Posted by: lautremont Feb 15 2016, 05:58 PM
Hello from Utah-
I'm delighted to be here to share thoughts, experiences, and knowledge with this community.
I fully intend to produce a commercial absinthe within the next few years, so it's appropriate for me to officially join the dialogue here. I've been sampling absinthe from across the world for several years now - from my first flaming shot of Hills absinthe in Bratislava, to my first visit to an absinthe bar-hidden-behind-a-bar in Prague in 98, and later discovering what absinthe really was in Spain, Switzerland, and France. Now I'm thrilled that New World styles are emerging in the US.
So hello! and thanks for having me. Here's virtual toast to this absinthe community!
Posted by: Jaded Prole Feb 15 2016, 08:52 PM
Glad you've tried some actual Absinthe after experiencing that Czech swill.
Posted by: OCvertDe Feb 15 2016, 11:07 PM
The new proverbial fire water. Welcome!
Posted by: L'Assommoir Feb 15 2016, 11:50 PM
Greetings! And good luck with your venture!
Posted by: Hillbilly Mar 14 2016, 06:27 PM
QUOTE(lautremont @ Feb 15 2016, 12:58 PM)
from my first flaming shot of Hills absinthe in Bratislava, to my first visit to an absinthe bar-hidden-behind-a-bar in Prague in 98, and later discovering what absinthe really was in Spain, Switzerland, and France. Now I'm thrilled that New World styles are emerging in the US.
I don't really care much for the "New World styles" of absinthe, I much more prefer the "Old World styles". Why do new distillers seem to think they need to improve upon time honored traditions? Is it the whole salesman mentality of today? That everything has to be marketable to a new generation to make it profitable. Personally the most simplistic recipes I've tasted seem to be the best. Old World distillers worked awfully hard to get it just right, and now you've got people coming along who with a "first flaming shot of Hill's" and then maybe trying one or two modern brands, all of a sudden think they should do it differently. I just don't get that. Maybe that's why so many of the new brands coming out now just aren't very good, because they all want to add their own "style" to it to make it unique., instead of sticking to the meat and potatoes of what absinthe truly is.
And maybe I'm wrong.
(Not pointing fingers at lautremont in particular, just venting in general.)
Posted by: Kirk Mar 15 2016, 01:04 AM
Unpleasant products come to mind when you say that and there are plenty of them, made by people who do not know how to make absinthe, so they call it a new twist. An herb bill and a nineteenth century protocol are no help without an understanding of how essences are made; not a simple distillation.