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Deadest Elephant (Artemis)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 9:16 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

To expand somewhat on the Blanche issue -

There is a recipe for Swiss Absinthe Blanche that appears in more than one 19th century French distillation text (but it's the same recipe) and that recipe lists a large variety (relatively speaking) of herbs. I say relatively speaking, because compared to the list of herbs found in say, Chartreuse, ALL absinthe herb bills are simple. Compared to the herb bill *required* to make absinthe, that Swiss Blanche recipe is complex. I maintain that the recipe in question is called Swiss Absinthe Blanche because the product is left clear. To draw from that recipe the inference that all products called Swiss absinthe blanche must use the same herb bill, or that all Swiss absinthes blanche were complex products historically, or must be complex now, is a stretch.

With that said, if you wanted to make an absinthe with a large variety of herbs, that is to say, complex, it would make sense to leave it uncolored. This is because the coloration herbs may not lend much extra to the product, and they might indeed mask some of what was already good and already there. Note that in that blanche recipe, almost all the herbs that would have been used for coloration, are already in the base recipe. No use adding legs to a snake, especially if you might cripple him in the process.

Now, coloration can easily ruin, to say nothing of profoundly change, a good product. I'm not saying that was ever the case with Un Emile. But that's why I said that even if the Emile Blanche is nothing but Emile left uncolored, it could stand on its own merit. You might just like it better than the green Emile.

If the clear Emile is a different recipe than the green Emile from the get go, so much the better. But to hold Un Emile Blanche to the standard of that old Blanche recipe would be unfair. It does not have to be like that, for them to call it "Blanche" legitimately. And there is no reason Peter, Ian, or anybody else should tell anybody what's in it.
Deadest Elephant (Artemis)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 7:26 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

There seems to be some confusion about the meaning of "La Blanche".

Literally, it means "The White", but it really means "the clear".

And that's all it means. NO assumption can be made about what herbs are in or not in any absinthe called "La Blanche", either now or a hundred years ago. The complex La Blanche to which I referred sometime back, and which a few people have tasted, and which is magnificent, was made to a recipe which stands apart both today AND in every historical reference I have ever seen, and I doubt very much it was ever more than a niche product if it was mass-produced at all. I say this because if they didn't have to include all those herbs to sell absinthe, why would they? Certainly the term "La Blanche" can not be taken to mean that every such product will include the (relatively) vast palette of herbs which are named in that particular recipe. Without historical references or samples to the contrary, all we can assume that "La Blanche" meant in the past was "clear". And if anybody means anything other than that by those words today, they're not trying to communicate with the words, but to obfuscate.
Deadest Elephant (Artemis)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 6:41 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

"is spirits corner still the best,as in cheapest place to shop?"

I don't know, but the best commercial absinthe you can buy is Un Emile.

"and what ever happened to ted and dons venture??"

Only they know and they aren't telling.
Deadest Elephant (Artemis)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 6:35 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The closest Ginsberg ever got to poetry was the end of Kerouac's penis.
Art Flegenheimer (Artemis)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 6:27 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

"i am talking to myself again."

Amen to that.
Absinthe Queen of Reviews (Head_prosthesis)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 6:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Lemme get back to you
on that.


Shit! You got me!
I mean you got you.
You got us! Me and you.
Quibbling like Rosey Greer and Ray Milland.


In the Democracy of One,
everyman is King.
Welcome to HEAD ISLAND.
Alphasoixante (Alphasoixante)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 5:27 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

head prosthesis when will you be angelic?
when will you take off your clothes?
when will you be worthy of your million posts?
go fuck yourself with your slerpis.
tabreaux is in laos i don't think he'll come back it's sinister.
when can i go to spirits corner and buy what i need with my good looks?
you should have seen me reading delahaye.

it occurs to me that i am head prosthesis.
i am talking to myself again.
Absinthe Queen of Reviews (Head_prosthesis)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 4:27 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Just like Ginsberg?
In the Democracy of One,
everyman is King.
Welcome to HEAD ISLAND.
Alphasoixante (Alphasoixante)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 4:21 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

overrated! overrated! overrated!
Karl (Raschied)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 3:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

And, don't forget the folks at Liquers de France. Un Emile! Un Emile! Un Emile!

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Jack Collins (_blackjack_)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 2:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Spirits Corner is still one of the favored vendors. Many folks have had good experiences with La FeeVerte in Germany.

As for Ted and Don's venture, well, um, we're still hoping.
josh (Maxpower)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 1:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

very few will remember me,but i used to be around here ages ago.so ive been out of the loop.

is spirits corner still the best,as in cheapest place to shop?my supplies are running a bit low

and what ever happened to ted and dons venture??
avril gives me that nice warm feeling,like freshly peed jeans

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