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By Artemis on Saturday, January 06, 2001 - 01:29 am: Edit

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By String on Friday, January 05, 2001 - 03:16 pm: Edit

I was attending a dinner party at a friends house who works in the local liquor industry. When I asked him what was that glowing green bottle on top of his cabnet sitting in the primo show off spot, he said absinthe. He brought it down and told the whole absinthe story. This bottle was a gift from a famous english beer writer who always visits when he is in the area. My friend was under the impression at the time that absinthe was only available when smuggled in from England. He wasn't about to dish out his prized special occasion nectar. He poured out a small shot and passed it around the table. Everyone got a tiny sip. I didn't even like it. However, the history and culture that he explained facinated me. I have since found this forum and spiritscorner. Now i'm hooked.
I haven't told my friend what the internet absinthe community thinks of his Hills, but i am turning him on to the spanish stuff.

By Rupert1029 on Friday, January 05, 2001 - 09:37 am: Edit

I first heard of Absinthe while watching the Lana Turner movie "Madame X". She was a former politicians wife, gone bad. While on trial for murder, it was revealed that she was addicted to Absinthe. Also many scenes of her strung out.
It laid dormant in my mind for years, until about a year ago when I found an Absinthe set at a yard sale in Houston. The rest is history. I am now a frequent partaker, and collector.

By Royale on Thursday, January 04, 2001 - 04:46 am: Edit

For many years I had been aware of a
mysterious drink that had both inspired and
haunted artists and poets of the past but
always felt that it was a thing of ancient
legend. Until about 3 years agoÉ I was in
Canada visiting family for the holidays when
my best friend from high school produced a
bottle of brilliant green. It was a gift from his
friend who was visiting from the Czech
Republic. Christmas night him, my brother, my
girlfriend and I finished off the bottle. I loved it.
My friend started to order absinthe online from
Spain and save it for me, so when I would
come up for weddings and funerals we could
drink it to excess. Last year I was given the
opportunity to promote a nightclub in New
Orleans. New Orleans has always been a
romantic and magical place to me and and I
had vowed to see it one day, needless to say I
leapt at the opportunity to move to The French
Quarter for a while and experience it first hand.
On the days that I was able to drag myself out
of bed before sundown, I would search the
antique stores for among other things
absinthe paraphernalia. One lucky afternoon I
happened into a store called Lucullus that had
a number of glasses, spoons etc. and got to
talk with an employee. He told me of a local
scientist who had perfected the recipe for
absinthe. He allowed me to sample a taste
on the tip of my thumb. I forced him to tell me
this scientist's name and wrote it on the back
of his business card. I intended to search the
web to find him. When I unpacked my
pockets back home in Hollywood I was
distressed to find that I had misplaced the
card and remembering only that he shared the
last name of the Louisiana Senator I had
given up hope on ever being able to contact
him. Until my dear Canuck friend turned me
onto this site and low and behold there was
this same scientist in the absinthe forum. I
have since been able to order my own bottles.
I have watched the forum for a while now but
this is my first post. After all Kallisti's
description, "a punk-rock-stripper-bar filled
with interesting and diverse people", sounds
just like the kind of place I like to spend my
time.

By Pataphysician on Thursday, January 04, 2001 - 04:34 am: Edit

First became aware of it in Art History class: Picasso's sculpture of a glass of absinthe with an actual spoon incorporated. What a perfect introduction: it was the strangest artwork I'd ever seen. The image and the name stuck in my mind. Over the years I'd pick up more bits and pieces, it kept popping up... in Manet, Van Gogh, Jarry, Rimbaud, Hemingway. I would have loved to try it, but I knew it was gone forever. When Conrad's book came out in 1988 I bought my brother a copy for Christmas, I don't know why, just because he has eclectic tastes and it seemed suitably obscure. I flipped through it but didn't pick up on the fact that absinthe was still being made. Then about a year ago with the Absente hoopla I got interested again and started mining the internet for information, discovered this site and quickly realized:
1) Absente was bogus (still haven't tried it)
2) Spanish absinthe was readily available
3) The most interesting people drink absinthe

And there you have it.

By Moonstar on Wednesday, January 03, 2001 - 06:49 am: Edit

I also saw Bram Stoker's Dracula when it first came out and was intrigued by the absinthe scene. I vaguely recalled hearing something about it and knew it was (or had been) real so I tagged the internet looking for it (back in 1994 when the internet was all squarish and boxy and mostly porno). I found a FAQ, which I still have but finding out that it was illegal and not available I forgot about it until this year. I found this site and the rest is where you all are at - buying Deva and Mari Mayan from SC and La Bleue from Bettina etc.

Isn't ecommerce great? I even get my REAL Drum tobacco from Spain now since the 'fake' Drum that Top (Republic) Tobacco sells is dirt.

-John

By Martin on Tuesday, January 02, 2001 - 10:35 am: Edit

I won one of those pipes in a contest (a story writing contest... ha!). I tried it out last night for the first time. It works really well. Put some crushed ice in it so its not totally neat. It works as well with Herring as it does with Sebor.

I still have my Czech newspaper wrapping!

-Martin

By Lordhobgoblin on Tuesday, January 02, 2001 - 07:12 am: Edit

Black Rabbit,

Glad to see someone else has a nostalgic view of Sebor and loved the Czech newspaper wrapping. I also bought one of those Czech glass Absinthe Pipes from Kyle, didn't use it much as neat Absinthe isn't really my cup of tea. Shame Sebor's too bloody expensive (in the UK anyway), as I'd rather be drinking it than either Deva or Serpis.

Happy New Year to you,

Hobgoblin

By Black_rabbit on Tuesday, January 02, 2001 - 05:04 am: Edit

Two and a half years ago, read an article on Poe, saw some art (Picasso) did some research... and oddly a fellow at work who sat behind me noticed me searching the net. He had begun a search around the same time I did, coincidentally. So we got hold of some wormwood extract and pernod... Needless to say it tasted like poop. I kept looking, found this forum and informed him it was not, in fact, ninteenth century LSD. He was disappointed (and not fond of anise) and gave up.

I got me some Sebors (which I still like.) What kept me drinking wasn't just the taste, but also the secondary effects, and the fact that it was verboten, mysterious, and came wrapped up in Czech newspapers :-)

I got into an argument with a cooler-than-thou girl once at a party who had lived in Prague. She would go on and on about the wild hallucinations generated by Hills. She was dismayed when I brought absinthe with me to her halloween party. She said It Must Not Be Real Absinthe as no one was reporting LSD like effects. She also told me absinthe was Czech in origin, and that the sugar ritual was something I'd made up. I gave her roomate the URL to SC and half a bottle of Serpis, as well as the truth.

By Joshua on Tuesday, January 02, 2001 - 01:07 am: Edit

i first heard of it in art class.probally about sixth grade,just the name alone sounded evil to me,added to the the "fact" that it made van gogh slice off his ear and shoot himself in the stomach.a few years pass,i read some article in maxim,which sparks my intrest.so one day i was looking at erowid.org reading all the crazy experiance stories,with anything from nutmeg to crack,and saw the little absinthe site,which lead me here.wanting a taste of something absinthe like.i ran out and bought some pernod on my 21st birthday.i absolutly loved the stuff,tried it straight,ugh,with just water, a little better,then the famed sugar ritual,ah the best way in my opinon,after this i ordered some montana minis from sc,decided i loved the stuff,orderd the full size bottle that night.i still drink pernod,and like it,but i just cant drink deva,then a pernod,the pernod seems so flavorless after an abs

By Daedelus on Monday, January 01, 2001 - 10:53 am: Edit

Hemingway's "Death in the Afternoon" (one of his best-- about bullfighting and Espana) turned me on to absinthe in high-school. It all sounded so fun, getting sloshed on absinthe and wine and watching bullfights. Then in college I ran across the Absinthe book at a Tower record store and read that it was still legal in Spain. I never made it to Spain and forgot about it for a few years. Then a couple of months ago I ran across the book again and read a bunch of the chapters, and then had the bright idea to get on the internet.

The first link I went to was the Buyer's Guide, and the rest is history. Then a few weeks ago I hooked up with Eric, and expanded my knowledge base with all of his samples, including one of Ted's. Now I'm hooked and so are a few of my friends.

daedelus

By Dilettante on Monday, January 01, 2001 - 09:48 am: Edit

First started drinking it around 20 years ago whilst in the US Navy. We would drink straight shots chased by tequila with a beer back. No kidding--we weren't into subtle. Sometimes we lit the shots, and dared each other to "put it down flaming." This had some sort of connection to manhood that I still don't understand.

Occaisionally one of my old mates would smuggle a bottle back Stateside and we would kill it for old time's sake, but I drifted away from these fellows some time ago.

Did not drink any more until a few months ago when I discovered this forum and Spirits Corner.

(Over New Years I brought a couple bottles to my inlaws-great aunty M liked the "Maryannes" better that that "Diva." Old people can be more fun than you'ld think)

By Martin on Sunday, December 31, 2000 - 01:28 am: Edit

I first heard about it about 2 years ago from a coworker. Another coworker was planning a trip to Poland and the other posed the question about whether it was legal there and if maybe he could smuggle some back. Being interested in anything out of the ordinary, I asked what it was and he gave me the little bit of info he had (its green, famous poets drank it, its illegal, it makes you crazy, etc...). From that point on I became interested in it but didn't really pursue it much thinking that it was an impossible thing to get ahold of. Around early late winter/early spring '99 I was doing some internet surfing and decided to do a search on absinthe. This wonderful page came up and thus began my journey.

I started out by trying Pernod, knowing that wasn't absinthe, but thinking it would at least give me an idea of the taste. I actually liked Pernod (though I can't stand it now). In a couple months I moved from Chicago back to Indiana. In September '99 I ordered my first bottle of Sebor from Kyle. Excellent service as always... Then I discovered Spirit's Corner and ordered some Deva. Now I have a local dealer and have tried pretty much all the Spanish brands worth trying. I'll probably order some Sebor again soon because it really was good tasting.

-Martin

By Dengar on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 09:14 pm: Edit

When I saw Dracula about 10 years ago I was intrigued by the short absinthe scene in it. I looked up "absinthe" got a bit curios. As I found out it was banned I forgot about it until...almost exactly a year ago when I saw an ad for Hills in a british music magazine. I started searching the net for info and discovred this forum. After that I tested some Pere Kerrman in a couple of bars (it's almost the only brand available in swedish bars...) and then ordered som MM and Deva from SC.

By Petermarc on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 08:47 pm: Edit

had heard about it on and off for years, but since it didn't exist anymore, i didn't really pursue it...my brother visited me in paris and noticed i had a bottle of chartruese 'elixir vegetal' and said he wanted to try absinthe, that you could get it in england, and that he had some friends from chicago that had brought it on a fishing trip to florida...found him a spoon and a pernod invoice,located this site and forum and became hooked on the antique paraphernalia...sent my brother serpis, mari mayas and deva from SC for his birthday (june!) and he has still not opened one of them...decided i would have to find out what they are like myself... have since tried several starting with la sala in barcelona, and the list on the pierre verte thread...it has been fun...

By Lordhobgoblin on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 07:47 pm: Edit

I only discovered Absinthe about 3 years ago, I heard something about absinthe coming to the UK on the radio (Hills launch). I'd never heard of it before so searched on the internet, from what I read I thought it might be interesting, came across Kyle's Sebor site and ordered a bottle of Sebor.

A shame that Sebor have stopped Kyle from supplying the UK nowadays as he is cheaper than them and it always seemed nice getting a bottle of Sebor all wrapped up in some Czech newspaper that I couldn't read. It added a touch of style.

Hobgoblin

By _blackjack_ on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 06:04 pm: Edit

Hmmm...I suppose I've been aware of it for a long time. I can't remember where I first heard of it to save my life. Probably some old horror movie or story or something.

I first started researching it as a direct result of this site. A friend returned from the Czech Republic with a bottle of Schulz. Another friend--OK,an acquaintence I only put up with because she is dating a friend--insisted that it couldn't POSSIBLY be real absinthe, because it wasn't as horribly bitter as the steeped home brew her ex-boyfriend made. Keep in mind, this is a girl who insists that she knows pretty much anything that makes her seem cooler or makes her the center of attention. She's a former Miss Minnesota; she has issues.

So, it gives me great pleasure to prove she's full of shit in public. I took a look at the Schulz label, and, tho I don't read a word of Czech, I immediately recognised the words Artimisa Absinthium. She was stil not convinced, so I went to the internet and discovered this site. I even ordered my first bottles of Deva and Mari Mayans to show her that, yes, you could get real absinthe, and, no, it's not horribly bitter.

Of course, her story has now changed to that she tried some vintage absinthe back when she used to hang out in New Orleans with Brandon Lee (the last part seems to be true...I've seen the pictures of her and Brandon) and that IT was very bitter.

So, my relationship with absinthe was born from my desire to proove I'm smarter than other people...

By Pikkle on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 05:17 pm: Edit

http://www.lostgeneration.com/hembio.html

Read the section headed "Key West." Not very
much but he fesses up.

By Grimbergen on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 05:15 pm: Edit

actually I also stumbled across references to absinthe in satre somewhere along the way. I think it was in The Age of Reason.

Grim

By Pikkle on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 05:07 pm: Edit

Yeah, Hemingway was an absinthe drinker
too... I'd almost forgotten!

By Grimbergen on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 05:04 pm: Edit

Hmm. How it all started. Several years ago I was drinking with a brewer and a bar manager, and the two started talking about absinthe. I hadn’t heard of it, so nothing stuck in my mind except that Pernod is a decendant of a famous absinthe brand. Several months later I found myself reading some Hemingway on the French coast, about an hour outside of Bordeaux. This of course led to me spending the rest of my 11 day vacation sitting at a beach front bar drinking Pernod, Ricard and Pastis 51. Several months later I was at a beer function back in the US. Some newly acquired friends of mine introduced me to real bootlegged US absinthe. Yada yada yada, stuff happens…I get more interested in absinthe and soon discover that it can be purchased over the internet. The rest is history…

Grim

By Pikkle on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 04:41 pm: Edit

Okay, as some have felt that I have been less
than contributory to their threads, I'm starting
one of my own. I want to hear the stories of
how everyone first heard about absinthe.
Also, insults, off topic diatribes and anything
else is totally acceptable too.

I was probably about 16 or 17 and had a friend
of mine the same age who was very into
poetry at the time who obsessed about it. I
really didn't know what he was talking about,
wormword, it's green and all that. I thought he
was talking about a wood that oozed glow in
the dark green to be exact. That was his
obsession at the time, he wanted to find it,
make it, whatever. The lore was great,
Rimbaud drank it, Van Gogh drank it, it was
banned worldwide, it would make you go
crazy, etc. Resources were limited then, no
internet, only fleeting references in whatever
books you could find. We drifted apart
eventually but I always thought about him and
absinthe.
So about a year and a half ago, while reading
some periodical, mention was made of the
evil green liquid. I became curious and
investigated, unfortunately discovering
Absente. I suppose this isn't so bad since it
did give me some sort of exposure. I had to
convince my local spirits seller to special
order it for me which he did. I won't comment
on Absente right now but it did open the door
for me... I did some research on the internet
shortly there after, wanting the real thing and
found this site... the rest is history.

Anyone else, stories?

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