Absinthe in New York

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By Martin on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 - 04:01 am: Edit

Gee, just like that? It was starting to get interesting.

-Martin

By Franglais on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 12:06 pm: Edit

This is not worth getting too worked up about.
Let me stress that this is a very small store
with a very small amount of this stuff. They are
not part of some huge absinthe underground.
No, they do not do mail order. I am not here
to blow their trumpet, but I don't think they
would mind if a told a few people of their
whereabouts.

This absinthe is most definitely imported from
Paris (i.e. from friend to friend on a miniscule
scale, which is also why the bottles are so
small). The louche is thinner than the
Spanish, more similar to a traditional French
absinthe. It may not be made in an entirely
kosher manner, but I'm pretty sure that would
involve a steeping technique and not
essences. It is made on a very small scale;
this is someone's hobby. The jury is still out,
however, as to whether this is partially distilled
or not. One empty bottle had a computer
printed "La Fee Verte" label, but the others do
not.

This will be the end of my posts on this thread,
as I think I've opened a can of worms that I
would now like to gently shut.

By The_nephilim on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 08:11 am: Edit

the absinthe in question may possibly be St.
Eve. I met her about a year and a half ago and
see her occasionally when I go to really good
concerts.

St. Eve makes her own. Her method is not
traditional (as that knowledge takes time and
work to come by. The process may be
somewhat easy once you know it, it is just that
figuring out the process is the trick) brief
discussions with her and the guy she gets her
herbs from have revealed. I'm pretty sure that
essences are added (I have allusions from
both sources on this) and this is born out in
that the flavor is way too brilliant to be a fully
distilled product. Think *SPARKLINGLY*
brilliant and not smooth and sultry. From what
I remember the louche was akin to Deva.

Yes, her wares can be expensive, but I think
that the price Franglais paid has a lot to do
with retail mark-up.

I posted about St. Eve when I first came to this
forum close to two years ago. I refrained from
posting conact information about her out of
respect for her privacy. NO ONE LIKES BEING
OUTED (jkk) in a widely public arena like this.

I know of another guy who says he makes his
own. Totally unauthentic from his description. I
don't know how he can call it absinthe, but he
does. He didn't go into details. He's very very
VERY cagey. He's from the alphabet city crowd
back when it was NOT a nice neighborhood.
St. Eve knows him, too.

There is a scene. You gotta dig, and you may
not like what you find. The wiccan/magik
circles have a big interest with this subject.
--
the nephilim

(fading back into the shadows)

By Marc on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 01:07 am: Edit

franglais,

are you sure that the store selling the absinthe wants you divulging their whereabouts? They could get into some serious trouble.

By Marc on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 01:03 am: Edit

I live in Manhattan and I know of only one store that offers absinthe. It has a couple of bottles of La Bleue for sale. Under the counter. They've gone unsold for the 6 months that the propriator
has had them. No one is willing to pay $200 a bottle. There are a couple of bars that offer glasses of La Bleue to special customers as gifts.
Otherwise, I am unaware of any bars or stores in
New York City that openly sell absinthe.

By Dengar on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 12:38 am: Edit

[Marc, 12 July 2000]:

"The only thing absinthe-related in Manhattan right now is my liquor closet."

By Franglais on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 11:46 pm: Edit

From a city where you can get anything
delivered 24/7. . .A city where you can get
Tasti-D-Lite fedexed to you anywhere in the
world. . .

A few weeks ago I purchased a nameless,
label-less bottle of absinthe at one of my
favorite stores in Chelsea. It was
extraordinarily overpriced ($80 for 187ml), but
it was so good that I treated myself. The
bottle contains a great french brew with no
star anise (strong green seedy flavour) and a
refreshing astringency from wormwood. It has
a fantastic opalescent louche.

A few days ago I spoke with a friend who lives
in Brooklyn who informed me that he had
recently witnessed a bohemian absinthe ritual
at a bar near his house (not sure of the
brand).

So, now I am curious to know if anyone knows
of any other stores or bars in New York selling
absinthe. I understand the need for anonimity
for these places, so if you know of a great
place please e-mail me. I will send you the
name and address of the store if you are
interested (they are not in the alcohol
business except for a few tiny, hidden bottles).

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