sugar onto a normal spoon. Add a bit of absinthe onto the cube. Light it with a wooden match. When the exterior of the cube has carmalized put the spoon into the absinthe. The drink should light on fire. Now dump three ounces of ice water onto it to kill the flame. Stir, then drink. Try this once, you should. It's not great, but not bad. And it is not historical. Though some movies would like you to believe that it is.
Also, check out the wormwood society
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#32097 - 11/22/09 08:14 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: Sceevin]
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I’ll take this under advisement form the g/f. She’s pretty into this stuff. Thanks for the info, ill bring it up at our next “meeting”. \:\)
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#32676 - 12/08/09 07:15 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Room 101]
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I used to drink hella fairy.... a fairyholic I once was, so I know what I'm drinkin'
I've been looking through an older journal and found this #
I ordered from Absinthe X ZELE awhile back and it was the truest stuff you could pretty much get ahold of in the states, unless you made it yourself. it's 75.5% & Wormwood toll free 1-800-873-9181

yea, not the toned kind, more alcohol if you can handle it, this is the kind I prefer over others....
to each his own

I think their website is artbyabsinthe.com

hope this helps...

Shemhamforash!


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#32759 - 12/10/09 06:10 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Radio Werewolf]
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I had my first taste of Absinthe when I was in Canada. I enjoyed the way it tasted, but was disappointed that I did not see green fairys.


Seriously though, it is like most other alcoholic drinks for me, and I wonder what the big deal is, or even why they have a ban placed on it in the US where you cannot purchase the actual Absinthe.

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#35035 - 02/02/10 04:52 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Choronzon333]
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As a note, there does exist absinthe which will make you hallucinate. I found a french recipe awhile back that, among the usual ingredients, called for Amanita Muscaria in the second maceration stage of production.
I wrote it down in still book to try. i can post it if anyone here wants to make their own.

I shall seek out the website again, see if i can post a link here.

And the ban on real absinthe was lifted a few years back. Its hard to comeby, except online, but its not illegal to buy or sell.
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#39733 - 07/01/10 12:04 PM Re: Absinthe [Re: Cody]
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Registered: 06/21/10
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All you need to do to get the "good" stuff is to go down to your local head shop and pick up an ounce of wormwood'illegal in some states'(like mine with Devil's Shoestring).

*Get a small glass pot with a cup of as clean of water you can get and start it to boil.
*Take 1/4th once Wormwood(and the Shoestring for taste if desired) and add it to the water already heating on stove.
*Boil it until it is almost a think green envy color.
*Strain out the wormwood and let cool.

After you have made your wormwood tea choose your poison(favorite spirits) and mix to taste adding a lot of sugar.

My friends call it "Snake Juice"

*Do Not Drink too much it can kill in high does.*

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#59022 - 09/10/11 09:13 AM Re: Absinthe [Re: NeoZombie]
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Registered: 09/08/11
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Loc: Bucks, England
I've tried what we called Assinthe in the UK which was around 70% if I remember which I brought from Asda (Walmart) for around £20. The taste was masked by too much Aniseed in my opinion the burn was bearable though.

From what I've seen on a film (Catacombs) They had absinthe in a block which they heat on a teaspoon and then stirred into a goblet.

Would this of been Absinthe or just Green Heroin?

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