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Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 8:38 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

It depends on how much water is added to the la bleu (or any other absinthe)before it louches. Once enough water is added to cause the oil to fall into suspension, the clouding effect will occur. When absinthe is first distilled, it comes off at about 85% alcohol content. The manufacturer then adds water to bring it to the desired alcohol content.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 3:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Oh, Marcykins!!! You are precious!!
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 1:24 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

If water is added to a bottle of La Bleue, wouldn't the liquid louche?
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 1:22 am:   Edit PostPrint Post


you rock! Your rap on optimalsmarts is the funniest post I've read here in a long time.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 12:27 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

That could be the next Fad. Pre-watered absinthe. No need to add H2O. Just chill and serve!
Posted on Friday, January 10, 2003 - 10:23 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Water, yeah, I definitely tasted some water.
Posted on Friday, January 10, 2003 - 10:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

If he does manage to hustle a few bucks, his mom will be glad to get his ass out of the garage.
Posted on Friday, January 10, 2003 - 8:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

What a moronic post. What exactly does "La Bleue is VERY potent" mean? Do you realise that almost all commercially sold spirits have "water added"? Neither you nor 99% of tasters could recognise whether a particular bottle of spirits was 55% or 65% purely by tasting, especially without control samples. Do you have any idea at all what the alcohol percentage of the La Bleue you are selling is? (based on a current analysis certificate from a specialist lab, rather than on what Fabian or whoever claims). And do you repeat this analysis for every batch?

You're embarrassing yourself here. Let me go out on a limb here: My guess is you're not, as you continually boast, a millionaire entrepreneur with a string of successful business ventures, a beach house in Malibu, a ranch in Utah, a Park Avenue duplex, a 60 foot maxi challenging for the America's Cup, a custom-fitted Lear jet with hot and cold running babes etc. More likely: 20-something college dropout. Still living in the garage at Mom and Dad's house. Severe teenage acne problem only now starting to clear up. Severe teenage problem with rudimentary English spelling sadly never going to clear up. Found Fabian or one of the other online La Bleue sources. Trying to hussle a few bucks by reselling this in the US.

Uncannily close, huh?
Posted on Friday, January 10, 2003 - 4:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

i would think that louched would be able to tell you if water was added to the bottle he was served. La Bleue is VERY potent and that is the way it is delivered.
Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2003 - 5:55 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

No, slightly to my suprise none of the samples analysed had any residual sugar at all - the sweetness characteristic of some La Bleues apparently derives entirely from the anis.
Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2003 - 3:11 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

And do you think sugar was added?

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2003 - 3:06 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thats a good point Wolfgang. Over the last year I've had 3 La Bleue's (including two from the primary supplier of most US resellers) tested at the lab here, and all 3 were under 60% - 54%, 55%, 57%.
Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 - 11:12 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Now what would be fun would be to know the alc. % ... I found out that some LaBleue are very diluted (sometimes around 55%) and that`s why you end up having to use a lower water ratio. In other words, the question is how much someone would like to pay for swiss *water*...

I think someone who sells alcohol should be able to test this himself (quality control ?). That`s very easy to do and the required equipment is not that expensive... if you`r sure there`s no added sugar in it. If there`s added sugar, then it gets more complicated.
Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 - 11:04 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Sly, I ain't.
Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 - 9:37 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

And here I was, thinking that you were slyly calling Optimalsmarts a monkey. I'm still too damn cynical.
Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 - 9:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Why is it here? 'Cuz I'm a fuckup, that's why. You should have learned that by now. Sheesh.
Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 - 7:22 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

But why is this subtopic in the Monkey Hole? Doesn't it belong in the "Absinthe and Collectibles" area?
Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 - 9:15 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

thanx louchie for the break down, since i'm on vacation i'm not allowed to do computations like that... too much like work... but i did it any way... .7 L at 87.50 = 3.69/oz and 1.0 L at 130 = 3.84/oz.
Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 - 8:03 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

All La Bleue sold will get to you the exact way it comes to me. So if swiss throw a change up then that is what will be delivered. As far as the wet cork in the bottle, well , i guess thats okay as long as it doesnt wet the packing. I would rather a wet cork than have to deal with the "it doesnt look right" emails. OS OS OS OS OS OS OS OS
Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 - 5:04 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Well, considering this a was full liter, not .7, like Sapin, the cost is almost equal. 1/.7=1.43 1.43X$87.5 (I'm splitting the difference)=$125.13 per liter. I've been informed he's selling for $130 delivered. If there is, truly, a "forum discount", it just tips the scales even farther. And now that you put it that way, yeah, I'd get one once in a while, because I like the whole "Swiss bootleg" thing, and, as I said, I can count on getting 2ndaries.

Now, the caveat is that Optimmy has to be selling these in liters. You'll have to ask him, I don't know. If they ordinarily come in 70cl, then forget it, the price is too high for me.
Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 - 1:11 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

very nice and fair review LL. so if opti would get his la bleue price down to $85-90 (the price for e-68 or sapin) you'd cough up the money? we're supposed to ask about our forum discount, too. i may have to consider some la bleue for a side by side with betty's.
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2003 - 2:17 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Using the trusty kitchen sink as my drip fountain, and setting it for a nice slow "plop-plop", the louche is almost immediate, and heavy.
White, w/just a tinge of yellow. Fun to watch. Mixed 3:1, the aroma backs the fuck off quite a bit and has less "bottom". The taste is clean and quite simple, but w/an aftertaste and mouthfeel I'd not encountered in these before. Not disagreeable in the least.
Too drinkable, at that, which has been a bugaboo w/me about LaBleues from the 1st time I had one. You expect something well, more challenging for your dollars/euros/pounds.
I'm drinking it kinda quick, 'cuz I can, and I can feel the 2ndaries w/1 glass. Shit's a little more interesting, if you know what I mean. LaBleues and Breaux's Brews are the only absinthes to get me Fairy Fucked every time I drink them.
Is this a LaBleue? Yep.
Is it a good one? Well, as "good" as any of them are (I still think they are way too simple). This one has a bit more goin' on.
Would I pay for it? Nope. But only because I've already had a few LaBleues and wouldn't pay more than any other absinthe for any of them. On the other hand, if you are like I was when I started out, and absolutely have to try a LaBleue, then go for it. I would not have been happy until I'd tried one, which would have been almost a year after I'd started drinking absinthe if I'd waited for someone else to offer it up.
Personally, I think that w/all the yammering about this style of absinthe, lots of folks would at least like to try one, just to see what all the hoohah is about. And I think yes,you should try one. Should it be Optimmy's? What the fuck do I care? I don't even no for sure what the price is on this. I'm sure it's less than Betty's, but people are loyal to her for other reasons. I spent $160 on my 1st from Belle Epoch Importers, and this is way better than that one.
If you've got any questions, ask away, I'll do my best to answer them.

As I've said to all who've been kind enough to send me gratis fairy squeezin's-
Thanks for the free hootch.
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2003 - 1:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Packaging was servicable, not pretty. It made it cross country, so I guess it worked. Slight leakage, as the cork was barely in, the srewcap not sealed. Not belt and suspenders-More like 2 lousy belts.

The smell is nice. Clean, slightly liquorish, not licorice, and w/more an earthy bit to it than others I've swilled.
Tried neat, it's not heavy on the taste of liquor, has that damn candy cane taste I taste in all La Bleues, and again, more of an herbal/earthy component than others. You can actually, probably, most likely drink this shit straight.

Let the dripping begin.
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2003 - 1:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

To answer the 1st question I'm expecting you want answered:
Nope, didn't pay for it.
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2003 - 11:28 am:   Edit PostPrint Post


Hey, I'm busy! Mr. McFeelme just dropped it off.

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