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> In Your Opionin, what is the best inexpensive, brand of absinthe?
Goanna
post Oct 14 2003, 05:23 PM
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I wanted to get a few bottles of absinthe soon, and while I am planning on getting a some un emiles a little closer to Christmas time, right now I wanted to just get some less expensive brands. These are the ones I can choose from.

Deva 50% or 70%
Mari Mayans
Versinthe (and Versinthe La Blanche)
Absenta Philipe Lasala
L´Amersinthe
Montana
Absinthe Perignan
Serpis 55 Red

I have tried the Deva's and the Versinthe La Blanche before, and I did like those, so I would probably go with them again, but I am wanting to try something different. Just looking to see what your favorites are out of the absinthes listed above.

Also, Does normal Versinthe taste much different from the La Blanche?

Edit, the topic should read opinion not opionin, lol
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post Oct 14 2003, 07:26 PM
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QUOTE (Goanna @ Oct 14 2003, 09:23 AM)
but I am wanting to try something different.

Different=Serpis
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post Oct 14 2003, 07:35 PM
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in this general price range, the consensus seems to be in favor of segarra and francois guy, so they may be a better bet than the ones you've listed.

if you're looking for something significantly different, and you've tried deva, then you probably needn't bother with mayans, lasala, or montana.

serpis is indeed different, but not to everyone's taste. oxygenee is different too, though probably not a true absinthe, and not a very popular choice. personally i find it more interesting than many brands.
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post Oct 14 2003, 09:21 PM
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I have considered trying Oxygenee in the past, but never did because nobody seems to know wether or not it contains real Artemisia absinthium or Thujone. I still think it sounds good though, so maybe I will try that. I think I will go with the Serpis and the Francois Guy also. I am still open to others opinions as well. Thanks.
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post Oct 15 2003, 02:30 AM
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Forget that crap, go for the distilled product like Segarra, F.Guy and the Emiles.

I've tasted dozens of artisanal products, most commercials and even vintage absinthe and I still enjoy a glass of Segarra about once every two weeks. About this product the key is to buy more than you need and let it age in the dark for months. Even if the butterscotchy flavor set you off at first, one day you will like it and from time to time chances are you will even crave for it. (my recomendation is based on the appreciation of bottles I have bough almost a year ago).
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post Oct 15 2003, 06:06 AM
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You've been given great advice so far, and I hate to break the trend, but... dev.gif

You need to feel free to try some poorly-regarded product every once in a while just to see what it's really like after all. You may not wind up a repeat customer but the experience will be interesting.

I did this with Sebor a while back, and recently did it with Herbsaint. Can't say I'll order either one again, any time soon, but neither one got poured down the sink and the experience was fun.

After a while you may find that the better distilled brands give you the best value for money, since they're not that much more expensive than the 'cheap' stuff and there's a world of difference.

I have only tried 5 of the 8 labels you mention (excluding the Versinthes, Lamesinthe, and Perignan) but none of them was so bad as to be undrinkable.

Of course, I always did like black jellybeans too.


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post Oct 15 2003, 07:39 AM
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The only ones that I think I would never bother trying are Hills and Kings. Maybe any other poor Czech brands. I dont think any of the ones I listed above would be rancid enough to pour down the drain. Before I knew about the Un Emiles, I would probably only be ordering from that list anyway, lol.

Thanks all for the opinions so far. Furthur opinions are still welcome, so please keep them coming if you have any. Thanks again.
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post Oct 15 2003, 03:36 PM
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Inexpensive one.. I say go for Deva 50. My personal preference is NS70 along those lines. I have Un Emile 68 and Francois Guy and Segarra, but need to also have on hand the Deva and NS70 when I want to tie one on and not beat myself up over how expensive the bottle was!

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post Oct 15 2003, 03:59 PM
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Kubler 45%.

Seriously.

I recently re-opened a bottle that had been "gassified" and stored for 6 months. I was impressed.

It was very star anise rich, had the slightest hint of it's previous tails, and reminded me a lot of some good La Bleues.

This was a bottle from the previous recipe. I've heard it's improved since then. In fact... now that I think about it I'm going to order a bottle, just to keep current. w00t1.gif


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post Oct 16 2003, 06:38 PM
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N.S. was my favorite until better distilled products came out.
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post Oct 16 2003, 11:11 PM
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QUOTE
Inexpensive one.. I say go for Deva 50. My personal preference is NS70 along those lines. I have Un Emile 68 and Francois Guy and Segarra, but need to also have on hand the Deva and NS70
I agree very closely with Cheri, but I'd go for Deva 70. I've never had F. Guy and there are mixed opinions, of course. Serpis is one in which you can add an "s" to the end and a majority will agree. It's a good thing you got the nod about Czech prior to any purchases (wish I did).

I don't know about aging though; it's is one of the many things about which I am clueless. If the bottle isn't total garbage (Lasala, NS70, etc.), will aging in the dark at consistantly moderate temperature actually help?


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post Oct 17 2003, 02:05 AM
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My (late) 2 cents?

Kubler or Pernod.

Yeah, I've got a thing for the Pernod 68. Dunno why.


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post Oct 17 2003, 02:44 AM
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QUOTE (Greenmeanie @ Oct 16 2003, 06:05 PM)
I've got a thing for the Pernod 68.

I've got a thing for the Pernod too. It's called the back of my liquor cabinet.

The NS70 is cheaper than the P68 and much tastier. I haven't tried the Segarra but from what everyone says it's much better as well and not much more expensive. If I'm not mistaken, the Segarra comes in a 1L bottle for about $10-15 more than 700 mL of P68.


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post Oct 17 2003, 02:14 PM
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Question: What is an opionin?


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post Oct 17 2003, 06:04 PM
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QUOTE (Rimbaud @ Oct 17 2003, 06:14 AM)
Question: What is an opionin?

I knew someone was going to notice that, that is why I edited my first post to correct the spelling. Look at the bottom of the first post, lol.
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