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musicfan20
post Apr 28 2004, 09:53 PM
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I'm curious as to what the attraction is to absinthe. I just heard about it recently and then found this website. According to the FAQ absinthe is not hallucienegenic and i've heard quite bitter and licorice flavored. Is it a different type of buzz like wine? Just curious. groupwave reversed.gif
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post Apr 28 2004, 09:57 PM
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R U Serious?

The appeal is a personal experience that only you can define for yourself. Try some and then report back. That is your assignment.


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Sorry, I thought about it and I guess you deserve a respectable response. That isn't an entirely idiotic question. And the answers are as varied as the people here on the board. Actually my advice to try some and then report back is good. For only you will be able to find what it is about absinthe that appeals to you. That is if you have about eighty to a hundred buck to play with. I'd suggest ordering from LDF, maybe a bottle of Un Emile 68 or a VdFougerolle, the basics, and starting from there.

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post Apr 28 2004, 09:58 PM
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Absinthe is the Devil's Playground.

It is pure evil...

Avoid it, at all costs.

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post Apr 28 2004, 10:03 PM
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But it's just so damn tasty!!!

I may no longer have a soul, but my liquor cabinet is full!!!!
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post Apr 28 2004, 10:12 PM
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It's different for everyone, what the appeal is.

There a too many reasons to list as to why I love it.

The taste (somewhat similar to black licorice, but way more complex, consisting of a number of different herbs my favorite being fennel)

The history-

The Secondaries- Not everyone get's them, but I sure do. It sure isn't hallucinating, more of a very clearheaded alchohol buzz, and body high similar, IMHO, to marijuana.

All the work that goes into making it.

The ritual of preparing a glass, and all the Absinthiana that goes along with it.

These are just a few of the reasons i love absinthe, and am willing to spend so much money on it.





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post Apr 28 2004, 10:33 PM
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I'm broke. That's why I like it. Money is a bad thing for me to have, because then I go to tastings and spend my money on absinthe and not my rent.


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post Apr 28 2004, 10:51 PM
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It's a beverage surrounded with legend and steeped in tradition. Like many drinks, a path to light and a road to perdition.

Yes, at first whiff and taste, the first thing most people think of is licorice; but upon further inquiry, the herbal flavors bloom on your palate like a gustatory melody. Some absinthes are like Brahms, some like Satie, and some are more like Einstürzende Neubauten.

What others call the "secondary effects" but I prefer to call simply "the absinthe effect," is very subtle in terms of what most people expect out of an altered state of consciousness these days. It's more like a "different kind of drunk," like the differences between wine and whiskey and beer. It's a heightened feeling of mental clarity and alertness combined with a mellow body-buzz, all on top of ordinary alcohol intoxication. If you're expecting to trip or feel stoned, you'll walk away disappointed.

It's a romantic drink. A tremendous amount of craft goes into its making. The better offerings are the product of knowledgeable artisans who struggled with old and often incomprehensible formulas to bring back this historic beverage from the very brink of extinction.

Your mileage may vary.


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post Apr 28 2004, 10:52 PM
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I don't think one can find a sexier or more refreshing drink.
And it's just hot. All of it, the history, the ritual, the absinthiana.
It has it own prohibition still going on in America even!
Lookie there its own little prohibition still going on 80 plus years after the Prohibition act was lifted..
Certainly gives the drink a "bad boy" image.
All seriousness aside it is a damn tasty drink.
Bitter? Even without using sugar in your ritual, it is great!
I have not encountered truly bitter absinthe, even the amer72 is not that bitter. Of course this site led me away from the dark path of czech absinth before I set foot on it, and my understanding is that is very bitter indeed.

If you follow rjordan's advise and get the UE 68 and the VdFougerolles, that is some great advise...splurge and get the three bottle deal and get the sapin. It is my hands down favorite. I used to reserve the hot days of summer for me and margarita, I dumped her for Sapin's sweet smile.

Verbal_Kraze's point is also very well taken on secondaries.
I get them, he gets them. Not everyone does. For me, like Verbal, I find it to be similar(albeit much milder) to marijana.
It doesn't get all up in your head like other cocktails.
Until about the 4th glass.....then you are on your own.
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post Apr 28 2004, 10:52 PM
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I just like an excuse to get drunk.


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QUOTE (musicfan20 @ Apr 28 2004, 11:53 PM)
i've heard quite bitter and licorice flavored. Is it a different type of buzz like wine? Just curious. groupwave reversed.gif

It's not quite bitter (that's why you distill it -- macerate wormwood in anything and don't distill, and you'll know what I mean), and the liquorice-ish taste comes from green anise - not quite the same as liquorice root, certainly much more subtle and fragrant.


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post Apr 28 2004, 10:58 PM
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QUOTE (dangerousangels @ Apr 28 2004, 03:52 PM)
Until about the 4th glass.....then you are on your own.

My favorite slogan:
"It gets you there. Getting back is up to you."


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post Apr 28 2004, 11:01 PM
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QUOTE (Hiram @ Apr 28 2004, 03:51 PM)
It's a beverage surrounded with legend and steeped in tradition. Like many drinks, a path to light and a road to perdition.

Yes, at first whiff and taste, the first thing most people think of is licorice; but upon further inquiry, the herbal flavors bloom on your palate like a gustatory melody. Some absinthes are like Brahms, some like Satie, and some are more like Einstürzende Neubauten.

What others call the "secondary effects" but I prefer to call simply "the absinthe effect," is very subtle in terms of what most people expect out of an altered state of consciousnees these days. It's more like a "different kind of drunk," like the differences between wine and whiskey and beer. It's a heightened feeling of mental clarity and alertness combined with a mellow body-buzz, all on top of ordinary alchohol intoxication. If you're expecting to trip or feel stoned, you'll walk away dissappointed.

It's a romantic drink. A tremendous amount of craft goes into its making. The better offerings are the product of knowledgable artisans who struggled with old and often incomprehensible formulas to bring back this historic beverage from the very brink of extinction.

Your mileage may vary.

Damn, that's beautiful, Bruddah!!!!!

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post Apr 28 2004, 11:02 PM
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QUOTE (Jack Batemaster @ Apr 28 2004, 03:52 PM)
I just like an excuse to get drunk.

You're free, white, and over 21...

Why would you need one? harhar.gif


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post Apr 28 2004, 11:09 PM
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Yeah Hiram, that was beautifull, my thoughts exactly. I just didn't take the time to put it in such eloquent words.


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