|By Absinthesque on Monday, April 23, 2001 - 09:23 am: Edit|
I've heard something similar -- that back in the Vietnam era, the US military treated Ouzo like Absinthe.
I'm feeling a bit less jet-lagged this morning; I won't attribute my sloppy writing in the review to secondary effects. I did, however, dream more vividly than usual last night. . .so who knows?
|By Heiko on Monday, April 23, 2001 - 09:14 am: Edit|
I've heard that ouzo has, in the past, been prepared with wormwood as well (and was kind of absinthe). I forgot the source, but it said in some parts of greece where nobody has ever heard of a ban on absinthe, you might still get ouzo which is prepared according to the traditional way with a. absinthium.
I'm not sure if this is true.
|By Martin on Monday, April 23, 2001 - 02:43 am: Edit|
Yesss! Macedonian Swastika!
|By Martin on Monday, April 23, 2001 - 02:40 am: Edit|
Man, I need to get me some!!!
|By Absinthesque on Sunday, April 22, 2001 - 05:15 pm: Edit|
A friend in one of the former Yugoslavian states informed me that a Macedonian drink known as "Mastika" -- my transliteration of the Cyrillic -- is an Absinthe. In light of some recent discussions, it's interesting that she thinks of Ouzo, Mastika and Absinthe as essentially the same drink, with the same effects; she's not the only one I've heard express this opinion, and perhaps it's more than just a misunderstanding.
I was able to secure a liter bottle for $10 and am sipping a second glass now. . .I haven't had Ouzo in a long time, but I think Mastika is much closer to Ouzo than Absinthe. . .Anise is the predominant flavor, and I don't detect much herbal complexity. My wife tasted more herbs than I. It's been a long time since I've had Ouzo; if memory serves, this drink is not as sweet, but it still lacks the bitter finish of the better absinthes I've tried. I'm too jet-lagged to think about secondary effects.
Sipped neat, Anise is predominant in this clear drink. At 45% alcohol, it doesn't have the kick of most Absinthes. The louche is a little thin -- with a charming hint of purple in it. I don't know how this is done. My second glass is in warmer water, and the louche is less evident. Too much water also weakens the flavor considerably.
All in all, a pleasant drink and worth looking for if you find yourself in Eastern Europe, especially given its low price. It's undoubtedly hard to come by in the West.
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