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Posted by: Artemis Apr 11 2005, 03:04 PM

According to http://www.laboheme.uk.com/

"Developed from an original Swiss absinthe recipe this Czech absinthe is free of colorings and preservatives. All the essential ingredients and herbs are carefully selected and processed to ensure the unique taste of Absinthe. The delicate process of maceration continues with the presence of herbs (the main one being wormwood) in the bottle."


AVERAGE SCORE 10


Reviewed by Gertz 3/19/2005

COLOR BEFORE WATER 5/10
A pale, not very intense green. Not artificial-looking, though.

LOUCHE ACTION 0/10
None.

COLOR AFTER WATER 1/10
A paler shade of the color before water. As mentioned, no louche; the one point is for not looking artificial.

AROMA 4/30
Mostly bad alcohol, with only the slightest hint of some other indefinable chemicals. A few points because the bad things could be more pronounced.

MOUTH-FEEL 2/10
Slightly oily.

TASTE 1/20
Bitter with bitter and a long-lingering bitter aftertaste. Positively hard to swallow. After five or ten minutes, a slight hint of flavor from bad alcohol shines through the bitterness. Sugar only helps in amounts huge enough to completely mask any other taste.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 0/10
To be avoided at all costs.

Gertz scores Absinth - King of Spirits 13 out of 100.


Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 4/5/2011

COLOR BEFORE WATER 4/10
Grayish weak green with fennel-seed like herbal particles, certain natural appeal it does have.

LOUCHE ACTION 1/10
Weak louche with slow pour where the seedy fennels turdbulently danced.

COLOR AFTER WATER 1/10
Transparent hazy weak grayish yellow green.

AROMA 1/30
Neat or louched, stomach-upsetting fishy old soaked fennel aroma without anything else.

MOUTH-FEEL 0/10
Bitterness overrides any other mouthfeel sensations.

TASTE 0/20
Disturbingly bitter without any herbal character or sweetness.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 0/10

Bruno Rygseck scores King of Spirits 7 out of 100

Posted by: Bruno Rygseck May 6 2007, 07:42 PM

Absinth King of Spirits

Editor's note: New review from Bruno posted at a later date have been included above...

Posted by: Absinthesizer May 8 2007, 03:05 AM

C'mon Bruno - what did you really think?!?

Posted by: prattwink May 8 2007, 04:07 AM

A 4? Not 3, not 5, but 4.

Posted by: Wild Bill Turkey May 8 2007, 08:59 AM

He was going to give it a 1/20 for taste, which would have improved the overall score, but then he had to penalize it an extra point for tasting too bad to give it a 1/20.

Posted by: Bruno Rygseck May 8 2007, 10:19 AM

'xactly.
abs-cheers.gif

Posted by: Absomphe May 8 2007, 12:18 PM

I think that was ten points fewer than I awarded KOSG.

Sounds about right.

Posted by: hartsmar May 19 2007, 09:25 AM

Hmmm... I was going to update this review but honestly, 4/100...
I know KoS ain't good, but 4 out of 100.

In order to achieve 0 points for aroma and 0 points for mouth-feel and 0 points for taste this has to be even worse than Perigan and even worse than Elixier and...

Even though I know KoS is shit and that it's not worthy of the name absinth(e) on the label, I cannot make myself include a review of only 4 points for something that at least is made from natural products, not essences, and thus should have at least a little hint of something in the aroma and maybe even in taste.

Hell, if we can award chewing-gum like flavors points, I'd have to say that even KoS deserves some points in the above categories.

It's easy to be biased by the fact that this is KoS but I would be willing to bet a lot that the scores would not be as low if this was blind tasted... If I could be so kind to have you re-visit ( evill.gif ) the KoS and do another review you're more than welcome because I am not so sure that I can include this.

Now, let the bashing begin.

Posted by: Bruno Rygseck May 19 2007, 10:27 PM

No bashing from my side, I could give it another try. There is still about 2 cl left in the mini bottle, including the sediment (herbal parts). Even if it did not score more, I could think of rewording the Overall impression part.

cheers /// BR

Posted by: Absomphe May 20 2007, 02:03 AM

Or you might even decide to lower it a point or two, which I don't necessarily think would be undeserving, either. evill.gif

Posted by: Alice the absinthe eater May 20 2007, 03:23 AM

I would review it, if I had a bottle.

"Nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean, know what I mean, say no more, say no more!"

Posted by: traineraz May 20 2007, 05:17 AM

'However, this bottle WAS marked `poison,' but Alice ventured to review it anyway.." het.gif

Posted by: peridot May 20 2007, 05:20 AM

Alice, you missed the chance to try the Gold version a while back. A bunch of us simultaneously jumped on that grenade to save others.

Posted by: Absomphe May 20 2007, 03:55 PM

I'm still waiting for my veteran's benefits, and a purple heart. evill.gif

Posted by: Absinthesizer May 21 2007, 01:15 AM

So am I, but a bit of Duplais seems to be deadening whatever pain I thought I was feeling...

Posted by: peridot May 21 2007, 01:34 AM

I haven't been the same since.

Posted by: Absomphe May 21 2007, 01:54 AM

Of course not.

Oxy never warned us that the Balztrippin'™ would include residual flashbacks. wacko.gif

Posted by: Alice the absinthe eater May 21 2007, 04:01 AM

QUOTE(traineraz @ May 20 2007, 02:17 AM) *

'However, this bottle WAS marked `poison,' but Alice ventured to review it anyway.." het.gif



ahahaha dead on.

Posted by: Bruno Rygseck Apr 5 2011, 09:18 PM

Re-reviewed. Same mini bottle as in my previous review from 2007.

Absinth King of Spirits


[...]

TOTAL 7/100


Editor's note: Review moved into main review post and into the Buyer's Guide.

Posted by: OCvertDe Apr 5 2011, 10:00 PM

Heheh… glutton for punishment, you are.

Posted by: G&C Apr 5 2011, 10:11 PM

O would be proud.

Posted by: Artemis Apr 5 2011, 10:56 PM

It should be posted at the Lounge for the ramification of that clown who's been haunting the place with tales of chop.gif and Coors Light.

Posted by: Steve Apr 6 2011, 12:30 AM

Is this a new record low score?

Posted by: Absomphe Apr 6 2011, 01:39 AM

Other than Bruno's original rating of 4, I think so.

Posted by: Tibro Apr 6 2011, 04:57 AM

QUOTE(Bruno Rygseck @ Apr 5 2011, 11:18 PM) *

… where the seedy fennels turdbulently danced.

Exquisite phrasing.

Posted by: Bruno Rygseck Apr 6 2011, 07:45 AM

QUOTE(Steve @ Apr 6 2011, 03:30 AM) *

Is this a new record low score?

Tunel Black got 3/100 from me, I think.

Posted by: Donnie Darko Apr 6 2011, 11:31 AM

King of Spirits deserves a score on the negative end of the number line, even a zero is too generous, as it seems it was designed to be deliberately offensive. A shitty beer like PBR is just bad because they wanted to do something as cheaply as possible with beer-ish ingredients, but at the end of the day, it still very vaguely fits the term "beer" and could be identified as "Beer" by the average person.

Not so with King of Spirits. I challenge anyone who has tried even the most mediocre glass of absinthe to claim that King of Spirits resembles anything that slightly fits the definition of absinthe. King of Spirits is like a cruel practical joke, in which someone switched your drink with a bucket of dirty mop water combined with isopropyl alcohol when you weren't looking. The fact that they then charge that much $ for it is grounds that the makers should be shot.

Posted by: Provenance Apr 6 2011, 02:31 PM

KOS is just KOSG Lite.

Posted by: Stroller Apr 12 2011, 02:06 PM

QUOTE(Artemis @ Apr 11 2005, 07:55 AM) *

According to http://www.laboheme.uk.com/

"Hills absinthe is made with herbal extracts, the main herb being wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). An emerald green absinthe drink with a distinctive bitter taste. Manufactured in the Czech Republic by Hills since 1920. Czech absinthe with the original Czech label.

Reviewed by Hartsmar 3/19/2005

Hartsmar scores Hills Absinth 15 out of 100


QUOTE(Bruno Rygseck @ Apr 5 2011, 02:18 PM) *

Re-reviewed. Same mini bottle as in my previous review from 2007.

Absinth King of Spirits

TOTAL 7/100


Hills better than KOS?

Posted by: G&C Apr 12 2011, 02:17 PM

Different reviewers.

Posted by: Stroller Apr 12 2011, 02:49 PM

Taking that into consideration… I had the opportunity to taste Hills a few years ago, possibly the most revolting alcohol I've tasted to date. I'm trying to imagine something worse.

Bruno, have you tried Hills (since you seem to have a strong constitution)?

Posted by: Tibro Apr 12 2011, 02:57 PM

It's like doing a taste comparison of shit from different dog or cat breeds. Is there really any sense in ranking them once you've reached that level? And if opinions vary do you actually learn anything useful?

Posted by: Absomphe Apr 12 2011, 03:06 PM

QUOTE(Stroller @ Apr 12 2011, 07:49 AM) *

I had the opportunity to taste Hills a few years ago, possibly the most revolting alcohol I've tasted to date. I'm trying to imagine something worse.


Elixier.

Posted by: Tibro Apr 12 2011, 03:14 PM

Now can you adjust the color on your icon so it looks like brown smeared across your cheeks and nose?

Posted by: Provenance Apr 12 2011, 03:25 PM

Panning Hills and KOS, that was the old days. So much has changed since then.

Now Oxy sell 'em.

Posted by: Stroller Apr 12 2011, 03:33 PM

Reviews of the vile stuff are entertaining.

I sent one of the members a sample of Le Tourment as part of a blind tasting package to hear the review. Another shit variant.

Posted by: Provenance Apr 12 2011, 04:16 PM

Someone must like the stuff, it keeps selling.

Posted by: Artemis Apr 12 2011, 06:53 PM

QUOTE(Stroller @ Apr 12 2011, 03:33 PM) *
Reviews of the vile stuff are entertaining.

I sent one of the members a sample of Le Tourment as part of a blind tasting package to hear the review.


It entertained me all the way to the sink.



Posted by: Absomphe Apr 12 2011, 08:54 PM

QUOTE(Tibro @ Apr 12 2011, 08:14 AM) *

Now can you adjust the color on your icon so it looks like brown smeared across your cheeks and nose?


Why bother?

The ulcerated leavings, already encrusted thereon, are so much more telling.

Posted by: Artemis Apr 12 2011, 09:01 PM

An apt review of King of Spirits.

Posted by: Bruno Rygseck Apr 12 2011, 09:18 PM

QUOTE(Stroller @ Apr 12 2011, 05:49 PM) *

Bruno, have you tried Hills (since you seem to have a strong constitution)?

A couple of years ago I got a sample from someone… I'll check my cabinet's darkest corners.

Edit: Unfortunately, I found it.

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 12 2011, 10:31 PM

Prazky Prague Absinth. Just got in a bottle this week.

Easily the worst I've ever had. KOSG is like a breath of fresh air in comparison.

If anyone wants to punish themselves, PM me. I'm happy to send you a sample.

Posted by: Absomphe Apr 13 2011, 12:18 AM

If I had some Elixier, we could trade, and share war stories, but, thankfully, I don't.

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 13 2011, 12:36 AM

That stuff is bad, but Prazky is literally the only 'absinth' to evoke the gag factor for me.

Posted by: G&C Apr 13 2011, 02:03 AM

Tell that to Logan Blanche.

Posted by: Stroller Apr 13 2011, 03:40 AM

QUOTE(Shabba53 @ Apr 12 2011, 05:36 PM) *

That stuff is bad, but Prazky is literally the only 'absinth' to evoke the gag factor for me.


Similar thing happens to me when Grimmy dances nude.

Posted by: G&C Apr 13 2011, 04:51 AM

I thought the gag factor was his issue,

Never mind.

Posted by: Donnie Darko Apr 13 2011, 11:10 AM

QUOTE(G&C @ Apr 12 2011, 10:03 PM) *

Tell that to Logan Blanche.


That was one fucked up absinthe. Tasted like how melted plastic smells.

Posted by: G&C Apr 13 2011, 02:57 PM

Indeed.

Posted by: Provenance Apr 13 2011, 04:06 PM

QUOTE(First Nate @ Jun 2 2005, 01:44 PM) *
I even had a buddy bring me back a little bottle of Prazsky Prague Absinth from a buisiness trip because he new it was a new hobby of mine… holy puke Batman!


Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 13 2011, 05:55 PM

It's even got a sprig of wormwood in the bottle!

Posted by: Provenance Apr 13 2011, 05:58 PM

Which raises the question of why you bought tasted it.

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 13 2011, 06:25 PM

I didn't buy it. I've already explained why I taste bad 'absinthe'.

Posted by: Tibro Apr 13 2011, 07:05 PM

And yet, and yet… Oh, the possibilities.

Be still my trembling fingers.

Posted by: Provenance Apr 13 2011, 08:07 PM

The possibilities are endless.

Posted by: Absomphe Apr 13 2011, 08:32 PM

QUOTE(Tibro @ Apr 13 2011, 12:05 PM) *

Be still my trembling fingers.


Wait until you actually hook up with a live girl! chickawow.gif

Posted by: Tibro Apr 13 2011, 08:48 PM

Either you've confused me with CG or Shabba with something s/he may or may not be.

Posted by: Absomphe Apr 13 2011, 09:21 PM

Possibly, butt the alternatives are too confusing/scary to contemplate.

Posted by: Provenance Apr 13 2011, 10:02 PM

Most everything associated with Shabba is.

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 13 2011, 10:21 PM

Only because you've pussed out every time I've asked to eat a beer or two downtown. All can be clarified, grasshopper.

Posted by: Provenance Apr 13 2011, 10:30 PM

Guess the thought must have caused me to lose my appetite.

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 13 2011, 11:58 PM

I thought you were a stronger man than that.

Posted by: Tibro Apr 14 2011, 03:36 AM

Oh don't be so humble. You must recognize that your own, uh, strength is far greater than his.

Posted by: Kirk Apr 14 2011, 01:10 PM

Grasshopper?

Posted by: Provenance Apr 14 2011, 01:59 PM

Pseudo-macho posturing is Shabba's strength.

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 14 2011, 07:42 PM

You think I act macho? Even pseudo-macho? Puh-lease. I've never threatened or intimidated anyone. Nor have I acted nearly as domineering as others here. Even when others were doing so to me.

I take forum banter for what it is. Apparently you read a bit more into it than you should. I'm a jovial and light-hearted guy.

Posted by: Provenance Apr 14 2011, 07:50 PM

Macho, no. Pseudo-macho on an infintile level (you thought I was "strong" enough to meet you)? Natch.

Perhaps you should go back to issuing double-dares. Preferably without your trademark self-pity, "Even when others were doing so to me."


Posted by: Donnie Darko Apr 14 2011, 08:44 PM

Shabba's a good guy. I've talked to him on the phone. If he's done something really shitty, I missed it.

Posted by: Tibro Apr 14 2011, 08:46 PM

Shabba, I'll give you some credit. Your post-count has held steady, or barely wavered, for a while. I actually think you and I have a fair grasp of each other. Sometimes by the scruff, sometimes by the short-hairs, but always at a physical distant that makes it all meaningless. Sort of. Except a little waver in the force now and then. And then your post count jumps more than I am able to account for. I don't blame you. Really, I don't. The account is held by someone else. Sort of. Sometimes I just wonder, that's all.

If it's just banter why do you get so defensive? As for me, I enjoy being offensive. Onacuz I know it's just banter. And there's one difference.

Posted by: Tibro Apr 14 2011, 08:50 PM

Donnie, you talked to him on the phone? Was that a megaphone? In person? You two would be an interesting study in contrasting physical types.

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 14 2011, 08:52 PM

QUOTE(Provenance @ Apr 14 2011, 03:50 PM) *

(you thought I was "strong" enough to meet you)?

Was I the only one thinking of that jokingly? In response to your statement of feeling sick at the thought of meeting me? I guess it is difficult to perceive tone in written word.


And Tibro, just because I hold a contrary position doesn't mean I'm getting defensive. Believe me, forum life doesn't raise my blood pressure one bit.

It is amusing though that you have to insert yourself into every discussion that involves me taking said contrary position. wink.gif

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 14 2011, 08:55 PM

QUOTE(Donnie Darko @ Apr 14 2011, 04:44 PM) *

I missed it.

Apparently I come off as a showy, but 'invested' prick.

Posted by: Tibro Apr 14 2011, 09:02 PM

Hey, I like Pro. His posts are astute and elegant. Which is not the same as "a dupe and elephantine".

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 14 2011, 09:05 PM

I can't say whether or not I like Pro, as I've never spoken with or met him. But I appreciate his posts and his knowledge.

But somehow I don't think he needs your support. pirate2.gif

Posted by: Provenance Apr 14 2011, 09:12 PM

QUOTE(Tibro @ Apr 14 2011, 01:02 PM) *
Hey, I like Pro.

Then why did you tell the cops to tase me?

Posted by: Tibro Apr 14 2011, 09:15 PM

QUOTE(Tibro @ Apr 14 2011, 10:46 PM) *

As for me, I enjoy being offensive.

Feel the lurve.

Posted by: Stroller Apr 14 2011, 09:20 PM

QUOTE(Shabba53 @ Apr 14 2011, 01:55 PM) *

Apparently I come off as a showy, but 'invested' prick.


Sorry, that was funny and the catalyst of a few drunk posts landed me (and those guilty of associating with me) in WS solitary confinement.

I think what your guilty of, is trying to hard at times when no one is taking any of what's being said very seriously.

Posted by: Tibro Apr 14 2011, 09:23 PM

QUOTE(Shabba53 @ Apr 14 2011, 11:05 PM) *

pirate2.gif

And who the fuck drags out this flaccid excuse for communication here?

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 14 2011, 09:24 PM

I think I just come across the wrong way then, as I really am not trying at all. I'm just engaging in a conversation.

Nor do I take anything said toward me on an online forum seriously. Hence the reason it is impossible for me to make 'self-pitying' comments, as I was accused of doing by Pro. Making a true statement to support a position isn't the same thing as pitying oneself. I'd have to actually feel some form of sadness or persecution based on what has been said here to pity myself. I've always maintained that nothing said here bothers me, which is why I find it so funny that others seem to always jump to the opposite conclusion.

Posted by: Stroller Apr 14 2011, 09:25 PM

Bruno, did ya try the Hills you found?

Posted by: Bruno Rygseck Apr 14 2011, 09:32 PM

Yes, and I wish I hadn't. It is utterly undrinkable and smells like some solvent. I'm going to write a review, though, and try to be objective.

Posted by: G&C Apr 15 2011, 12:09 AM

Just be honest.

Brutally honest.

Posted by: Stroller Apr 15 2011, 03:20 AM

Ha!

Posted by: Artemis Apr 15 2011, 08:14 PM

QUOTE
Just be honest.

Brunolly honest.

Posted by: Bruno Rygseck Apr 15 2011, 08:15 PM

Double Ha!
I'll be just that.

Posted by: sixela Apr 27 2011, 08:56 PM

QUOTE(Shabba53 @ Apr 14 2011, 09:52 PM) *

And Tibro, just because I hold a contrary position doesn't mean I'm getting defensive.

No, but that's not why we think you are often defensive.

It's the argumentatem ad nauseam that does it, and the fact that yanking your chain always produces the desired results, or at least the results desired by the chain-yankers (I usually don't have a burning desire to read more argumentatem ad nauseam, in which you usually dig yourself out of the face-level hole only to dig yourself into a meta-level hole).

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 28 2011, 08:53 PM

We all have our little defined roles in this theater of tomfoolery. I'm fine with playing the part.

It's not my problem if people don't pay attention when I say that it's not personal, nor is it raising my blood pressure one bit. No one is yanking this crank. I respond when I feel like it. There are plenty of times when I don't.

Posted by: Provenance Apr 28 2011, 09:32 PM

Dr. Pavlov, calling Dr. Pavlov. Your dog is drooling all over the forum.

Posted by: Tibro Apr 28 2011, 09:40 PM

QUOTE(sixela @ Apr 27 2011, 10:56 PM) *
the results desired by the chain-yankers (I usually don't…

Feeling sportive were you?

Posted by: Shabba53 Apr 29 2011, 12:45 AM

QUOTE(Provenance @ Apr 28 2011, 05:32 PM) *

Dr. Pavlov, calling Dr. Pavlov. Your dog is drooling all over the forum.

See? Pro is on the ball too.

Posted by: Provenance Apr 29 2011, 03:48 PM

IPB Image

Posted by: Jaded Prole Apr 29 2011, 04:24 PM

He usually is.

Posted by: Kirk Apr 29 2011, 11:47 PM

A brother in arms.

Posted by: hartsmar Aug 16 2011, 07:52 PM

Updated...


...and for the record - yes, Hill's is better than this. Not good, but better than this.

...and for the other record - Shabba; I reviewed the Prazky years ago and yet you went and tasted it...?!

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